save arthurs seat
No quarry amid our State Park
SAVE ARTHURS SEAT:
In 2013, Peninsula Preservation Group Inc (a grassroots community action group) and the community fought against Hillview Quarries' attempt to convert old Pioneer quarry into a rubbish tip. The proposal was rightfully rejected by the EPA. Hillview now seeks approval for a new, substantially bigger quarry on high conservation value bushland, nestled in State Park. Hillview is selling this as a boon for our children's future housing and roads. While disused quarries are being converted into popular attractions worldwide, Hillview has bypassed council in applying directly to the state Planning Department for approval of a quarry which will destroy the Arthurs Seat landscape. Blasting amid our popular iconic parks would be a devastating failure of state planning.
This is not good enough.
No quarry on Arthurs Seat.
what they want
To quarry virgin bushland on Arthurs Seat. The quarry will be 190m deep, spanning 94 acres - equivalent of 21 MCGs.
One million tonnes of rock will be extracted every year for 70 years - that's about 20 truckloads per hour - 40 in/out trips.
Hillview has bypassed the usual planning process, anticipating a rejection by the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council. Instead, it has requested that Planning Minister Wynne decides. Council, residents and visitors are excluded from the table.
what's the problem?
The short answer - wrong spot, stupid idea, not needed. State Parks are no place for a quarry. This is about revenue for Hillview. Despite major infrastructure projects underway, rock reserves on the Mornington Peninsula are low priority over larger reserves, closer to Melbourne, which do not result in mass habitat loss. This quarry poses an irreversible and fundamental loss for the Mornington Peninsula, its biodiversity, our green spaces, our residents, our businesses, our visitors. This is not an overstatement.
Hillview a "no-show" at public forum
Hillview Quarries CEO retracted on his presenting at a public forum in Dromana to discuss their latest Arthurs Seat Quarry proposal. The public were given 3 minutes to present their views. Here is the extract by PPG Inc (Save Arthus Seat) President, Dr Mark Fancett. It makes for a good read. Share it liberally.
Hillview denies PPG access to the site
for an independent flora and fauna survey. Hillview's own application states the likely presence of 24 threatened or endangered species.
Greg Hunt MP strongly opposes quarry..