TARGET: Emma and Nick Bennett, of Peak Events Pty Ltd, own Garapine, at Traveston.
TARGET: Emma and Nick Bennett, of Peak Events Pty Ltd, own Garapine, at Traveston. Renee Albrecht

Corbets, council put heat on Garapine for 'illegal' business

GYMPIE Regional council and the Corbet's group have turned the heat on their opponents, in a costly legal dispute over a planned quarry and concrete operation at Traveston.

Yesterday, Corbet representative Christopher Hughes QC, told the Planning and Environment Court the Garapine outdoor education centre, on land next to the Corbet property, appeared to be operating without council approval.

 

The court was told this was because the facility, zoned for outdoor education in 1992, had ceased to be used for this when the property was acquired for the Traveston Crossing dam.

 

But Sunshine Coast town planning witness, James Brownsworth told the court it might not be as simple as that.

He named another facility which he said had experienced a 17-year gap before renewing operations.

He had read documents in which the council appeared to have accepted Garapine was an existing lawful use.

Mr Brownsworth was one of three planners who advised on the Corbet's plan to add a hard rock quarry and concrete batching plant to its landscape supplies operation at Traveston.

He said he differed from the other two in his belief that, while a quarry was an accepted rural zoning use, this would not necessarily be the case with a concrete batching plant.

Quarries, he said were necessarily located in areas, some inaccessible, where rock could be found. Concrete plants were often better located near their market, he said.

They were usually found in more urban industrial areas, with high impact industries.

The court was told the gap in Garapine's outdoor education operations occurred after the state government dam company, Queensland Water Infrastructure, bought the land in 2008.

The current owner took over in 2015 and had resumed Garapine operations without further approval or objection from the council, the court was told (in various submissions).

Phillip Hack SC, appeared for Garapine's owner, Peak Events Pty Ltd, and Mary Valley Community Group Inc.

He questioned what he called "hints" that Garapine was also operating unlawfully by clearing vegetation.

 

The case continues in Brisbane today.

Gympie Times


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