What is it like to live in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland?

about 5 years ago
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Please tell  us about your regular experiences in the hinterland. Are you a resident? Is it accessible? What makes your quality of life? Is it easy to get around?

  • alf_alphamale over 7 years ago
    As a resident of the former Noosa shire (and formerly living in the Blackal Range), the hinterland is the place where REAL sea/treechangers go; not the ones who think they want to leave the city to change their lives, then demand all the services their former city life offered five minutes after they've arrived here.Space between homes, the ability to see the stars at night, hear the birds during the day and see wildlife in its natural habitat (not some reconstructed space) - these are the things which make the hinterland special.Sparser populations will always render regular public transport an impossibility, so car use is an inevitability in the hinterland - but that does not translate to the necessity for major roads everywhere. Reasonably maintained dirt roads are, for me, a good deterrent to hoons, anyway. They seem to like burning bitumen ...
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    • Annette Hughes over 7 years ago
      Indeed - there should be choice in which services we pay for. There is no need for a garbage service along my road. Only the recycling bin. I compost everything organic. Everything else goes into the recycling bin. That would be four trips up our dirt road less per month, greatly reducing its wear and tear, not to mention petrol consumption wasted to empty empty bins. If the council really is thinking green, it needs to consider the issue at this micro level.
  • mary over 7 years ago
    I live in one of the small towns of the SC. The community atmosphere is excellent because people work at it and become involved. The most importand aspect of this for me is the maintenance of agriculture in this area. The hinterland is very fertile land and lends itself to a variety of primary production enterprises. I believe this needs positive support from council. Farmers provide the key to this areas being sustainable. Local food is more important than tourism althouth a vibrant agricultural area attracts tourists as well as beaches. Australians love a rural lifestyle even if just for a holiday.
  • mik66 over 7 years ago
    I have lived in the Noosa Hinterland for over 10 years - my mum for over 20 years before that. I love the fact that here in the Hinterland we have the best of both worlds. Not too far from the coast and beaches but far enough from the crowds. I don't mind the dirt roads either. We live on a small property of just over 30 acres. With a peri-urban population I would love to see a greater access to conservation information and local laws for people who are purchasing land.
  • stella over 7 years ago
    I live in Crystal Waters permaculture village (200 population) also called eco village. we are 35 km south west of Maleny and belong to the sunshine coast council. we are a world wide recognized intentional community based on the permaculture principle. Although we have had film crews from a variety of countries documenting our set up and lifestyle, most local Australians have never heard of my village. (Main roads have only put up signs 1 year ago I wonder if the council knows that we are here?)I have moved here over 20 years ago, brought up my child, build a house and planted lots of trees (to replace the timber that I used building the house). I do my best to live a sustainable lifestyle (I only fill a garbage bin every 6 weeks but council will not let me share a bin with 6 others creating as little rubbish as I do) and enjoy the beautiful country very much.For the future, I would like to see more like minded people living here so that our peaceful community can grow.
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    • Annette Hughes over 7 years ago
      If your community grows, it will very soon stop being peaceful.
  • weisarts over 7 years ago
    I've been living in Kin Kin for more than ten years. The natural habitat and the sense of small, creative community is what attracted me here. The collaborative relationship with the other small villages in the hinterland is a great lifestyle bonus and gives a sense of living in a world of opportunities. I love how people create from what they have and share with neighbors and friends. The networking is fantastic. The generosity of so many people working collectively to create the world they want to live in is quite exceptional. The creative diversity is astonishing. The friendships that continue despite differences on certain issues demonstrates the maturity and sustainability of the collective culture. I am grateful to have been notified of this forum and to have the opportunity to add my say. I see so much creativity in so many diverse forms that it is this, in itself, that seems to me to be the extraordinary feature of the region and one that is only beginning to become visible. Close by I have a great native bee/wild honey expert, Chris Fuller, growing hives and placing them all throughout the district. We have a hand book-binder. Linsey Pollak's masterful music and performance program. We have awesome leather workers, natural cleaning product and herbal tea manufacturers, an internationally acclaimed KaHuna school and another internationally acclaimed health resort, changing and saving lives. We come together with our authentic little market selling truly local, genuine products and services. We have architects, psychologists, spiritual healers, painters, writers, photographers, performers, chefs, renovators, including Natalia on The Renovators on TV. These people are not only exceptional and extraordinary at their professions, but are living in relationship with the environment. Most of these people are great caretakers and work together with Noosa Landcare and are environmentally active in their weed management and restoration of habitats for flora and fauna. What a wealth these people and their collective efforts represent. Independently and collectively they are the seed of a healthy and viable future that must be the the greatest potential for the region and an expanded possibility for tourist appreciation that goes beyond the