Councils divided on Barro appeal

Logan and Redland councils will not support each other in the appeal by Barro to extend the operations of its Mount Cotton quarry.
Logan councillor Darren Power requested a special meeting so his council could decide whether to support Redland?s opposition to the quarry before the court-stipulated deadline of 18 July.
Nine Logan councillors were at the meeting and six voted for an officer recommendation not to side with Redlands City Council. They also decided Logan would not be a co-respondent with Redland in any case Barro took to court and would not to write to the Queensland Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Jeff Seeney supporting Redland?s position.
The State Government has previously backed Barro?s expansion plans for the quarry and now only Redlands Council is in disagreement.
Barro Group lodged an appeal with the Planning and Environment Court last month after Redland refused its second application to extend its Mount Cotton quarry at a full council meeting on 5 June.
Redland mayor Karen Williams said Logan’s decision did not change Redland City Council’s position, which was in line with strong community opposition to the proposal.
She said the quarry extension had “potential significant impacts” on the environment and Mount Cotton Road because it was near rural residential houses, local businesses, nurseries, caf?s and guest houses.
Barro Group’s Ian Ridoutt said he was surprised but delighted with the decision. “I did not know the meeting was to be held and I want to see the officer report,” he said. “This decision is another form of verification of the project from a technical process.”
Sources: Bayside Bulletin, The Redland Times

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