Emu Park developer legal challenge

THE developer behind a controversial Emu Park project has launched a legal challenge against the Capricorn Coast Iconic Places Panel in the Planning and Environment Court at Rockhampton.

The Emu Park Industrial Site proponent wants to overturn the panel’s decision to reject its application.

The challenge was lodged on December 14.

The project, to develop a light industrial business park, had earlier been supported by Rockhampton Regional Council and the panel’s decision infuriated Mayor Brad Carter who subsequently sought a meeting with the state’s Infrastructure Minister, Stirling Hinchliffe.

Cr Carter fears millions of investment dollars are at risk and hopes the controversial legislation, that enabled the panel to be set up, will be binned after an official review.

The council is not part of the developer’s legal challenge.

The developer contests the reasons given by the panel to refuse the application.

These include that the development compromises the achievement of the desired environmental outcome for the area and that the development is premature.

The application generated a strong community response with 133 submissions made after it was publicly notified twice.



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