Own­ers ‘at­tacked’

Central and North Burnett Times - - VOICE OF THE BURNETT -

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,


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