Quarry gets the all clear

NOT HAPPY: Local residents believe a quarry at Yandina Creek should not have been approved, but have lost their legal bid to block it.
NOT HAPPY: Local residents believe a quarry at Yandina Creek should not have been approved, but have lost their legal bid to block it. Mike Garry

RESIDENTS will work with Sunshine Coast Council to minimise the impact of a quarry at Yandina Creek after losing their legal fight.

Appeal Court Justices Margaret McMurdo, Robert Gotterson and Jean Dalton were unanimous that an earlier Planning and Environment Court approval of the controversial project should stand.

They found no fault at law in that judgment.

The Yandina Creek Progress Association raised $200,000 to fight the earlier decision, with the council fully funding the appeal.

Parklands Blue Metal proposes to quarry between 350,000 and 500,000 tonne a year from a 98.27ha site fronting North Arm-Yandina Creek Rd, McCords Rd and Pryors Rd Yandina Creek, six days a week from 6am to 6pm.

The quarry contains a reserve of between 17 and 20 million tonnes and a production life of about 40 years.

It is expected there will be 112 heavy vehicle trips a day associated with the operation, 56 of which would be fully loaded.

Yandina Creek Progress Association spokesman Alex Watson said there was some relief that a decision, expected to have come in January or February, had finally been delivered.

"We feel that the council and community have based their arguments on reasonable grounds," he said.

"It's a totally unsuitable place for a quarry with so many residents in close proximity. The court has ruled in favour of the interests of a few over the community."

Mr Watson said there was an anomaly between state and council planning laws. State zoning had deemed the property as a resource to be exploited while council planning had allowed homes to be developed.

"We will now sit down with council and look closely at the conditions (to apply to the quarry)," he said.

"There is still a lot to be determined. We will do everything possible to minimise the impact on the community."

Parklands Blue Metal Pty Ltd general manager Gary Blackburn failed to respond to calls from the Daily.

Topics:  planning and environment court quarry

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