Answers to community concerns

This page has direct answers to concerns raised by community members in recent times. Please read the answers below.

I’ve heard that there will be permanent destruction of up to 70 hectares of core Koala Habitat?

It is anticipated that 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.

Biodiversity Assessment and Management (BAAM) have identified habitat vegetation areas on the site, which hold significant potential for enhancement to improve habitat and connectivity for koalas, as well as other local fauna.

Under the plan, proposed habitat restoration in quarry buffer lands will provide new koala habitat areas on land previously cleared for agricultural purposes. As well, 72% of this large site will now remain off limits to quarrying, off limits to dogs, off limits to traffic, off limits to fire arms.

In fact the project provides the community with a massive increase to the size of Redland City’s protected land. That is land protected for flora and fauna, by a legally binding mechanism.

I’ve heard that the Quarry threatens a cloud rainforest at the site?

There is no cloud forest or cloud rainforest at the site. Cloud Forests occur in less than 1% of global woodland and differ greatly from rainforests.

Both hold ecological significance.

There is a pocket of very thick rainforest at the higher ends of the Barro property and it has been quarantined from operations and has been earmarked for extended protection under the project.

The site of the rainforest on the property actually holds the best quarrying reserves but Barro Group has recognised the importance of the rainforest pocket and has enshrined in its planning, measures that ensure the pocket will remain untouched. These plans extend existing protection methods to and around the pocket, which is located a significant distance from quarrying operations.
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I’ve heard that sediment runoff in California Creek, the Logan River and Moreton Bay will affect RAMSAR wetlands?

Both State and Federal Department of Environment investigations have found no evidence of potential to cause any damage to waterways or wetlands.

Equally the project provides for the rehabilitation of waterways from damage created from years of dairying activity on the site.

A water management strategy has been included in the Environmental Management Plan and best water management practices will be implemented to protect downstream water quality including integrated water and erosion control devices and water treatment systems. In fact quarry water is captured, and treated for sediment removal before clean water is released.

Water runoff at the quarry is also regularly tested for measures such as pH and suspended solids to ensure any water discharged meets requirements set by the Department of Environment and Resource Management.

I’ve heard that that there will be a high risk of damage to persons, wildlife and property from fly rock from blasting activities?

Approval of our proposed blasting processes has been granted and ongoing regulation and reporting will and must occur with the Department of Natural Resources and Mines.

The development of the quarry has been designed so that the blasting direction is away from the few houses to the south and every blast will be monitored.

Barro Group has been blasting on the site for many years without incident and is confident in the safety of our techniques and procedures.

Blasting is a highly regulated activity and numerous control measures have been put in place to ensure safe and efficient blasting.