BIG HAUL: This photo was taken of haul trucks on the Kin Kin Range road in 2013.
BIG HAUL: This photo was taken of haul trucks on the Kin Kin Range road in 2013. Contributed

Rocky way to go Quarry truck worry at Kin Kin

WHILE is may be paved with tourist dollar gold once it is sealed, an upgraded Dr Pages Rd is fuelling fears among Kin Kin locals that it will become a quarry haul route.

Allan Bonsall of the Kin Kin Community Group has described the budget allocation of $4.7 million to seal this road to create a tourist link road as a "very vexed" issue and a case of Catch 22 for locals.

"WE'RE strong supporters of improving opportunities in the hinterland because obviously we're keen to see jobs created," Mr Bonsall said.

"The quarry has already indicated their determination to use Dr Pages Rd.

"They've made it very clear to the council that they want to use that road and the council has equally said under the QMP (the quarry management plan) or the actual conditions to that quarry management plan, required them to use the Pomona Kin Kin Rd as the prime haulage route."

Mr Bonsall said his group's fear is if the Sheppersons Lane quarry operator Neilsens see that road as a more economical access for them.

"And what that does of course is to encourage the quarry to become more productive," he said.

"The community still has a very strong feeling against the quarry - there is not doubt the community would rather see the quarry shut down.

"The community believes there should be all sorts of conditions imposed against Neilsens."

Mr Bonsall said he understands Neilsens has challenged a previous $11,000 breach notice from Noosa Council for operating outside the agreed terms of the QMP.

"We argue that it was a clear breach under their agreed terms of the QMP," he said.

"Just recently and I'm talking within the last three weeks, there has been another complaint made to council about a further (alleged) breach again operating outside of the area that was designated by the QMP."

Mr Bonsall said all these incidents clearly have an impact on Dr Pages Rd because Neilsens is trying to make the quarry as productive as possible by getting to some quality rock.

"They've made that statement to me," he said.

"Once they have that better rock the quarry will become very active and I believe they will do whatever they can to use Dr Pages Rd.

"It's a very awkward position - because on the one hand we would rather do nothing to make Neilsens more productive but nor do we want to lose the opportunity for improving tourism.

"How do you resolve an ongoing issue like that? That's my ongoing dilemma."

Town planner praises road sealing P 10.


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