Feedlot approved

A 960-head cattle feedlot has been approved for a property on Illalong Road between Bookham and Binalong.

The feedlot was originally operating without council permission in 2006 and, after council advised the property it needed formal development consent, an application was lodged in June that year.

The property owner addressed council’s open forum, happy the development was recommended for approvAL.

“We had developed a feedlot on the basis of improving our animal husbandry,” owner Angus Graham said.

Submissions were received in relation to effluent runoff, soil and water contamination, along with potential impacts on adjoining properties.

Council’s report states that all issues raised would be dealt with by the conditions of consent, including monitoring soil and water.

Mr Graham said he wouldn’t be opening the feedlot straight away, as the current market wasn’t conducive to operating a feedlot.

Under the conditions of consent the owner will have to pay council over $47,000 in Section 94 contributions to upgrade the road.

The owner asked to defer that payment until he was ready to operate.

Council’s director of operations, Paul De Szell, confirmed the payment could be postponed, provided it’s payed before the feedlot commences operation.

(Ginninderra Falls)

A group looking to create a National Park in the Yass Valley addressed council last week in the hope a councillor or staff member would join a working group.

The Ginninderra Falls Association needs a committee of different government bodies to help identify ways to make the park a reality.

The association’s treasurer, Doug Finlayson, urged council to appoint someone to that committee.

The association has been in talks with the NSW and ACT governments, as well as with landowners in the area just north of the ACT border.

“We have to talk about land acquisition and how that can happen,” Dr Finlayson said. “The NSW government does not have a large budget for the acquisition of the land.”

John and Anna Hyles, the main landowners of the falls, attended the meeting to show their support for the project.

“We’re not going to stand in the way,” Mr Hyles said last week. “It can happen.”

Sale of council land

Council resolved to sell a small parcel of land on Black Range Road to create a legal access for a landholder.

Council initially acquired the land from the public road reserve in 2004 and it was intended to be on sold to the landowner so they could access their block.

This didn’t happen, and council is now offering a prospective purchaser the almost 2000 square metres for $5000.

Funding grant

The Yass District Education Foundation (YDEF) was given a $275 donation by council to cover the cost of hiring the Soldiers Hall.

The group held a fundraising night at the hall, which helps them provide scholarships for Yass and district students.

Funds were given from the general donations budget.

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