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Grain shed 'will surround us all'

Ron and Rosemary Gwynne, Helen and Geoff Pitstock, Kelvin Brooks, John and Ding Atkinson and Pat Attard are strongly against the proposal to change this area of land to an industrial area.
Ron and Rosemary Gwynne, Helen and Geoff Pitstock, Kelvin Brooks, John and Ding Atkinson and Pat Attard are strongly against the proposal to change this area of land to an industrial area. Erin Smith

A PROPOSAL to change 32 hectares of prime farming land on a property off Warwick-Allora Rd into a major grain storage facility has residents in an uproar.

The facility plans to utilise the existing rail network in the Allora region.

If the plan is approved by the Southern Downs Regional Council, Helen and Geoff Pitstock's property will be surrounded by the new facility.

Mrs Pitstock said they were not just worried about the visual impact.

"The grain dust will probably be the worst," she said.

"We all use tank water around here and the dust will settle on the roof and end up in our water."

Mr Pitstock said the area was zoned as rural.

"They are trying to change it to medium impact industrial which means they can operate 24/7," he said.

"There would obviously be a lot of noise."

Mrs Pitstock said she struggled to comprehend just how big it would be.

"You just sit there and try to visualise it but you can't because it is just so massive," she said.

According to the proposal the grain bunker storage shed will be 350m long, 37m wide and 7.8m tall.

The rail in-load holding silos will stand at 27.8m.

Kelvin Brooks lives directly across from the proposed development.

"I'm most concerned about the dust which is a health issue," he said.

"There will be extra traffic and it will have a negative impact on property prices."

 

To make a submission

Application no: MCU/01280

Send to: The assessment manager, PO Box 26, Warwick

Phone: 4661 0300

Email: mail@southerndowns.qld.gov.au

Closing date: 13/09/12



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