Seeney may rule on quarry
DEPUTY Premier Jeff Seeney is considering taking the decision on an application for a new quarry out of the hands of Bundaberg Regional Council.
Holcim Australia has applied to open the new quarry in the Innes Park area and a development application is now before the council.
But in a letter to people who made submissions against the quarry, Mr Seeney - who is also the Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning - said he was considering calling in the project.
If he decides to do so, the decision on the quarry will be made by him. It will also mean there is no right of appeal against whichever decision he makes.
In the letter, Mr Seeney invited written representations on the application
. "I am specifically interested in finding out if you believe the proposed development involves a state interest," he said
. Quarry Action Group spokesman John Broadfoot said he was encouraging everybody in the area to make submissions to Mr Seeney.
But he said it was difficult to decide whether Mr Seeney's possible intervention was good news or bad.
"We're not really sure what's going on," he said.
"I do think it's a good development that the people who made submissions are being asked to comment," he said
. "It is a positive thing that he wants to get our comments on whether the quarry is a state interest."