Peninsula Quarries Victoria has formed the Peninsula Quarries Community Engagement Group (PQCEG). Its first meeting was held during January 2018 and now meets on an as needs basis.
The PQCEG is a conduit for information between PQV and its surrounding neighbours. Members of the broader community are also invited to review information of interest.
Mr Rob Gerrand who is a former chair of Parks Victoria chairs the PQCEG.
In addition to being a place where information is exchanged, the PQCEG will also administer funds in the PQV community grants program. The grants program is in it's second year now after a very successful 1st year. Applications can be submitted as per detail below.
The committee membership is broad and includes representatives of the community and regulators. Any community members who do not attend meetings are invited to contact their representatives or regulators with any questions or comments.
Any issues about day-to-day operations at the quarry should be directed to Chris DeFreitas on 0409 783 272.
a) PQCEG is an advisory body formed to facilitate communication, meet regulatory requirements as necessary and administer a community grants program. The PQCEG does not have a deliberative function but PQ commits to implementing recommendations related to the community grants program
b) Assist PQV to consult with the local community, including providing and receiving information from community members and organisations
c) Endeavour to identify community attitudes and expectations
d) Receive detailed plans and technical reports, such as those provided to DEDJTR
e) Advise PQV on community consultation including how to consult on community issues such as any proposed changes on site
f) Consider issues raised by members of the community about PQV’s operations
g) Review and analyse the register of complaints
h) Establish and administer the community grants program.
a) All meeting business will be conducted with courtesy and respect. The chair may ask non-compliant participants to leave the meeting and continued non-compliance may lead to expulsion
b) Participants will come to meetings with an open mind, and be prepared to listen
c) The PQCEG has been established to review issues relating to Peninsula Quarries Victoria. It will accomplish this by:
a. Improving industry knowledge and understanding of community interests and concerns
b. Improving community knowledge and understanding of industry policies and activities
c. Encouraging industry, community and other stakeholders to work together
d) All members may add agenda items before the meeting and participants may request addition of an agenda items to a subsequent meeting agenda
e) Participants who are not permanent members will advise PQ who will be attending meetings and, as far as practicable, inform their alternates about the previous meeting before they attend a subsequent meeting
f) Issues addressed and information provided at a previous meeting will not be revisited because of change of representatives and ongoing issues will remain in the agenda until resolved
Where there is an issue of immediate concern, please phone either Chris 0409 783 272 or Jo 0438 851 634 straight away. They will try and resolve it for you with minimal delay.
If the issue is more general, please complete the complaints form (below) and email it to [email protected]
Following the successful first round of grants in 2018, PQCEG is pleased to call for applications for the 2019 program. Local not for profit groups are invited to submit an application for a grant from the PQCEG 2019 grants program. Organisations are required to be incorporated entities.
Applications are due by COB Friday 28 June 2019 and they should be sent to [email protected] Applications will be assessed at the subsequent PQCEG meeting.
PQCEG members have agreed that grants are available for environmental projects. Grant recipients for 2018 were: • The Crib Point Community Garden which receives $1750 to purchase and install a 4000-litre water tank to enable environmentally responsible watering of the garden to provide fresh food for various welfare groups. • Somerville Rise Primary School receives $2245 for The Barn, its environmental learning hub which offers students opportunities to learn about sustainability. It will now also educate school and kindergartens students in the region about environment issues. • Somerville Fire Brigade receives $1000 towards the construction of an electronic LED variable messaging board outside its Eramosa Road East headquarters to promote local community events and assist with warnings and restrictions during emergency events. The total pool available is $5000 so applications should not exceed that amount and recurrent funding will not be provided.
Applications should specify: • The purpose for which the grant is requested • How the grant will benefit the environment • A quote for the amount requested • The benefits of the proposal • Evidence of the organisation’s incorporation.
Please note that successful recipients will be required to provide evidence the grant has been expended for the purpose requested and should be willing to participate in publicity about the grant.