Freeburgh Property to be rehabilitated
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.