Orica expansion EIS gains council vote



THE findings of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on Orica's $250 million plant expansion have gained the approval of Gladstone City Council.

However, while the council gave in principle support to the project, it provided a number of comments to the Department of State Development to ensure appropriate planning was taken.

The contents of the EIS were discussed at this week's council meeting.

One issue raised was in relation to heavy traffic driving through Gladstone to provide materials for the expansion.

An option for transporting heavy loads to the Orica site included offloading the material at Auckland Point Wharf and transporting it by road through Gladstone.

However the council would not support this option.

It also said that while it agreed with the EIS that no additional housing would be needed because the expansion was relatively small, any future, larger scale proposals should seriously address the issue in the future.



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