State Assessment nears Completion

General Manager

With a decision on the Barro Group application for the Mount Cotton Quarry Extension Project is expected from the Queensland Government within the next two weeks I’d urge locals not to let themselves be misled by the continual raft of misinformation being distributed by the small anti quarry activist group.

I must say that some of the latest claims made on social media are simply nonsense.

The real size of the anti quarry activists group became transparent at their “last chance” rally at Parliament house. The minority group could only find the support of about 35 people many of whom were part of an animal rights sub group.

Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney called the Project in for assessment in September after Redland City Councillors voted against their own Officers recommendations to allow the project to proceed.

The economic credentials of the project are impressive and include over $30 million immediate investment in the processing plant and equipment, 50 full time jobs, and over $400 million to be spent in the local community over the 50 year life of the project.

The company remains confident that its project will now receive approval when the Minister makes his decision on November 22nd.

The call in process was something all parties wanted. We were pleased when the Minister made his announcement and the Redland City Council Mayor, Karen Williams said at the time the Council welcomed the call in.

Councillors, she said, felt that the city was not the appropriate paty to make the final decision to proceed based on the State’s listing of the area as a Key Resource Area and because it is a project of State significance. The few remaining protestors to the application also agitated for Ministerial call in.

The adjoining Logan City Council also voted not to participate in any further action against the Barro Group application in July, following their own Officers Reports which recommended that the issues which had been raised were dealt with via the proposed conditions put forward by Redland City Council Officers and State Government Agencies.

Over the past weeks the State Government and its consultants had been working on assessing the application.

The call in process to date has been well articulated with clear time lines which have been rigorously met.

This process has meant that the community can now be more than assured that this project will have been the result of the most comprehensive assessments of any Quarry development in Queensland.

We commenced the planning and our own assessments over a decade ago and the improvements to the ecological sustainability of the project have continued during that time with input from community, and government at every level.