Virtually all the help – including the art set-up, catering, an auction of “quirky” items, printing and publicity – was contributed by local residents who had been energised by the threat of a mega quarry being established in their pristine Kerry Valley and Christmas Creek regions. It was proposed that the quarry be located near the Lost World and close to Lamington National Park, with an exit for trucks on to Christmas Creek road.
This was the largest in a series of fund-raisers organised by the Scenic Rim’s Quarry Action Group to meet the costs of an appeal brought by the developer in the Queensland Planning and Development Court, following intense lobbying to the local Council, which refused permission for the new quarry. Although the developer recently withdrew his appeal, there are substantial accounts from lawyers and expert witnesses still to be paid, and QAG will keep a watching brief on any future issues.
Jon McGhee (Garden Hill, Lost World) generously offered to write the history of the Nindooinbah woolshed for the art weekend, and it is now included on this website.
We actively support the Quarry Action Group’s ongoing campaign against the effects of major quarrying in what is a beautiful asset to Brisbane and a much-loved home to locals – the hills, valleys and great parks of the Scenic Rim. If you are interested in supporting our campaign, go to www.quarryactiongroup.org.au