Federal Member for McPherson, Karen Andrews, has expressed disappointment in Boral’s decision to continue its legal fight for its proposed hard rock quarry in the Tallebudgera Valley.
Mrs Andrews has long been a vocal opponent of the quarry that has already been rejected by Gold Coast City Council and last month by the Planning and Environment Court.
Boral has now lodged an appeal against that decision in the Supreme Court.
“It’s time Boral accepted the verdict delivered by local residents, the Council and a Queensland court, and abandon the quarry project,” Mrs Andrews said.
“It’s the wrong type of project for this part of the southern Gold Coast and I’m ready to again take up the fight with locals to stop it going ahead.
“Since the quarry was first announced, I have strongly supported the Burleigh, Tallebudgera and Reedy Creek communities in their opposition to the development,” Mrs Andrews said.
“I will continue to work with my local and state government colleagues on the Gold Coast to maintain pressure on Boral to drop the project.
“The quarry is proposed in a quiet and tranquil part of the Gold Coast and close to a large number of homes and schools in the area.
“A quarry would increase the number of heavy vehicles in the area and affect air quality, which would have significant detrimental effect on local residents.
“It’s been a long battle to this stage and I am committed to ensuring the southern Gold Coast community’s voice is heard loud and strong on this issue.”