Over 200 locals object to mine
MORE than 200 objections to the proposed sand mine in north Bundaberg have been delivered to the Bundaberg Regional Council offices as the deadline for comment approaches.
Today is the last day objections can be lodged, and Member for Burnett Rob Messenger and sand mine opponent Graeme Chaffey delivered a boxful to the council yesterday.
Mr Messenger said objections were coming in to his office daily, and he expected to deliver more today.
He said there had been a poor level of consultation with the community near the Gooburrum Road site of the proposed mine.
Mr Messenger said there were serious concerns over the whole project.
A small sand mine has been operating in the area for some years, and Mr Messenger said aerial photos of the area showed evidence of serious ponding.
“There are risks to public health from mosquitoes,” he said.
Mr Messenger said there were also concerns about contamination of the water table in the area.
“A lot of people in the area get their water for drinking and gardening from underground bores,” he said.
“That's a huge concern.”
Mr Chaffey said residents were upset about the impact the mine would have on their quality of life.
The dust, noise and traffic are all a concern to locals,” he said.
“We don't need these almost 100 trucks a day running around our streets.” Gurang Gurang traditional elder Burnie Johnson said he was concerned about the chemicals used to treat the sand.
“Is it going to get into the bore water?” he said.
Bundaberg Regional Council planning and development spokesman Cr Ross Sommerfeld said the council would carefully consider any submissions about the sand mine.
“That there are a lot of objections makes us conscious there is a lot of concern out there,” he said.