Crowd of residents clap as council rejects truck depot

IT was an all-too-rare scene in the Gladstone Regional Council chambers on Tuesday, with applause breaking out.

An application had been made to the council to allow a truck and machinery depot on Wyndham Rd in Beecher.

Late in 2012 a property owner was approached by the council after nearby residents in the area complained about truck movements in the area.

In fact, neighbours complained that there were eight trucks and trailers on the property, with a large shed erected.

When a compliance officer from the council came knocking, the officer was told the trucks were not normally on the property except for the owner's personal truck.

The trucks were described as having "quad-dog trailers", which are 11-19m long and have five or six axles.

Later that year, the property owner applied to the council to formalise the arrangement at the property by allowing it to be a depot.

When local residents got wind of the plan, they lodged objections with the council, fearing the noise and dust kicked up by a depot would make living there untenable.

The council subsequently went back to the applicant with the complaints, and while the application was amended to include mitigation measures, the council said it was not enough, with councillors rejecting the proposal outright.

When the decision was made muted cheers filled the chambers, with residents who had made the trip to Gladstone for the decision delighted.

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