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Howlong Compost fight heats up

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September 13, 2017

Howlong Community Committee chairman Stuart Sizer addressing the public meeting at the Howlong Golf Resort on Monday night.

A large crowd of more than 200 residents attended the Howlong Community Committee public meeting on Monday night to hear the next step in their fight against Cleanaway’s compost facility being built on the edge of town.

Residents agreed to enter an appeal in the NSW Land and Environment Court to stop the recently approved development application by the Joint Regional Planning Panel.

Newly-elected Federation councillors Shaun Whitechurch, Pat Bourke and David Longley, attended the public meeting.

Mr Whitechurch said there were a lot of passionate people at the meeting.

“I wanted to go along and see what the people in the town wanted because part of my election campaign was that I would be the people’s voice and I have to represent the community and I couldn’t represent the community if I didn’t know what they wanted,” he said.

“The message that came out of the meeting was that they were going to take legal action and ask the new council whether or not they can make a decision and try and stop this or put further conditions on it.

“The new council is going to have a fair few matters brought to its attention in regards to it just on last night’s meeting.”

The HCC has a meeting arranged with senior staff from the NSW planning minister’s office.

The committee has also been in contact with the legal team which helped stop the compost facility being built at Gerogery.

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