Residents worry over quarry

THE Gold Coast and Hinterland Environment Council has said a proposed Boral Gold Coast quarry at Reedy Creek is not a “must” for the Coast.

Gecko president Rose Adams said the quarry, which was rejected by residents in a community meeting in December, would hurt wildlife.

“The Reedy Creek proposed quarry site is a significant wildlife corridor in the beautiful Tallebudgera Valley, in a city where wildlife is besieged by development,” Ms Adams said.

“Many at the meeting spoke passionately about preserving the bushland and its creatures and of their enjoyment of living close to nature.

“The quarry has serious environmental and social drawbacks, which will be demonstrated as the community has the chance to object to this proposal.”

Ms Adams said the proposed quarry would not benefit the Gold Coast.

“The quarry is most likely being proposed to fulfil the needs of several large developments over the border in Tweed Heads but it is southern Gold Coast residents who will bear the brunt of the negative impacts,” she said.

“There are numerous quarries in the Gold Coast region more suitable for extraction of materials than the Reedy Creek site, which is heavily vegetated and adjacent to so many homes.”

Boral manager Steve Pyne said he was aware of residents’ concerns.

“Boral acknowledges its proposal has raised concerns in the local community and we are committed to engaging fully and frankly as the quarry proposal is assessed by the Local, State and Federal governments over the next couple of years,” Mr Pyne said.

The community can comment on the development in late January, when the draft terms of reference for the Environmental Impact Assessment are released for public comment.

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