Tense wait for owners
resident will be devastated if quarry application granted
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.”