CONCERN: Cr Tony Wellington.
CONCERN: Cr Tony Wellington.

Annual capacity limit for quarry may provide solution

NOOSA Council may look at placing an annual capacity on the amount of hard rock taken out of the Kin Kin quarry when it starts full operation.

While relaying concerns about the use of the Kin Kin Pomona Rd, Councillor Tony Wellington, at today's  council committee meeting in Tewantin, will put up an amended motion to staff recommendations seeking quarry monitoring and environmental permit compliance assurances from the state authorities.

Planning staff want Noosa councillors to confirm Sunshine Coast Council's September deadline for load limits on local roads that would restrict quarry trucks from taking certain routes.

Cr Wellington's amendment endorsed these actions, but is seeking support for getting legal opinion on its ability to set an annual capacity for the quarry.

"The CEO and I believe that it is worth pursuing at minimal cost, hopefully," Cr Wellington said before last week's meeting.

"The reasons for seeking legal advice relate to both the intent of the former Noosa Council and the judgement of the 2010 court action over the quarry.

"In 2003, Noosa Council extended the term of the quarry. That motion for extension clearly stated that the quarry should comply with the scale and intensity of the existing approval.

"In other words, it appears that the council was happy to extend the life of the facility, but without increasing the intensity of its day-to-day operations."

Cr Wellington said a legal challenge to the quarry was lodged with the Planning and Environment Court in 2010 as the Kin Kin Community Group unsuccessfully contested the quarry approval.

"The final judgement noted that the capacity of the quarry might be limited by plans that existed at the time of the council decision," he said.

This was estimated to be an annual turnover of 140,000 tonnes per year, he said.

"If council were able to determine the capacity for the quarry, that may provide some degree of reassurance to the Kin Kin community," he said.