Kinbombi Road resident Russell Seears near the development application notice for a feedlot which he says will not be good for the immediate district or the Mary River.
Kinbombi Road resident Russell Seears near the development application notice for a feedlot which he says will not be good for the immediate district or the Mary River. Renee Pilcher

Resident opposes Kinbombi feedlot

IT isn’t the odour, although that would be unpleasant enough.

It is the detrimental effect on “our district and our community” that has Kinbombi Road resident Russell Seears vehemently opposing a proposed feedlot on the banks of the popular Kinbombi falls.

Mr Seears said it was not the feedlot he was against but its proposed location and the side effects.

“Firstly it will reduce the underground water supply that affects the Goomeri town water weir,” he said.

“Secondly is the seepage and surface run off to the reservoirs.

“Thirdly, the social impact of whatever overflow into Kinbombi Creek to the falls including camping, dirty water and odour. Lastly, but by no means least, the flowing down into the Mary River system.”

It is the last concern that has the Mary River Catchment Co-ordinating Committee (MRCCC) also concerned about the impact of the 499 head feedlot proposal.

Mr Seears said 499 head of cattle would mean the consumption of 80 litres per head per day, equating to 40,000 litres of water per day.

“If that’s being supplied from the weir then, in the end, the weir has to suffer,” Mr Seears said.

He said the original application for a feedlot was not approved by DPI Toowoomba and therefore was not forwarded to council, prompting Mr Seears to wonder why it was “still a live issue”.

Of further concern to Mr Seears is the “misleading” information on the application form.

“It says ‘we note the existing dam on adjacent land and tributaries’ but it doesn’t say that dam is the Goomeri holding pond. Council must know it is the holding pond because they own it. The application also states there is ‘nil’ additional buffers. These people do not care about their neighbours and they do not care about their district.”

Mr Seears said that when it came to this issue, “we cannot rely on common sense”.

Submissions for opposition to the feedlot close on June 23, 2010.

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