SCENE CHANGE: The view across Cherrabah Resort could soon include that of a granite mine.
SCENE CHANGE: The view across Cherrabah Resort could soon include that of a granite mine. Jamie Wickham

Proposed mine could provide jobs for decades

THE proposed Cherrabah granite mine is one stage closer to becoming a reality after landowners submitted a formal mining lease application to the State Government.

The submission comes after successful drilling and exploration in the area revealed a mine could yield about 8000 tonnes of granite each year.

If approved, the mine could have a long term impact on the disturbance area of 7.5 hectares, just 25 minutes south of Warwick.

The Southern Downs Regional Council objected to the development in 2017 on the grounds it may negatively impact habitats of endangered species and truck movements on council roads.

The proposed site for the Cherrabah granite mine.
The proposed site for the Cherrabah granite mine. Bianca Hrovat

SDRC has asked the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy to consider how the noise, dust and road use would affect nearby residents before approving the request.

Construction of the extraction area, site amenities, sediment basins and stockpile area would take three months to complete, after which time the mine could operate for up to 30 years.

At peak operation the mine would provide four new full time jobs in the region and operate from Monday 6.30am to Saturday 10pm each week.

Southern Downs residents have two more days to have their concerns heard by the state government.

For more information or to dispute the application email escaircompas@des.qld.gov.au before 4.30pm on July 18.



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