Sand mine decision time reaching critical stages
OPPONENTS of a controversial Forest Glen sand mine proposal are ramping up their campaign.
The proposal from Maroochydore Sands Pty Ltd appears set to come before the Sunshine Coast Council on either July 21 or August 18.
Check out the related stories below to track the timeline of the proposed sand mine:
- WATCH: Opponents speak out in early days
- Health fears first raised by residents
- Health expert speaks out against proposal
- Councillors: bound by process
- DAY AT THE BEACH: Developer plays down risks
- Support: UQ professor says project is safe
- Independence Day: Residents call for independent assessment
- SORRY: Proponent apologises for wrong info
- SHOUT IT OUT: Nearly 6000 respondents to a petition lead Deputy Premier to say concerns will be addressed
- Waiting: Residents wait for SARA report to drop
- Conditions, conditions: SARA impose conditions, residents not impressed
A massive crowd of people eagerly awaiting the council's decision after the State Government's conditions for approval were handed down in February is expected to attend the meeting.
As a looming Federal Election plays out in the background, residents of Forest Glen- particularly those in the Forest Pines estate- and surrounding suburbs are mobilising in their bid to persuade councillors to vote against approval of the proposed sand extraction plant.
Residents have vented their frustrations at the proposal previously, concerned about potential health impacts of silica dust as well as the effects of acid sulphate soils if seasonal flooding was to see overflow enter nearby waterways feeding the Maroochy River.
A University of the Sunshine Coast soil science expert has previously said it would be impossible to give a 100% guarantee against contamination of Eudlo Creek or Maroochy River, given the site's propensity for flooding.
Health experts sourced by both the residents and the proponents have disputed the health impacts of such a development while Maroochydore Sands director Michael Mullins labelled the proposal as dangerous as "a day at the beach".
Traffic impacts are another concern for those nearby fearing the effects of regular truck journeys along the local road network as well as Maroochydore Rd.
Members of the Stop the Maroochy Sand Mine Action Group have now ramped up their campaign, with a public meeting at Diddillibah Hall at 7pm on Monday that Queensland Senator Glenn Lazarus is set to attend.
Daniel Bryar, a Division Seven candidate in the recent council elections, now working for Greens' Fairfax candidate Sue Etheridge, said a bulk letterbox drop had been organised as locals looked to pile pressure on their local councillors to support the community's stance.
The ramp up comes as the State Government yesterday ruled to end sand mining on North Stradbroke Island by 2019.
For details on the public meeting on Monday head to the Stop the Maroochy Sand Mine Facebook page.