Aerial view of Bridge Street Quarry, site of planned quarry gardens, taken in 2003. Photo Contributed
Aerial view of Bridge Street Quarry, site of planned quarry gardens, taken in 2003. Photo Contributed Contributed

Council to spend $350k to keep people out of quarry site

THE Toowoomba Regional Council will spend $350,000 to build fencing in a bid stop people illegally entering the site of the proposed Quarry Gardens project.

A new report into the redevelopment of the Bridge St quarry found serious safety issues with the current site, particularly to do with fencing at the entrance.

Infrastructure general manager Mike Brady told councillors at the committee meeting yesterday that more than 2km would need to be erected to secure the perimeter and deter residents from entering the site.

"These issues need to be assessed as council looks into the development of the quarry project," he said.

The new perimeter would be partially made up of black, powder-coated tubular fencing with spikes on top in the most visible parts, along with chain-link fencing and barbed wire for the other sections.

A new electronic gate would also be built.

Cr Mike Williams questioned the expenditure when the Quarry Gardens project, still in the development stage, was not a sure thing.

But Mr Brady said it was the council's responsibility to secure the site.

"We've got to do everything we reasonably can to prevent people going in. The managing of access from a public safety perspective is paramount," he said.

While there is no budget for the project, the funding will come out of the $2.3 million Quarry Rehabilitation fund, which was established after the 2011 floods.

The internal report placed the overall rehabilitation cost of the quarry at $3.3 million.

Cr Cahill queried Mr Brady as to where that funding would come from in the future.

"That $3.3 million is for the rehabilitation works, and the timing of that is at council's discretion," Mr Brady replied.

The investigative report into the gardens project, financed by the State Government, has been finished by the council.



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