Quarry in limbo after ap­peal launched

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS -

A CON­TRO­VER­SIAL gran­ite quarry pro­posal in Roe­lands re­mains in limbo after an ap­peal was launched last week with nearby res­i­dents still voic­ing con­cerns.

A hard rock ex­trac­tion li­cence for Lot 501 Coal­fields High­way, by Brunswick com­pany B&J Cata­lano, was due to come be­fore the Har­vey shire de­vel­op­ment ser­vices com­mit­tee on June 19.

How­ever, the is­sue was re­moved from the agenda when an ap­peal was launched and it was re­ferred to the Ap­peal Con­venor.

Har­vey shire pres­i­dent Ta­nia Jack­son said the mat­ter would not move for­ward un­til the con­venor made a de­ci­sion. The project for gran­ite ex­trac­tion of 50,000 to 100,000 tonnes per year from the quarry, where gravel ex­trac­tion al­ready takes place, was first put to the Har­vey Shire Coun­cil in 2013 and turned down.

Plan­ning con­sent for the gran­ite ex­trac­tion was ap­proved by the State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal in May last year, sub­ject to con­di­tions such as a water man­age­ment plan in­clud­ing “ap­pro­pri­ate buf­fers to all in­ter­nal wa­ter­ways and nat­u­ral drainage that feed the ma­jor trib­u­taries of the Col­lie River and the Col­lie River it­self”.

B&J Cata­lano South West man- ager Peter Renton said all pro­cesses and pro­ce­dures were be­ing dili­gently fol­lowed.

“We do as much and more as re­quired by the law and we fol­low due process,” Mr Renton said.

Roe­lands Vil­lage chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Les Wal­lam said he still held con­cerns for the hard rock ex­trac­tion process’ ef­fect on his water sup­ply dam, which was about 2km from the quarry.

“It’s clear that our role as a peace­ful re­treat would be dif­fi­cult to sus­tain if we’re sub­ject to the noise of blast­ing, rock break­ing, crush­ing and truck­ing in the fu­ture,” Mr Wal­lam said.

David Charlesworth Pic­ture:

Roe­lands Vil­lage am­bas­sador Syd Jack­son, vol­un­teer Ja­nine Wil­liams and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Les Wal­lam share con­cerns about the fu­ture of the vil­lage's water sup­ply reser­voir from dust and sed­i­ment con­tam­i­na­tion.

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