coffee/restaurant/retailing by the sea, different from home only by location rather than content. The wealth of these human and environmental resources seems priceless as it is yet untapped and only just begun. The possibility of the proposed quarry at Shepperson's Lane outside Kin Kin seems in complete contradiction of this cultural and environmental evolution. Many locals are completely in agreement that a small, as originally approved quarry is completely acceptable with the bigger picture. There's a strong and determined resistance to the mega-expansion of the approval to a vast mining site with infrastructure that will dominate our roads in every direction for generations to come. Many here are passionate about being a part of the answer for the future. They've paid with dollars, years of personal initiative and constructive and creative investment. Many here would like to see working together as a fundamental of hinterland life, and yet even our local Councillor remains aloof and dismissive of our enthusiasm. Here we are in a Biosphere. How appropriate it seems, and yet there has been a battle between Council and the resident community over this quarry proposal. The residents have been working tirelessly for many months and been respectful of following due process in seeking to be heard and considered. Huge amounts of resources have been spent on em-battlement and hefty bills remain yet to be paid by voluntary fund-raising. Our differences are opportunities. I would love to see our council working together with us to create sustainable wonderment in this extraordinary and irreplaceable habitat. Much has been done and is already showing the value of the common goal. Bravo Noosa Landcare for your shining example and extraordinary achievements. How I would love to see a round-table approach to resolving divisive differences. We share a common land---our common ground. Let us all be part of the solution, the planning and expression of a sustainable future. Amongst us we have the resources, the talent, the energy and the inspiration. We came here to live our vision for a life at peace with the land and our neighbors. That's what makes it so special. Together we overcome obstacles one at a time. We share the load and share the spoils of our own willingness. That's what makes it so rewarding, appealing to visitors and such a great prospect for dedicated dreamers to live the change they want to see in the world.
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    • SteveT over 7 years ago
      Well said and well written.Thanks.
  • H&R over 7 years ago
    We have been residents in the Hinterland for two years now and love the change we have made. It is a pleasure to have the space around us and experience the wild life, in particular a wide variety of bird life. It is wonderful to have peace and quiet at night and we love that we're don't have street lights shining in our windows. We have fruit trees, a vegetable garden, compost bin and a worm farm. The soil is rich and it's easy to grow things. We are surrounded by farms and although there are some houses close by, most people are here for the same reason - peace and tranquility. Please don't let the changes in iconic status legislation open the doors for developers to ruin the hinterland as they have some of the coastal areas. Let's retain what's left of our agricultural areas and let those people who want this lifestyle still have somewhere to live. No 400 sq m block of land for us!
  • IanBates over 7 years ago
    Living in the Noosa Hinterland for more than 30 years, raising a family, developing our various businesses and working in government and industry has been very rewarding. Having started with a run-down bean farm, we have built an environment around us which we believe is environmentally sustainable and valuable. It fits perfectly into the official Council vision for this area. What does not fit is the development of a mega quarry right behind our property, with the haul road passing our front gate. A quarry of this size will destroy the hinterland areas of Kin Kin Pomona and Boreen. Just ask anyone from Moy Pocket what a quarry will do.We have lived with a sub-standard road network and distance from facilities as a price we are prepared to pay for the peace and quiet of our area. We offset our extra carbon emissions by growing timber and using solar power.Development to the detriment of a whole community is unconscionable
  • PinbarrenDe over 7 years ago
    We moved to the Noosa hinterland earlier this year, from Brisbane. Reasons for the move were peace and quiet, rural environment, clean air, friendly community, creativity. We love that our peaceful, tranquil, green and rural outlook, plus the fact we are only 30 mins from the beaches, and coastal communities - when we want to go there. The rural roads (including gravel) are fine and generally well maintained ... but they come under pressure from the summer rains, and traffic. The only problem in our area seems to be the threat posed by the expansion of the Kin Kin quarry. This will put our rural peace and quiet, and road networks under a lot of (unnecessary) stress. Our narrow, windy roads are not meant to take the sort of regular heavy truck traffic that this sized quarry will attract ... and the prospect of trucks endangering lives on our local roads is very scary. The school bus will be sharing these roads with quarry trucks too, which is a difficult prospect to comprehend. The Noosa Trail Network is another major reason why we moved to this area. It is such a great natural resource for horse riders, mountain bikers and walkers alike. However, horses/horse floats and quarry trucks sharing these roads will be a dangerous mix too, I fear.I don't want to appear to be a NIMBY, but I really feel that we must protect the natural benefits of the Noosa hinterland, and the reasons why most residents love the lifestyle offered by the hinterland ... the natural resources and green open spaces should be promoted as part of the tourism benefits for visitors to the Sunny Coast more, too.
  • Shannon over 7 years ago
    Why was a discussion topic about the expansion of the Kin Kin quarry deleted? This is exactly what it is like to live in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland - the council will ignore/destroy feedback from the residents rather than respond to it.
