Ruth McCosker, 17 December 2015

CHILDREN and petrol stations don’t mix, according to Eight Mile Plains residents, and they are determined to keep it that way.

Staff and parents at St John’s Lutheran Church and Kindergarten fear the construction of a petrol station at 2659 Logan Rd, Eight Mile Plains, adjacent to their property, could be a recipe for disaster.

Church member Lorraine Brine said a petrol station would have “long-term effects”. “The kindy has been there for 43 years. It’s a lovely environmental area for the children,” she said. “There would be fumes at such close range.”

Synergy Property Partners has proposed the relocation of the current pool shop to build a petrol station that would border the kindergarten on the east side.

In an online submission to Brisbane City Council, one parent said no family wanted their child near petrol, smoke and dust fumes.

“Children deserve a quiet, fume-free environment and this matter should be taken seriously,” she wrote. Another resident submitted that the development would be a “disaster” for traffic and for children at the kindy.

Neighbourhood Planning and Development Assessment chairwoman Cr Amanda Cooper said council had serious concerns about the proposal.

“Council has requested the developers provide independent technical investigations demonstrating the impacts of traffic and noise, as well as how odours would be managed,” she said.

Synergy Property Partners did not respond to Southern Star’s questions.

What is proposed:

■ a 199sq m petrol station

■ 12 carparks

■ three fuel dispensers, with six filling positions

■ 180,000l of flammable/combustible fuel storage

■ 24/7 operation

Extracted in full from the Courier Mail.