NO 2ND SUPERQUARRY FOR MT COTTON
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To the Hon Mick De Brenni MP (Springwood), Mrs Melissa McMahon MP (Macalister), Qld Premier Palaszczuk and Cabinet,
- The immediate and final removal of the proposed 2nd Mt Cotton Superquarry (KRA 71), from the State Planning Policy;
- Return the 5.15 ha Mt Cotton ridge public road reserve, closed at the request of the private quarry operator, to Redland City Council for community amenity.
Background: Mount Cotton, an iconic ridgeline rising to 230 m, 25km South East of Brisbane CBD is centred in a Koala conservation area of national significance. Regionally important rainforest spills over from the protected creeks running off the steep slopes of Mt Cotton and contain many of Australia’s most important rainforest flora, some listed as Vulnerable. Mt Cotton is surrounded by the communities of Rochdale South, Springwood, Daisy Hill, Shailer Park, Cornubia, Sheldon, Mt Cotton and Redland Bay – all share the air shed that will be degraded by quarry dust plumes. Local Mt Cotton roads provide the main thoroughfare for residents in the southern half of Redland City and service over 20 schools and child care facilities. They also form part of the Southern Moreton Tourist Drive. Although rejected by Redland City Council 3 times, the State Government is still forcing onto the community a 2nd privately owned Superquarry by Melbourne based Barro Group. The new quarry pit will be 1 km across and extend below sea level. Up to 75,000 trucks per year will share the roads with local families. Residents have been told to expect significant noise and dust impact from the new Superquarry. Planning restrictions have been introduced to stop residents and local businesses within 1 km of the Superquarry from undertaking any new activity that will bring more people into the area due to safety concerns. The Quarry operator has also successfully sought closure by the State of a scenic public reserve along the Mt Cotton Ridge line that was gazetted in 1889. It is completely inappropriate for a second Superquarry at Mt Cotton and its development is strongly opposed by Council and community, please sign to show your support. https://www.facebook.com/superquarry
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