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    • Admin Commented admin over 7 years ago
      Hi Shannon as per our email to you, it is important to maintain focused discussion without inhibiting comments on issues such as the quarry You're encouraged to use existing discussion topics which do not preclude your comments on possible future developments such as the quarry. The existing discussion topics allow for comments on future opportunities and visions, the environment and quality of life and you should continue to express wide ranging sentiments and ideas within these discussion topics.
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      • Shannon over 7 years ago
        "It is important to maintain focused discussion without inhibiting comments on issues such as the quarry" I don't think that means what you think it means delting user comments in inhibiting comments on issues such as the quarry. If you want to listen to the community perhaps you should start...listening to the community, not trying to dictate how they communicate. Deleting comments is really poor form. You could have removed the option for residents to start topics (why on earth can't residents start topics? that's silly) and left the existing topic up - but no.
    • Shannon over 7 years ago
      What an awful and embarassing way to start a forum.
  • Anitap over 7 years ago
    I love living in the Noosa Hinterland - the green and serene area, the clean environment, the peace and quiet the lovely up bringing of my 4 children in this beautiful part of the world. Hang on Council approved a MEGA quarry with no community consultation. This was approved in 2005 and the community found about it the end of 2009! When we bought our property 10 years ago a rural quarry never came up in the searches and when our neighbours bought 2 years ago a MEGA quarry never came up in the searches. The Hinterland is meant for tourism, tree change not a mining town. If we wanted to live in a mining town we would have spent our money in Mt Isa!
  • Save Kin Kin over 7 years ago
    Beautiful One Day - A MEGA QUARRY the next... I think not!!! Anyone who is passionate about the Hinterland, the environment and the safety of our children should stand up now and voice their objection to this impending disaster. Kin Kin is a quite Hinterland town and should remain that way. Help SAVE the Noosa Hinterland - this will effect a lot more than just Kin Kin and we all need to unite to save our local environment and way of life.
  • Heather over 7 years ago
    We moved to the Sunshine Coast (Pomona) over 14 years ago, and living in the Noosa Hinterland has been a great experience for our family. After giving up a great job in Brisbane and becoming a mum for the second time, the Community of Pomona gave me a great lifestyle to bring up my young family and become a part of a great community. Pomona offered me a great lifestyle - playgroup....kindy, day-care, primary school, high school and local businesses such as IGA plus many more have all contributed to my family and experience.Local community events such as King of the Mountain Festival, Noosa Show, local markets, school functions and fundraising events has made my experience more enjoyable and to volunteer in these events has been a great experience. Locals are welcoming and friendly...and Pomona has been awarded the friendliest town award over the past few years...plus others awards. See below.2010 "Friendliest Town, South-East Queensland region"Outstanding Achievement Award, South-East Queensland region, Stephen Hilditch2009 "Bush Spirit Award, South-East Queensland Region"Individual Outstanding Achievement award, South-East Queensland region, Ron West 2008 "Outstanding Commitment Award" for 25 years Continuous ParticipationFriendliest Town, Coastal South-East Queensland Region" - Pomona Progress Art Tourism Inc 2007 "Outstanding Achievement by an Individual" - Pomona Progress Art Tourism Inc 2006 "Outstanding Achievement - Community Action Award" - Queensland Winner2005 "Outstanding Achievement - Community Action Award"- Queensland Finalist2004 "South-East Queensland's Friendliest Town"2003 "Outstanding Achievement - Cultural/Heritage Award" - Queensland FinalistI know from personal experience that being a part of a community is giving of once self and the rewards are endless.....volunteering for an organisation, project or event brings people together. Creating an experience for people to enjoy is a part of what Pomona and our Hinterland dose best. Our beautiful township and lifestyle would not exist without the hardworking volunteers and dedicated people who love our community. As a resident my quality of life is - my family life - and this is possible due to our local community - access to local services and staying true to our identity and spirit. Listening to our community and people is very important.
  • JRC over 7 years ago
    I moved to the hinterland to escape suburbia. To live on acreage within walking distance of a creative, friendly, country town is paradise for me. Unfortunately the peace and safety of the people of my town are under treat from the mega quarry at Kin Kin. The thought of school buses meeting huge trucks on the narrow winding road out of Kin Kin leaves me really shocked that decision makers could be so cavalier with the safety of our children. Paradise lost.
