Colin Hose stands at the Curra site from which he proposes to extract sand and gravel from.
Colin Hose stands at the Curra site from which he proposes to extract sand and gravel from. Renee Pilcher

'Curra sand proposal isn't quarry'

CURRA resident Colin Hose says a development application to extract sand and gravel from the property he and his wife own isn’t a quarry and never will be.

The proposal is currently before Gympie Regional Council and a public submission period ended in March.

Mr Hose said there were no rocks on his property and he would only be taking out sand, topsoil and gravel type material.

An approval to extract sand and gravel from the Mary River was previously granted to past landowners but Mr Hose said he had no intention of destroying the river.

“I’m not coming to destroy what I came to enjoy,” he said.

Instead Mr Hose wants to extract from 2.7 hectares or two per cent of his 132 hectare property, at least 40m from the river at all times and at least 880m from neighbours.

He said there would be no blasting or crushing of rocks and the sound would be minimal.

This might help ease the concerns of some of Mr Hose’s neighbours.

Last week Ken Wilcock, whose property is on the other side of the Mary River to Mr Hose’s, said he hoped council would reject the plan.

“I have no issue with Mr Wilcock lodging a submission against my development proposal,” Mr Hose said.

“There has been a long standing approval for extracting sand and gravel from within the Mary River abutting my property and in so doing using my property for access and stockpiling.

“My current application does not propose to extract sand or gravel from the Mary River.

“I propose to only extract sand and gravel from a small part of my own land and maintain at all times a minimum 40 metre wide buffer between the edge of the extraction area and the banks of the Mary River.

“This buffer has been agreed to by the Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management before I publicly advertised my proposal in The Gympie Times.”

After extracting the sand and gravel material Mr Hose said he would then grass the area so that his cattle could graze off it.

“The extraction will be undertaken on only about 0.2 hectares of my land at any one time and once extraction of a particular area has ceased it will be remediated.”

Mr Hose also said he would only be using 18 metre trucks to haul the sand and gravel away as Curra Estate Road was not an approved B-Double route and he proposed an average of five trips per day over a year, or one truck every two hours.

And even though an approval would allow him to process up to 100,000 tonnes of material a year, he thought he would be hard pressed to sell 20,000 tonnes.

Gympie Times


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