Salvage yard may yet be passed

ROCKHAMPTON Regional Council appears to be setting itself up for a back flip on the proposed controversial Kanga Bins salvage yard at Thozet Road.

A media release was issued yesterday saying Cr Greg Belz will table a notice of motion at today's meeting seeking support to allow council officers to negotiate a consent order in the Planning and Development Court, where Kanga Bins has challenged the local authority's decision to reject its application to build a salvage yard.

Council and the mayor yesterday said they were not in a position to answer questions regarding the likely success or failure of the Kanga Bins appeal.

But with concerns the court could rule against council and provide lenient conditions on a facility, Cr Belz said he wanted to make sure the interests of nearby residents were looked after.

The consent order would seek a minimum standard equivalent to the original conditions recommended by council officers.

The court is likely to be supportive of any agreement council officers reach with Kanga Bins representatives. Cr Belz believes a consent order is the common-sense approach and is urging his fellow colleagues to back the motion.

He argued the adversarial nature of the court rarely led to the best decision for any party. “This is the best way to protect the future for nearby residents and the business,” Cr Belz said.

Mayor Brad Carter said council had previously voted against accepting its officer's recommendation to conditionally approve the facility because it didn't feel these went far enough to protect the amenity of the area.

“We have a duty of care to ensure that this development protects the amenity for both the community and the environment. This proposed notice of motion will ensure the original approval conditions will be the minimum standard for the negotiations.”

The court recently ruled against the council in another matter where Etna Creek residents challenged a decision to approve the extension to the Milbi detox centre.



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