  • Rainey over 7 years ago
    Peace, beauty, serenity, birdsong, wildlife, and space.We came to the Noosa hinterland for a better quality of life for our children. We chose a place with its own water supply, fertile soil, and yet close to amenities and within a half-hour drive to the fantastic Sunshine Coast beaches. Perfection! The land we bought was almost denuded by over-cropping. We have built it up so that now it is a green oasis. We have counted 82 different bird species, ten different frog species and platypus, echidnas and wallabies are frequent visitors. We have planted thousands of trees, and have a registered farm forestry plot. We are clean, green, productive and self-sufficient for water, power and firewood.Now, just as we reach the time in our lives when we no longer have to go to work and we can enjoy the fruits of our hard work both in society and for our environment, we find that it is all to be taken away by a MEGA QUARRY, so that one landowner and one unscrupulous and polluting entrepreneur can get rich at our expense. We can't afford to sell because our land is now worthless, and we don't want to stay in a mining town. We cannot allow the SCRC to take this lovely place and turn it into an industrial site. Stand up to whoever is putting pressure on you, and enforce your own legally binding regulations. This quarry is in the wrong place - no infrastructure, no market, no need.
  • lisa over 7 years ago
    I love living in Kin Kin. The sense of community and respect for nature is evident in most people who live here. It is a great place to bring up children. Unfortunately the mega quarry poses a threat to both the natural environment and the community. The quarry trucks place us all at risk, our roads are not wide enough or stable enough to cope with the increased traffic. I value the peace and quiet, the green rolling hills and the community spirit within kin kin. A mega quarry is not in keeping with the natural environment or the values of the community.
  • Joli Carol over 7 years ago
    I moved to Sunshine Coast hinterland when I married 20years ago so I could raise a family away from the city. I love my life in the hinterland, and it has always been a pleasure to drive along our peaceful roads (whether they be dirt or single lane) and enjoy the beautiful rural atmosphere. I own the local shop in KinKin and ALL of the tourists that come into my shop will comment on what a beautiful area it is and why would anyone put a quarry in the middle of such an enviromental masterpiece. And the answer to that question would be......?? Probably the same people who think it is alright to make people in the hinterland pay a public transport levy when there is not one bit of public transport in KinKin. We also have to pay an environment levy when we have this environmental disaster they have put in the middle of our town. Apparently we need this quarry to provide materials to fix our roads, that don't need fixing, except of course for the damage that the quarry trucks and the council and main roads trucks have done. In 20years I have never seen so much activity on the Pomona KinKin Road as there has been in the last year just for these quarry trucks that the majority of residents do not want yet it's our money that is paying for this.
  • TracyD over 7 years ago
    Kin Kin = Pardise Found. We moved from a Mineing Town to Kin Kin seven years ago. We swapped the daily chokeing on Dust & dodging Trucks (on roads which were made to withstand the onslaught) for the Green Clean Hills of the Noosa Hinterland. We love it & felt we could not have found a better place to bring up our children. We found ourselves amidst a close community of like minded people. People who care about the enviroment, the serene Lifestyle, the beautiful green rolling hills and EACHOTHER!. Our first 5 years here were Bliss. Then EVERYTHING changed. Without community consultation, the council approved a MEGA Quarry. We are now a community divided. It is neighbour against neighbourhood. The small minority who support the Quarry Against the Large Majority who feel the constant threat to their childrens safety on the roads and the inevitable Damage to the Enviroment & waterways. The Impact has already been Huge. I am thankful that I dont own a business in the beautiful township of Pomona. I feel this charming town will suffer the most as no matter which way the trucks travel they will ultimately pass through the centre of Pomona. When will the council Listen to the people of Noosa & the Hinterland? Please give us back our Lifestyle & let this Community Heal!! Dont let it be a Paradise Lost.
  • Felix & Sandy over 7 years ago
    3 years ago we moved from the Netherlands to.. Kin Kin. A deliberate choice, as out of all countries in the world and all places in Australia, Kin Kin stands out for its tranquility, the conscious and open minded people and some astonishing yet increasingly hard to find natural surroundings. We couldn't have ended up in a better place to live nor to work - we're so fortunate to run our family business 'Kin Kin naturals' from here, making natural cleaning products.Being used to councils overseas, I have been impressed with the services and customer focus of the SC council. That's until the day we had to learn about this devastating MEGA quarry, and SC council seeming not to make any serious effort to protect us residents against it. I understand that the quarry company and that single landowner want this quarry in Kin Kin, and maybe the insatiable fossickers from Brisbane, but I fail to see how SC council could get away with not stepping in for its residents. Apart from the grief this quarry would cause on a SC residents level, it doesn't even seem to make sense on a Qld state level to put a MEGA quarrry in a location where the required infrastructure is absent, to have EACH Qld family pay $100 in taxes (my estimate based on population # and claimed initial road upgrade costs) to put this infrastructure in place, apparently just to bring fortune to one person in Kin Kin and quarry company?
