Community joins anti-quarry fight

PRIZES GALORE: Clubb Coolum’s Denise Holvey presents Allyson Brace with an accommodation prize to auction at the Gala Auction Night on Friday, July 19.
PRIZES GALORE: Clubb Coolum’s Denise Holvey presents Allyson Brace with an accommodation prize to auction at the Gala Auction Night on Friday, July 19. Mike Garry

IF THERE was a prize for coming up with fundraising ideas, the No Blasted Quarry group would win hands down.

From drag queen bingo nights to collecting scrap metal, to rock concerts to raffles, the group has been very creative and vigorous trying to raise a $200,000 fighting fund to stop a hard rock quarry operating in the Coolum hinterland.

An appeal by Parklands Blue Metal, whose application was refused in 2011, will be heard in the Planning and Environment Court on July 22.

Anti-quarry campaigner Allyson Brace has visited dozens of businesses over the past two months, seeking donations for a Gala Auction Night at the Coolum Civic Centre on Friday, July 19.

She said the community spirit and support of local people had been amazing.

Allyson has amassed around $10,000 in goods and services, which will all be auctioned on the night with 95% of items selling with no reserve.

"This is a great chance to get a good price on some quality items and contribute to a cause important to everyone in the Coolum region," she said

"We will be auctioning off all kinds of things, from house and garden items, accommodation, food, wine, restaurants, activities, sports, health and beauty to professional services and art, jewellery and vehicle servicing."

Music will be provided on the night by legendary guitarist Phil Emmanuel and the Susie Swing duo.


Entry is $10 each, with a cash bar and BYO nibbles.

Book tickets by contacting Allyson Brace on 0417 623 775 or visit

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