Community comes together to fight proposal for quarry
PEOPLE living in the peaceful rural community of Mt Walker are desperate to drive out a proposed mega-quarry they say will destroy the naturally beautiful area.
Popular with weekend cyclists for its quiet roads and lovely scenery, Mt Walker is a 35 minute drive south-west of Ipswich.
It's also a small and close-knit farming community, a collection of beef cattle farmers, dairies, crop farmers and residential homes.
The proposed basalt quarry area is predominantly native bush land, home to koalas, wallabies and other wildlife.
The small community has come together as an action group in an attempt to fight the proposal.
With the time for people to lodge an objection ending next Wednesday, residents are increasingly anxious about the quarry going ahead.
"It's going to have a big impact if it goes through. It's a beautiful area out here," resident Lori Poffenroth said.
"It's proposed to be done in stages but at its peak will take one million tonnes per year.
"It will devastate the natural bushland. Everyone out here doesn't want it."
With size not on their side, residents have set up a website - nomountwalkerquarry.org - as well as a Facebook page. Several public meetings have taken place.
The residents are also worried about the haul route for the quarry and a proposal for 98 trucks to travel to and from the quarry six days a week.
"I'm not against quarries entirely, but they have to be in the right place," Ms Poffenroth said.
While the quarry is in the Scenic Rim, rural Ipswich councillor David Pahlke shares the concerns about the impact of the haul route in his area.
"We've had 40 or 50 years of coal trucks and my residents are saying, what benefit do we get out of it. The answer is zero," Cr Pahlke said.
He has already lodged an objection on behalf of his Rosewood community against using Rosewood Warrill View Rd and Ipswich Rosewood Rd as the preferred haul route.