Over 9,200 Residents Opposed To Quarry

11 May 2011 10:55 AMJann Stuckey

11 May 2011

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP, today tabled petitions in State Parliament calling on the Government to oppose plans for the proposed Boral Quarry in the Tallebudgera Valley area.

“Over 9,200 people have signed the paper and e-petitions calling on the Government to oppose the quarry and preserve this area of natural bushland for future generations,” Ms Stuckey said.

“This level of protest highlights the staunch opposition people feel about having their personal lifestyles and private environment destroyed by a quarry operating 12 hours a day, 6 days a week for 40 years.

“The announcement of this proposed quarry was thrust upon unsuspecting residents only last November and the passion to fight this cause has turned many of their lives upside down.

“Stop the Gold Coast Quarry group was formed and they have been fighting this cause tooth and nail for the past 6 months since learning of Boral’s plans for a new quarry in their midst.

“Proposing to build a quarry so close to residential homes and in such a significant wildlife area has angered literally thousands of residents.

“It is a real show of people power to see so many individuals sign this petition about such a localised issue, one that has direct impacts on the Currumbin, Burleigh and Mudgeeraba electorates.

“These signatures from residents of Queensland send a very loud and clear signal that a quarry in this area is not wanted by a large number of people.

“The member for Mudgeeraba, Ros Bates MP and I have given our unwavering support to affected residents in our electorates since the beginning of this protest campaign.

“Now it is up to the Minister and the Bligh Labor Government to consider the impact a quarry will have on the lives of residents who chose to settle in this pristine area with no knowledge of a future quarry presented to them.

Chair of Stop the Gold Coast Quarry action group, Sam Stewart, has questioned the government asking “Who allows a mine this large, this demanding, right in the heart of residential homes, many a mere 250 metres away?

“It seems the Bligh Government has forgotten where our boundaries are, and that will affect their electoral ones”, he said.

“In reality this Bligh Labor Government forgot about people a long time ago and deserves to be booted out at the next election, “ said Ms Stuckey