SUNSHINE Coast Council officers are assessing the Forest Glen sand mine proposal but can't say when the report will come before councillors.
The plans for a sand extraction operation, submitted by Maroochydore Sands Pty Ltd, would have more than 100 hectares of flood-prone cattle grazing land transformed into a wet, sand extraction and screening plant.
Backing on to Eudlo Creek, a feeder estuary to the Maroochy River and in close proximity to two schools, the proposed development has been met with strong community opposition.
A Sunshine Coast Council spokesman provided an update where the process was at, after the State Assessment and Referral Agency report was recently returned to the council, outlining a number of conditions which would have to be imposed should council approve the project.
"Council officers are now undertaking proper assessment of the Maroochydore Sand Extraction Industry Development Application," the council spokesman said. "A report will be presented to a future council meeting."
Should the Forest Glen sand mine get the go ahead?
This poll ended on 04 April 2016.
Yes. It's gone through all the processes. It will be good for the local economy.
No. The potential for environmental damage and health problems is not worth the risk.
I'm sure the council will make the right decision.
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
The spokesman was unable to confirm exactly which future council meeting the report would be tabled at, or if it could be as soon as April, when the new council will meet for the first time.
The conditions imposed by SARA had also come under criticism from the community for not being tough enough.
Among the conditions, a $100,000 contribution from the proponents towards future rehab and repairs of Old Maroochydore Rd, as well as specific requirements for safe storage and management of acid sulphate soils, given the site's propensity for flooding.
The proponents, through Maroochydore Sands Pty Ltd director Michael Mullins, have repeatedly argued the operation would pose no risk to health of nearby residents and were confident of managing acid sulphate soils adequately enough to protect nearby waterways.
The proposed sand mine was a hot topic throughout the recent council election campaign, particularly in Division Seven, where all candidates were firm in their position that they would support the community in its opposition to the project.