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Westlink fight might not be over yet

Chris Hall and Victor Odgaard are pleased with the latest Supreme Court ruling, but caution the battle may not be over.
Chris Hall and Victor Odgaard are pleased with the latest Supreme Court ruling, but caution the battle may not be over. Contributed

Media Release

Date: 28/12/2012

 

For: Gatton Star

Much has been said about the decision in the Supreme Court (Appeals Court) related to the proposed Gas Fired Power plant at Gatton.

The fact are this;

  1. The appeal was granted.  Therefore the Power Plant Proposal has been refused approval.
  2. The matter could go back to the Planning and Environment court for a third time.
  3. At this time we believe that the Lockyer Valley Regional Council and Keep Lockyer Rural will recover costs. This is encouraging news for the rate payers of the area.

As much as a major battle has been won people must understand that Westlink Pty Ltd has an opportunity to go back to the Planning and Environment court.   There is a limited time for such action, and we are of the belief that such action would be futile in light of the recent decision and also the possibility of researched data and evidence that was not produced at earlier court hearings that could be delivered in any new court action.  In earlier court hearings we lacked experience, now with far more experience we know how to combat poor witness evidence and incorrect data reports.

We continue to support the Lockyer Valley Regional Council and we would consider our involvement in any further action.  We would hope to continue to act in the interest of the local people of the region in protecting our local rural environment from inappropriate and harmful developments.

Our members are many, our professions are different but our members have had one purpose in mind - to fight a project (a Gas Fired Power Plant) that we believed could be detrimental to the environment and the rural industries in this area.

It has never been the fight of a few land owners but has been a collective effort of many who care about this region.  It must not be forgotten that amongst "the many" has been our local councilors for without their unanimous decision to fight this Power Plant project and give us the support needed we could have not succeeded in our efforts to get the decision in the recent court action.

We must acknowledge the support of the majority of local people, and the diligent hard work of people involved in planning, research and organisation.  Then there are those who engaged in community activities to raise money to pay for the legal services, they too deserve recognition.  Keep Lockyer Rural Incorporated wishes to thank all involved.

Chris Hall

Keep Lockyer Rural Inc.


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