A GRAIN processing plant has been approved to be built on Mary’s Mount Road by Gunnedah Shire Council’s planning, environment and development committee.
Gunnedah Shire Council’s planning and environmental services director Michael Silver.
The committee approval, which was subject to a number of conditions, will go to a full council to be ratified at the end of the month.
The development proposes to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The plant will have the ability to process up to 28,000 tonnes of agricultural produce annually, with 9,800 tonne of oil and 18,200 tonne of seed meal produced.
About 12 residents were at the meeting yesterday, with Joe Newbery, whose property is opposite the Riverine Milling plant site, giving a presentation to council.
Mr Newbery said he had raised concerns including the plant’s 24-hour operation, road safety, school bus safety, koala protection and dust suppression.
“Lastly, we ask the council to consider that this industrial development is proposed to be constructed and operated right in the middle of a cluster of small properties all with young families,” Mr Newbery told the committee.
“At the moment, Marys Mount is a peaceful and harmonious community of families, most of whom have moved to this area in the past three to five years because of this character.”
Mr Newbery said residents were distressed Councillor Gwen Griffen had dismissed their concerns as “silly” in the meeting.
“It is like council is preferencing big business over current residents,” he said.
Gunnedah Shire Council received 17 submissions in response to the development application.
The report to the council committee by council’s planning and environmental services director Michael Silver said the development was “consistent with the land use objectives”. He said the issues raised in the submissions had been addressed.
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