A throwback to the days when the Kin Kin community rallied against the reactivation of the old quarry lease.
A throwback to the days when the Kin Kin community rallied against the reactivation of the old quarry lease.

Contract ‘furphy’: Quarry denies trucks tripling on roads

Kin Kin quarry boss Martin Cordwell said speculation in the local community that the B doubles carting to and from their Sheppersons Lane worksite is about to triple in the coming months is news to him.

The head of Cordwells Concreting was responding to a community concern raised on social media about an impending spike in heavy traffic movements and said he was “happy” to dispel such a rumour.

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One resident said she was told by a road inspector the Cordwells quarry had won a supply contract for the next stage of Cooroy to Curra Gympie bypass.

B doubles are causing concern in Noosa's hinterland towns.
B doubles are causing concern in Noosa's hinterland towns.

“Certainly truck volumes will fluctuate up and down over the next period with a lot of infrastructure work in southeast Queensland, but there’s no contract for any of those (Bruce Highwa) works,” Mr Cordwell said.

He said there were other quarries in the Gympie area who would be more likely to secure the material supply contracts.

Mr Cordwell said all the quarry truck drivers servicing the Kin Kin quarry did an intensive induction course which covered the safe driving requirements and speed restrictions before they were allowed out on the road.

He said his company was keen to address community concerns that the quarry trucks travelling in convoys, speeding and travelling along the country roads when the school bus runs were in progress.

The Kin Kin quarry owners say they are addressing community concerns.
The Kin Kin quarry owners say they are addressing community concerns.

“If someone’s driving erratic that’s a road safety matter and the police are doing a really good job of enforcing it,” he said.

“I encourage a lot of (truck) companies to get dashcams and a lot of companies do.

“Everyone wants to go home at the end of their day shift as well … safety is a very important component to truck driving,” Mr Cordwell said.

As for trucks being a threat to the school buses, Mr Cordwell said he was in regular contact with the bus company owner travelling the Kin Kin range.

“We talk quite a bit and we’ve got a good rapport I believe, and at the end of the day, don’t you worry, he’ll call me if there’s any issues,” he said.

“There’s a sign two-an-a-half metres by one-a-half-metres out at the quarry that stipulates exact times that the bus is on the range and the owner of the company can stipulate those times to the tee because he’s never late.

“Everyone (the drivers) covers that in their induction as well to ensure the safety of the bus is paramount.”

He said his company recently held a roundtable meeting with Noosa Mayor Clare Stewart and council, Pomona Police, the Department pf Transport and Main Roads and Member for Noosa Sandy Bolton.

“We were able to voice a few different opinions on what we can do to help everyone feel a lot safer in terms of travelling the (Kin Kin) range and the road health as well,” he said.

Mr Cordwell said his company would be meeting again next month at a roundtable to discuss its response to the issues raised.

“Then we’ll have some other outcomes that we can move forward on and everyone can feel comfortable on, things that we can all work together on,” he said.

He said this was a good exercise for locals to voice their concerns and for his company to answer any questions.

Locals document how the hinterland roads are being damaged after the quarry truck movements increased.
Locals document how the hinterland roads are being damaged after the quarry truck movements increased.

His response comes at a time when protest group No Mega Quarry in the Noosa Hinterland is gearing up its opposition to the quarry truck operation.

The group has seen 200 new supporters join in the past month taking their number to 1100.

Local resident Lorraine Bollard has posted images off these B doubles approaching the single lane bridge towards Kin Kin on Thursday at speed along Pomona Kin Kin Rd.

“We hear this noise all day starting at 5.30am,” she said.

Last Tuesday she recorded online her local nightmare:

“OMG the trucks are unbearable again today,” she said.

“We were awakened at 5.50am and a constant convoy of trucks within 10 minutes. I stopped counting at 14. Nightmare on Elm St,” she said.

Hugh Ellis lives on Pioneer Rd and contends with “the onslaught of trucks about 5.30am every weekday morning and most Saturdays”

“The trucks thunder along Pioneer Rd in clusters spewing out their filthy exhaust and noise from their compression brakes,” Mr Ellis posted.

“What’s happening to our beautiful hinterland?”

The protest group is ramping up its campaign to for residents and road users to send in reports and dashcam videos of any suspect road behaviour by the quarry trucks to police, local politicians and Noosa Council.

They are organising leaflet drops in all the affected in a call to arms to help safeguard their roads.


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