BLAST-OFF FOR QUARRY

Mary Val­ley group and Gara­p­ine have lost ‘David and Go­liath’ bat­tle against Gympie coun­cil ap­proval for a Trave­ston quarry, batch­ing plant

The Gympie Times - - FRONT PAGE - JOHN WEEKES [email protected]­re­gional­me­dia.com.au

QUARRY op­po­nents have had a court set­back but say the bat­tle over a Trave­ston de­vel­op­ment is not over.

Cor­bet Quar­ries wanted to add a hard rock quarry and con­crete batch­ing plant to its oper­a­tions near the Bruce High­way. And yes­ter­day, Judge Richard Jones said the pro­posed con­crete batch­ing plant was needed.

He said it was very un­likely the plant would greatly “of­fend rea­son­able pub­lic ex­pec­ta­tions”.

Cor­bet’s plans sparked op­po­si­tion from Mary Val­ley

Com­mu­nity Group and from Peak Events, which owns the nearby Gara­p­ine cen­tre.

They ap­pealed af­ter Gympie Re­gional Coun­cil gave Cor­bet the go-ahead.

The case in­volved ar­gu­ments over is­sues in­clud­ing vis­ual amenity, water qual­ity, noise and air qual­ity.

On Fri­day, the re­lief Peak Events and the com­mu­nity group wanted was re­fused and the ap­peal dis­missed.

But the mat­ter was oth­er­wise ad­journed for con­di­tions – po­ten­tially in­clud­ing blast­ing – to be de­cided in more de­tail.

Reg Lawler from the com­mu­nity group told Judge Jones the group wanted con­di­tions for blast­ing.

Judge Jones un­der­stood some rec­om­men­da­tions for blast­ing were un­der way but added: “It’s not for me to draft con­di­tions.”

Out­side the Plan­ning and En­vi­ron­ment Court, Mr Lawler told NewsRe­gional it was a “David and Go­liath” bat­tle.

He said the group com­prised maybe 16 or so lo­cal res­i­dents.

Mr Lawler was con­cerned about pos­si­ble im­pacts on the Gara­p­ine out­door ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre.

“We’re dis­ap­pointed be­cause we thought hav­ing a quarry 10m away from an ed­u­ca­tional es­tab­lish­ment was not a proper thing in town plan­ning.”

“How­ever, the judge has made his de­ci­sion and when we see the rea­sons for the de­ci­sion, we’ll con­sider what we do…”

He said the group would ask Judge Jones to put blast­ing far enough away so fly­rock didn’t go “where kids are learn­ing”.

Mr Lawler said con­di­tions on air qual­ity and noise were also piv­otal but un­de­cided.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives for Cor­bet weren’t im­me­di­ately com­ment­ing out­side court as they were still read­ing the 52-page judg­ment.

Busi­ness­man An­drew Cor­bet pre­vi­ously told a pub­lic meet­ing his com­pany had been try­ing for 15 years to find an ap­pro­pri­ate site.

Photo: Ja­cob Car­son

DOWN BUT NOT OUT: Mem­bers of the Mary Val­ley Com­mu­nity Ac­tion group when it formed, Nick Ben­nett, Emma Ben­nett, Glenda Pick­ers­gill, Greg Carl­son, Sue Mar­tin, Jenni In­gram, James Perry, John Borchert, Marie Borchert, Reg Lawler and Judy Lawler.

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