Residents petition against permit bid for stone extraction

NO GO: Merrijig residents Louise Jacob (left) and Mary Dunn presented Mansfield Shire councillors with a petition objecting to stone extraction at a local Buttercup Road site at last week’s September council meeting.

A PETITION signed by more than 340 residents and visitors to the Merrijig area was presented to Mansfield Shire councillors last week at their monthly meeting, objecting to a proposed ‘stone extraction’ business off Buttercup Road.

An application has been amended and is currently being assessed by council staff for a stone extraction business by a Melbourne developer.

The original application submitted earlier this year was for extraction over a 100 acre site but this has now been amended to cover a 400 acre site.

The original proposal saw some 15 objections lodged against it.

Local residents of the Buttercup Road area say the stone extraction business started without permits and was not amenable to the area.

The petition calls for council to consider what the outcomes for the area would be if the stone extraction was to go ahead.

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