Con­cerns log­ging in Good­night Scrub

Com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion with coun­cil and HQ

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - Jodie Dixon Jodie.Dixon@isistc­news.com.au

CON­CERNED res­i­dents of the ru­ral com­mu­nity of Good­night Scrub have raised their con­cerns with Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil and HQ plan­ta­tions at a pub­lic meet­ing held last Sun­day af­ter­noon.

Twenty-five pas­sion­ate lo­cals gath­ered at the com­mu­nity hall in Good­night Scrub to voice their con­cerns about the har­vest of hoop pine from the plan­ta­tion.

Res­i­dent Judi Brown said she has was con­cerned about the health of res­i­dents with all the log­ging truck move­ments.

“Noise pol­lu­tion in­creases your risk of hear­ing loss, stress and sleep dis­tur­bances,” Ms Brown said.

“Fumes and dust from heavy ve­hi­cles can af­fect peo­ples health,” she said.

HQ plan­ta­tions com­mu­nity en­gage­ment man­ager Stephanie Hunt said log­ging would start in the area on Mon­day.

“There will be 30 truck move­ments a day, five trucks each do­ing three loads a day,” Ms Hunt said.

“The log­ging will be car­ried out for the next 18 months and will cover 780 hectares,” she said.

Trucks will move in and out of the Good­night Scrub from 4am to 10pm each day.

Lo­cals raised con­cerns about safety and who to phone if sit­u­a­tions de­vel­oped or if in­ci­dents oc­curred.

Ms Hunt told res­i­dents it was in the best in­ter­ests of the com­pany to main­tain good com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween them, the coun­cil and the res­i­dents.

Ms Brown said many of the res­i­dents were un­aware of the plan­ta­tion and that it was about to be har­vested.

Coun­cil­lor Wayne Honor is pas­sion­ate about his Di­vi­sion and was present at the com­mu­nity meet­ing, re­as­sur­ing the res­i­dents they would not be af­fected by the log­ging trucks.

Cr Honor apol­o­gised for the lack of con­sul­ta­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion from the coun­cil to res­i­dents about the har­vest­ing.

“The coun­cil had been in dis­cus­sion with HQ ad­dress­ing con­cerns on be­half of the res­i­dents,” he said.

One vo­cal res­i­dent was dis­ap­pointed that the coun­cil did not con­sult the com­mu­nity di­rectly be­fore speak­ing with HQ plan­ta­tions.

Res­i­dents of the Good­night Scrub and Mor­ganville can phone Michael Robert­son with their safety is­sues and con­cerns on 07 5488 2112.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

LIS­TEN TO US: Good­night Scrub res­i­dents with (back row) Cr Wayne Honor and Stephanie Hunt from HQ Plan­ta­tions.

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