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    • Wags over 7 years ago
      Wags 9th septWe moved to Kin Kin over 10 years ago, because of the beautiful surroundings, the peace & quiet lifestyle & the amazing community, only now to be told, NOT asked that a MEGA QUARRY is going be opened in a small village of over 400 people. The roads to Kin Kin are not at all suitable for these quarry trucks & dog trailors to be going on. Main roads have considered the Range road { the main entry into town} not EVEN wide enough for a white line, so i ask where is the common sense to be sending these trucks down a road thats got barely enough room for 2 cars at the same time, that has a School bus & many locals travelling on it, daily?The area of Kin kin is known for its Trails through the beautiful hills that surround our town, that you can Walk or ride your Horses, Now i ask again where is the common sense of Quarry blasting in such a beautiful serene area, that people travel from all over to enjoy what we have? Our town survives on tourists, i ask what will they come to visit now? I ask again another question who will want to drive to Pomona any more from Kin Kin when they know these Trucks will be going through at any time, not me & i know alot of locals who use Pomona for all their daily supplies, this quarry will effect all the surrounding areas of the Noosa hinterland, not just KIN KIN.I LOVE where i LIVE & ask to be listened too along with many other locals because We care about the area We live in !
  • Ian Humphreys over 7 years ago
    Living in Kin Kin is like a dream come true! We moved here nearly 7 years ago. We gave up our professional careers in WA, and jumped into the ‘deep end’ ... Buying 10 acres, and planting hundreds of fruit trees, mass veggie patches, started keeping chooks etc. Then we were so inspired by all the natural flora and fauna that calls Kin Kin home, that we planted a few thousand native forest trees! Now people come to our ‘Permaculture /beyond organic ‘Garden of Eatin’ to learn all about Edible Weeds and Herbs, growing your own food, sustainability and LIVING THE GOOD LIFE!!!! We LOVE driving the Kin Kin Range (you pay a lot of money touring the world to enjoy such a beautiful drive) .... But with the proposed Quarry development – I feel that all of us in the Hinterland have really been ‘dumped!’ by our local Council and others who should be representing us strongly .... against this CRAZY Quarry decision! Shame on them!!!!There could not be a more beautiful existence then living on our beautiful farm in Kin Kin. We have had many friends and family visiting from overseas and interstate since we moved here – and they all think we live in PARADISE! .... Well, WE DO! Part of living in Kin Kin is its fabulous ‘small community’ atmosphere - where we share, and solve problems together. Now we’re going to have to find a way to stop the proposed Quarry expansion, because this community is just not built to cope with such infrastructure. The road access and potential impacts on the Hinterland and the families that embrace the Hinterlands serene lifestyle deserve better!
  • OmLotus over 7 years ago
    I came to the Noosa Hinterland direct from Sydney in 1996 to live an alternate lifestyle - leaving behind the rat race and overcrowding and a corporate lifestyle that I was in danger of living forever if I had stayed. Settling in Cooran I knew I had found my paradise, my children were living the carefree lifestyle I had lived in the suburbs of Sydney in the 60's and 70's. Neighbours all knew each other, the Primary School headmaster knew each child by name and which sibling, parent and grandparent belonged to who. My kids thrived and continue to thrive with community interraction that is now unknown in the suburbs of Sydney where I grew up. The community involvment with events, fundraising and youth issues is outstanding and I love the friendships and interractions that happen for me daily in a place where everyone says hello or waves you as they go by in their cars.In 2002 I worked on the Noosa Trails Network some of which winds its way between Cooran and Kin Kin. I travelled those roads between Cooran and Kin Kin to and from work each day for many months, that was 8 years ago ... they are still the same ... scary and treacherous when you have oncoming cars on the bends. I cant imagine what it would be like to meet one of those double-trailer quarry trucks on it. I dont go to Kin Kin anymore, I would like to go to the Kin Kin markets but the thought of driving on that road scares me.This is the first time I have felt moved to take on any issue formally but at the moment the Kin Kin Quarry concerns us all .. it shows the total disrespect that our local council has for us and this is affecting how I feel about living on the Sunshine Coast.
  • liane over 7 years ago
    We chose to move to a little piece of paradise called Kin Kin 2 years ago to grow our own organic fruit and vege's and lead a more organic life with our 2 young children. We chose Kin Kin for it's beautiful environment and clean, quiet country life and quiet roads. We were absolutely horrified when the dream was shattered upon discovery of the mega quarry starting up soon. It did not show up on the council searches the lawyers did. Surely the council CAN and WILL be held responsible for this deception when our property prices plummet and the roads become too unsafe to travel on? There was no discussion with the community. The original small quarry and the terms for it's use (including environmental) date back to the 90's. They have not been updated, just the degree of raping and pillaging of our paradise has been upsized hugely. I feel like we have been caught up in something the council isn't interested in stopping, for whatever reason it has. The quarry will do nothing to help the hinterland community and environment, it will only destroy it. They have no interest apart from economical gain and have shown in the past that they would prefer to pay fines for damaging the environment than stop production. We are about to get bombarded with at least 80 truck movements a day on narrow, windy country roads not built to withstand heavy trucks. It will become so dangerous to drive and share these roads with huge 40 tonne trucks in our cars, not to mention school buses. The range road will become a death trap. The trucks will damage the roads constantly - the council/main roads will not be able to keep up with the repairs needed (they barely manage to as it is). The quarry will dump silt and chemicals into the creeks and the Noosa river catchment area. Who thought this was a good idea? Certainly not the vast majority of residents, as council would have found out had it approached the community. Our roads have already been deemed below Australian standrads for the volume of traffic we currently have. Why not ask the quarry to pay the $200,000,000+ to upgrade our roads? Why should tax payers have to pay for constant repairs and upgrades - they will not be seeing any economic gain, only Neilsons's will. Even better Main Roads, come and evaluaute our roads and put the proper tonnage limit on it. I doubt it will be higher than 10 or 15, let alone 40. If the MEGA quarry goes ahead I hope all the people in council and main roads who are responsible for allowing this atrocity will be able to sleep well at night when the first deaths occur on our roads. You know who you are.
