Eden urges res­i­dents not to ap­peal

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY SARAH DEAN

Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil Ad­min­is­tra­tor Mike Eden is en­cour­ag­ing the How­long com­mu­nity to look at the con­di­tions im­posed on Clean­away’s de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion for the com­post fa­cil­ity be­fore launch­ing an ap­peal.

Mr Eden’s plea fol­lowed the re­cent ap­proval from the Joint Re­gional Plan­ning Panel for Clean­away to build a com­post fa­cil­ity in the town’s tip, 1500 me­tres from the clos­est house.

“I am urg­ing res­i­dents to not throw their money at an ap­peal,” Mr Eden said in a state­ment to The Free Press.

“Be­fore mak­ing an ap­peal de­ci­sion I would en­cour­age res­i­dents to look at the con­di­tions that were is­sued with the ap­proval from the JRPP.

“In view­ing th­ese con­di­tions, the com­mu­nity will be able to see that con­cerns high­lighted have been ad­dressed.”

Mr Eden ac­knowl­edged that the How­long Com­post De­vel­op­ment had been a long and com­plex process for all in­volved.

“Coun­cil is con­fi­dent that the ap­proval de­ci­sion on the How­long Com­post Fa­cil­ity was based on merit of the de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion,” he said.

“This ap­pli­ca­tion was re­ferred to the JRPP for an im­par­tial as­sess­ment and de­ter­mi­na­tion, and we re­spect the de­ci­sion that has been made.”

Mr Eden said while coun­cil un­der­stands the views of the ob­jec­tors, it is con­fi­dent in the process and that the op­er­a­tion of the fa­cil­ity would not have a detri­men­tal ef­fect.

“I be­lieve the former Corowa Shire Coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to al­low Clean­away to make this ap­pli­ca­tion and to lease the land within the How­long Waste Fa­cil­ity will be seen in a pos­i­tive light when the com­mu­nity looks back on the ini­tia­tive in years to come,” he said.

“There are strict per­mit con­di­tions to be ad­hered to and the com­mu­nity should see this as a fair re­sult for all stake­hold­ers in­volved.”

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