MORE than 150 members of the concerned Dookie community came together on Monday night at the Dookie Community Centre, to voice their desire to see the Draft Resource Recovery Precinct Feasibility and Site Selection Study proposed sites at Dookie scrapped.
Concerns were voiced to Greater Shepparton City Council CEO, Peter Harriott, Mayor, Dinny Adem and Cr Jenny Houlihan who were in attendance.
Resident, Gaye Sutherland said, “There are many issues we have with the proposals as part of the draft study.
“The site matrix values used in the study to determine preferred sites are fundamentally flawed and need to be revisited.
“Minimum buffer distance applied in the study does not consider the composting of organic and biological wastes.
“No consideration has been given to aesthetic impact on tourism.
“There is a lack of consideration given to impacts of increased traffic.
“There is a high value of agricultural land around Dookie that was considered to have lower value than irrigated land.
“The study did not consider Daldy Road in the site selection matrix despite the fact that this site clearly meets many of the required criteria.
“Members of the forum put forward three motions to the group representing council, which have been overwhelmingly supported by the Dookie community. Firstly, that the Dookie and District Development Forum reject the values in the site assessment matrix on the basis that the values are incorrect. Secondly, that that the same matrix be applied to Daldy Road to compare scores with the six sites identified in the study, regardless of corporate risk to Goulburn Valley Water (GVW). The same compulsory acquisition laws should apply to GVW. The Resource Recovery Precinct should stay in the area already zoned for that purpose, rather than rezoning valuable agricultural land.
“Thirdly, is that the Dookie and District Development Forum reject all sites put forward in the site selection matrix.
“The message from the community was clear – a Resource Recovery Precinct is not wanted in their rural landscape. Members of the community not present at the meeting are urged to voice their concerns via a submission to Greater Shepparton City Council.”
Members of the public are invited to make a submission to Greater Shepparton City Council regarding the contents of the draft study before Monday, February 15. For more information, or to make a submission, visit www.greatershepparton.com.au or email Grace Docker at Grace.Docker@shepparton.vic.gov.au