Free­burgh Prop­erty to be re­ha­bil­i­tated

Alpine Observer - - News -

By STRUAN JONES

AN AP­PLI­CA­TION for a plan­ning per­mit has been lodged with the Alpine Shire Coun­cil for the use and de­vel­op­ment of a prop­erty in Free­burgh to ex­tract stones in or­der to re­ha­bil­i­tate the land for graz­ing.

The ap­pli­ca­tion has been put for­ward to coun­cil by a Bright town plan­ning con­sul­tancy on be­half of the Wandiligong owner of the prop­erty, with works ex­pected to be car­ried out by a lo­cal en­gi­neer­ing firm that has ex­per­tise in gravel ex­trac­tion.

The prop­erty along the Great Alpine Road is a former pine plan­ta­tion that was not re­ha­bil­i­tated af­ter his­tor­i­cal dredg­ing and har­vest­ing of trees, and was left un­du­lat­ing, rocky and un­suit­able for agri­cul­ture.

The ap­pli­ca­tion de­scribes the cur­rent state of the prop­erty “a blight on the land­scape” which needs to be re­ha­bil­i­tated to be “con­sis­tent with the ad­join­ing land”.

Res­i­dents liv­ing within 500 me­tres of the site were no­ti­fied of the plans through a door­knock on Au­gust 6, with some res­i­dents rais­ing con­cerns over po­ten­tial truck traf­fic, noise, and dust.

Ac­cord­ing to the ap­pli­ca­tion, sort­ing of stone will oc­cur on site for up to four weeks a year, how­ever no blast­ing or rock break­ing will be re­quired.

Truck move­ments along the Great Alpine Road will num­ber be­tween two to six per day, and the works are ex­pected to be com­pleted within two- to three years, ac­cord­ing to the ap­pli­cant.

So far coun­cil has re­ceived nine ob­jec­tions to the ap­pli­ca­tion.

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