Residents show passion for Big Hill

Residents continue to be concerned about a multitude of questions relating to the Big Hill Enhanced Development Project. Picture: BEN KIMBER

Residents continue to be concerned about a multitude of questions relating to the Big Hill Enhanced Development Project. Picture: BEN KIMBER

STAWELL - There was no underestimating the passion of residents who attended last Thursday night's public meeting to discuss the proposed Big Hill Enhanced Development Project.

Sheree Hunt, who recently moved to Fisher Street from Newcastle, in New South Wales, pledged to do all she could to stop the project from proceeding.

"I think not just Victoria, but the whole of Australia needs to know about this," she said.

"I don't know whether putting signs in your front yard saying 'Save Big Hill', is the answer, but I'll be putting mine up some time next week."

Fisher Street resident, Geoff Blachford took issue with Northern Grampians Shire council's failure as he sees it, in their role as the voice of the town.

"I don't accept the Mayor's apology for not being here tonight, because I think they're the voice of the town," he said.

"Our councillors are not doing what we would like them to do."

Young father, Tom Parks also questioned council's approach to date.

"Last year our council knocked back an application by the Halls Gap Zoo to introduce four species of monkeys, because of noise," he said.

"As the father of two young children who go to school in Stawell I hope that council show some consistency and knock back their (Stawell Gold Mine) planning permit because of noise."

Stawell Residents Association's, Peter Baker said the anxiety among people in town during the whole process has been most poignant.

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