Curra, Bells Bridge quarry plans

TWO extractive industry proposals – one at Curra and the other at Bells Bridge – have encountered varying problems with their applications for Planning approval.

Gympie Regional Council’s general meeting yesterday heard the Curra proposal, in Curra Estate Road, was lodged by Colin Hose on behalf of land owners Mr Hose and Beryl Joy Hose in a Rural and Rural Residential zoning area under the former Tiaro Shire Council planning scheme.

That proposal is for extracting and processing quarry material on the site, council’s planning committee was told.

The plan involves just under 132 hectares and seeks the right to process between 5000 tonnes and 100,000 tonnes a year.

Cr Jan Watt successfully moved a resolution, seconded by Cr Rae Gate, that council hold the application over, “pending the commissioning of a road safety analysis by a traffic consultant to identify specific works to ensure the safe operation of the quarry”.

The meeting was told the proposal “generally complies with the Planning Scheme provisions, is able to minimise adverse impacts on surrounding residents and appropriate mitigation measures have been proposed to minimise environmental harm”.

The other proposal, lodged by Sunshine Coast Concrete Pty Ltd, was for a material change of use to allow screening of aggregates in a Rural Zone on the Wide Bay Highway.

The meeting was told that the proposal is not for actual extraction but the processing of material by screening aggregate.

However, council yesterday accepted a committee recommendation that it refuse the proposal.

In a motion moved by Mayor Ron Dyne and seconded by his deputy Tony Perrett, the committee successfully recommended the refusal on the grounds that the proposal “conflicts with the outcomes sought by the rural locality code and the extractive industry and borrow pit code for the pre-amalgamation Kilkivan Shire Planning Scheme”.

Councillors also ruled that the proposal is out of character with the locality and surrounding properties.

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