Fyshwick recyclables terminal get green light

 
  SEMartin Chief Train Controller

Location: Canberra ACT
From today's Canberra Times. The site encompasses the former Shell petroleum terminal (now owned by Viva Energy) at Fyshwick. The petroleum unloading facilities and sidings were demolished in early 2017, although rail access still exists from the mainline.
Note: I also enjoyed the lazy sub-editing that let the phrase 'concrete slap' steal into the story. Getting a concrete slap would have to hurt. Kwality Jernalizms.

A recycling firm has won approval to build a controversial rail freight terminal in Fyshwick, signaling the end of a long-running saga marked by a bureaucratic bungle, legal fight and community opposition.

Capital Recycling Solutions has been given the green light to build a freight terminal off Ipswich Street, which it plans to use to transport recyclable material via rail to Goulburn, then Port Botany.

It could also be used in the future to ship recyclables from the company's proposed materials recovery facility, also planned for the Fyshwick site, which is currently undergoing an environmental impact assessment.

The ACT Planning and Land Authority approved plans for the freight terminal on Wednesday, ruling it, and an adjacent concrete slap, were permitted under planning rules for the industrial site.

The decision came despite community members arguing the proposal was, in fact, prohibited under the territory plan. Concerns about the number of trucks entering the site, as well as noise, were also raised in more than 70 submissions to public consultation on the applications.

The site's zoning has been a source of controversy since the authority approved the company's first application to build the concrete slab in 2017.

The approval was later revoked, with the authority conceding it should never had been granted because the works were not allowed on the site.

Capital Recycling Solutions immediately appealed the decision to the Supreme Court, arguing the authority did not have the power to reverse its original decision.

In March, the court found in the firm's favour, ruling that the planning system could be plunged into a "state of anarchy" if approvals could be overturned.

Before that decision, Capital Recycling Solutions [color=#78777a]lodged an amended application[/color] for the concrete slab and new plans for the $1.2 million terminal.

On Thursday, the authority's delegate, George Cilliers, said it had considered the arguments made in the submissions, but said they "did not warrant a refusal of the applications".

As a condition of approval, new traffic lights will have to be installed off Ipswich Street to manage trucks entering the site. Mr Cilliers said the recycling firm would be required to pay for the traffic lights.

The company will also be required to install a wall to mitigate noise impacts, and plant semi-mature trees on Ipswich Street to improve the amenity of the site.

Mr Cilliers stressed that approval for the rail terminal had no bearing on the ongoing assessment of Capital Recycling Solutions' proposed material recovery plant.

"All the approvals [made this week] are for the terminal and the hardstand, they are not for the environment impact assessment of the other plan [for the material recovery facility]," he said.

The firm was planning to build a $200 million waste-to-energy plant, but abandoned that proposal amid opposition for the community and ACT Greens.

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  SinickleBird Chief Train Controller

Location: Qantas Club at Mudgee International Airport
Good to know that the ACT Greens oppose waste-to-energy, along with almost everything else.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Sounds like to good thing to do recycling and cost recovery and extra traffic for Canberra.
  RTT_Rules Dr Beeching

Location: Dubai UAE
Good to know that the ACT Greens oppose waste-to-energy, along with almost everything else.
SinickleBird
Yep, some of the biggest opposition for Wind Power actually comes from Greens.
  apw5910 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Location: Location.
Sounds like to good thing to do recycling and cost recovery and extra traffic for Canberra.
bevans
But the usual suspects don't like it: https://the-riotact.com/heavy-metal-fyshwick-anger-at-yet-another-recycling-proposal/307057
  8077 Train Controller

Location: Crossing the Rubicon
Good to know that the ACT Greens oppose waste-to-energy, along with almost everything else.
Yep, some of the biggest opposition for Wind Power actually comes from Greens.
RTT_Rules

What's their proposition?
  nswtrains Chief Commissioner

Good to know that the ACT Greens oppose waste-to-energy, along with almost everything else.
Yep, some of the biggest opposition for Wind Power actually comes from Greens.

What's their proposition?
8077
Wind turbines do kill migrating birds by flying into the turbine blades. Apparently they are not familiar with big whirly things in the sky. Don't know what the answer but it is a real enough problem.
  LancedDendrite Chief Commissioner

Location: Trapped in a meeting with Rhonda and Karsten
Good to know that the ACT Greens oppose waste-to-energy, along with almost everything else.
Yep, some of the biggest opposition for Wind Power actually comes from Greens.
RTT_Rules
You're confusing NIMBYs with Nimbinites there...

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