Zon­ing is­sue could hin­der grain project

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - REPORTER NEWS - Zach Relph and Han­nelore Hep­burn

HAR­VEY Shire Coun­cil has wel­comed CBH Group’s plan to build a 120,000-tonne grain re­ceival site in Roe­lands, but says res­i­den­tial zon­ing is­sues could af­fect its de­vel­op­ment.

CBH gen­eral man­ager of op­er­a­tions David Cap­per said the group was ex­plor­ing build­ing the fa­cil­ity at Treen­dale Road in a bid to cater for the Bun­bury catch­ment’s in­creas­ing grain sup­ply.

Mr Cap­per con­ceded it was “dif­fi­cult to put a firm time­frame” on the $9 mil­lion project but said if the board chose to pro­ceed he hoped it would be ready for the 2017-18 har­vest.

“A range of fac­tors came into play prompt­ing CBH Group to in­ves­ti­gate Roe­lands as a po­ten­tial lo­ca­tion for a grain re­ceival site,” Mr Cap­per said.

“We recog­nise we have an op­por­tu­nity to im­prove ser­vices in this re­gion as part of our fo­cus on pro­vid­ing the most com­pet­i­tive sup­ply chain to all of our grow­ers.

“The site on Treen­dale Road also has the ben­e­fit of re­cent up­grades to the Coal­fields High­way. This in­fra­struc­ture now makes the project a vi­able op­tion where it wasn’t be­fore.”

De­spite the an­nounce­ment, Har­vey shire pres­i­dent Ta­nia Jack­son said con­sul­ta­tion with CBH about the pro­posed grain re­ceival site was needed be­cause of Roe­lands’ spe­cial res­i­den­tial zon­ing.

“We have not re­ceived any in­for­ma­tion from the group but it is con­cern­ing that the area is a spe­cial res­i­den­tial area,” Cr Jack­son said.

“It is also ad­ja­cent to a river and the fu­ture planned de­vel­op­ment of Wanju City.

“Our pref­er­ence would be to talk di­rectly the CBH Group to find out what their plans are.”

Har­vey shire plan­ning ser­vices man­ager Si­mon Hall said a CBH of­fi­cial had called this week to sched­ule a meet­ing, but no date was set.

“We have not yet held pre­lim­i­nary dis­cus­sions with the group or re­ceived any in­for­ma­tion on the size or ex­act lo­ca­tion of the pro­posed grain re­ceival fa­cil­ity,” Mr Hall said.

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