  • Shannon over 7 years ago
    I’ve lived in Kin Kin my entire life. The hobby farm that my mother and I live on is the centre of our universe and nothing makes us happier than slowly but surely improving things there. Since my stepfather died two years ago many people have asked why we don’t leave and buy something that is easier to manage. That idea fills us with horror, some places get in your blood and that’s the way it is with us and our farm. You can’t sell what is part of you. So you can imagine how much empathy and sorrow we have for the many, many people in our town who have had their way of life, safety and property values compromised by the quarry expansion. We never intend to sell so property values have never mattered to us – but we are on the other side of town from the quarry. The idea of being neighbours of a quarry and not wanting to live there because of the quarry expansion and not being able to sell either because of the quarry expansion – it’s horrible. The Sunshine Coast Council has a responsibility to ensure that the quarry expansion does not destroy Pomona, Kin Kin and Cooran or the lives of its people. They need to limit the tonnage, enforce environmental regulations and sort out a way to minimise the impact on the neighbours of the quarry – through compensation or whatever means necessary. This situation is after all, entirely the fault of the Noosa Council which has become part of the Sunshine Coast Regional Council - you broke it, you bought it. It's time to stop telling us what you can't do and start doing what you can to represent and protect the interests of the residents of the hinterland.
  • Lachlan Davis over 7 years ago
    I have lived in Kin Kin all my life, my parents moved here 34 years ago to take up dairy farming, they often talk about what it was like back then, when the hills around the town were pitch black at night and not a sound was to be heard. And then all the subdivisions took place. While the area is still beautiful, the level of peace that they knew is long gone. On the other hand however, the goat tracks that passed for roads then are also long gone, to the extent that i can cycle over the range on an almost daily basis, travelling to work in Noosa quietly and without pollution or cost, enjoying the scenery and wildlife that i see early in the morning.As i said above, I have lived in Kin Kin all my life and i have always known there was a quarry on Sheppersons Lane and that it was intended to be a larger operation in the future. It is worth noting that when the Trail Network was being estabilished a number of locals expressed fears that those using the trails would leave gates open, harass their animals and steal from their properties, and nothing of the sort has ever happened.
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    • Wags over 7 years ago
      WE have lived in KIN KIN for over 11 years & moved here because of the beautiful magic hills that surround us & the peacful lifestyle...the community LOVE their town & thats what i love about it, WE all love where we live, its PARADISE. My major concern for our town is a MEGA quarry opening, in a town with only 400+ people in its village, with a road, the Range road, one of the main entries into town which is NOT wide enough for 2 cars at the same time & Main roads will not put a white line down the middle because they consider it NOT to be wide enough..which makes me ask Where is the common sense of sending these 40 tonne trucks with dog trailors along this road that locals & school buses travel on too? Has there been thought of the school buses WITH our children on, who travel twice daily across that range road, the MOTHERS who travel twice daily to pomona to pick up their kids from Kindi... im SORRY but i cant see the Common sense in that....WE have seen to many accidents on that range road, with many a close call & lucky to be alive... I also have been caught on the range road by the Milk truck, the mobile library & the most scarest time was being caught with a truck & its tralior which nearly wiped me out, i stopped my car & prayed my son & i would be ok, as with no where to go, thats all you can do as there was NO room for me to keep driving untill he had past! I believe if this MEGA quarry is allowed to go ahead, all surrounding towns will be effected as i know alot of locals that travel that road to Pomona for weekly supplies will not travel along there with these trucks aswell, me being one of them. I know our town of kin kin survives on the tourist trade that come to visit our magic place of rolling green hills, amazing trails to Walk or ride your horses on, breathe the fresh air & FEEL what we feel, every day. I know im Lucky to live here, i tell myself every day when i walk these magic hills, i just dont think our town can support such a MEGA quarry as proposed & can i add WE were not even asked or consulted on this... WE who live here make our town, whether we are for or against, i just think we need to THINK of our town, & will it cope, will the towns folk survive, will the surrounding hinterland towns survive after we all have been forced to take different routes & Forced to change our life styles...and our peace ful lifestyles will be changed, with the rumbling of blastings in the hills, covering us like a dust bowl! So i ask OUR council " Where is the common sense to all this ...Please explain & tell me why WE were not consulted on this...as im listening!!!!!
