Sign on the Dotted Line

General Manager of Barro Group

An outcry from some parents in the Redlands area about legal documents being sent to their children is ironically being described by their parents as outrageous.

The issue has arisen this week as the appeal by Barro Group to the Redland City Council decision to reject the company’s application to extend the Mount Cotton Quarry begins it long, arduous and costly process.

The facts are that Barro Group are legally obligated to contact every man, woman or child, who has put their name to a submission and we must advise them of the appeal. We have no choice in that matter.

Every submission made goes on the Redland Council public record so if you make a submission you do so knowing that it is an open document which must include your name and address.

The problem is that the majority of the submissions are standard pro-formas, the submitter has most probably just signed on the dotted line at bottom of the page and there is no requirement to say how old you are so understandably we have no idea of any submitter’s age.

Mr Ridoutt says the irony is that it is the parents of these children who allow or encourage their kids to make submissions without first clearly telling them what the implications of making a submission are.

Getting signatures from the kids and their relatives overseas and interstate certainly helps to boost the number of submissions which in this case was about 1,170 not 8000 as is being broadcast around, but is this responsible parenting?”

How often do you see these types of pro-formas, objecting to this or that which people quickly sign without know the full facts.

There is a systemic problem for Local Government to make decisions for projects servicing the whole of the community with 50 year horizons as many local governments are broken up into small Divisions and have 4 year election cycles.

Small factions full of self- interest and politics are readily engaged and the whole of the community is left with the consequences.

Maybe these decisions are just too overwhelming for Local Government, but quarry materials are an essential community requirement and if Local Government fails to fulfill this responsibility then the Courts or State Government will have to look after the community.

The legal process is now proceeding with estimated costs of up to $1.5 million for Redland Ratepayers.

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.