Bundaberg North resident Don Knight wants the sand mining operations on Colvins Road relocated to the new site near Gooburrum, and that it should not take two years to complete. Photo: Darryn Smith
Bundaberg North resident Don Knight wants the sand mining operations on Colvins Road relocated to the new site near Gooburrum, and that it should not take two years to complete. Photo: Darryn Smith

Community fed up with traffic

HEAVY traffic through the Bella Vista Estate and Gooburrum Road residential areas has doubled after a national company started a new sand mine and was transporting the product to an old site for processing, a resident claims.

Don Knight said Austral Masonry were the owners of a controversial sand mine at Colvins Road, but had depleted all the resources at that site.

Instead, the company was now mining sand at a new site at Gooburrum and transporting it to Colvins Road for processing.

Mr Knight said trucks were taking the sand to the Colvins Road site and then later taking it away again for sale.

“Sometimes, trucks will drop a load of sand off, then pick up a load of processed sand and take it into Bundaberg,” he said.

Mr Knight said the extra activity was damaging the roads and kicking up dust when they travelled on gravel roads in the area.

“The dust cloud floats right across the Bella Vista Estate,” he said.

Mr Knight said lack of forward planning by Austral Masonry had created the problem for local communities, which were subjected to truck noise, damaged roads, problems with the ground water and dust pollution.

“I don’t believe that they were not aware that sand resources at Colvins Road mine were depleting,” he said.

“Why they didn’t make moves to secure a new mining property and apply for licences two years ago seems inconceivable.

“For this to go on for another two years would be unbearable for residents.”

A spokesman for Austral Masonry said he would research the situation and comment next week.



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