No leeway for quarry

SUNSHINE Coast council, including Mayor Mark Jamieson, last week voted overwhelmingly in support of a no dam spill order for the operators of Kin Kin quarry, but the move went only part of the way to satisfying more than 550 people who wanted outright rejection of a new management plan.

Council staff were resigned to at least one breach a year of the quarry sediment basin, but Councillor Tony Wellington said that was not good enough to protect the Noosa River catchment.

Cr Wellington, with an applauding Kin Kin Community Group in the council chamber public gallery, demanded an amendment that stipulated a sediment control plan that ensures "untreated water is not released from the detention basins into the downstream watercourse" and all but two councillors supported him.

This was after the councillor had tabled a Kin Kin petition signed by 553 people urging council "to consider wisely and vote against the plan to prevent the environmental and social upheaval that will ensue" from the approved Sheppersons Lane quarry.

"This new resolution seeks to place proper environmental controls on the Kin Kin quarry," Cr Wellington said.

"Any over-topping of untreated water into the Noosa River catchment has the potential to cause long-term environmental damage. The resolution I'm requesting asks (quarry operator) Neilsens to meet their own stated objectives to ensure all stormwater is managed, to protect downstream water quality."

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