Pressure to stop Kin Kin quarry

PRESSURE is on from residents living around the Kin Kin quarry for Sunshine Coast council to stop the operation in its tracks for alleged non compliance of operating conditions.

A resident said a strong submission had been made to Mayor Bob Abbot to have his council officers act within their powers to force a fresh application for a material change of use for the Sheppersons Lane quarry operated by Neilsens Quality Gravels.

He believes this may have been the catalyst for a closed-door council committee meeting to discuss the quarry operation at Tewantin on Wednesday.

“In a letter dated August 4, 2010, council officers demanded compliance by Neilsens with many requirements which were conditional with the approval. They gave until August 27, 2010 to comply,” he said. “The demands included construction of all internal roads, fences, signs, drainage works, services, processing plant, landscaping, weighbridge etc.

“These demands could not possibly have been met.”

The resident said council could exercise its power in this manner and negate the need for the Kin Kin Community Group proceeding with expensive court action against council seeking the material change of use.

The quarry was temporarily closed by the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation for alleged operational breaches, but this order was later lifted.

Now residents fear drilling may be under way for a second blast after the first shook their local lifestyle. KKCG proceeding are set down for hearing in October.

Gympie Times


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