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Strong population growth expected in Moreton Bay

By James Brown

The popularity of the Moreton Bay region is only going to grow over the coming years, so it's important that the area is up to the task of accommodating these new residents. That's the latest message from the Queensland state government, which has released a new draft planning scheme for public consultation.

Local mayor Allan Sutherland explained that getting planning on track is the first step towards making sure that the region can thrive and continue to expand. Community feedback is a crucial part of this process, as people often have a firm idea of what improvements and changes need to be made.

"Population in our region is forecast to grow by more than 40 per cent in the next 20 years. Our council must work closely with our community to plan and guide that growth and development while protecting what we love about our great region," acknowledged Mr Sutherland.

The public consultation is due to get underway early next month and will last until 21 August. All residents of real estate in Caboolture and other areas of the Moreton Bay region will be given the opportunity to have their say.

This follows the Real Estate Institute of Queensland's (REIQ) calls for more properties to be built throughout the state, in order to improve affordability and meet the needs of residents. REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella explained that an increase in demand will only force up property prices, unless decisive action is taken.

"The simple truth is that not enough houses are being built and every year the pent-up demand for housing grows," Ms Mercorella said.

She emphasised that although creating more property in Caboolture and other parts of the state would have some impact, other strategies are also needed to complement it. Addressing stamp duty concerns is just one way of achieving this goal.

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