Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Appeal Rocks $4M Quarry

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Appeal Rocks $4M Quarry

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Byline: Helen Spelitis helen.spelitis@ gladstoneobserver.com.au

A BAJOOL farmer has launched an appeal against a $4m Raglan quarry's development, which could delay its construction by months.

The farmer, Brett McCamley, of Fern Hills, has lodged an appeal in the Planning and Environment Court against Gladstone Regional Council, which approved the quarry in May after more than a year of negotiations with Rockhampton Regional Council.

In his appeal Mr McCamley says cattle weight gain would become a major issue as "cattle will not eat properly or adjust well to the constant movement of heavy vehicles and dust...".

The document, filed on October 29, states he will lose one third of the year for grazing due to the disruption caused by noise and dust because of the "time taken for new cattle to adjust to the disturbances".

Council failed

The quarry, owned by HME Quarries, is in a valley and will mine a high-quality, blue-metal rock, ideal for sealing roads, during a 20-year period.

It is expected to produce 50,000 tonnes in the first year with a maximum output of 500,000 tonnes per year and create 10 jobs.

At its peak, there could be up to 98 truck movements a day and about five blasting operations per year.

Mr McCamley says both Rockhampton and Gladstone regional councils failed to take the development's impact on his work and lifestyle into account when approving the project.

That has been rejected by Gladstone Regional Council chief executive officer Stuart Randle, who said careful consideration was given to all factors and all neighbouring properties.

Needs sealing

The council was given the responsibility of final approvals and will now have to defend that decision in court, most likely alongside Rockhampton Regional Council.

During the public submission period there were 12 submissions lodged with the council covering concerns around road safety, noise and dust, land valuation and cost of road upgrades. …

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