Big bang for hard rock

THERE is more noise around the Banora Point highway upgrade site, but it’s not from residents.

Authorities plan to increase the size of blasts to break up rock on Sexton Hill as part of the Banora Point upgrade.

In a letter to the Department of Planning, the Roads and Traffic Authority requested amendments to the planning permit to allow higher ground-vibration levels.

As stated in the letter, the blasting is required because of the “extremely hard nature of the basalt rock in the main cutting area”.

The blasting increase would cut drilling and blasting time. The RTA said residents were informed of the increases and “no one was uncomfortable with the proposal”.

Banora Point and District Residents Association secretary Pat Tate was not surprised that amendments were required to the plan and there was no public objection.

“This issue was raised at community consultation meetings when they were talking about the upgrade,” she said.

Ms Tate said despite private concerns the community was mute on issues about the upgrade.

“We had these community consultation meetings where the community had a chance to have their say, but no one came forward but they (community consultation meetings) were well attended,” she said.

The next community meeting is in June.



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