Kin Kin Community Group members bail up Cr Lew Brennan outside the Caloundra Council Chambers.
Kin Kin Community Group members bail up Cr Lew Brennan outside the Caloundra Council Chambers. Brett Wortman

Brennan confronted over quarry

PROTESTERS pulled hinterland councillor Lew Brennan into an ugly confrontation in front of the Caloundra chambers yesterday as a meeting was due to start.

Those fighting against the Kin Kin Quarry called Cr Brennan everything from a "phantom in the area" to a "sell-out" and accused him of not listening to their concerns.

Protest group spokeswoman Antita Poteri said Cr Brennan lived in nearby Cooran and he understood what they were fighting against.

"We hope he does everything he can to stop it," she said.

"The council just needs to pull the pin on this plan - 90% of Pomona and Kin Kin are against this."

Protesters said that a local retreat, Living Valley Springs, provided 60 jobs to the area, all of which were at risk when the quarry began operation. As the confrontation grew heated, Cr Brennan said he had met with the protest group a number of times, shared concerns and was pushing a case for Main Roads to improve safety on the range.

He was shouted down by the protesters who said he had "sold out our community" and that he had "sold out Noosa and Pomona".

Cr Brennan said the protest group was welcome to attend his office for briefings.

They agreed but continued to protest even after Cr Brennan left.


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