Irene Besch and Col Weeks are among Bajool residents protesting against plans for another explosives storage complex.
Irene Besch and Col Weeks are among Bajool residents protesting against plans for another explosives storage complex. Allan Reinikka

That's enough of explosives here!

FAY McCamley says when it comes to explosives, Bajool is under enough threat already without the additional risks posed by another 45,000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate.

The secretary of the Bajool Ratepayers Association is one of the angry locals mounting a campaign against a proposal for another explosives storage complex close to the small town.

Bajool, on the Bruce Hwy 35km south of Rocky, is already home to an explosives factory and store.

“How many thousands of tonnes of explosives will we be living with?” said Fay.

Residents will get a chance to tell councillors why they should reject the proposal by a company called Maxime to develop a site to store the material, together with a bagging plant, fertiliser blending plant and a short-term high-explosive store.

If it goes ahead the business would generate up to 710 heavy vehicle movements a month.

“There's a lot of anger and concern because 18 months ago there was a leakage and the people were not advised of the potential hazard.

“There are more than 40 children in our local school and yet there's no evacuation plan and no consultation.”

Cr Sandra O'Brien is also fuming about the proposal, claiming it would make Bajool a likely terrorism target.

“I will try to persuade my colleagues on the council to reject the application. It's against the town plan and very unfair to a community that is already under threat. We have to make a stand sometime.”

Residents fear there's already more potentially lethal explosive in Bajool than in any other place in Australia.

“There's a powerline and high pressure gas pipeline across the land in question. It could be catastrophic,” said Fay.



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