Rocks in their heads

GYMPIE Regional Council would have rocks in its head to approve a controversial explosives store and outlet at Moy Pocket, Ian Mackay said as he lodged a petition of more than 400 signatures against the plan yesterday.

Speaking on behalf of his community, Mr Mackay said there was a resounding rejection of the proposal, judging by the number of objections council received. He said he had been informed there was “a growing pile” of individual unique submissions already lodged.

The closing date for submissions is today. Details to assist in writing an objection are available at http://admin.finda.com.au/admin/news/newsentry/619907/www.stoppress.com.au but they would need to be hand-delivered to the council office in Gympie.

“We won’t know the full number of submissions, nor the breadth of submitters for a week or so but I understand strong submissions were coming from the Sunshine Coast Regional Council, the local Chamber of Commerce, the Sunshine Coast Environment Council, local school bus committee, Mary River Catchment Co-ordinating Committee and more,” Mr Mackay said.

“The plan to ‘piggy-back’ this depot onto the existing quarry is all about the company cutting its costs but at the same time, it cuts all the corners in terms of safety.”

Mr Mackay said the site proposed was simply beset with problems.

“It is too steep, too fire-and-lightning-prone and would be built beneath cliffs at a quarry where blasting is a regular occurrence.

“It’s in a visually sensitive area and completely ignores surrounding environmental values.

“On top of all this it necessitates transport of explosives in both directions along roads that are already less than safe for the large numbers of quarry trucks they carry.”

Gympie Times


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