Collinsville community taking Council to court
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.