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      • Lachlan Davis over 7 years ago
        According to the sworn affidavit presented to the court hearing by a respected Traffic Engineer last year, there are 'about 3400 vehicles per day' on Pomona-Kin Kin Rd. The maximum number of trucks estimated to come from the quarry is 40 per day. This means that current traffic volume is 141/hr and the quarry will add at most, 4 vehicles/hr. A miniscule 2.5% increase that will apparently destroy the hinterland?
  • Community Member over 7 years ago
    Love the Sunshine Coast Hinterland! My 6 year old says he loves to be surrounded by nature and no smelly fumes. We love the peace, the community spirit, the clean air and seeing the stars. We would love the dirt road we utilise to get to school to be improved for everyones sake, not just ours. Perhaps a bus that looped from Pomona, to Cooran, Kin KIn, Boreen Point and back to Pomona would be good. Take a load of cars off the road to get kids to high school in time. Why the Kin Kin Quarry was approved when our roads are in such a dangerous state is beyond me, we're trying to stop this, to keep our families safe.
  • Lachlan Davis over 7 years ago
    According to the sworn affidavit presented to the court hearing by a respected Traffic Engineer last year, there are 'about 3400 vehicles per day' on Pomona-Kin Kin Rd. The maximum number of trucks estimated to come from the quarry is 40 per day. This means that current traffic volume is 141/hr and the quarry will add at most, 4 vehicles/hr. A miniscule 2.5% increase, but we are supposed to believe that this will destroy the hinterland?
  • TracyD over 7 years ago
    Just wanted to say Thank you to Lachlan for finally clarifying the situation!!!...What he is telling us is that a LEAST every 15 min a Quarry Truck with Body & Dog will be travelling over Pomona- Kin Kin range. In other words, there will be NO TIME at which it is safe to travel the range. It is inevitable that you will meet a Quarry Truck either going to or from Pomona. I also like your use of the word ESTIMATED when discussing how many Quarry Trucks per day. After NO community consultation and such secrecy surrounding the Quarry surely you don’t expect the people of the Hinterland to believe this ESTIMATE. The miniscule 2.5% increase you refer to is not so miniscule when it relates to Loaded Quarry Trucks. That is not normal Traffic, so that will have a HUGE NEGATIVE impact on our SAFETY, our ROADS, our ENVIRONMENT, our BUSINESSES and our LIFESTYLE!!
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    • Lachlan Davis over 7 years ago
      That is incorrect. The estimate of 40 trucks/day is the MAXIMUM (the highest estimate provided by those opposed to the quarry was actually 36 trucks/day), and that information has been available since late 2009. On the highest estimate from those against the quarry, the increase is just 2.3%, and going off what Neilsen's say is their business model for the quarry, LESS THAN 1.3%! If the road is so dangerous as you claim, why stop the only reason Main Roads will ever have to upgrade it? Since the quarry expansion was announced there have been more improvements to local roads than took place in the decade beforehand.The result of the court case last year was that the Kin Kin 'Community' Group lost on all four points, and it was ruled that the process of approving the quarry expansion was lawful.
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      • Shaun over 7 years ago
        Lachlan,Good to see some honestly about the quarry issue. The quarry has been shown on Council planning maps in that location for decades - any check with Council over the few decades would have shown that. It is actually good planning that has protected the quarry resource for all of us to use for road and driveway gravel - much preferable to be locally sourced than being imported from faraway from an environmental persective. But of course it does need to be managed properly.People also forget that legitimate rural enterprise (forestry, vegetables, sugar case, diary farms) also generate heavy vehicles. When the dairy and logging industry was in its heyday I am sure many more heavy vehicles woudl have used that road than is proposed with the quarry.I agree though that it is a good time to look again at improving the Kin Kin Road, but most people dont realise how much better the road is (and wider) than what is was 15 - 20 years ago, and of course all traffic should slow down when using the road, though to me it seems to be the mad hippies that drive the fastest on that road in dilapted old vans and utes! Actually I used to be most scared of the school bus when I used to have to regulary traverse the range 15 years ago before moving to Cooran - especially when passing it on the Six Mile Bridge (now one way!).Cheers
  • SteveT over 7 years ago
    I would just like to add that I agree with many of the comments left above. The Sunshine Coast Hinterland is a beautiful place. After doing some travelling I would not want to live anywhere else. We moved here to be closer to similar minded people and be part of a community that really cares for each other. Many of those similar minded people are now looking to move due to the proposed Kin Kin Quarry as can simply be seen by how many houses are now for sale in the area. This can definately be used a good guage as to how the community feels. The Kin KIn quarry goes against so many principles that people on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland stand for.- Community- Environment- Local business- Safety- Tourism - TranquilityCan someone please help save our town?
