Port Curtis man Kevin Tomkins speaks to more than 70 locals at a community meeting opposing Toll’s application to expand its depot.
Port Curtis man Kevin Tomkins speaks to more than 70 locals at a community meeting opposing Toll’s application to expand its depot. Emma Mcbryde Rokacurtis

Community opposes Toll expansion

AMANDA Nunn recently moved back to Port Curtis, in Rockhampton, to raise her children in the community she grew up in.

But it is not the same place she once loved.

She told more than 70 other angry locals at a community meeting at Port Curtis Road State School on Tuesday night that her children had been suffering from nightmares caused by loud noises from surrounding machinery and freight companies working late into the night.

And it may be only the beginning for the small community still reeling from floods that devastated the area earlier this year.

The locals banded together to show their opposition to freight company Toll Holdings’ application to Rockhampton Regional Council to expand its depot.

Ms Nunn asked council’s town planner Brett Bacon why a multi-national company was allowed to expand its premises when she was refused council permission to build a shed on her property because the region was classified as flood-plains.

The resident who organised the meeting, Ian Whitehead, said he had studied the 400-page application.

In his submission to the council opposing the application Mr Whitehead said he had added bright “lighting, dust, noise and cruelty to animals” as problems.

He said he was worried what chemicals would be stored on the premises.

Although no Toll representatives were present at the meeting, the company’s general manager of group corporate affairs, Andrew Ethell, told The Morning Bulletin yesterday it would only be diesel that was stored.

Mr Bacon said the council had not yet come to a decision on the application, but even if they opposed it “the buck did not stop there”.

He told the group Toll could appeal the decision in the Planning and Environment Court or simply ignore it.

But Mr Ethell said he could not say what their actions would be if the council refused the expansion.

“We’ve been working closely with the council on the application,” he said.

Councillors Cherie Rutherford, Greg Belz and Glenda Mather also attended the meeting, but did not address the group.

The school’s principal, Mandy Norton-McNeill, said the school had no opinion on Toll’s application.



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