Bugged by the critics

By PETER CATON

THE controversial proposed Moreton Bay Bug Farm at Chinderah would be "an environmental disaster in waiting" according to NSW shadow environment minister Michael Richardson.

Mr Richardson, saying he had recently visited the site, yesterday called for a full environment impact study before the project, hailed as a green industry which will create local jobs, is allowed to go ahead.

Mr Richardson said it was "a massive project by any standards" and attacked the NSW Government and local Labor MP Neville Newell for supporting it without more thorough environmental assessment.

He also claimed it would "provide employment for only a handful of people but has the potential to impact on thousands".

Mr Richardson said he was taken to the site by Oxley Cove Community Group convenor Clint Beisler, Cane Growers Association President Graham Martin and former Tweed Shire councillor John Murray.

"Some people believe the bug farm will smell worse than a feedlot, which will significantly affect Kingscliff and Oxley Cove residents," he said.

While the company behind the project has refuted many of its opponents' claims in the past, Mr Richardson claimed it would also "dump 1.8 million litres of untreated effluent a day ? more than 600 million litres a year ? into the ocean at Kingscliff".

Mr Richardson said the project could also worsen flooding.



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