Industry may engulf Rosewood

HUNDREDS of people concerned about a proposed high-impact industrial estate near Rosewood have been told their future is sealed unless they fight the State Government.

A community meeting held at the weekend aimed to unite residents in opposition to the proposed 800-hectare estate, which could house the type of industry which currently operates out of Narangba Industrial Estate, in Brisbane's north.

The meeting, organised by Greens candidate for Blair Patricia Petersen, was held at Rosewood's Rising Sun Hotel on Saturday afternoon, attracting about 300 farmers, business people, conservationists and other concerned and curious residents of the Mutdapilly, Mt Forbes, Ebenezer and Rosewood areas.

A notable absentee was Infrastructure and Planning Minister Stirling Hinchliffe, who could not make the trek out to Rosewood to face people's questions on the proposed industrial estate.

The crowd heard opening addresses from Ms Petersen, as well as Member for Lockyer Ian Rickuss and Member for Beaudesert Aidan McLindon – all of whom vowed to do all in their power to stop the “toxic dump” going ahead.

“This is a done deal,” Ms Petersen repeatedly told the crowd.

“The only way to stop this is people power.

“There is a federal election possibly six weeks away and that will be the Achilles heel if we can expose this to the rest of the nation.”

Rosewood resident Elwyn Christensen is all too familiar with the effects of big industry on communities.

Mr Christensen moved to Rosewood to get away from Staplyton, near Beenleigh, which he said had been ruined by a brewery, fibreglass manufacturer and a potting mix plant in the past 20 years.

“Industry has to go somewhere, but why does it have to go near residential areas?” he said.

Careful not to downplay the concerns of residents, Mr Hinchliffe said he wanted to remind people the investigation process was in its infancy.

“We are still looking at it from a desktop level,” Mr Hinchliffe said.


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