Regarding the recent article concerning the proposed Bunyip North Quarry (Page 11, Gazette, 30 May).
The article noted a response from Hanson listing the numerous interactions between the community and Hanson, somehow suggesting they were looking after the interests of the community, but I am afraid this is quite untrue and should be treated as a joke – they are certainly not working in the interests of the community.
It is true that there have been some public days and meetings about the quarry, but it is not just the number of times that engagement occurs it is entirely about what was exchanged at each engagement - that is the important fact!
In every event staged by Hanson there has not been any real information provided and when questions are put the answer is simply and repeatedly made to ‘wait and see’.
Well the community is sick and tired of waiting for answers. Hanson came into...
On April 9th Gary Blackwood, Member for Narracan, visited the Bunyip North area for an update on the Hanson super-quarry proposal. He agreed with members of the local community that Hanson's quarry is being proposed in the wrong location and was very interested to find out how the EES process was going from the Community's standpoint.
PIC - Gary Blackwood MP standing between local residents Milan Velimirovic (L) and Bill Pearson (R)
The residents, represented by members of the Mt Cannibal and District Preservation Group, brought Gary up to date on the Environmental Effects Study that Hanson is producing for the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).
This conversation did not take very long as Hanson, the proponent of this super-quarry, has not kept the residents suitably informed as they are required to as part of their Community Consultation Plan.
Hanson Australia are proposing to impact the long established farming, rural lifestyle and equestrian communities in Bunyip North with a Mega Quarry. Locals were recently encouraged to air their concerns via the EES (Environmental Effects Statement) Draft Scope process, with assurances that their concerns would be considered.
The Community provided over 200 well-reasoned and legitimate concerns.
Of these, only one community suggestion was adopted - and that was a relatively minor item that was unlikely to impact Hanson on more than a couple of days per year.
We have been advised by DELWP that there is NO opportunity for our community to be represented during the EES process to ensure that the disastrous implications for our environment, health, lifestyle and economy are fully covered by Hansons EES studies.
We are expected to rely on Hansons Community engagement process to be kept info...
Hanson is obliged to have reports and studies undertaken in relation to the impact of its proposed quarry - or the "Environment Effects Statement" [EES].
DELWP published a draft of the Scoping Requirements for the EES and invited comments. We understand that it is important that the Scoping is as comprehensive as possible so that Hanson is obliged to engage consultants to study and report on all the issues included in the Scoping.
Many concerned community members made individual submissions directly to DELWP while many others chose to contribute to the The Mount Cannibal & District Preservation Group submission. This lengthy submission outlined the many issues facing the community and requested they be addressed in the Final Scoping document.
You can read the full submission at the following link.
A meeting called by Hanson regarding its proposed quarry on Thursday night, March 23 at the Bunyip Hall was very well attended despite the timing and short notice.
Hanson’s representatives, Daniel Fyfe and Stephanie Salinas, did little to provide any new information. It was disappointing that they appeared to be so disorganised. Especially disappointing when Daniel wants to run a quarry with serious issues including up to 530 truck movements every day on our roads.
However, the representative of the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (DELWP), Jack Krohn, did inform the meeting about the Environment Effects Statement (EES) process. Jack indicated that they are now in the process of deciding the scope of the EES. In other words, what would be included or looked at by the various experts engaged by Hanson and other government departments.
Last week a petition was launched on Change.org detailing the effects Hanson's Quarry proposal is having on our local community. Within a few days over 200 people had signed and 61 comments had been left. A local resident who had been instrumental in setting up the petition said it brought a tear to her eye to see just how passionate people were about protecting the environment and their local community. If you would like to show your support or have your say, please take a few moments to click on the image below and follow the link to sign the petition.
The Mount Cannibal and District Preservation Group Inc. are representatives of local residents who want to STOP HANSON'S QUARRY in Bunyip North proceeding.
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Since 2006, Hanson Australia (Heidelberg Cement) has purchased multiple blocks of land in the Bunyip North region, initially under the guise of being for pastoral...
Last night more than 80 residents from Bunyip and Garfield gathered at the Bunyip Hall to hear a community update on the status of Hanson’s quarry proposal for Bunyip North.
They heard that Hanson now holds a 691 acre site in the middle of agricultural and residential properties, in an area set amidst native bush land containing significant native animal and plant species.
Invasive plans by Hanson to turn this clean & green area into a granite quarry would have a huge impact on local surrounding communities. The proposal would see the quarry extract 2 million tonnes a year of granite which would be run as a 7 day a week operation with regular and continual blasting and crushing taking place. Other concerns include: 550 truck movements a day and significant water usage and impact on the water table and nearby surface water that is relied on by local residents and farmers.
A year on from the Planning Minister declaring that an EES is required for the Bunyip North Quarry, we have received confirmation that Hanson are to begin this process in earnest.
We know it's the busy Pre-Christmas time but we have scheduled a Community Meeting to inform everyone about the latest developments, what effects the proposal will have and what rights we as a Community have. We urge you all to come along to hear our special Guest speaker and learn what our Community can do to Stop this Super Quarry proceeding.
Over the past few weeks, local residents will have received the following flyer in their mailboxes. This community update was distributed in order to inform residents of the situation currently at hand regarding Hanson’s proposal.