21 January 2022

Ten megalitre mineral water bottling plant proposed for Nerrigundah Mountain Road

| Katrina Condie
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Eurobodalla Shire Council has received a Development Application for a mineral water extraction and bottling plant. Photo: Katrina Condie.

A mineral water extraction and bottling plant proposed for Eurobodalla could see up to 10 megalitres of water – that’s around 16 million 600 millilitre bottles – drawn from a bore annually.

Eurobodalla Shire Council has received a Development Application to operate the plant at 51-53 Nerrigundah Mountain Road, Eurobodalla.

A council spokesperson said the development was originally approved by council on 10 January 2014, however the proponent never acted upon the consent, so it lapsed.

The source of the water is an existing licensed bore and the development consent is subject to acceptance from the Natural Resources Access Regulator.

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The spokesperson said nearby landowners would be notified of the proposal and be given the opportunity to provide their feedback before the application is assessed.

During the assessment process a planning officer will inspect the site and consider state and local environmental policies as well as the likely impacts of the development on the natural and built environment and the site’s suitability.

The applicant has applied to extract a maximum of 10 megalitres of water per annum, which is consistent with the lapsed consent.

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Did I hear a truck? Another truck? and another, and another… . 43,836 bottles will leave that plant every day of the year. How many truck movements will be needed to haul this precious water over these local roads per day? Will the dust churned up drift across the Tuross River and settle in Eurobodalla?

Look on the bright side, at least this business could create employment in the shire when more staff are needed to maintain the roads damaged through constant battering by massive diesel trucks.

Does anyone else see some problems here? 16 million 600ml bottles. Plastic no doubt? I really don’t think there is a need for this proposal to go ahead if you consider that, from the latest figures I could find from 2018, only approximately 10% of plastics are recycled each year Australia wide. So on these figures, approximately 14.4 million plastic bottles will end up in landfill or the wider environment. Let’s say though that the recycling rate has doubled due to the 10c deposit scheme, that’s still nearly 12.8 million not being recycled. We obviously haven’t learnt a thing have we considering climate change and the environment.

Wendy Gorton9:20 am 28 Jan 22

I am on the same page here. Unnecessarily adding more waste plastic to an already overwhelmed environment amounts to vandalism in my book. Why sell water in plastic bottles anyway when the supplied water is fine.

Linda Gibson-Tehan3:25 pm 21 Jan 22

I hope they are bottling the water in glass or aluminum – We do not need ANY MORE plastic bottles in our environment.

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