State Legislation - RED TAPE for Cottage Industries on Rural Land.

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State Legislation - RED TAPE for Cottage Industries on Rural Land.

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Finding employment in rural communities is very difficult for seniors 55-65.  Trying to start your own cottage industry selling homemade sauces, jams and chutneys to visitors from a corner of my shed located on my rural property 20 mins from Stanthorpe Qld is even more of a nightmare due to Red Tape and bureaucratic insanity and excessive fees.

My example : $1810 in application fees to local Council for a Development Application/Material Change of Use,  $770 to have a plan drawn of the tiny corner area in the shed to display my products for Council to be attached to the DA.  $1510 to the Department of Infrastructure and Local Government Planning as my property is located on a very rarely used part of the State Road with a Council Rd on one side.   Told by the Department of State Road, Queensland after having paid the fee that I am to block off my entrance onto their road and build an entrance and car park off the Council's Road - approx. cost $3000-$5000. This entrance and car-park would  now be more than 100 meters away from the shed.  If this is not done cannot sell my home-made products from my shed.   Next, needed to undertake a water management plan as I have tank water.  Approximate costs of plumber, new down pipes and state of the art water filter $2000-$2500.   Next Council's building inspector needs to come and have a look at the little corner in my shed that will be displaying my products : cost $185 p/h with a minimum of 3 hours. No guarantee that he will accept the idea.  Then there was the cost of DA signs to be place on both roads - Cost $80 and the advert to be placed in local paper : Cost $320.00.   The application was lodge Aug 2016  and the little shop is still unopened due to lack of funds for the remaining conditions imposed.

All this to sell home-made products from my rural property to try and earn my living.   THIS BUREAUCRATIC NONSENSE HAS TO STOP NOW.  So far out of pocket for $4600 without the Council road entrance and water management plan and visit by building inspector.  Cannot afford to carry on.  All the conditions are notified to you the applicant after paying the fees.  Not viable for a cottage/home kitchen business that has been placed in the same category and has to abide by the same rules and regulations as big business.

I realise that there needs to be rules and regulations, but there also needs to be common sense .  My proposed shop in my already existing shed does not impact on the environment, does not impact on traffic conditions, does not impact on my neighbours peace and quite, does not create pollution and waste and the list goes on.  I pay the council a food licence to manufacture my products to sell at markets, but would like to have the right to sell them on my property from my shed while I am at home making them by advertising in the Tourist Information Centre promoting the  Paddock to plate concept.  There are many like me that would like to earn their living by selling their farm products from their properties, but the Red Tape and Regulations, over the top fees and so on make it so difficult that the ideas are often abandoned.  PLEASE HELP ME CHANGE THIS, so we can bring back cottage industries into rural and regional Qld .  Fees and other regulations  need to be set according to the size of the project, it location and its impact on the area. Government interference needs to be minimal if the project is minimal e.g. local artist selling their creations, local farmers like myself selling products made from their produce, and so many others that fit the tiny cottage industry category, selling off their own properties in rural Australia.  The benefit to the community is that we continue to earn our living in regions that are deprived of employment opportunities.    In order to make our products we need to purchase items from local businesses therefore we contribute to other local businesses.  Being able to create is a tonic for mental health.   The more we can create , the more attractive the rural community becomes.  If we all have to abandon our creativity and ideas because of Bureaucratic insanity and excessive fees, then we loose our rural identity.

Please help revive Cottage industries on rural properties by asking State Government and local Councils to make it easier and affordable: and to look at individual cases rather than putting us all in the same basket under the same rules and regulations as big business.  Thank you. Claudine

 

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