Controversial abattoir and new caravan park to front council meeting

By Ashlea Witoslawski

November's ordinary council meeting is full of strategy, planning permits and reports.

A new abattoir is on the agenda with the application seeking planning permission to use and develop the land in Gilleston.

Having received some public opposition, the recommendation on which councillors will vote includes sheep processing limits, land layout restrictions and civil construction requirements amongst other components.

The second permit application is for a caravan and camping park to be located on 215 Mitchell Rd, Kialla.

The agenda states approximately 20 per cent of the land will be set aside for accommodation with the remainder of the useable land to be under agricultural production providing guests the opportunity to experience local farming practises.

When the caravan park was placed on public notice, eight objections were received with the main points of objection including traffic, noise and lighting issues, impacts on the natural environment, potential for property devaluation near the land and the likelihood the land use will evolve into cheap permanent accommodation.

A petition will also be noted by councillors, requesting traffic lights be installed at the intersection of Channel Road and Archer Street, Shepparton.

The petition contains 884 signatures from community members.

A number of contracts will also be noted by councillors including $67 265 for shade sails in Arcadia, Merrigum and $60 478 for the design of the Vibert Reserve Pavilion Stage 3 Redevelopment.

A number of contract tenders have also closed and are currently being evaluated for the Aquamoves 25m Indoor Pool refurbishment and tile renewal, the construction of
changerooms at Kialla Recreation Reserve and the construction of the Tatura Library and state 1 of the Mooroopna War Memorial to name a few.

All nine councillors are set to be in attendance.