A LACK of information has led to a social network page opposing the proposed $21 million Miners Rest saleyards, members say.
The “No Miners Rest Saleyards” Facebook page was set up in March by resident Neil Braszell and has received 105 likes.
Mr Braszell said he was posting any research he could find about the planned saleyards, including Freedom of Information request results and Ballarat City Council briefing papers.
“There was not a lot of information available,” Mr Braszell said.
He said proponent Palisade Investment Partners hadn’t replied to requests for a residents presentation they gave in Ballarat in March and the council’s information had also been limited.
“We just want to get information out to people and to families around the area but it’s been a lot harder than I thought.”
Pending the council approval, the saleyards will be located on the north-west corner of the Western and Sunraysia highways at Miners Rest.
Mr Braszell said the Facebook page was receiving a lot of community support.
“We’re averaging on the site up to about 1000 people every time we post something.
“Anything I can find, I just try and put it out there. No one here really knows what’s going on.”
Mr Braszell said he also received information from other sources but always verified it before posting.
“It has to be factual information or I’m totally against it.”
He said his issues with the proposed site, 800 metres from his property’s rear, included increased traffic and its flood plain location.
If approved, the saleyards will be operated by Palisade Investment Partners’ saleyard arm, Regional Infrastructure.
Regional Infrastructure director Garry Edwards did not wish to comment on the Facebook page.
Ballarat City Council chief executive officer Anthony Schinck said Regional Infrastructure was expected to lodge a planning application later this year.
“This application will be considered by council like any other planning application, with opportunities for the community to have their say,” Mr Schinck said.
“The future of the current saleyards site will be resolved as part of a master planning process identified in the council plan 2013-17.”