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Community & Business

5 May, 2021

Council refutes claims of anti-development

OVER $19 million in building applications have been approved in the Mareeba Shire in the last three months with over $50 million approved since July 1, 2020.


More parking in the main street – one of the development programs currently underway by Mareeba Shire Council.

OVER $19 million in building applications have been approved in the Mareeba Shire in the last three months with over $50 million approved since July 1, 2020. 

A report was presented to council recently that highlighted the positive economic growth with an increase in dwelling approvals by over $10 million, compared to the parallel quarter in 2020.

Commercial values have also followed the trend with over $4 million in building approvals granted since the start of the year. 

Mareeba Shire Mayor Angela Toppin said that Council welcomes any development to the shire that will boost economic growth, create employment and investment opportunities. 

“This council has a robust history of supporting and encouraging development opportunities across the shire,” she said. 

Mayor Toppin also refutes any suggestion that the council is hindering the development of a potential shopping centre in the Mareeba CBD. 

“Council has issued several approvals for a new shopping centre in Mareeba,” she said. 

“In 2017 council approved an application for a new shopping centre in Mareeba and this approval is still current.

“It is up to the applicant now to progress with the development.” 

The shopping centre was initially approved in the early 2000’s, since then the approvals have lapsed, and new ones lodged up until the latest approval which is still valid until 2024.  


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