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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Residents Not Happy with the Narangba Quarry DA

Update: - Narangba residents have welcomed Boral's announcement ruling out a quarry. However, they still remain concerned that a development application (DA) lodged by a previous owner of land now owned by Boral could still be approved.

The Narangba quarry DA has not at this time been withdrawn by the applicant, Marcoola Investments.

This means the DA can still be approved by the Moreton Bay Regional Council, even though the current owner of the land (Boral) wants it withdrawn.

4OUR is waiting for comment from Marcoola Investments.

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Update: Statement released by State Member for Morayfield, Mark Ryan.
             -See letter from Boral.
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State Member for Morayfield, Mark Ryan MP has welcomed a submission which  alleviates  community concern by effectively ruling out a proposed new quarry in the Narangba West area. 

As local people may be aware, an application for a new quarry in the Narangba West area is currently being considered by the Moreton Bay Regional Council,” Mr Ryan said. 

The application was made by Marcoola Investments Pty Ltd (Marcoola) in 2010.  However, the majority of the land that is the subject of the application is now owned by Boral Resources (Qld) Pty Limited (Boral). 

For the last few years, I have been working on a strategy that will help buffer the residential areas of Narangba from the impact of the existing quarry in the Narangba West area and the quarry trucks on local roads.   

So when local people asked me to help them with their campaign in respect of this application, I took steps to raise the concerns of our community directly with Boral. 

Over the last month or so, I have discussed with Boral (on a number of occasions) that there are a large number of people in our community that are worried about the prospects of another quarry in the Narangba West area.” 

Following Mr Ryan’s discussionsBoral has now made a formal submission to the Moreton Bay Regional Council which states: 
(that Boral) does not intend to pursue or implement the development proposed by this development application in the event that the application is approved (by the Moreton Bay Regional Council).  If the (legislation) so provided, Boral would formally withdraw its consent to the development application being made over its land” (emphasis added). 

The full submission by Boral to the Moreton Bay Regional Council is available from  

“On behalf of our community, I take this opportunity to thank Boral for listening and responding to the concerns of local people. 

This is a great win for our community and I am very pleased that I have been able to work with local people to, once again, deliver real results for our community,” Mr Ryan said.

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