Freight depot a sticky issue

ANGRY residents will use a public meeting next week to urge councillors to reject further development of a freight depot in Port Curtis.

Campaigners have organised a meeting at Port Curtis School on Tuesday evening to discuss the latest plans submitted by road and rail freight handler Toll Holdings.

The council’s planning chief Brett Bacon will be there, along with divisional councillor Cherie Rutherford and Cr Greg Belz.

Cr Glenda Mather said she hoped to get to the meeting.

“It’s been a bone of contention for people in Port Curtis since before amalgamation and needs sorting out,” she said.

At the start of 2010 Toll Holdings took a $71,000 hit in fees when it allowed a planning application to lapse.

Mayor Brad Carter and the previous chief executive Alastair Dawson had attempted to mediate between the company and residents who claimed it had ignored restrictions on operating times.

That mediation failed and Toll was advised to submit a new application so that binding conditions could be imposed.

Councillors are torn between support for residents who want a good night’s sleep and a belief that Toll’s depot is in the right place, alongside the railway line.

There are fears that the company could quit the region and sack its workers.

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