Daniel O'Brien will ride in the FMX at Milman on the weekend.
Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Daniel O'Brien will ride in the FMX at Milman on the weekend. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka ROK281011amoto5

Council charges man fee to ride motorbike on his own land

A MOTOCROSS enthusiast who has built a track for private use on his Glenreagh property is likely to continue to pay an annual $800 fee for the privilege.

At Clarence Valley Council's environment, planning and community meeting on Tuesday councillors recommended the council continue charging the owner, Bayden Blanchette, to review a development consent.

In December 2016 the council approved a DA for the track, conditional on a review in 12 months to ensure the owner complied with consent conditions.

Since then the council has received nine complaints from neighbours based on noise, dust and erosion control issues.

The council's director environment planning and community, Des Schroder, said property owners were usually allowed ride motorbikes on the their land, without needing to involve the council.

"If he didn't have mounds or jumps, he wouldn't need to bring in the development control process," Mr Schroder said.

Mr Blanchette's current application seeks to remove the review period and increase the number of days and hours in which the track can be used.

The committee recommended some changes to usage times, but kept the 12-month review period, because of some compliance issues around erosion control measures.


Mustangs youngsters claim third place at Kirk Reynoldson Cup

Premium Content Mustangs youngsters claim third place at Kirk Reynoldson Cup

A team of Murgon Mustangs travelled to Wandoan, walking away with 3rd place and a...

Latest Monto street art a stunning tribute to hotel publican

Premium Content Latest Monto street art a stunning tribute to hotel publican

TWO more works have joined Monto’s ever-growing art trail, with a historical wall...

The tragic link between two fatal Burnett car crashes

Premium Content The tragic link between two fatal Burnett car crashes

Burnett police have revealed a tragic link between two fatal crashes that occured...