Tamworth Regional Council face concerns over organic waste plant project

CONCERN: Dan Coe at the proposed facility site. Photo: Gareth Gardner
CONCERN: Dan Coe at the proposed facility site. Photo: Gareth Gardner

CONCERNS have been aired as council edges forward on its plan to build an organic waste recycling facility on Duri-Wallamore Rd.

Councillors unanimously supported a move to present a development application to the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) for approval later this week.

But residents have already foreshadowed some opposition to the $5 million project.

Ratepayers’ association vice-president David McKinnon said neighbours near the proposed site are “acutely concerned”.

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Mr McKinnon said the project “must be done well” and flagged his own concerns.

He said “there was no closing figure” and the estimated value had ballooned from $4.2 million to over $5 million.

Councillors, however, saw a lot of value in project.

“It will be a magnificent facility in the future,” Russell Webb said.

“Despite what some think, if it’s managed well, there’ll be no issues.”

According to council’s development application, odour, bio-security, noise, wastewater, traffic, the loss of agricultural land and the look of the facility were listed as potential impacts.

“The proposed facility has been designed to process up to 32,000 tonnes per annum of source separated organic waste including food and garden organics, timber, paunch, highly putrescible (decaying) solid waste, general solid waste and liquid waste,” council’s development application said.

The JRPP will meet in Tamworth on Thursday to discuss the development.