COMMUNITY WANTS END TO GOSSIP

General Manager of Barro Group

More mischievous claims circulating throughout Redland and Logan cities about the proposed Mount Cotton Quarry Extension project is drawing the ire of community and quarry workers.

I have been contacted by community members and staff at the Mount Cotton Quarry asking me to respond to a raft of recent claims that have emerged in social media and at other gossip gates around the region about the Mount Cotton Quarry Extension Project.

It is being alleged that there has been some sort of secret deal concocted between our company, the former State Government, and past local Councils which allowed us to illegally exact gravel worth tens of millions from a unformed and unmade road reserve. Nothing is further from reality
The company did make an error, resolved it with the State Government and claims that there has been some sort of secret favour or deal done is totally untrue.

Unfortunately, the unformed and unmade road reserve runs through the eastern part our quarry land and prior to our ownership had indeed been an extraction site since the Quarry was commenced in about 1962. After we purchased the property in 1992 we continued to extract in that area which was in accordance with the working plans that had been agreed to with the then Redland Shire Council.

The Forest Products Unit contacted the company and highlighted the error in 2008.

They advised that the quarry materials in this particular small area, where we had been conducting some extraction were owned by the State. We cooperated and acted responsibly as soon as the Forest Products Unit notified us of the problem.

The Forest Products Unit determined that the most appropriate action was to get an assessment carried out to determine the value of the quarry material which was $618,158 and then they instructed us to pay that amount which we did.

It is disappointing that our employees and the community are subjected to such misinformation which is circulated to undermine our credibility.

It is being undertaken against the community by what is a small group of self-interested protestors. For you and for us it is proving tiresome. We remain committed to the Mount Cotton Quarry Extension Project.

To this end we have commenced legal proceedings against the Redland City Council decision to reject our application, a court case that could end up costing Redland Residents $1.5 million in legal fees, and that expensive legal clock is now ticking.

In the meantime Barro Group has also asked the State Government to intervene.

This is now a critical issue for our community and for the State. Critical because of the emerging requirements and demand for quarry products in our local region. To some extent our proposal is only a small part of the solution to a growing problem.

Put simply, if we wish to have a built environment that provides a future, we need to ensure supply in a cost effective locally monitored and controlled fashion.”
This project gives to the region that control, that environmental oversight and that future.