A Little Noise & No Substance

The fragmented group of thirty or so protestors who turned up at Parliament House today to protest the against the potential granting of Ministerial approval for the  Mount Cotton Quarry Extension Project serves as attribute to the group’s misguided campaign of misinformation and untruths.

Numbers again today feel well short of the thousands protest organisers called on to attend today’s rally.

Barro Group General Manager Ian Ridoutt says the rally was an indication that the group does not represent the views of the region and falls a long way short of being able to rally support or prove their claims with substantive factual information.

“The community for the main now knows that the real answers to the issues raised have been listed on our web site.

“For what the rally organisers wanted to be a noisy affair which showcased community opposition to the much needed project, we heard and saw very little.”

“These numbers are the smallest fraction of a percent of the 440,000 people who live in Redlands and Logan Cities. It has now become abundantly clear that this activist group only represent their own interests and not those of the greater community.”

Mr Ridoutt says the community can take certainty from the State Government processes now underway which are fully supported by Redland Council.

“Redland Council asked the Minister to assess the application and he has done exactly as they have requested. It shows that the Minister is listening to Local Government and that the tiers of government are working cooperatively for better and more efficient planning outcomes.”

“This rigorous of assessment of our application continues and a decision will be made by Minister Geoff Seeney by November 22nd. We have provided additional information that has been requested by this extensive assessment process and await the decision.”

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.

“The project is about extending the life of an existing business that has been operating for over 50 years.  The Mount Cotton Quarry Extension project does not seek to create a “Super Quarry” and will just have one quarter of the permitted output of the next closest quarry.”

The project will have a life of up to 50 years and over that time 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.

Mr Ridoutt says the project area is one of the most sparsely populated areas in Redland City.

“The land owned by Barro Group is over 600 acres and the direct neighbouring properties range in size from 10 acres to over 50 acres. The land area covered by the Barro land and that of the direct neighbours covers about 7 square kilometres.

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.

The quarry extraction footprint will grow slowly, but even in 50 years’ time, in 2064, the quarry footprint only takes up 28% of the total Barro landholding with the remaining 430 acres being dedicated for conservation purposes.

“Barro Group respects its direct neighbours some of whom have been so for over 20 years and a number of our neighbours are supportive of the quarry extension project. The economic credentials of the project are impressive and 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.”

“Add to this the environmental benefits proposed by Barro which include 430 acres of their freehold land being dedicated for conservation purposes and in particular enhancement of Koala habitat, over 50,000 new trees to be established. This is a very well balanced project.”

“Our business has always been part of the community with hundreds of local suppliers and customers and their employees engaging with us on a daily basis. We all want that relationship that has now been built up over than more than 20 years to continue into the future, potentially for as long as 50 years in to the future.”