Forum to help businesses enter submission on planning scheme

WITH up to 150 businesses set to lose money if the Fraser Coast Regional Council's new draft planning scheme goes through unchanged, the Maryborough Chamber of Commerce will host a last-minute forum on Tuesday night to help business owners put together a submission.

The draft scheme has drawn the ire of the Maryborough business community after it proposed parts of the city be rezoned from commercial to residential.

Business and commercial property owners have until April 12 to enter a submission on the draft plan before it goes back to the council to be approved.

In tonight's forum, Urban Planet town planner Ward Veitch will demonstrate how to complete and lodge a submission with the Fraser Coast Council.

Visit maryboroughchamberqld.com.au to register for the forum.

Registrations will be open to 4pm today, while the event will go ahead from 6pm at the Carriers Arms Hotel on Alice St.

The draft planning scheme can be found at frasercoast.qld.gov.au/draft-planning-scheme.