Say NO to a massive new quarry on Arthurs Seat.
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Arthurs Seat on the Mornington Peninsula is sending an SOS.
Some of our last remaining pristine remnant bushland, which provides vital habitat and a biolink for our native animals, koalas, birds, small mammals and plants, is at risk of being destroyed by a massive new open pit quarry.
The Ross Trust, who own and operate Hillview Quarries, has applied to bulldoze, blast and mine between two sections of the Arthurs Seat State Park.
If approved this monstrous quarry could see 93 acres of remnant bushland and native habitat bulldozed to open a 107 acre, 190 metre pit. The area they want to destroy is about the same size as Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens. The size of the pit would be roughly the same as 21 MCGs. They intend on mining the area for 70 years.
They will cleave Arthurs Seat State Park in two, destroying the biolink for our koalas and other Australian animals. All to extract and crush granite that the State’s own research shows is more readily available elsewhere.
This site is an important remnant of Mornington Peninsula native vegetation in the heart of one of Victoria’s most loved tourist regions. We can’t afford to lose any more of our last wild spaces.
Please - will you answer our SOS and help us #SaveArthursSeat
1. Sign this petition and share it via your own networks to encourage your friends and family to share as well.
2. Write to The Ross Trust Trustees, who are also the full Board of Hillview Quarries, and ask them to withdraw their application to open this massive new quarry. Ask them how they reconcile their own stated goal to, “ensure Victoria’s biodiversity is conserved, protected and valued by all as part of a healthy and resilient environment,” while pushing ahead with a project that will bulldoze remnant bushland, koala and small mammal habitat, and destroy a vital biolink for the Arthurs Seat State Park. Ask them to stop this new open pit quarry and instead turn their future to sustainable investments.
3. Tell our Premier, Daniel Andrews, that we need his Government to Say No to this new open pit quarry on Arthurs Seat. Daniel Andrews' Government will be the first point of approval. Tell him that you need him to Say NO! Our communities have been damaged enough in 2020. We don’t need to be further damaged by this massive new quarry. The destruction of Arthurs Seat's remnant bushland will create untold harm over the next 70 years. He must move to protect our bushland, our koalas, our birdlife, our tourist operators, and the health of our communities. Victoria must hold The Ross Trust to account; make them finally rehabilitate the land they have already damaged and then stop their plans for this massive new quarry.
4. Tell Victoria’s Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne and Environment Minister Lily D'Ambrosio that you need them to both Say No to this new quarry on Arthurs Seat. Tell them that this site is a critical biolink joining Arthurs Seat State Park and its loss will wreak irrevocable damage on the area's koalas, birdlife and other native animals and flora, as well as communities of Mornington Peninsula. Remind them that the Mornington Peninsula has never been highlighted as even a top 15 priority area for quarries like this. This big dirty industry isn't needed at this site. They need to protect our last remnant wild spaces.
5. Tell the Minister for Tourism, Martin Pakula, that you need him to Say NO to this new quarry on Arthurs Seat at the heart of one of Victoria’s most loved tourist regions. Remind him that our pristine bushlands are a crucial attraction for tourists and the biolink for Arthurs Seat State Park needs to be protected if we are to save our koalas, birds, small animals and native flora. Our Tourism operators need his support to grow their businesses. They don't need the visual scar of this massive new quarry greeting people as they enter the Peninsula and they don't need blasting noise and dust harming their businesses.
6. If you live on the Mornington Peninsula, tell our local Federal Member, Greg Hunt MP, and his colleague the Federal Environment Minister, Sussan Ley MP, that we need them both to Say NO to this new Arthurs Seat open pit quarry. Greg Hunt has offered strong words in opposition but strong words demand strong action. Ask him what he has done to raise his concerns about this new quarry with the Federal Environment Minister and what he's doing to get the quarry stopped.
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