SPEAKING OUT: Moonee Beach residents Elaine Tavener and Nanette Backhouse are among residents concerned over a proposed development in the township.
SPEAKING OUT: Moonee Beach residents Elaine Tavener and Nanette Backhouse are among residents concerned over a proposed development in the township. David Barwell

Residents fight servo, fast food at Moonee Beach

CONCERNS are mounting over controversial plans for a 24-hour service station and fast food outlet at Moonee Beach.

Coffs Harbour City Council is considering the $3.5 million development on the corner of Moonee Beach and Settlers Rds.

The development application, lodged by Gowings, states the proposal meets traffic, noise and environmental guidelines, but residents fear other factors haven't been fully addressed.

Health risks are chief among the concerns for the Moonee Beach Action Group which says fuel vapour from the proposed petrol station and increased traffic through town pose risks to the adjacent Goodstart Early Learning childcare centre.

Those concerns come at the same time that Gowings has lodged a separate development application for a childcare centre in the Moonee Marketplace - directly opposite the proposed service station.

There are also environmental concerns, including rubbish from the fast food outlet entering the protected Moonee Creek Estuary.

Local resident Sam Chapman, who moved with his family from Sydney eight years, fears the development will change the face of the township.

"We moved here for the village atmosphere and sense of community and I don't believe the proposal fits with what residents value," he said.

"There's only one road in and out of town - it's just a really inappropriate proposal for this area."

Mr Chapman also pointed to flaws in the development application that do not show the exact location of proposed LPG fill points.

Planning documents state the LPG fill point would have to be built at least 55 metres from a "sensitive area", such as a childcare centre.

A noise and vibration impact assessment, undertaken as part of the development application, found the child centre centre and seven homes on the same street would potentially be affected by noise.

The findings, however, showed that noise was within acceptable levels under State Government guidelines.



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