Quarry court battle ongoing

KIN Kin residents opposing a quarry at Sheppersons Lane must now sit tight and await the outcome of their Planning and Development Court bid to force a fresh approval application to go before Sunshine Coast council.

Kin Kin Community Group spokesman Allen Packer said the locals’ senior legal counsel Mark Hinson last week presented extensive submissions. Mr Packer said their final arguments detailed what the legal team saw as “the many fundamental deficiencies in the approval process followed by the (then) Noosa Council”.

“Our barrister made the strongest possible plea that the proposed development is much larger than anything ever envisaged by Noosa Shire Council back in the 1980s or approved by it.” Planning court judge Keith Dodds heard evidence that the Neilsen extraction area is about three times that applied for in 1987.

The court heard in evidence there was no limit on the life of the quarry and the operator’s legal counsel argued the approval from the outset, which never lapsed, allowed for the larger operation.

Gympie Times


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