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To: Victorian Minister for Planning Richard Wynne
Stop Hanson's Bunyip North Quarry
Hanson's proposed Bunyip North Quarry is currently undergoing an Environmental Effects Statement (EES), which was ordered by Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne in 2015. Since, Hanson has infuriated residents by delaying the EES - they have been fighting this proposal since 2006.
We need Richard Wynne to realise that this proposal is in the entirely WRONG LOCATION and help to protect Bunyip North and the surrounding regions for generations to come - we need him to SAY NO TO HANSON'S BUNYIP NORTH QUARRY.
Why is this important?
Hanson Construction Materials (a subsidiary of German mining company, Heidelberg Cement) is proposing to build a granite quarry on a parcel of land larger than the Melbourne CBD in the middle of the green-wedge, environmentally significant region of Bunyip North, Victoria, Australia.
It is proposed that Hanson will extract around two million tonnes of granite yearly for a period of 69-100 years. The quarry will operate six days a week and will see an additional 500+ trucks on local roads DAILY.
Hanson's land (which they originally acquired under the guise of their own subsidiary company JRH Pastoral) is situated within 1500 metres of more than 100 pre-existing properties which include dairy and beef farms, wineries, orchards, educational camps and galleries (just to name a few).
As the crow flies, the state-renowned and ever-expanding family theme park, Gumbuya Park, sits just over two kilometres away.
Additionally, under 300 metres away is the regionally significant Mount Cannibal reserve and around 3 kilometres away is the Bunyip State Park.
A small group of local residents have now been fighting this proposal for 13 years as they believe this quarry is in the entirely WRONG location and poses a multitude of environmental and social threats. These include (but are not limited to) toxic silica dust in airways and waterways, damage to water systems (including underground bores relied on by local farmers and local waterways such as the Cannibal Creek) and damage to flora and fauna including a range of endangered animals and orchids. Locals are also concerned about intergenerational equity of the area, amenity of the area, the mental health of residents, traffic and the impacts a quarry will have on their local businesses and tourism - many of which have already seen a decline since Hanson's acquisition of the international renowned Tonimbuk Equestrian Centre.
To make matters worse for residents, Hanson's proposal sits (quite literally) in the middle of a fire-ravaged region, which was devastated by the March 2019 bushfires. With a long road to recovery ahead for both the residents and the environment of the region, the last thing needed in the area is a super-quarry hindering its recovery. Find out more at www.stopthebunyipnorthquarry.com