That data gets used for the 'Read more information' link on applications in PlanningAlerts.
It's very annoying that the council are publishing a list of documents relating to development applications, rather than a list of applications :(
I think the best thing to do is use the page with the list of documents/applications as the info url, e.g. http://www.burdekin.qld.gov.au/building-planning-and-infrastructure/town-planning/current-development-applications/
That way when someone gets an alert and they click the 'read more' link, they should be able to find the series of documents relating to the application they're interested in if they are available.
Better than nothing.
How does that sound?
Thanks for this great contribution by the way :) Almost 20,000 people live up there are can start getting PlanningAlerts when this is done.