Group commercial manager Ron Busby.
Group commercial manager Ron Busby. CHRIS ISON

Court to rule on land dispute

IT’S more than a year since councillors voted to kick Ron Busby’s company off the compound in Port Curtis where he says it has been established for more than 20 years.

The Busby Group is still there, and will continue to trade from the site as a legal dispute is settled in the Planning and Environment Court.

Yesterday Judge Britton agreed to hear an application in October that could settle the matter which has highlighted the chronic shortage of industrial land in Rockhampton.

Since last May’s decision by Rockhampton Regional Council to oust the company on the grounds it was operating without planning approval, the group has scaled back its activities, moving its house relocation business and closing its demolition business.

But it continues to operate a transport depot in Jellicoe St which the council and some local residents want to shut down.

Glenn Raine, whose renovated Queenslander is next door to the Busby Group depot, says he will seek compensation if the court rules in Busby’s favour.

“An independent valuer has told me my house has lost half its value because it’s next to a very active transport depot,” he said.

"There are trucks coming and going six days a week, sometimes from 5am to 9pm.”

Mr Raine contends that when he bought his house, the Busby Group was not using the land for its business activities.

“The company never sought planning permission.

"That’s why councillors voted the way they did.”

He said a transport business should be in either Parkhurst or Gracemere, not in a location, which was effectively out of commission for nearly two months in this summer’s flood.

“Port Curtis is the wrong place for a transport company because the roads are not suitable,” he said.

“It’s a rural zone.” Mr Busby said at the time of the council decision there was no alternative site in the region.

There are trucks coming and going six days a week



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