Moy Pocket quarry, where operators plan to establish an explosives storage and distribution facility.
Moy Pocket quarry, where operators plan to establish an explosives storage and distribution facility. Renee Pilcher

Councillors decline lunch

GYMPIE councillors will decline a potentially explosive invitation to lunch at the Moy Pocket quarry.

Mayor Ron Dyne and Planning Committee chairman Ian Petersen successfully argued that acceptance could blow up in councillors’ faces.

Cr Dyne told a Works Committee meeting the visit would not be appropriate, with council currently considering an application to store 80 tonnes-plus of explosives at the quarry.

Cr Petersen said: “I for one will not be going”.

With 149 formal objections and more than 400 petitioners against it, the plan is hot politics, as residents claim the area is vulnerable to fire and lightning strike and is serviced by a road already claimed to be dangerously busy with quarry trucks and private vehicles.

Resident Ian Mackay says the idea has attracted “resounding community rejection” from Sunshine Coast Regional Council, the Australian Koala Foundation, the Kenilworth Chamber of Commerce, Sunshine Coast Environment Council, the local school bus committee, the Mary River Catchment Co-ordinating Committee, the Save the Mary River Co-ordinating Group and the Conondale Range Committee.

“The application has stirred up a hornets’ nest,” Cr Dyne warned. “My phone’s been running hot and probably everybody else’s has too.”

Gympie Times


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