Gourmet Garden chief operating officer and FAN chairman Andrew Eves-Brown says the decision to be made on a Yandina development proposal has huge ramifications for the region.
Gourmet Garden chief operating officer and FAN chairman Andrew Eves-Brown says the decision to be made on a Yandina development proposal has huge ramifications for the region. Warren Lynam

Will decision leave bad taste in foodies' mouths?

THE head of the region's Food and Agribusiness Network (FAN) says the decision to be made on a Yandina development proposal has huge ramifications for the region.

Gourmet Garden chief operating officer and FAN chairman Andrew Eves-Brown said the council's decision would reveal just how big a part food and agribusiness had to play in the council's regional economic development strategy.

Agribusiness has been identified as one of the region's seven high-value industries in the Sunshine Coast Council's economic blueprint.

Mr Eves-Brown said approving a crushing and screening plant in the Yandina industrial estate would be at odds with the council's economic development plans and would cloud the future of the estate, earmarked as a food-production hub.

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Mr Eves-Brown said the introduction of crushing and screening in the estate would jeopardise the health and organic certification abilities of producers and approval would fly in the face of the council's agribusiness taskforce.

"Personally I think it's (decision on the development) huge for the region," he said.

Mr Eves-Brown said the matter had shown weakness in current planning processes with the applicants following procedure, but the regulations didn't do enough to guide which industries could be established.

"It's the wrong decision to approve it (if the council supports food and agribusiness)," he said.

Divisional Councillor Greg Rogerson said it was a difficult situation given both parties had legitimate claims but hoped common sense prevailed.

He's pushing for alternative sites to be explored for the applicants, allowing the Yandina estate to grow its food and agribusiness sector.


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