Quarry bows to 'community concern'
THE new Moy Pocket quarry owner, Boral Ltd, has announced it will not proceed with a controversial plan to site a major explosives store on the site.
The plan was among quarry-related issues which have been the centre of long-running disputes between Gympie Regional Council and residents, who claimed the quarry's Moy Pocket Rd access was too dangerous to allow further expansion of business on the site.
Mayor Ron Dyne declined to comment on claims that the council did not achieve the best deal for ratepayers when it gave planning permission for quarry expansion, without insisting on a full road upgrade, apparently accepting a supply of gravel instead.
Cr Dyne confirmed the council's deal on the quarry was currently the subject of an investigation by the state ombudsman and said it would be inappropriate for him to defend the council's position until the ombudsman had notified the council of a decision on the complaint by resident David Bade.
Residents were further enraged when plans were announced to include in the quarry site a major regional explosives dump, with its associated traffic adding to the already excessive impact of quarry trucks.
Yesterday's Boral announcement eliminated the second issue, which had attracted about 400 submissions, believed to be mostly objections, on 150 separate submission documents.
Boral said it was responding to "community concern".