Not set in con­crete

Ratepay­ers not happy with ap­pli­ca­tion to shift batch­ing plant

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

TIM and Brad Bald­win, of Sand, Gravel and Con­crete, have ap­plied to re­lo­cate their con­crete batch­ing plant from its Bur­nett Hwy creek­side lo­ca­tion to an in­dus­trial es­tate in Luthje Rd in Monto.

The move will pro­tect the busi­ness from future flood events.

If the ap­pli­ca­tion is suc­cess­ful, there will be two new si­los, con­veyor belts and a con­trol of­fice at the 30 Luthje Rd ad­dress, cur­rently used as a work­shop.

It will be put to North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil next month and the public has un­til Septem­ber 4 to file sub­mis­sions.

As it’s a des­ig­nated in­dus­trial zone, the pro­posal does not re­quire an en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact as­sess­ment, and there is no right for ap­peal once North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil has made a de­ci­sion.

That has mem­bers of the Monto and District Ratepay­ers and Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion con­cerned.

Pres­i­dent Lex Dow said he was stunned and could not be­lieve the classed as code as­sess­able.

He said it would not be changed to im­pact as­sess­able, but said en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions may be added if the ap­pli­ca­tion was ap­proved in the coun­cil.

A Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Her­itage spokesper­son said the devel­op­ment was not an “en­vi­ron­men­tally rel­e­vant ac­tiv­ity”, al­though it would have to com­ply with gen­eral en­vi­ron­men­tal guide­lines in the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Act.

The Bald­wins de­clined to com­ment un­til a de­ci­sion had been made by the coun­cil. devel­op­ment, classed as a nox­ious in­dus­try, did not re­quire an en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact as­sess­ment.

The ratepay­ers group is de­ter­mined to change the na­ture of the ap­pli­ca­tion.

“We don’t think those against the devel­op­ment have had enough time to write their sub­mis­sions,” Mr Dow said.

“The first I heard about it was in the pa­per last week.

“We are go­ing to write to the coun­cil CEO and re­quest more time, and for the project to be as­sessed un­der the im­pact not the code reg­u­la­tions.”

Un­der an im­pact as­sess­ment the pro­posal would re­quire an en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment and the public would have ap­peal rights.

Coun­cil CEO Mark Pitt said the ap­pli­ca­tion was made un­der the old Monto Shire town plan­ning scheme, and un­der those laws the devel­op­ment was

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

NOT HAPPY: The ce­ment batch­ing plant will be right on the Dahtler's doorstep. Their garage is on the left, and the two si­los are planned to go over by the truck.

Jill Dahtler’s new house is 60m from the pro­posed site.

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