Kidd St residents hang hope on report

KIDD Street residents who submitted against a proposed concrete batching plant metres from their homes in Emerald are holding onto hope that two pending CHRC commissioned flood reports will save them from the development.

“They appear to be the only thing that might save us,” Kidd St resident Sharon Cooper said of the reports.

Mrs Copper said she was very worried heading into last Monday’s council meeting after it was revealed the batching plant was recommended for approval, yet again.

In April, the CHRC deferred its decision on the development and requested the applicants produce studies looking further into the three major issues of flooding, acoustics and water and environment.

Council deferred the development application for a second time last Monday when Mayor Peter Maguire reiterated his concerns of approving any developments on the northern side of town.

“I’ve got some real concerns about approving stuff where it floods,” Cr Maguire said.

Cr Maguire said the proposal would be “considered on its merits” when the KBR and C and R council-commissioned flood reports were delivered and assessed later this year.

“Until we get these reports I’m not happy to approve stuff on this side of town,” he said.

Mrs Copper was one of 135 Emerald residents who submitted against the proposed batching plant and said it would be ridiculous to approve such a development in a flood-prone area.

She said other concerns worrying nearby residents were noise, dust and environmental impacts.

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