Tense wait for own­ers

res­i­dent will be dev­as­tated if quarry ap­pli­ca­tion granted

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Erica Mur­ree erica.mur­ree@cnbtimes.com.au

MOUNT Goo­nane­mann Rd res­i­dent Marie Klee be­lieves an up­com­ing de­ci­sion by North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cils could de­cide her fu­ture.

She is anx­iously await­ing the out­come of a de­ci­sion on the pro­posed ex­pan­sion of a quarry on her road at Tues­day’s stand­ing com­mit­tee meet­ing.

Ms Klee is one of five land­hold­ers who have sub­mit­ted their ob­jec­tions to coun­cil in re­la­tion to the de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion.

If ap­proved the site will change from 5000 tonne to 100,000 tonne of pro­duc­tion per an­num by J&K Cole Hold­ing Pty Ltd.

“This de­ci­sion holds my life in its hands,” Ms Klee said.

“I don’t know what my fu­ture holds, my health doesn’t al­low me to work any­more.

Marie Klee My 26 acres here is my life – it’s just me and my an­i­mals.

“My 26 acres here is my life – it’s just me and my an­i­mals.”

If the project goes ahead Ms Klee said it was a dou­ble whammy for dust and noise on her property.

“If the ap­pli­ca­tion, with its con­di­tions, is ap­proved it will be dev­as­tat­ing for our prop­er­ties, not just the dust and noise prob­lem, but it is the de­val­u­a­tion of our prop­er­ties,” she said.

“We are not talk­ing about a few thou­sand dol­lars, but $100,000.”

The ap­pli­ca­tion has been rec­om­mended for ap­proval sub­ject to con­di­tions in­clud­ing air and noise emis­sions and op­er­a­tional hours.

The coun­cil has also asked quarry own­ers to con­trib­ute $75,000 to­wards Mt Goo­nane­mann Rd main­te­nance.

Mayor DonWaugh said the coun­cil has had fur­ther dis­cus­sions with the op­er­a­tor.

“While we don’t want to hin­der or cur­tail any busi­ness op­er­a­tions it is coun­cil’s role to pro­tect its res­i­dents,” he said.

If ap­proved, Ms Klee said with so many trucks op­er­at­ing it will be “like we are liv­ing on a high­way”.

“The noise will be hor­ren­dous.”

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