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 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.
REASONS FOR DECISION UNDER ENVIRONMENT EFFECTS ACT 1978
Title of Proposal: Garfield North Quarry
Proponent: Hanson Construction Materials Pty Ltd
Description of Project:
The proposal is for a granite quarry with an ultimate footprint of 134 hectares on a 280 hectare site, to extract 70-100 million tonnes over a period of about 80-120 years. The quarry is likely to extend to a maximum depth of about 140 metres below the current land surface. A new road is proposed to be built on-site, connecting the proposed processing plant southwards to Tonimbuk Road. The proposal includes crushers, stockpiles, process water storages and a landscaping buffer.
The Minister for Planning has decided that an Environment Effects Statement (EES) is required for the proposed Hanson Garfield North quarr...