Sand mine had no benefits, just bad results: Community group
A group of residents who have fought for years to reject a proposed sand mine on the Coast is "ecstatic" as the contentious legal battle has come to an end.
Plans to construct the controversial sand mine at Forest Glen were pulled after Maroochydore Sands Pty Land dropped its long-running appeal against Sunshine Coast Council.
Eudlo Creek Neighbours spokesman Daniel Bryar said the community group were celebrating the decision to withdraw the appeal.
"Quite frankly it's taken four years and seven months through the court to get to this point, so to say we're anything less than ecstatic would be an understatement" he said.
"Overall, it would have been a bad result for the community for it to be there."
The proposed 105ha sand extraction facility would have a negative affect on both the environment and residents who live in the area, Mr Bryar said.
"There was no prospect of any real jobs or economic benefit to the community coming out of the proposed development, but a hell of a lot of community and environmental impacts," he said.
"We were looking at quite a big increase in traffic to and from the site, quite a large increase in noise in the area, and a potential increase of dust and particular matter into the air to the surrounding residents."
Mr Bryar said there were also "massive issues" with flooding and effluent running down the Maroochy River in particular.
"A lot of environmental problems with the site, a lot of community problems with the site, and clearly now that enough pressure's been applied through the court process and meeting with experts, that's become a realisation to the proponents," he said.
It was "immensely satisfying" to Mr Bryar that the group had been vindicated, thanking the council's legal team in fighting the proposal.
"It's no longer just our opinion that this was a bad proposal," he said.
"If it had've gone right through the courts, it would've been a very expensive exercise to make that decision, so at least now we don't have to have that additional expense on either party, and certainly on our council."
Mr Bryar said it wasn't specifically this type of proposal he was opposed to, believing there were certain areas it would be more appropriate for.
"We've got a large sand deposit down at Meridan Plains and another between Bli Bli and Coolum, that are away from the public eye and away from communities," he said.
"Proposals for sand extraction in the areas where it is appropriate is not a problem, and people don't have problems with those two large sand deposits on the Sunshine Coast.
"But trying to put a sand extraction on really what is the gateway into the Sunshine Coast on the side of Maroochydore Rd, in an area that is fast-developing from a rural area into a very much residential area, was just an appalling decision by the original proponents.
"I just think it's going to be a very welcome piece of news to the rest of the community."
While a public meeting was planned in August in relation to the sand mine, Mr Bryar said the group would possibly hold a celebration instead.