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...
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.