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Published Monday 6 June 2022
Tags:General, News Advocacy

No Quarry campaign heads to Parliament

The communities of Beveridge and Wallan, together with Mitchell Shire Council, are facing an epic battle with the State Government over a proposed quarry in the middle of the suburbs of Wallan and Beveridge.

Watch the video to hear from residents.

On Wednesday 8 June at 11.30am community members will take their campaign to the steps of Parliament to hand a petition with more than 1100 signatures against the quarry to the State Government.

The community has made it clear, they do not want the proposed quarry at 175 Northern Highway, Wallan:

  • 1060 submission to a VPA consultation, most of which were against the quarry
  • 1100 signatures on a petition against the quarry
  • 700 postcards against the quarry addressed to Planning Minister Richard Wynne.

Residents are worried about the 120 extra trucks on their roads every day, the dust, noise, vibrations and the negative impact on their wellbeing. The proposed quarry will stifle the delivery of essential infrastructure for the next 30 years in parts of Victoria's fastest growing municipality.

Council has twice rejected a planning permit for the proposed quarry at 175 Northern Highway, Wallan.

The proposed quarry is within a designated State Government urban growth boundary, with people currently living there and 10s of thousands of people moving in.

Despite a 2019 submission from Victoria’s own state planners, the Victorian Planning Authority, opposing this quarry, a planning panel recommended it be included in the Beveridge North West Precinct Structure Plan.

Last year, the Victorian Planning Authority revised the precinct structure plan to include the quarry in the future urban structure.

The Beveridge Northwest Precinct Structure Plan and the quarry permit are now being considered before a Ministerial appointed panel who will make a recommendation to the Planning Minister, Richard Wynne.

The final decision rests with Minister Wynne.

This page was last updated on 14 June 2022.