Locals launch anti-quarry petition
A GROUP of Innes Park residents has launched a pre-emptive strike on plans to establish a new quarry in their area.
The company that hopes to operate the mine, Holcim Australia, has not even lodged a development application with the Bundaberg Regional Council yet but the residents have already handed in a petition against the plan.
Cr Danny Rowleson was handed the petition by the residents yesterday.
One of the organisers of the petition, Vi Tapiolas, said she had collected about 200 signatures on the petition against the mine.
“We’re hoping it will have some results,” she said
“I’m not against quarries, but I feel this one is in the wrong place.
“This is where people want to live.”
The quarry is planned for the corner of Barolin Homestead Road and Elliott Heads Road.
It is designed to replace the quarry now operating on Cockerills Road, which has about two years left.
Mrs Tapiolas is part of the Quarry Action Group, which is organising local opposition to the new quarry.
The Quarry Action Group has several concerns about the operation of the new quarry, including noise, dust and the increased amount of traffic that would have to use the roads in the area.
Cr Rowleson said yesterday he would take the petition and lodge it with the council, to ensure the opinions and voices of the local residents were heard.
He said while a development application had not yet been lodged the council had been given a number of briefings by Holcim Australia.
“My position is I represent the people, and it is my responsibility to try to accommodate applications that that match the lifestyle here,” he said.
Cr Rowleson said while there was obviously a need for quarries, the question was whether the one planned for Innes Park was in the right place.
“We have to look at what other options might be available to produce the material that is needed for construction in the area,” he said.