With newspapers like Quest News and the Gold Coast Bulletin succumbing to the financial impacts of COVID-19 and moving to become digital only publications, the Minister has introduced new temporary public notification requirements for development applications under the Planning (COVID-19 Emergency Response) Regulation 2020.
While the existing requirements for signs on the land and notifying adjoining owners remain unchanged, the new newspaper advertisement requirements are as follows:
- If there is a hard copy local newspaper that circulates in the locality of the premises that is the subject of the development application, this must be used to publish the notice about the application.
- If there is no hard copy local newspaper that circulates in the locality of the premises that is the subject of the development application, but there is an online local newspaper for the area, this must be used to publish the notice about the application.
- Where there is no local newspaper in the locality (hard copy or online), any of the following may be used:
- Publish a notice in a state-wide or nation-wide newspaper (i.e. Courier Mail); or
- Publish a notice on the assessment manager’s website; or
- Give a notice to surrounding residents within an agreed area.
Effective as of 26 June 2020, these arrangements are set to remain in place until 31 December 2020.
We at Hickey Oatley believe these temporary measures are simpler and more reflective of current consumer behaviours and trends. As such, we have our fingers crossed that they will remain in place beyond the current deadline.
If you have any queries or require any additional information, please contact Mia at Hickey Oatley Planning & Development on 0401 349 601.