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...
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...
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.