Monday, 26 November 2012

We Won

At the end of last year a developer lodged an application to put a Sand and Gravel Quarry just up the road from our house, and the houses of many other people in our small rural community. 
Needless to say the community was not happy and we started an action group S.C.R.A.M (Sandy Creek Residents Against Mining).
We had public meetings where I was the facilitator, created a website and a facebook page, put up signs, had bumper stickers made and wrote to the media, local government, state and federal government and the government and associated departments involved such as Main Roads, SEQ Water and DERM (Department of Environment and Resource Management).

The whole idea that our quiet country lifestyle could be shattered by the sound of quarrying 6 days a week from 6am till 6pm, and up to 1 truck and trailer every 3 mins for the next 30 years was to be frank devastating.

Well we fought and we won!!

The developer has formally withdrawn his application and get this, is now undertaking a feasibility study to use the land for an Eco Residential development.  What a change of events.

Over the weekend some of the residents from our community got together to celebrate all of our hard work and what we achieved.
We are now working on having the state planning maps and local council maps updated to have the property in question rezoned so we never have to worry about it again.


  1. Well done! We had a similar thing when they wanted to put a stinking pulp mill around the corner from us here on the Tamar river in Tasmania...the pulp mill is still a possiblity but thanks to the global financial crisis (it is good for SOME things ;) ) no-one wants to buy the permit as there is no money in pulp. Congratulations and that celebration is most definately deserved. I know how much effort goes into turning the tide...especially when the tide contains rips!

  2. Congratulations! Looks like a fun gathering too!

  3. Well done Fiona! A nice bit of activism there, and a great cause to book. Did you find that the web site helped your cause?

    Gav x

  4. Congrats and great job! All your time and effort paid off.


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