Waste dump is above board

COUNCIL officers have moved to allay concerns from residents in Chinderah about the dumping of truckloads of demolition waste from a major Tweed Heads development.

The officers say the action was approved by the NSW Planning Department.

Waste from the site of the much-heralded Serene Living over-50s unit complex near the Tweed Heads Bowls Club is being dumped at the site of the long-awaited Moreton Bay bug farm project at Chinderah, which was first proposed seven years ago.

Some of the waste is also being dumped on an adjacent farm.

The Tweed Shire Council planning and regulation director, Vince Connell, said council staff had referred one complaint to the NSW Department of Planning, which was “responsible for compliance”.

Chinderah residents have told Tweed Daily News concrete and soil was being taken from the Serene Living project site and stockpiled at the bug farm property.

Mr Connell confirmed the stockpiling was taking place at the site of the bug farm, proposed by Bay Lobster Producers.

The project was granted NSW Government approval after a court challenge from a nearby major landholder, Gales Holdings.

Mr Connell said a council compliance officer was advised a majority of the demolition waste was transferred to the bug farm site, and a minor component to the adjacent farm.

He said the Department of Planning had raised no objection to the bug farm's use of the material.

A council spokeswoman later added: “There appears to be no cause for council to take enforcement action at this stage.”

Some initial work at the bug farm site began in November 2009, although officials from Bay Lobsters Producers, which first proposed the bug farm in 2004, have been tight-lipped about progress.

However the company has posted several galleries of photos on its website showing progress in earthworks – the latest taken in November last year.

The website says the bug farm “will initially produce 165 tonnes per annum”.

It says it is expected to “commence production by the middle of 2011 for product supply to domestic and international markets”.

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