Seeney calls for council to reject concrete batching plant

DEPUTY Premier Jeff Seeney has urged the North Burnett Regional Council to refuse a request to build a concrete batching plant on the Monto street he calls home.

Baldwin's Sand, Gravel and Concrete applied to relocate its Burnett Hwy concrete plant to an industrial estate on Luthje Rd.

Neighbours were invited to voice their concerns, but the development has been classed as "code" rather than "impact" assessable under the planning scheme for Monto Shire. This means the proposal will require no environmental impact assessment and there will be no right to appeal the council decision.

But Mr Seeney is unimpressed with the idea.

"I believe it is beyond reasonable doubt that the proposed concrete batching plant will create noise and dust nuisances and it is extremely unlikely that conditions can be imposed to protect the amenity of nearby residential uses," a letter to chief executive officer Mark Pitt stated.

"I believe the council should refuse the development application."

Mr Seeney said the council should use the draft North Burnett Town Planning Scheme rather than the soon-to-be obsolete Planning Scheme for Monto Shire.

"It is generally accepted that considerable weight should be given to the planning document if it has gone under public consultation," he wrote.


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