ACTION MAN: Division 10 candidate Steve Franklin and Ipswich MP Jim Madden with the petition to oppose a proposed haulage route from the new Coleyville/Mt Walker quarry.
ACTION MAN: Division 10 candidate Steve Franklin and Ipswich MP Jim Madden with the petition to oppose a proposed haulage route from the new Coleyville/Mt Walker quarry. Contributed

Franklin takes petition to parliament over truck route

A PETITION on behalf of residents opposed to a proposed haulage route for a new quarry has been delivered to State Parliament by Division 10 election candidate Steve Franklin.

The petition is in relation to the haulage route for the quarry at Coleyville/Mt Walker.

The Scenic Rim Regional Council approved the development application for the quarry on January 27, 2016.

But Mr Franklin said the route the trucks will be taking needed to be adjusted.

"The proposed route for the haulage is to come back through the bottom intersection at Rosewood and along Rosewood-Amberley Rd and out to the intersection at the RAAF base," Mr Franklin said.

"But we would prefer them to use a different haulage route.

"The issues are that the proposed route through Rosewood is 28km long, whereas the route directly from the mine across to the Cunningham Hwy is only three kilometres long.

"What we are saying is that they should talk to the people and come up with a decent outcome."

The issue relates to the impact a multitude of heavy trucks will have on the community.

In the petition it states that "the undersigned are concerned about the impact that the proposed route, which runs through Rosewood, will have on the local community, the environment, safety and road conditions."

"They are heavy trucks and there are three bridges involved that aren't at a level to move those trucks on," Mr Franklin said.

"A lot of the roadways through there have black soil underneath them and are through flood plains.

"We all know that black soil moves out from underneath those big trucks fairly easily and there is a lot of work to be done on them.

"We'd rather see them have a direct route to the Cunningham Hwy which is rated for those size trucks, and a lot shorter route."

The petition went to parliament on Monday.



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