Don Knight is determined to let fellow residents know about the looming deadline for public objections to a proposed sand mine.
Don Knight is determined to let fellow residents know about the looming deadline for public objections to a proposed sand mine. Scottie Simmonds

Sand mine D-Day near

BELLA Vista Estate residents Heather and Don Knight are determined to let residents know of Austral Masonry's plans to expand sand mining at Gooburrum.

The duo is set to do a letterbox drop with objections to the plan for residents to sign in the Welcome Creek area.

The company is looking to expand its sand mining business, by moving its operation from its current Colvins Road site to Gooburrum Road.

Mrs Knight said she would benefit it the site was moved, because she would have less traffic, noise and dust at her home.

But both said they could not ignore the issue that would be a burden on other residents.

Mrs Knight has concerns the sand mining would affect the lives of people living in the area.

She said there would be financial damage with properties losing value and environmental factors with residents having to endure machinery noise, dust, a ruined water supply and damage caused by wind blown sand.

Other issues include public health, with ponding causing mosquitoes to breed in the area.

She said one resident was already unable to open her windows or doors because of the mass breeding at the current site.

Mrs Knight has also raised concerns about school buses and trucks being able to pass each other on the roads.

She said roads would also fall into disrepair with heavy vehicles travelling on them.

“Gooburrum Road is in a terrible condition and that is the road they are currently using,” Mrs Knight said.

“Tantitha Road is also a mess.”

The couple is hoping residents will sign the objection, which will be dropped in their letterboxes before Friday.

Objections for the proposed development close November 26.

Austral Masonry did not return the NewsMail's phone calls yesterday.



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