Farmers dig in on quarry plan

FARMERS concerned at the plan to establish a new quarry in the Innes Park area will get together today to discuss the proposal.

The meeting, at a private house, will discuss and share information on the proposal by Holcim Australia to establish the quarry on the corner of Barolin Homestead Road and Elliott Heads Road.

It will replace their existing quarry on Cockerills Road, which is almost played out.

The meeting will be addressed by Member for Burnett Rob Messenger as guest speaker.

Meeting chairman John Broadfoot said the farmers, whose properties fronted Elliott Heads Road, had not been given any information about the quarry, despite the fact trucks carrying the stone would be travelling up and down the road.

“The first time they had any idea about this was when I spoke to some of them last week,” he said.

Mr Broadfoot said his view was the quarry should not be allowed on the proposed site.

“I have put together a survey for just our estate, Pacific Acres, and the results will be collated next week ahead of a meeting with Holcim,” he said.

Mr Broadfoot said there were about 120 households in Pacific Acres, and so far the survey results were running about 5% in favour of the quarry and 95% against.

“Of the people who said they don’t mind the quarry going in, most said they were not in favour unless Back Windermere Road is bitumened,” he said.

“Some of the people just want more information. That’s what their concern is.”

In an information sheet handed out to residents, Holcim Australia said the new quarry would have an extraction rate of about 350,000 tonnes a year, with a life of about 20 years, depending on local markets.

Quarrying would be done to a depth of about 15m, and some of the materials would require drilling and blasting before excavation.

Quarry material would be crushed and screened onsite.



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