A Community Focus On Employment

 Barro Group’s General Manager

The local community appears ready and primed for us to begin work on our Mount Cotton Quarry Extension Project, as we await a final decision on its future due on or before December 20th.

We are now receiving a steady flow of job applications by the company from individuals keen for work and while the applications are appreciated the company cannot make any commitments until the Minister for State Development, Geoff Seeney makes a final decision about the projects’ future.

There’s no doubt that the prospect of a new multi-million dollar project for the city is creating excitement. Rest assured however that if we are given the green light in the next few weeks, we will be commencing work quickly.

This is an exciting project for our city. It is much needed and vital for the future and for economic stimulus now.

The project will see the extension of the 1960’s operation at Mount Cotton into a 21 st century approach. It will see over $30 million spent during the construction phase and generate over $400 million in revenue for local business, contractors and in wages over the next 50 years.

That figure includes over $15 million expected to be pumped into local businesses immediately when construction on the 21st century processing plant commences, within weeks of a decision. We will then also be a position to begin developing our long-term employment plans, our preference being to employ locally and buy locally.

Mount Cotton Quarry has operated for over 50 years and Barro Group has owned the business for over 20 years.

This project doesn’t deem the creation of new quarry. It is about taking a 1960’s operation and extending its life for the next 50 years and it’s about doing so with a refreshing, world’s best practice, 21 st century approach.

It ensures an extension to Council’s on-going input and monitoring of operations, extends local output, reduces the need for transportation of quarry products into Redland City, extends and increases, enormously, the amount of land Redland City holds or has agreements over for conservation and Koala protection.

We need to remember that good quality quarry reserves have long been found in the Mount Cotton area and over the years quarrying has been a local industry.

But now, as a result of urbanisation such reserves have been sterilised and it is for this specific reason that the State Government has recognised the Mount Cotton site as being of State Significance and provided for its protection as a vital extractive industry site.

Mount Cotton Quarry Extension Project will see huge environmental positives for the area.

The proposed project will see the dedication of 430 acres of land for conservation and protection under a legally binding mechanism as well as the establishment of 50,000 new trees. That increase to protected habitat areas for the city will bring significant benefit for the Redland Koala population as well as other wildlife in the region.

The Mount Cotton project will, over 50 years, supply about 45 million tonnes of quarry materials, the majority being supplied to the community’s needs in Redland City and Logan City. This approximately 12% of the 350 million tonnes of quarry materials the regions will require during that period.

We are fortunate that the quarry reserves occur here, where local control can govern operations and where resources can be sourced locally, in a valley that is protected by ridge lines on three sides.

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.

For those looking for employment opportunities, I thank you for your interest in our project and  we are happy for you to supply us with your resumes, clear in the understanding that we are unable to commit until we have the decision on the projects future in the upcoming weeks.