Chambers Flat residents sign petition to oppose sewage treatment plant site

"WHO wants a sewage treatment plant in their backyard?"

OPPOSED: Chambers Flat petitioner Ray Fisher with Steve Peiniger and Grieg Lipman on a Sheils Road property overlooking the proposed sewage treatment plant site. Photo: Jacob Wilson

OPPOSED: Chambers Flat petitioner Ray Fisher with Steve Peiniger and Grieg Lipman on a Sheils Road property overlooking the proposed sewage treatment plant site. Photo: Jacob Wilson

This is the question Chambers Flat resident Ray Fisher put to his neighbours on Sheils Road over two days as he collected signatures to oppose the controversial sewage treatment plant site proposed at Pleasant View Road.

The petition called on Logan City Council to build the site at Yarrabilba instead.

Mr Fisher's petition with 54 signatures was tabled at Logan's Ordinary Council meeting on Wednesday and will be considered by council's acting road and water infrastructure director.

He said Chambers Flat residents would not benefit from the plant as the street ran on septic tank water.

"It shouldn't be over this side. It is for Yarrabilba and Park Ridge," he said.

One of the 54 residents to sign the petition, Grieg Lipman, said the community feared for the potential impact on property prices.

"The loss of the beautiful ambience of a rural dairy farm and the aroma is what people are bugged about," he said.

"The council say they have done a lot to make it a modern treatment plant but the prevailing wind will come straight through my front door."

Logan City Council approved the site on April 17 in a divided vote.

The council identified Pleasant View Road as the preferred site due to the flood free land and proximity to the Logan River where effluent water will be discharged.

Former water committee chairman Phil Pidgeon opposed the decision along with Laurie Koranski, Darren Power and Lisa Bradley.

One week after the vote nine councillors and former mayor Luke Smith were charged with Crime and Corruption Commission offences and the state government dissolved the council on May 2.

Interim administrator Tamara O'Shea has since advised that the sewerage plant site decision was made legally, remains valid and will not be overturned.

Logan City Council has indicated it can not resume land in Yarrabilba for the wastewater treatment plant as it is declared as a state government Priority Development Area where the council does not have jurisdiction.

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