Protestors to lodge submissions

A TECHNICALITY means opponents to a controversial Orica explosives store at Moy Pocket now have until November 12 to make submissions against the plan.

Outspoken Moy Pocket Road resident Ian Mackay has said while residents and other users of hinterland roads were expecting a decision soon, a technicality has meant the application has had to be re-advertised.

Yesterday Gympie Regional Council Planning and Development Chairman Ian Petersen said there was some error with the first advertisement asking for submissions so the submission period was opened again.

Originally the application attracted some 160 objections and two petitions against storing the explosives, when it was advertised back in August. Mr Mackay says the re-advertisement was bound to raise a few questions for those who originally submitted.

“The key question will be whether there is a need for fresh submissions but I’ve been assured by both Council and independent planners that, while fresh submissions are possible, all earlier submissions remain valid and will be fully considered by Gympie Regional Council when assessing the application. As well as this, I’ve been repeatedly reassured that earlier submitters also retain full appeal rights,” Mr Mackay said.

This was backed up by Cr Petersen yesterday.

“The sign went up again outside the quarry on Monday and the closing date for submissions is November 12, which means a decision is unlikely before the New Year,” Mr Mackay said.

The full application is available for perusal at council and Mr Mackay said the Stop Press website would be updated.

Gympie Times

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