Residents want feedlot shifted
DESPITE a Gympie Regional Council representative speaking at length at Wednesday’s Council meeting on why a proposed feedlot would not pose a problem to Goomeri’s water supply or Kinbombi Falls, nearby resident Russell Seears insists Council is still not listening to locals’ concerns.
He says residents want the feedlot moved to another location on the property and the applicant’s network of water supply over the property make it easy to relocate the development to a remote area away from nearby houses and the Kinbombi Falls picnic area.
"This may incur some extra pumping, yard building and road works but surely that must be costed against losing future tourist business for the local economy and preserving our natural environment for future generations." he said.
Under the draft Wide Bay Regional Plan, he said, council will be required to ensure development is planned, designed, constructed and operated to protect environmental values and water quality of all regional surface and ground water.
However, GRC Priority Infrastructure Planning Engineer Neil Weller said that among the eight pages of conditions laid down by the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI) were stringent ”broad sweeping” requirements, such as “contaminants that may cause environmental harm must not be allowed to directly or indirectly enter any waters that leave the Land.”
Cr Tony Perrett said in his experience regulations imposed on feedlots were so stringent that there had never been any issues with contaminants leaving existing feedlots in the region.