How­long Com­post fight heats up

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE -

A large crowd of more than 200 res­i­dents at­tended the How­long Com­mu­nity Com­mit­tee public meet­ing on Mon­day night to hear the next step in their fight against Clean­away’s com­post fa­cil­ity be­ing built on the edge of town.

Res­i­dents agreed to en­ter an ap­peal in the NSW Land and En­vi­ron­ment Court to stop the re­cently ap­proved de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion by the Joint Re­gional Plan­ning Panel.

Newly-elected Fed­er­a­tion coun­cil­lors Shaun Whitechurch, Pat Bourke and David Lon­g­ley, at­tended the public meet­ing.

Mr Whitechurch said there were a lot of pas­sion­ate peo­ple at the meet­ing.

“I wanted to go along and see what the peo­ple in the town wanted be­cause part of my election cam­paign was that I would be the peo­ple’s voice and I have to represent the com­mu­nity and I couldn’t represent the com­mu­nity if I didn’t know what they wanted,” he said.

“The mes­sage that came out of the meet­ing was that they were go­ing to take le­gal ac­tion and ask the new coun­cil whether or not they can make a de­ci­sion and try and stop this or put fur­ther con­di­tions on it.

“The new coun­cil is go­ing to have a fair few mat­ters brought to its at­ten­tion in re­gards to it just on last night’s meet­ing.”

The HCC has a meet­ing ar­ranged with se­nior staff from the NSW plan­ning min­is­ter’s of­fice.

The com­mit­tee has also been in con­tact with the le­gal team which helped stop the com­post fa­cil­ity be­ing built at Gerogery.

How­long Com­mu­nity Com­mit­tee Chair­man Stu­art Sizer ad­dress­ing the public meet­ing at the How­long Golf Re­sort on Mon­day night.

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