Collinsville com­mu­nity tak­ing Coun­cil to court

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

SOME five months have passed since Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil ap­proved a con­tro­ver­sial min­ing camp on Hen­der­son Street in Collinsville ( Whit­sun­day Times, July 25).

Now, mem­bers of the Collinsville com­mu­nity have banded to­gether in an at­tempt to have the de­ci­sion over­turned.

The com­mu­nity, sup­ported by min­ing union CFMEU, has en­gaged a Queens­land law firm spe­cial­is­ing in plan­ning, en­vi­ron­ment and her­itage mat­ters, to file an ap­peal.

Save Collinsville’s Her­itage Vol­un­teer Trevor An­der­son said one of the is­sues was with the camp’s “his­tor­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant” lo­ca­tion and prox­im­ity to a site where seven min­ers died in an ac­ci­dent on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 13, 1954.

A Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil spokesper­son con­firmed there was an ap­peal.

“As this is cur­rently be­fore the courts there is noth­ing fur­ther which can be said on the mat­ter," the spokesper­son said.

Project pro­po­nent and Alataro man­ag­ing di­rec­tor John McGowan said his com­pany was ready for any ap­peal and con­fi­dent of win­ning. Mr McGowan said the mat­ter would fol­low due le­gal process which could take three to six months.

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