Ground hog day for quarry fight
TO AIRLINE pilot Matt Tinney, of Pryor Rd , it's ground zero and ground hog day all rolled into one when he stares his biggest worry in the face every day.
The Yandina Creek Rd quarry fight is before the courts today.
Just like the previous costly quarry battles the war weary residents of the coastal hinterland have fought over a decade of trying to preserve their valued rural residential lifestyle.
"We actually have a view of the quarry. I've got a breeze going straight over the top of the quarry towards my house," Mr Tinney, who has two sons, aged six and seven, said.
"I get to look at the dust as it comes towards me.
"We're going to have to go back and fight it unfortunately.
"Our concerns are our kids are going to grow up with respiratory problems and they get run over by a truck if they look the other way."
Today's directions hearing in the Planning and Environment Court will help set up the nuts and bolt arguments of the Parklands Blue Metal appeal against a Sunshine Coast Council rejection of a proposed 50-year hard rock quarry, which attracted about 5000 objections.
Yandina Creek Progress Association members have fought three applications from Parklands owner Neil Mansell in these hill surrounds, which attract families and rock blasters with apparently equal passions.
The No Blasted Quarry movement is digging deep and hoping people power can prevail again.
An application on a neighbouring hill in 2005, which was rejected by the council and then the planning court, cost the community $80,000.
Now they have started up a 500 club asking people with little ready cash and no time to protest to kick in $5 for 12 months (to be discontinued sooner if there is a decision in less than a year) towards a legal fighting fund.
Mr Tinney fears that his road will be used as a northern haul route by quarry trucks, even though it is inadequate for the purpose, and will get less maintenance from council.
"If you're going to have sub-contract truck drivers, they don't care what the rules are for the quarry, they just want to truck to their jobs as quickly as they possibly can," he said.
"If you're looking at going to Noosa or going north to Eumundi, you're looking at an hour at least to go there and come back. So why wouldn't they drive Pryor Rd?"
Mr Tinney has been told unofficially their road might be graded only twice a year, instead of the more regular repairs locals have been used to.
"The road is bad enough as it is. There are lots of holes and wash-outs in particular spots and now with a lack of maintenance and if a lot of trucks are going down it, it will be very dangerous," he said.