Michael McCabe from the Capricorn Conservation Council is concerned about a proposed quarry on the edge of the Cawarral Creek fish habitat area. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Michael McCabe from the Capricorn Conservation Council is concerned about a proposed quarry on the edge of the Cawarral Creek fish habitat area. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

Concerns quarry will hit clean Cawarral Creek environment

MICHAEL McCabe is urging the community to have its say over a proposed quarry adjacent to Cawarral Creek at Coorooman.

Conservationists, fishers and some local residents have raised concerns over the environmental impacts a proposed hard rock and clay quarry could have on the nearby creek catchment.

Mr McCabe, the Capricorn Conservation Council's coordinator, said Livingstone Shire's commitment to protecting coastal habitats within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area would be tested after today as the comment period for the quarry closed.

"A quarry right beside one of the best loved and productive fish habitat areas on the Capricorn Coast imposes numerous environmental hazards," Mr McCabe said.

"The best engineering design and operational practices cannot guarantee that rock dust, stockpile leachate, clay silt, and diesel particulates will not end up in Coorooman Creek and Keppel Bay.

"Everyone with an interest in protecting such iconic and environmentally important places is urged to contact the Livingstone Shire Council and make comments by today."

Livingstone Shire Mayor Bill Ludwig said the Cawarral quarry was in the notification process. A range of issues would need to be assessed.

"Environmental protection is paramount," Cr Ludwig said. "We have a range of issues to assess. This is the time for people to have their say."

Quarry developer Jeffrey Barlow said careful consideration of the environment was at the forefront of the quarry design.



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