CONCERNS: More than 70 residents turned up to oppose development in the region.
CONCERNS: More than 70 residents turned up to oppose development in the region. Contributed

Locals voice concerns about quarry and poultry development

ROSEVALE, Moorang and Mount Walker residents have rallied against the Scenic Rim Council and State Government complaining of a lack of consultation on development in the area.

More than 70 people attended a meeting organised by the Scenic Rim Sustainable Development Group at Rosevale last week.

Residents affected by the recently approved Mt Walker quarry and the proposed mega poultry development for Tarome Road voiced their concerns about the planning process.

Mt Walker residents said the quarry development had been approved in an area that had been heavily subdivided in the past by previous councils.

They raised concerns about the impact of gravel trucks each day on homes along the access road. Residents said up to 250 double units of gravel trucks each day would move past the homes to Rosewood and the Cunningham Highway.

Rosevale and Moorang residents complained about the precedent set by the proposed 16 shed broiler farm, housing chickens produced for poultry meat, at 1939 Tarome Road, Moorang.

They were concerned of the impacts on the waterways in the Bremer River catchment and that there was still no detail on how impact on local roads would be managed.

The residents told the meeting there was only a three week window to respond to the complex proposals.

Four mayoral candidates including Mayor John Brent accepted invitations to speak at the meeting and Division 6 Councillor Duncan McInnes and Division 6 candidate Troy Coombes also addressed the meeting.

Cr Brent said the quarry was approved by council subject to about 50 conditions.

The Tarome Rd poultry development application is yet to go before council.

Cr Brent said both developments were publicly notified and the council was complying with the timeframe and requirements of the state government's planning legislation.

"The poultry farm is a legitimate, rural use in a rural area under the planning act and the SEQ Regional Plan.

"If it is, it gets half a tick going forward. Then you look at the other issues concerned; Does it meet the odour requirements, does it meet separation distances, are there adequate roads?"

Resident Zachary Christensen said residents were sick of the blame game played by both the local government and state government representatives.

"It appears that the Scenic Rim Council is either unable or unwilling to use their strategic plan to challenge State Government planning guidelines to protect their residents and the environment from inappropriate development," he said.

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