The site of the proposed development.
The site of the proposed development. Shannon Newley

Objections to hatchery grow

MORE Allora residents have stepped forward to raise concerns over the development proposal for a hatchery which could potentially process one million birds per week.

Melba Morris described the development as a “monumental disaster of the highest proportions” as she sent off her letter of objection to the council.

The spokesman for the applicant – Darwalla Milling Pty Ltd – had been overseas for the past few weeks and was unable to comment on the proposed development.

He returned on Wednesday but through the consulting company who put the proposal together – Precinct Planning – said he would wait until the submissions period to finish on July 28 before commenting and addressing the concerns raised in the objections.

Residents' main concerns involved the proximity of the development site to the town and to the town bore, the smell, pollution run-off, noise and the amount of water which would be used for the operation.

Despite creating another possible 32 jobs when fully functioning, plus contractors for the construction of the buildings and deliveries, Mrs Morris said she didn't think those jobs would benefit the community of Allora.

“This will be a drive-in and drive-out show, they'll probably come from Warwick and Toowoomba,” she said.

“There are no houses here for them to live in so they won't be spending their money here.”

Councillor Ross Bartley said he had brought up the issue of confusion over the address with council but maintained it was technically correct.

The development application had the address listed as 290 Forest Plain Rd but the buildings – a hatchery and two dwellings – would actually front onto Bradfields Rd, about 450 metres fromthe Allora water pumping station.

“Legally they have to list it as Forest Plain Rd,” Cr Bartley said.

“It happens quite a bit with rural properties which may have many titles amalgamated in to one address for ratings purposes.”

Submissions both objecting and supporting the development can be lodged at the Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) offices in Albion St until July 28.



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