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No consultation

There has been no community consultation regarding the extent of this quarry since the original application for a 10 hectare (25 acre) small quarry in 1987. Neilsen's Works Management plans which were approved by Noosa Council in 2005 without referral to the community, show an area of about 30 ha (74 acres) to be extracted, with associated works, including a huge crushing plant and conveyor, covering another 20 ha (50 acres). In all, about 50 ha (124 acres) is now included in Neilsen's Works Plans, an increase in area of 500% over the original application.

The KKCG strongly believes there has been a Material Change of Use (MCU) which should have been put before the public for submissions before being approved by Council staff. This was the basis for our challenge in the Planning and Environment Court. The court's rejection of this proposition on the grounds that the scale and intensity of activity on the site had not exceeded the approved plans (at the date of the hearing) has left us puzzled. The perceived role of a "Planning Court" in addressing what is planned, rather than what has occurred, is now unclear to us.