Innes Park ready to battle quarry
INNES Park residents are gearing up to fight against the establishment of a quarry in their area — while the skate bowl controversy still simmers.
Member for Burnett Rob Messenger sent a letter to residents recently outlining the plan and asking for their reactions.
The new quarry, bound by Elliott Heads Road, Barolin Homestead Road and Back Windermere Road, will be operated by Holcim Australia and will replace their existing facility on Cockerills Road.
Mr Messenger said the response he had received from residents in the area was overwhelmingly against the new quarry.
“A lot of landowners around the site feel they will be significantly affected,” he said.
“I don’t have a vote on whether it goes ahead or not, my job is to represent the views of the community.”
Pat Whalley, whose property adjoins the proposed site, said her main concerns were dust, noise, the extra traffic on the road and the potential devaluation of her property.
“I’m not against progress, I’m against putting a quarry in suburbia,” she said.
“It’s the entrance to Coral Cove, why would you want to put a quarry in there?”
Mrs Whalley said Holcim representatives had told her there would be 46 semi-trailers a day needing access to the site.
“They’ve got to get in and out, that’s over 90 trips,” she said.
Mrs Whalley was also concerned about a development exclusion zone that would be placed around the quarry with a radius between 200m and 1km that would stop any housing development.
A spokeswoman for Holcim said it was early days yet in the consultation process.
She said the company was open to listening to, and working with, the community on any concerns they might have before the application was lodged with the Bundaberg Regional Council.