Res­i­dents speak out about po­ten­tial haz­ards

Dalby Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Ebony Graveur [email protected]­by­her­ald.com.au

DALBY res­i­dents con­cerned they will soon be neigh­bours with “high im­pact in­dus­try” op­er­a­tors have been given a last-minute ex­ten­sion to sub­mit their ob­jec­tions.

The two-week ex­ten­sion was an­nounced yes­ter­day, two days af­ter a com­mu­nity meet­ing to dis­cuss the im­pact of the pro­posed plan­ning scheme amend­ments which had taken res­i­dents by sur­prise.

The main area to be re­zoned as high im­pact is bor­dered by Dalby-Ko­gan Rd and Yarella Rd and is about 5km from the town cen­tre.

Co-owner of a prop­erty in the pro­posed high im­pact zone, Zena Ron­n­feldt, said she was con­cerned about the pro­posed changes and lack of aware­ness of the is­sue in the com­mu­nity.

Mrs Ron­n­feldt re­quested a copy of the de­tailed In­dus­trial Land Use Strat­egy Re­port and said she was hor­ri­fied by what she read.

“Peo­ple who have been re­zoned are the lucky ones,” Mrs Ron­n­feldt said.

“They will get to sell up and leave, while ev­ery­one else has to stay and live with the toxic emis­sions as no­body will want to buy their house.”

An­other home owner who wished to re­main anony­mous said he first heard about the sit­u­a­tion less than three weeks ago, when he re­ceived a no­tice from coun­cil.

The no­tice said the pur­pose of a high im­pact in­dus­try zone was to har­bour a wide range of in­dus­trial uses likely to have sig­nif­i­cant ad­verse off-site im­pacts in­clud­ing those that re­quired sep­a­ra­tion from sen­si­tive land uses.

“We bought a home in Dalby to one day re­tire on.

“If we wanted to be in high im­pact zon­ing, we could have bought a home near the ethanol plant,” he said.

“That plant is listed as medium, not high. If fuel pro­duc­ing is medium, what’s high?”

Western Downs Re­gional Coun­cil Mayor Paul McVeigh said although sub­mis­sions were orig­i­nally due to­day coun­cil had de­cided to ex­tend it be­cause “we’re keen to hear peo­ple’s views”.

He said Dalby al­ready had a num­ber of busi­nesses that were zoned high im­pact in­dus­try. He listed op­er­a­tions such as the White In­dus­tries foundry, con­crete batch­ing plants, the ethanol plant, Cot­ton Gin, boiler mak­ing, ma­jor man­u­fac­tur­ing and many more as be­ing high im­pact in­dus­tries.

“These in­dus­tries are ma­jor em­ploy­ers in our re­gion and sup­port many di­rect jobs as well as the jobs of other busi­nesses,” he said.

The new date for sub­mis­sions is De­cem­ber 14.


CHANG­ING ZONE: Zena Ron­n­feldt is pic­tured in an ir­ri­gated Bar­ley field on one of the prop­er­ties that WDRC is plan­ning to re­zone as a high im­pact in­dus­try zone.

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