Ensuring locals have their say on quarry development

Bunyip North residents and community organisations are being supported to have their voices heard on a local quarry development thanks to the second round of a trial grants program.

The Victorian Government has awarded a $40,000 Community Advisor Grant to Friends of Mt Cannibal. Funds can be used to engage legal services to assist the preparation of a submission to the Bunyip North Granite Quarry Environment Effects Statement (EES) process.

Friends of Mt Cannibal provided a strong application for the grant, including demonstrating its capabilities and a high level of community involvement.

The EES process provides advice about the potential environmental impacts of the project to decision makers who must determine if the proposed quarry development should proceed and, if so, under what conditions.

Victoria’s minerals resources strategy, State of Discovery, has a key focus on ensuring communities are engaged in the responsible development of quarry and mining projects.

The first round of the Community Advisor Grants opened in 2019. Mine-free Glenaladale was awarded $40,000 to engage legal services to assist in making a submission to the Fingerboards Mineral Sands EES process.

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