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Blayney and Cabonne councils call for consultation over airport industrial park

Blayney mayor Scott Ferguson.ORANGE City Council’s neighbours are concerned a 200-hectare industrial business park at Orange Airport could come to the detriment of their own industrial land and frustration is growing as they await formal consultation.
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Blayney and Cabonne mayors Scott Ferguson and Ian Gosper confirmed only informal discussions had occurred between staff about the proposed rezoning and they were both largely unaware of Orange’s intentions.

“We’ve found out more from the residents of Spring Hill and the newspaper than Orange City Council,” Cr Ferguson said.

“We haven’t had a formal proposition put to council, they’ve just gone out on their own.”

Cr Ferguson said Blayney had industrial areas available close to the rail line.

“We’ve got a really good industrial area to the north of Blayney – it’s got good water, which industry needs, it’s got good access to rail and road transport,” he said.

“At this point in time, we completely oppose the rezoning of that [airport] land to industrial because it goes against the sub-regional strategy we agreed upon and worked towards.”

Cr Gosper said Cabonne offered industrial sites in Molong, Manildra and Canowindra.

“Until we see [the plans], we can’t really have a position,” he said.

Cabonne Council Mayor Ian Gosper.

Orange City Council reviewed the 2008 Blayney Cabonne Orange Sub-Regional Strategy and contended that public opposition to including the area west of Towac Park and land use conflicts to the north of Narrambla and Clergate would leave it 295 hectares short, while its 38 vacant industrial sites would only last seven years.

The review investigated five potential sites – Clergate north, Towac west, the eastern side of the Northern Distributor Road corridor, the rail corridor to the southeast and the airport – based on the amount of flat land, large sites, infrastructure, transport, commuting range, water catchment and land use conflict potential, the airport performed best overall.

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment required council to formally consult with Cabonne and Blayney.

Aerodrome committee chair and deputy mayor Chris Gryllis said all parties will be consulted.

“We don’t do anything behind anyone’s back – adjoining councils can express concerns and put submissions in and we’ll look into that,” he said.

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