A spray for residents on city outskirts: fringe-dwellers not always living on the edge

GRAPES OF WRATH: Residents have expressed concerns over spray drift coming from a winery expansion.

GRAPES OF WRATH: Residents have expressed concerns over spray drift coming from a winery expansion.

RESIDENTS have been warned if they live on Orange’s fringe, it might not always remain the fringe.

After residents raised concerns about spray drift on their properties coming from Philip Shaw Winery’s new vineyard at Shiralee, Orange City Council spokesman Nick Redmond said council staff were working through the issues.

“Ultimately it is the Pesticides Act that seeks to protect people and property,” he said.

“That does not mean council waives its responsibility, but it does mean there are limitations in our powers and that is what we are working through at the moment to, wherever possible, to ensure equity for those involved.”

Mr Redmond said the interface between urban growth and agricultural or semi-rural areas was a challenge for all growing regional cities.

“While council is working on concerns raised about spray drift from a planning perspective, it is worth noting that if you are a resident living on the fringe of a growing regional city like Orange, the likelihood is that it will not always be the fringe,” he said.

Mr Redmond encouraged residents to comment on the 1600-lot Shiralee Village master plan by the close of submissions on Monday. 

To view the documents, visit orange.nsw.gov.au/comment.

danielle.cetinski@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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