BATTLING ON: Former Black Duck Valley Moto Park owner Greg Diete has joined forces with current owner Steve Langdon to battle with the council over the closure of the park.
BATTLING ON: Former Black Duck Valley Moto Park owner Greg Diete has joined forces with current owner Steve Langdon to battle with the council over the closure of the park. Kerry Oneill

Black Duck saga rolls on

THE former owner of Black Duck Valley Moto Park Greg Diete has joined new owner Steve Langdon in a battle against the Lockyer Valley Regional Council over the closure of the park, due to access issues.

Mr Diete provided The Star with a letter from the Gatton Shire Council, dated January 23, 2002 (pictured) which covered the access issue and listed an easement as one of the conditions proffered by the then-Gatton Shire Council under the original development approval, DA 1817.

In the letter, the Gatton Shire Council agreed to support the closure of Browns Rd on the condition easement access would be provided through Lot 4 to the park site on Lot 5.

Mr Langdon said constant meddling by the council in the operation of the park and the access issues forced the closure of the park on October 31.

"The council keeps revisiting compliance issues, which have been met, but they haven't addressed the main issue of access to the facility," he said.

"The council keeps revisiting compliance issues, which have been met, but they haven't addressed the main issue of access to the facility," he said.

A spokesman for the LVRC said council suggested 10 years ago the two parcels of land in question be joined or an easement applied for.

"No application was ever made for the easement and both parcels of land have since been sold," the spokesman said.

The spokesman said had the easement application been made when it was suggested by Council, access to the site would have been legally binding and there wouldn't be an issue today.

"Council had informed the applicant that there is a legal point of access to the property via an unconstructed road reserve which the owner can construct at any stage with the right permit," the spokesman said.

Mr Langdon said he was not surprised at the council's pathetic response to the contents of the letter.

"Council sanctioned the closure of Browns Rd without ensuring their own conditions were in place," he said.

Mr Langdon went further and said the access issue should never have become the issue it had.

"It's long overdue for the council to be held accountable for their actions which led to the destruction of one of the largest businesses in the Valley."


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