Ronald Backwell is hoping to muster enough community support to stop the development of a new basalt quarry in the Innes Park area.
Ronald Backwell is hoping to muster enough community support to stop the development of a new basalt quarry in the Innes Park area.

Quarry plan on the nose

RETIRED engineer Ronald Backwell says residents in the Innes Park area are already living with dust, noise and traffic problems from a quarry in the area.

He hopes to muster community support against the development of a new basalt quarry between Elliott Heads Road and Back Windermere Road by Holcim, which already operated a quarry on Cockerills Road.

The existing quarry is nearing the end of its life and will be phased out.

“I know we need quarries, but there are other deposits that can be used,” Mr Backwell said.

He also believed the establishment of the quarry would threaten a housing development due to go into the area.

Mr Backwell said he could see the quarry that was due to close from the front of his house.

“People like us who are overlooking quarries seem to cop all the noise and dust,” he said.

“When there’s a south-easterly wind we get clouds of dust that go everywhere through the house.”

But Mr Backwell accepts he could be fighting an uphill battle.

“I think everybody’s concerned about it, but I have a feeling it will go in there anyway,” he said.

Mr Backwell has put together a submission of objections to the new quarry that he has submitted to the Bundaberg Regional Council and Member for Burnett Rob Messenger.

His concerns include dust, which he claims can blow for up to 3.2km from the quarry, depending on the wind.

He is also worried about the noise during the operation of the quarry from 6am to 6pm, and fears vibrations from work in the quarry could damage the foundations and brickwork of nearby houses.

The increased traffic on the road – estimated to be 46 heavy vehicles moving in and out every day – would also necessitate upgrades to surrounding intersections and could increase the possibility of accidents, he said.

“This is going to affect the quality of life of everybody living around it,” Mr Backwell said.



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