Residents: 'You can't tell us what to do with our land'
A PROPOSED change to the already controversial Mount Walker Quarry haulage route has residents worried that they will not be able to have control over what happens on their own land.
On November 22, residents on Christensen Rd, Warrill View received a letter from the Department of Natural Resources and Mines informing them of a proposed amendment to the Mount Walker Quarry haulage route in their road.
Currently, the route doesn't come near any homes on Christensen Rd, but the proposed change would mean large trucks regular pass houses.
While the proposed change shouldn't effect most farming activity, the letter states "there are areas where intensification of settlement or development (particularly in the form of residential, rural residential and community facilities) are not appropriate or should only be allowed with conditions that protect the resource area".
No Mount Walker Quarry group member Jenelle Peters asked representatives from the Mines Department what the changes meant for locals during a recent public information session.
She said residents were "up in arms" when they received the letter.
"We should be able to decide what we can and can't do with our own properties," she said.
"The amendment (may prevent) future subdivision or commercial businesses that would add more vehicles or driveways.
"We were told that the reason for this is to stop any excess traffic so the quarry trucks would not be hindered by too many vehicles on their route and they didn't want any new development as this would cause more complaints about noise and dust.
"We asked about the detrimental effect on the residents on the proposed haulage route. That was not their concern. We were told they were only interested in the amendment."
Ms Peters said residents had until February 10 to lodge a formal submission against the change and would all be doing so.
"We all chose to live in a peaceful and tranquil rural setting, not on a highway," she said.
"There will be 96 B-doubles each way travelling along the haulage route which is 28kms long coming out at Amberley.
"Mount Walker residents are sick of being bullied by bureaucrats. Once again we have to fight for our rights.
"We won't go down without a fight."
After being asked a number of questions regarding the proposed route change, the QT received a short response from a Mount Walker Quarry spokesperson.
"There is no change to the approved Mt Walker Quarry haul route," the spokesperson said.
Ms Peters said the response was confusing residents, given the letter they had just received.
She also said that with trucks from large poultry farms already using Rosewood-Warrill View Rd, the addition of vehicles from the quarry would make for dangerous road conditions for surrounding residents.
"Rosewood-Warrill View Rd is about to become B-double rated if the quarry has its way," she said.
"The Mount Walker poultry farm has had its application for six new sheds approved. Add to the mix the new mega poultry farm past Rosevale that will all be using Rosewood-Warrill View Rd. It's going to be so dangerous."