Carnell Raceway, council set to face court
STANTHORPE'S Carnell Raceway will continue to be a bugbear for the Southern Downs Regional Council with a group of opponents lodging a court action over approval of extra race days.
Seven appellants have put their names to the appeal filed in the Planning and Environment Court of Queensland in the last week of November.
Both council and the Stanthorpe and District Sporting Car Club (SDSCC) are listed as co-respondents in the appeal, which council will try to settle through negotiation in the hope of avoiding a costly full-blown court hearing.
A compromise approval was issued by council at the start of November, giving the tick to 24 race days a year, significantly less than the 40 originally applied for by the SDSCC.
Club spokesman Rob Brown told the Border Post at the time the process had been a matter of "give and take".
"There were a few submitters not keen on the night time idea so we were happy to compromise," Mr Brown said.
"We have to think about the future of the club when making this decision and finally agreeing because this will be the be all and end all."
Appellants Jonathan and Beverley Cowan, Barry Creed, Salvatore Di Bella, Mark Halloran, Ian and Sue Jackson, Michael McAuliffe and John Wilson are seeking for the court to strike out the council's approval in full.
In the court document their grounds of appeal are that the proposal conflicts with the region's planning rules and will have "unacceptable adverse impacts...in relation to smell, fumes, light, noise, dust and traffic".
The appellants also argue the approval is "inconsistent" with the original approval of Carnell granted in 1994.Council is yet to formally respond to the appeal.