DECEMBER 14, 2012
TERRIFIC STORY (BELOW) FROM TODAY’S COURIER MAIL ABOUT NOXIOUS INDUSTRY TOO CLOSE TO HOMES. DEAN WELLS, WE COULDN’T AGREE MORE! MR WELLS’ ARGUMENT APPLIES NOT ONLY TO THE NARANGBA INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, BUT ALSO TO THE INTENSIVE AGRICULTURE FARMS IN GREENBANK AND CHAMBERS FLAT, THE MACADAMIA PLANTATIONS NEXT TO THE NOOSA FISH HATCHERY, THE QUARRY SITE IN THE SCENIC RIM, AND MANY, MANY OTHER SITES ACROSS QUEENSLAND.
IT’S NOTABLE THAT THE QUESTION OF ‘WHO WILL PAY FOR THIS’ ALWAYS COMES UP – BUT OUR QUESTION IS ‘WHO WILL PAY IF THE PROLIFERATION OF SUCH INDUSTRIES CLOSE TO HOMES IS NOT STOPPED AND THESE INDUSTRIES, OR THE HOMES AROUND THEM, RELOCATED. AND THE ANSWER IS THIS – WE WILL ALL PAY – WITH OUR HEALTH!
GOVERNMENTS HAVE A DUTY OF CARE NOT TO EXPOSE PEOPLE TO DANGEROUS AND HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES, AND RESIDENTS HAVE A RIGHT TO A CLEAN AND SAFE ENVIRONMENT. HERE IN GREENBANK, WE ARE SICK AND TIRED OF THE LIES AND WEASEL WORDS USED TO PROTECT THE FINANCIAL INTERESTS OF DANGEROUS INDUSTRIES WHILE RESIDENTS’ AND RATEPAYERS’ LEGITIMATE CONCERNS ARE RIDICULED AND TRIVIALISED. WE NEED MORE PUBLIC FIGURES LIKE DEAN WELLS TO SPEAK OUT ABOUT THIS DISGUSTING ABUSE OF PLANNING PROCESSES.
Noxious businesses must go from Narangba Industrial Estate, according to former state MP
- by: Jessica Taylor and Samantha Healy, Northern Times
- From: Quest Newspapers
- December 14, 2012 12:00AM
Fire at an oil storing facility at Potassium St, Narangba just before 1am on Tuesday, December 11. Source: Supplied
Former state member for Murrumba Dean Wells says the State Government needs to revive Labor’s plans to move noxious and hazardous industries from Narangba Industrial Estate after another fire there on Tuesday.
The blaze broke out at the former tannery, now oil-holding facility on the corner of Boundary and Potassium streets about 1am.
Large explosions from gas cylinders inside the building forced firefighters to extinguish the blaze externally. Police are treating the fire as suspicious.
Mr Wells said the former government had completed a study on alternative sites for noxious businesses.
He could not name the possible locations, but said the site needed to be surrounded by a green belt, on a railway line and protected by legislation so houses could not be built up to it.
“The LNP government ought to commit to continuing that work and announce a new location before something even worse happens,” Mr Wells said.
“It is commonsense not to have industry adjacent to housing.
“It’s dangerous for people to live there.”
We need to preserve jobs and we need to protect the people, and you do that by having a general industry site not a noxious and hazardous industry site.
The scene of the fire at Naranba Industrial Estate this week. Source: The Courier-Mail
It was the second fire at the premises in three years and it is believed to be the 10th in the estate in eight years.
The most recent was in September when a bitumen tank exploded. There was another in April, 2008, at Tasman Sheepskin Tannery, a factory fire in December, 2006, and the Binary Chemicals blaze in August, 2005.
Narangba Community Action Group spokeswoman Fran Jell said: “It’s criminal they allow people to live so close when there’s been so many fires.”
Resident Suzi Tooke, called the latest incident “another example of an appalling lack of planning to allow housing development so close to industrial development”.
A dam was built to contain toxic runoff after a fire at Narangba Industrial Estate. Source: The Courier-Mail
Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said “the placement of noxious and hazardous industries in the future is under review” but he would not say if there were plans to move businesses that were already there.
State Member for Murrumba Reg Gulley could not provide details on what the government’s plans were but Mr Seeney said it would not sell remaining land at the estate to noxious industries.
He said: “The operation of business in the estate is regulated both through council planning regimes and environmental licensing regimes”.
Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Allan Sutherland said: “There may be a couple of factories that have a question mark over them. I just don’t know what we can do … another day, another time, you probably would not put some industries here. The question is, who pays for them to move?”
He was not available to be interviewed further on the topic.
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