Odour reduction measures and planning scheme issues were the two main topics covered in a recent meeting of a local community based reference group, said Chris Whiting MP.
The Narangba Innovation Precinct Reference Group met on Friday 29 June to exchange reports on what has been happening in this vital economic precinct based on Boundary Road and Potassium Street, Narangba.
“This is a committee of residents, businesses, State Government and local government representatives that sorts through any problems that might arise on the Narangba Innovation Precinct,” said Chris Whiting.
“We have been sorting out problems for about 20 years, and we keep on solving issues that keep popping up.
“This time we heard about recent innovations that reduce odour for residents, and we heard from businesses about ongoing concerns on planning scheme matters.
“Firstly, resident representatives thanked businesses for investing in equipment that dramatically reduces odours experienced by local residents.
“Queensland Organics recently enclosed their fertiliser plant and installed ducting that pumps fumes through an organic mulch bed.
“We heard from business representatives that Ridley AgriProducts have recently upgraded their odour treatment facilities as well,” said Chris Whiting.
Chris Whiting and local residents’ representative Spence Grubb said improvements such as these made a real difference since last month when some of these new investments have come online.
Secondly, the Reference Group meeting heard from local business representatives about “a lot of angst” amongst businesses on the Innovation Precinct about local rezoning changes by the Council.
Business representatives said the zoning change from what was called “hazardous” or “hard to locate” industry to General Industry gives new residents “a different impression” about the types of business that are located and can be located on the Precinct.
Business representative also reported a level of concern about new housing in the North Lakes area moving closer to Boundary Road.
Chris Whiting was questioned by group members about State planning policies designed to keep a development buffer around the Innovation Precinct.
Chris said he would liaise with the Minister for Planning about the enforcement of planning regulations surrounding the Precinct.
He also urged businesses to keep talking to Moreton Bay Regional Council about their concerns over planning scheme changes.
“We will hold the next meeting of the Reference Group in September, and any local business or resident that wants to make a contribution can contact our office,” said Chris Whiting.