Chris Ison

We don't want you here: residents' explosive fight

THE battle between the Central Queensland residents of Bajool and a major explosives company is set to go off like a rocket this week.

Explosives company Maxime is so determined to build a $10 million storage facility in the rural community, it is heading to the court room.

Maxime is fighting to overturn Rockhampton Regional Council's rejection of its proposal.

The council rejected Maxime's application last year after the Bajool, Marmor and District Ratepayers' Association fiercely opposed the construction of another explosives factory in Bajool.

The company plans to store 45,000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate on grazing land at South Ulam Rd for import and export at Port Alma.

The ratepayers' association and those residents involved in the court case chose not to comment publicly to avoid jeopardising the case.

But last year the group made two presentations pleading with councillors to oppose the explosives facility.

Many expressed concern about the close proximity of the proposed facility to homes and the flood-prone Six Mile Creek.

Council officers backed the proposal, but almost all councillors supported the residents.

Former councillor and chairman of the strategic planning committee Brett Svendsen was the only councillor to back the application. He warned councillors that rejecting the application could result in costly legal action, after a presentation from an employee of the company.

Amanda Flint, from Maxime, told councillors the company had already spent almost $500,000 studying the site and it was unlikely it would walk away if the application was denied.

The case will come before the Planning and Environment Court in Maroochydore on Thursday.

Maxime also chose not to comment on the case, for legal reasons.



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