Coun­cil re­jects site for fac­tory

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

BRAD Bald­win’s ap­pli­ca­tion to shift his con­crete batch­ing plant from a flood-prone site to higher ground has been re­fused by North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil.

The re­fusal came after con­sul­tant town plan­ner David Newby ad­vised coun­cil­lors the pro­posal did not meet pub­lic health and safety or en­vi­ron­men­tal re­quire­ments set by state and coun­cil plan­ning schemes.

The company re­quested no lim­i­ta­tion on any ap­proval given for the pro­posed site on Luthje Rd, although it av­er­aged 5.5 hours of con­crete batch­ing a month on its present site.

This led to con­sid­er­a­tion of en­vi­ron­men­tal fac­tors that would im­pact the nearby res­i­den­tial area, in­clud­ing noise, dust, wa­ter qual­ity and trans­port move­ments.

Mr Newby said dust from the site was a “big is­sue” and po­ten­tial 5am starts in sum­mer were “so sig­nif­i­cant in it­self (it) would war­rant re­fusal”.

Once the decision stage started on Au­gust 15, coun­cil­lors had to legally ig­nore new ma­te­rial, in­clud­ing a noise as­sess­ment and min­is­te­rial cor­re­spon­dence.

“The ap­pli­cants asked for a decision, but we wanted to ex­tend it,” Mr Newby said.

Act­ing Mayor Faye Whe­lan, in a call for dis­cus­sion, said it would be rare for a coun­cil to go against the rec­om­men­da­tions.

Coun­cil­lor Paul Fran­cis said de­spite dis­cus­sions to bal­ance the ap­pli­ca­tion with the plan­ning scheme, there was “no choice but to refuse”.

Mr Bald­win de­clined to com­ment while the company ex­plored op­tions.

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