Concerns logging in Goodnight Scrub
Community consultation with council and HQ
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.
LISTEN TO US: Goodnight Scrub residents with (back row) Cr Wayne Honor and Stephanie Hunt from HQ Plantations.