WANGARATTA Council’s decision to approve Bruck Textiles Technologies’ plans to turn over part of its factory site to residential development has come sharply back into focus.
Last December the council’s administrators agreed to seek authorisation from Victorian Planning Minister Matthew Guy to prepare the zoning amendment after a proposal was lodged a month earlier.
The council is still waiting for approval.
The council’s chief executive officer Brendan McGrath confirmed he and administrator Irene Grant had raised the re-zoning with company representatives since Bruck’s demise.
“They indicated they still intend to proceed with that work,” he said.
“They will submit a package of information to the council within the next couple of months.
“Our planning staff and administrators I am sure will give proper consideration to any material received from Bruck, including material from the December council resolution.”
Mr McGrath was responding to a question from ratepayer Gary Nevin at this week’s council meeting.
A spokesman for Australian Textile Mills couldn’t be contacted for comment yesterday.
The 4.13 hectares fronts Sisley Avenue.
It is located within an existing industrial area and represents about 20 per cent of the Bruck site.
As part of the proposal, Bruck’s owners undertook to do a site specific environmental audit to meet Environment Protection Authority requirements, agreed to provide a detailed plan showing Bruck’s future plans, establish a business incubator project and purchase the adjoining Nuplex site.
Rezoning of the site for residential purposes was considered in 2010 but rejected two years later.