A Focus to Community and Environmental Protection

Barro Group General Manager

Attending to administrative matters raised in the conditions placed on the recent approval of the Mount Cotton Quarry Project has been the focus for Barro Group as development of Stage One gains momentum.

Understandably, a number of these matters require liaison with State and Local Government Authorities which has been a bit challenging through the Christmas and summer holiday break.

We have now made an application to the State to permanently close a road reserve. This small parcel of narrow state owned land runs through our property and was partially surveyed five generations ago, in the 1870’s.

Our move to purchase it relates to community safety which is a key priority for the Quarry development and is also a focus for Council and the State Government. The subdivision and development of the area over the past 140 years has negated the need for the land as a formed access road and with the usage of our area now determined for the next two to three generations a more realistic and sensible solution needs to be found.

Barro’s move to purchase the land will see it largely included in our 430 acre conservation site.

These latest claims by anti-quarry activists that Barro is seeking to close a nature trail are just wrong.

The southern end of the road reserve has been a dumping ground. It is also untrue that the entry and exit points of the quarry will change as part of our application, they will remain as planned and conditioned on to Mount Cotton Road.

The southern end of the road reserve is the most accessible and in recent times it has become a secluded illegal dumping place with, in the last few years, three stolen cars have been burnt, asbestos dumped and used syringes discarded.

Redland City Council is continually cleaning up the area and for years many residents, in fear of their property security, have wanted the road permanently closed.

It is important to understand that large parts of this road reserve to the north are not accessible without traversing Barro Group’s privately owned land and in parts, it is undistinguishable from the surrounding privately owned land.

For large parts of its length it is unfenced, unformed, unmade, mountainous and heavily timbered.

Two reasons for road closure
The two reasons that we have applied to close the road are related to safety and securing the best ecological outcome for those parts of the road reserve that abut our 430 acres of conservation land.

The safety aspect relates to that part of the road that dissects the operational area of Mount Cotton Quarry and Key Resource Area.

Apart from the reducing the risk of anyone entering an area whilst large dump trucks and loaders operate nearby, quarrying operations dating as far back as the 1960’s have left sections of the road with vertical quarry faces and drops across its full width. It is impossible to traverse along the road reserve without trespassing onto the quarry land.

Redland City Council have acknowledged that quarrying activities will occur for at least the next 50 years and is also clear that during that period this road reserve needs to be closed but they are still considering what legislation should be used and if it should be a temporary or permanent closure.

It is the road to nowhere
This is a 140 year old planned road site goes nowhere as the plans show.

In fact it terminates after it has also bisected two other northern properties and both these property owners can also see the sense and benefits of permanently closing the road reserve. They have made concurrent applications to permanently close that part of the road reserve that bisects their land.

Mr Ridoutt says this area is heavily timbered and has never been used or even contemplated being used as a vehicle access to their property.

Over 100 years ago it was realised that access along the road reserve would never be possible and much simpler convenient access was found via Hillview Road which has legally been registered on the land titles.

Barro Group is continuing to liaise with Redland City Council to establish the best way forward for such a closure.