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.