PROJECT QUICK FACTS:
- Minister Seeney’s decision due on November 22nd.
- The Quarry will produce rock vital for building materials and in addition provide the rock necessary for premixed concrete production.
- The amounts to be extracted will provide materials and quarry products needed for the housing for approximately 45,000 people.
- The Mount Cotton Quarry Extension project seeks no increase in the maximum permitted output than is currently allowable or has been allowable in the past for the existing Mount Cotton Quarry. It seeks only to extend Quarry life.
- The project will be only one of two hard rock quarries of any scale servicing the area and will have a life of up to 50 years.
- Over that time it will supply about 45 million tonnes of quarry materials, the majority being supplied to the community’s needs in Redland City and Logan City.
- Based on population predictions extrapolated from Queensland Treasury and Trade data, over this 50 year period the communities of Redlands and Logan will require 350 million tonnes of quarry materials.
- Despite being rejected by Redland City Councillors in June 2013, the Extension Project received recommendations for Approval from both Redland City Council Officers and this view was further supported by Logan City Council Officers in July 2013. Also approvals were received from all State Government Departments and clearance from Federal Agencies as well.
- The economic credentials of the project include over $30 million immediate investment in the processing plant and equipment, 50 full time jobs, and over $400 million to be spent in the local community over the life of the project.
- The land area covered by the Barro land and that of the direct neighbours covers about 7 square kilometres.
- The land owned by Barro Group is over 600 acres with a perimeter boundary stretching over 7 kilometers and the direct neighbouring properties range in size from 10 acres to over 50 acres. There are five houses closer than half a kilometre and three houses about half a kilometre from the proposed 50 year quarry extraction footprint.
- Other industrial land uses in the area include a motor racing circuit, a driving training centre and skid pan, two cemeteries and a crematorium, the Logan Council smart tip, a Seqwater pump and water treatment plant, a facility processing over 15million live chickens per annum and soon to be constructed is a biomass power station.
- Over the life of the quarry there will be no net loss of koala habitat, but rather a net gain in koala habitat both in terms of increased food resources and enhanced habitat connectivity.
- The Mount Cotton Quarry Extension Project will see huge environmental positives for the area. The proposed project will see the dedication of over 430 acres of land for conservation and protection under a legally binding mechanism. (Est. Value of the land $20 million)
- No new roads or site entrances will be required under this project. The Department of Transport and Main Roads has issued their approval of the project and associated conditions to Redland City Council. Previous traffic studies have found the anticipated future vehicle movements at the quarry will continue to be readily absorbed by the traffic flow at the site entrance and on Mount Cotton Road.
- However, an upgrade to the existing entrance will be undertaken for improved safety and $ 400,000 will be provided by Barro Group for road upgrades.
In the planning stages for over 10 years, the Mount Cotton Quarry Extension Project t is about providing the built environment we must have, and ensuring the wider environmental focus we, as a community demand.
The Mount Cotton Quarry Extension Project is about ensuring an ecological sustainable solution for the future. It is about providing the built environment we must have, and ensuring the wider environmental focus we need and demand. Most importantly, it’s about maximising the benefits for the community with a 21st century approach to partnership quarrying.
Need and Demand
It is a demand that the State Government has recognized and has deemed this Mount Cotton site as being of State Significance and provided for its protection as a vital extractive industry site.
This project doesn’t deem the creation of a new quarry…
It is about taking a nearly depleted 1960’s operation and extending its life for the next 50 years…
It’s about doing so with a refreshing, world’s best practice, 21 st century approach…
An approach that demands ecological sustainability…
Most importantly, it is about ensuring that our community can control, legislate, utilise and enjoy the natural bounty of our local land.You see, we will need a staggering 350 million tonnes of extractive material in Redland and Logan Cities alone, over the next half century…
Just to meet State population forecasts.The Mount Cotton Extension Project will provide us 45 million tonnes of that demand. And we can be assured it will do so, in an environmentally sensitive way…
By bringing the now 50 year old operation into the 21 st century…
Extend compliance…Extend a commitment to re-vegetation and regrowth…
Extend the commitment to conservation
Extending and commit large parcels of land to lasting protection-Protection-By law.