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No quarry amid our State Park 

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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, our state Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne, has allowed Hillview to bypass council planning permit requirements for 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. 

Have a look at where it will be.

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.

Here is why

WHAT CAN
I DO

Stay connected here and on social media for up to date information.

Make your views known to the Minister, Hillview Quarries and the owner, RE Ross Trust. Contact them here.

latest news

Hillview a "no-show" at public forum

29 May, 2019

 

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.

One million species at risk of extinction

May, 2019

ABC News I ONE million of the world's species are now under threat of extinction, according to the biggest-ever review of the state of nature on Earth.

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..

21 Jan, 2019

Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Flinders, strongly opposes the proposed quarry. Read his correspondence to Hon Lily D'Ambrosio, Richard Wynne MP and the RE Ross Trust.

Pressure builds against quarry...

16 July, 2018

MP News I IT took less than one week for more than 1000 signatures to be added to a petition protesting...

State Government weighs proposal...

14 July, 2018

The Age I A forested hillside in a green wedge zone on Melbourne’s southern fringe could be cleared and mined...

Anger over quarry 'bypass'

9 July, 2018

MP News I STATE Planning Minister Richard Wynne is under fire for allowing Hillview Quarries to bypass Mornington Peninsula...

 

Moves to reopen quarry

20 April, 2018

 

MP News I HILLVIEW Quarries has restarted its efforts to reopen the old Pioneer quarry in Boundary Road, Dromana...

VCAT 'no' to quarry permit

8 May, 2017

 

MP News I The Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) has determined that the planning permit for the former Pioneer...