  • Shaun over 7 years ago
    The community is very active and involved in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. We help out a lot and really like it and the people.THe trails around the Noosa Hinterland provide a worls class recreational trail experience. Better promotion and maintenance woudl be great so many more locals and visitors can enjoy them.We like the village atmosphere of Cooran and Pomona and the space and nature. I dont want it to change very much, but fully supportive of more rural enterprises
  • sunshine over 7 years ago
    Im blessed to live in Maleny watching cows from my front yard, rain water to drink and fertile land to grow vegetables, no street lights to pollute my view of the stars. I wish to continue to live like this. Unfortunately, as all things seem to do changes are afoot. Rural starts turning into residential. 'Tree lined Boulevardes' terminology is being used where once a lane surficed. 'affordable housing' anacronym for small blocks and ordinary housing. Lets keep life simple.
  • alf_alphamale over 7 years ago
    This forum is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for hinterland residents to offer up their views on its future.It seems sad to me that some Kin Kin residents should choose to use this forum as a single-issue protest platform against the quarry.I sympathise with your points of view but there are better places to air it - and you risk alientating people when you attempt to hijack this place. (There are better and more productive ways of protesting ... you will lose support by doing it here because you will become annoying)There are many issues - including the quarry - but I am wondering if some visitors to this site are put off by seeing all these anti-quarry messages and don't bother staying because they think the site has been taken over.I am open to views but at this stage would ask the site moderator to perhaps consider creating a separate area for anti-Kin Kin quarry protesters to apply their views there.This is too important an issue to be filibustered by well-meaning but ultimately destructive protesters.
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    • Anitap over 7 years ago
      Hi Alf, I did try to put a separate heading "Do we need a MEGA quarry in the Noosa Hinterland" but it was removed. WE have for nearly 2 years asked the council to listen to us and finally they have put this questionnaire up especially to listen to all hinterland residents and we feel this is our chance to be heard when their was no community consultation. We have tried many different avenues to be heard. The hinterland should be rural not for mining.
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      • alf_alphamale over 7 years ago
        Understand, Anitap.There are plenty of issues around the hinterland including the quarry which all need discussion, but you've got at least three newspapers up there to write to on this - and I say this respectfully, but if you are not 'cutting through' with them, you need to change your strategy. The issue isn't likely to get much traction through here.I am just concerned that there are many broader, all-of-hinterland issues (including quarries overall and other non-rural businesses) which need discussion on a big-picture level and this might be one of the few chances to constructively engage with the council.Having said that, maybe the forum operators could set up a separate spot for you ...
    • Annette Hughes over 7 years ago
      No! The Kin Kin people are rural dwellers in the hinterland and have every right to inform the rest of us what may be our fate at the hands of this mega council being driven from Maroochydore. Their fate could be mine, so please, moderator, I want to see ALL of their posts on this issue. It is also MY issue. I am in solidarity with their cause.
  • Steve S over 7 years ago
    I live in Maleny. It is a nice town to live in. I have cows a few hundred metres down the road, I look across to a few horses and nice trees. I choose to be here and am aware of the issues of transportation, isolation from some services, and distances to workplaces. I would not live here if I needed to to commute daily to some other place. However, most people here seem to have to do so, some as far as Brisbane every day.We are too reliant on cars to get around. More and more resources on the coast and hinterland are being consumed on infrastructure to make driving easier. Better public transport is the answer with a good light rail system reaching all the way to Noosa from Beerwah. It should have been built 15 years ago, not 15 years in the future. I for one will be happy to see petrol selling at $3 per litre, because only then will people think twice before driving off one per car to their daily grind...
  • Minda over 7 years ago
    If you can afford it it is wonderful! I feel truly blessed to have such a high quality of life.I am a resident of over 20 years, I own my own property and work tirelessly for environmental outcomes. I work from home and feel fortunate to only have to drive 13kms to Maleny a couple of times a week to satisfy my social needs. The versatility and sophistication of Maleny's businesses and social venues means that I rarely venture off the Range for life's necessities - most everything I need is here. If I can no longer drive then life will change radically. It would be great to see an innovative locally-based public transport system to enable "out-of-town" residents to be able to move more freely between residential areas/friends.
  • dillenia over 7 years ago
    I am a resident and what makes it a wonderful place to live is a combination of diverse and connected people, a beautiful and diverse environment (soil, topography, physical features), accessible wildlife particularly the diverse birdlife, and the opportunity to grow my own food, replant the landscape, and join others in like-minded activities. Getting around does depend on the car but planned activity does reduce its use.