Howlong community to appeal approved compost facility
The Howlong community will fight the recently approved Howlong Compost Facility development application all the way, according to Howlong Community Committee Chairman Stuart Sizer.
Howlong residents will rally at a community meeting on Monday, August 11 from 7pm at the Howlong Golf Resort where they will discuss their next step, including talks of an appeal in the NSW Land and Environment Court.
The meeting had previously been organised for today (September 6) but the committee wanted to make sure it had all the critical information at its fingertips before informing the community.
The facility is planned to be built just 600 meters from the nearest residents and 1500 metres from the town’s residential areas.
Mr Sizer said news that Cleanaway’s development application had been approved was “extremely devastating” given the enormous amount of work put into the presentations
made to the Western Joint Regional Planning Panel.
“The reality is that common sense didn’t prevail, it’s inappropriate, poorly planned and we don’t need it in our town,” he said.
“There are other alternatives and that’s what we are still fighting for.
“What is really disappointing is that the JRPP has ignored those 300 objectors and the 57 individuals who spoke to the JRPP at a public meeting on June 15 this year.
“They expressed very personal issues which included how proud they are of Howlong and why the facility should not be constructed.
“Why would such a facility that will cause odour issues and create traffic problems be allowed?”
Mr Sizer said the community was prepared to go into battle.
“We want to ramp up this fight and we have just had a call from (Farrer MP) Sussan Ley’s office, she is going to send a representative to the meeting and we are trying to get national television coverage,” he said.
The newly elected Federation Council will not be sworn in until late September, which coincides with the 28-day deadline for the Howlong Community Committee to officially decide whether to appeal the JRPP decision in the NSW Land and Environment Court.
JRPP Chairman Gordon Kirkby said the decision to approve the development application was a result of considerable deliberation, community consultation and assessment in line with current planning, policy and strategic plans.
“The panel acknowledges the complexity of the issues and has taken time and care in its deliberations, including a follow-up meeting with the Howlong Community Committee,” he said.
“We’ve read every submission received during the exhibition period and listened to the community’s views during the public meeting.
“We sought additional information on key issues including air quality and health impacts, traffic impacts and the development and growth of Howlong.
“We’re satisfied that all potential impacts can be mitigated.”
Mr Kirkby said in approving the development, the panel sought to strengthen the com-
Federation Council Administrtor Mike Eden.
Residents attended the panel hearing to voice their opposition to the development in June.