Mayor warns developers

MAYOR Brad Carter is calling on resource sector companies to show respect to the Rockhampton community and communicate with the council on key projects.

Cr Carter said the performance to date of mining and resource sector companies in engaging with council about their future intentions left a lot to be desired.

His comments came after the council wrote a letter to Arrow Energy expressing concern that the gas exploration company proposed building a pipeline through land earmarked as the future heartland of Gracemere's industrial zone.

Details of Arrow's proposal were unveiled at a community meeting held recently.

The company says it plans to act on the advice of expert engineers and avoid a section of the Stanwell Industrial Corridor, bypassing flood-prone land at Yeppen and nearby high-residential areas, by running a segment of pipeline through Gracemere.

"We have written to Arrow apprising them of our concerns about the pipeline on the future viability of the Gracemere industrial area," Cr Carter said.

"I will be having further dialogue with Arrow, or anyone else, who wants to run a pipeline in this vicinity."

While this is the only pipeline project he is aware of that wants to deviate from the industrial corridor path, Cr Carter had a clear message for other resource sector companies wanting to operate in the region.

"The greatest issue confronting this community for the foreseeable future is the engagement between these companies and council," Cr Carter said.

"The level of engagement leaves a lot to be desired and can be improved.

"I think mining and resource companies are tending to show a lack of respect to our community."

He said the issue would become increasingly prevalent in the future.



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