Bid to halt El­jasie plan

The Cairns Post - - NEWS - CHRIS CAL­CINO chris.cal­cino@news.com.au

A RETINUE of brawny beer­smiths are ready to thump Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil’s front re­cep­tion desk with more than 10kg of solid op­po­si­tion to a pro­posed in­dus­trial sub­di­vi­sion.

Ma­cal­is­ter Brew­ery owner Rob Callin started invit­ing cus­tomers and Smithfield res­i­dents three weeks ago to make a sub­mis­sion against an in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment on the bar’s doorstep.

He will de­liver 2100 signed sub­mis­sions when the Spence St coun­cil of­fice opens this morn­ing, each on a sep­a­rate piece of A4 pa­per weigh­ing roughly 5g apiece.

“The coun­cil tells me it’s the big­gest re­sponse they’ve ever had against a de­vel­op­ment,” Mr Callin said.

“Be­fore that, it was the eight-storey Clifton Beach de­vel­op­ment that had about 700 sub­mis­sions. So this is pretty sub­stan­tial.”

Mr Callin will bring his five staff to the coun­cil cham­bers today, hop­ing to drum up further sup­port for the cause.

De­vel­oper El­jasie has sub­mit­ted a de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion to cre­ate a 22-lot mixe­duse in­dus­trial precinct on land east of Mt Mil­man Drive.

Mr Callin said it would fall right be­hind the mi­cro­brew­ery and de­stroy the cur­rent sweep­ing views over green cane fields.

He said he took out a 10- year-lease on the site be­cause the coun­cil had told him the ad­ja­cent land was zoned ru­ral would not be de­vel­oped in the next 30 years be­cause it was prone to flood­ing.

“If it still goes ahead, I don’t think peo­ple will be happy,” he said.

“I think it would prob­a­bly fold us.

“When you own a brew­ery, the keg and bot­tle trade takes a long time to build up.

“I’ve de­lib­er­ately cho­sen to build up the bar trade first to al­low us to ex­pand later, so we can cre­ate jobs over the years,” he said.

“If they kill my bar trade, it will prob­a­bly kill my busi­ness.”

Mr Callin said he had been los­ing sleep due to stress.

At­tempts to con­tact the de­vel­oper have failed.

THE COUN­CIL TELLS ME IT’S THE BIG­GEST RE­SPONSE THEY’VE EVER HAD AGAINST A DE­VEL­OP­MENT … SO THIS IS PRETTY SUB­STAN­TIAL

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Pic­ture: MARC McCOR­MACK

OP­PO­SI­TION BREW­ING: Rob Callin, owner of Ma­cal­is­ter Brew­ing, says set­ting up an in­dus­trial sub­di­vi­sion at Smithfield would most likely de­stroy his busi­ness.

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