Support for regional development panel

PANEL: EPLGA president Sam Telfer said the Eyre Peninsula councils working together would deliver the best outcomes for the region.
PANEL: EPLGA president Sam Telfer said the Eyre Peninsula councils working together would deliver the best outcomes for the region.

The establishment of a regional development assessment panel to assist with major infrastructure projects on Eyre Peninsula could be a step closer following endorsement from the Eyre Peninsula Local Government Association.

The EPLGA board moved to establish a single regional panel at its meeting in Wudinna on December 6 to include all member councils except Whyalla City Council.

EPLGA president Sam Telfer said the formation of a regional panel recognised that the councils working together would help deliver major regional projects and better financial outcomes.

"It came into place because of changes to state planning legislation and Eyre Peninsula councils recognise the advantages from those changes by working together," he said.

"We recognise by working together we can deliver the best results for the ratepayers."

Mr Telfer said many of the everyday development applications would still fit under existing council development plans but would come into play for projects that are larger or have the potential to have a bigger regional impact.

He said how the panel would be structured was still being developed and the EPLGA would look at what was the best model.

Port Lincoln mayor Brad Flaherty has expressed his support for a regional assessment panel.

He said the Eyre Peninsula had a strong voice and if the councils worked together that voice would be louder.

"As a group of councils on the Eyre Peninsula we have a stronger voice when we speak as one region," he said.

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