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No quarry amid our State Park 

SAVE ARTHURS SEAT:
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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, 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. 

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

Alarm at quarry plan for Arthurs Seat bushland

5 October, 2020

The Age I MORNINGTON Peninsula residents have sounded the alarm over plans for a large quarry in Arthurs Seat bushland they fear could destroy valuable wildlife habitat....

MP Council elections 2020

PPG has asked candidates from each ward for their position on the proposed quarry. The statements from those who have responded can be found on the links below:

Briars Ward

Cerberus Ward

Nepean Ward

Red Hill Ward

Seawinds Ward

Watson Ward

State urged to buy quarry

16 March, 2020

MP News I OPPONENTS of Hillview Quarries' plan to open a new quarry on the Arthurs Seat escarpment at Dromana want the state government to buy the land and make it part of the state park.

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.

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In the spirit of respect, PPG acknowledges the traditional custodians of this land, the Bunurong / BoonWurrung people.