Legistrative Council E-Petitions

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Save the Hopkins River
The Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council that the Save the Hopkins River — Stop the Quarry group was formed in March 2020 in response to growing concerns over environmental and cultural heritage impacts of a proposed bluestone quarry site at 1690 Ellerslie-Panmure Road, Panmure VIC 3265. The proposed quarry is located 220 metres from the Hopkins River and opposite the south east corner of Framlingham Forest.

Group members hail from Panmure, Framlingham, Purnim and Wangoom and include neighbouring landholders. The Save the Hopkins River — Stop the Quarry group object to the potential impact of blasting on nearby residences, groundwater systems and Aboriginal burial sites and other culturally sensitive Aboriginal areas. Other threats include bore water reduction, increased road traffic, threats to natural habitat and species including the endangered southern brown bandicoot, platypus and the short-finned eel.

In addition to emitting unpleasant odours, exposure to silica dust through quarrying activity can lead to the development of lung cancer, silicosis, kidney disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. If allowed to proceed, major impacts on natural and agricultural water systems may arise from contamination of waterways. These include multiple springs in surrounding pastoral lands and the nearby Hopkins River.
The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council call on the Minister for Resources, the Hon Jaclyn Symes, MLC, and the Minister for Planning, the Hon Richard Wynne, MP, to recognise the threats and dangers posed should the bluestone quarry at Panmure proceed, and request that the Ministers intervene and use their ministerial powers to ensure that Earth Resources Regulation do not issue a work authority for the quarry, irrespective of the outcome of a planning permit application lodged with Moyne Shire Council.
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Mr Andy Meddick