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CHILDREN! not factories [Rumblings at Oaks Estate]

By OEPA 18 October 2012 42

Would you feel good about industrial factories been built on contaminated land in your suburb – and across the road from a childrens playground. Well it seems to be happening in the village of Oaks Estate.

A recent unopposed decision by Queanbeyan City Council (QCC) has meant just that.

As part of a recent LEP process, Railcorp through the QCC sought to have contaminated land rezoned to industrial use. The land area while ‘technically’ in NSW – is literally on Canberra’s border – fronts Railway St (ACT) and can only be accessed and serviced by driving heavy commerical vehicles through the village of Oaks Estate, which is in the ACT.

The residents of Oaks Estate say no to this and have sought assistance  – but little support given by the ACT government to date. 

There is a cross border MOU in place to allegedly manage ACT/Queanbeyan infrastructure issues and the sharing of…however been told that Queanbeyan has at the expense of ACT residents the right to determine an outcome which is only to their social and economic benefit…just does not stack up.

The community of Oaks Estate wants an outcome that is to the ACT’s benefit also.

We want a safe place for our children to play – not be polluted.

Help us say no!

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OEPA 7:24 am 21 Oct 12

In the spirit of riotact …as highlighted below and as oft repeated the issue is about ill considered planning at best…

chainsaw said :

So far, nobody has commented on the other side of what Rail Corp is doing with their rezoning. There is quite a lot of land involved but the large area on the Queanbeyan side of the railway tracks is zoned for recreational use. Queanbeyan Council supports this, to buffer the station, a heritage building, from high density residential development. But the small and contaminated part nearest to Oaks Estate, with lousy access for trucks, is to be used for light industry…

Of course, that area is too small to allow for effective buffering between industry and (ACT) housing. But that’s OK, isn’t it? Council says that people in Oaks Estate should be grateful that Rail Corp doesn’t build another fuel terminal, or worse, on the land. For railway use, of course. Really? The rail system locally is going backwards year by year, and needs less infrastructure accordingly. That is why Rail Corp were willing to rezone such a big area of land – it’s just coincidence (isn’t it?) that the icky stuff gets served up as close as possible to the ACT. Yes, just coincidence, of course it is…

And where was the ACT Government while all this was going on? Busy debating the fine points of buffering between Hume and Tralee, that’s where.

chainsaw 3:40 pm 20 Oct 12

So far, nobody has commented on the other side of what Rail Corp is doing with their rezoning. There is quite a lot of land involved but the large area on the Queanbeyan side of the railway tracks is zoned for recreational use. Queanbeyan Council supports this, to buffer the station, a heritage building, from high density residential development. But the small and contaminated part nearest to Oaks Estate, with lousy access for trucks, is to be used for light industry…

Of course, that area is too small to allow for effective buffering between industry and (ACT) housing. But that’s OK, isn’t it? Council says that people in Oaks Estate should be grateful that Rail Corp doesn’t build another fuel terminal, or worse, on the land. For railway use, of course. Really? The rail system locally is going backwards year by year, and needs less infrastructure accordingly. That is why Rail Corp were willing to rezone such a big area of land – it’s just coincidence (isn’t it?) that the icky stuff gets served up as close as possible to the ACT. Yes, just coincidence, of course it is…

And where was the ACT Government while all this was going on? Busy debating the fine points of buffering between Hume and Tralee, that’s where.

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