Cedar Grove residents quiz councillors about wastewater

FORUM: More than 70 residents and community members turned out at a public meeting on October 11 at Cedar Grove riding club. Photo: Supplied
FORUM: More than 70 residents and community members turned out at a public meeting on October 11 at Cedar Grove riding club. Photo: Supplied

Cedar Grove residents have quizzed Logan City councillors about a proposed wastewater treatment plant set for Cedar Grove Road.

More than 70 people attended Wednesday night’s meeting called by Cr Trevina Schwarz to address residents’ concerns about the proposed plant which would service effluent from the priority development area of Greater Flagstone. 

Speaking in Parliament on the same day, MP Jon Krause called for Logan City Council to stop construction of the plant in the Beaudesert electorate and to consider placing it at Flagstone.

Mr Krause said Flagstone and Yarrabilba were dense residential developments that had been placed in largely rural areas without planning for infrastructure.

“It is simply not right that a wastewater treatment plant should be placed in a rural residential area to benefit a developer in a priority development area of high residential development,” he said.

“The construction of this wastewater treatment plant was planned to deal with wastewater from the Flagstone priority development area, a state development area declared by the Bligh government in 2010.

“Instead of the wastewater treatment plant being located in Flagstone, where most of the residents are and where development will occur, it is planned to be placed in the rural residential area of Cedar Grove.”

Cedar Grove Action Group chairperson Debbie Brezac said the turnout at the meeting was good, considering Cedar Grove was a small community.

“What was evident from the meeting is that the Cedar Grove residents have many questions over the siting of the sewage plant and the process of how the site was chosen,” she said.

“The biggest query was why a proposed sewage plant to service Flagstone is not in Flagstone.”

Other issues raised were flooding, odour, property pricing, traffic and environmental concerns.

“Many residents made it clear council needs to work with the community to ensure the best outcome possible for Cedar Grove,” she said.

Cr Schwarz said there had been little or no community consultation since a decision was taken in 2009 for the plant to be built.

She said the process should be reviewed and other site options investigated.

“There were many legitimate concerns raised by people including why the land in Cedar Grove was chosen, why there was no other available land and why it has to go over the river,” she said.

Cr Pidgeon said the project involved the Queensland Water Commission, Department of Infrastructure and Planning and Logan City Council.

“This is not just a council project but we do accept our role in it,” he said.

“Some of the community’s criticism is valid, but we needed a good decision from the state level.”​

Cr Schwarz will host an information session at Brushwood Park, Cedar Grove on Saturday, October 14 from 10.30am to 12noon in relation to various issues which may affect residents.