THE purpose of the Monto planning scheme is not just to ensure sustainable development, but to also provide a level playing field for all of the Monto community.
The attention given to the vocal minority recently in relation to the proposed lawful movement of the concrete batching plant from the flood area in which it is located to industrial land on the fringe of town has been embarrassing.
As the applicant, I have complied with all of the provisions of the planning scheme, yet the owners have suffered constant attack from a small number of people that clearly either have not read the application report or don’t understand it.
The council has performed very badly in its role in this matter including when advertising for submissions, clearly not making it clear that supporters were entitled to also make submissions.
The term “noxious industry” that I was advised to identify as the “use” under the planning scheme simply shows the limitations of the scheme adopted by Monto councillors in 2006. An expert has now prepared a report that clearly shows no negative impact on anyone in Monto and as the applicant I have not heard from a single soul in relation to the matter.
Comments like those contained in the CNBT of September 25 by Mr Seeney in relation to the matter will be viewed very badly by the court should it be necessary to appeal council’s decision.
The majority of the community is aware that if this business is relocated to outside of the NBRC area, Monto’s economy would most likely never recover from the loss. Rick Drew,