“Having children growing up so close to a massive quarry is potentially playing Russian roulette with their health,” Dr Bannister said.
The local branch of the Australian Education Union has passed a resolution opposing the proposed quarry.
Local parent Elizabeth Dodd said if there was even the slightest risk that children could get sick from this new quarry, the proposal should be pulled immediately.
“If the Ross Trust truly cares for the community, they won’t let this go ahead,” Ms Dodd said.
The Ross Trust was established in Victoria in 1970 through the will of Roy Ross, an investor and entrepreneur who amassed wealth through investments in mining and media.
Hillview Quarries is operated by the Ross Trust to generate income to distribute for charitable purposes. Since its inception, the trust has distributed $118.5 million in grants. It is the only philanthropic charity in Australia that funds its grants through the proceeds from a quarry.
Today’s open letter in The Age is also addressed to Victorian politicians, including Premier Daniel Andrews, Treasurer Tim Pallas and Planning Minister Richard Wynne. The advertising space in The Age was paid for by the Peninsula Preservation Group, a community organisation leading the “Save Arthurs Seat” campaign.
The Ross Trust and Hillview Quarries say they have been a part of the peninsula community for more than 50 years and have a proud history of supporting many causes, including environmental projects and preservation of the natural environment.
The Ross Trust has been approached for comment.
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