Despite nearby properties objection and more than an hour of questions from councillors, a private abattoir at Mole Creek is set to go ahead.
The Meander Valley Council approved the development application for the 105 Den Road abattoir, which will process up to 90 tonnes of pigs, sheep and cattle from the on-site farm annually.
Four representations spoke against it at the council meeting on Tuesday, but it was not enough to persuade the majority of councillors. With three voting against the DA and six voting for it.
Mayor Wayne Johnston said the councillors spent more than an hour asking council staff questions on the DA.
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He said there were many points made in representations that could not be taken into consideration, such as sights, sounds and smells are they were found to adhere to guidelines.
“There was a lot of discussion and debate, I think we spent about 1.5 hours asking questions to the town planner,” he said.
The council’s town planner Justin Simons said in his recommendation before the meeting, the risk of odour or noise adhered to EPA guidelines and the impact on karst and wastewater management was addressed in reports by experts.
Nine representations were received when the DA was advertised and disputed claims it had enough conditions to protect the area’s environmental sensitivity. They included two karst reports and raised concerns on impacts on nearby properties and the environment.
The council will monitor the site to manage the risk associated with the site’s environmental sensitivity.
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