Opposition to a planned quarry earmarked for private land near the Framlingham Forest has reached Victorian Parliament.
Western Victoria MP Andy Meddick tabled a petition containing 664 signatures from community members opposing the project on land at Panmure.
Mr Meddick urged Planning Minister Richard Wynne to meet with traditional owners and Panmure residents about the quarry.
It comes as Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation confirmed new sites of potential cultural heritage sensitivity had been found in a neighbouring property close to the quarry site.
"The action I seek is for the minister to meet with First Nations people and other residents of Panmure in my electorate about the proposed basalt quarry in the area," he said in Victorian Parliament.
"The site is within a short distance of residents and just 20 metres from the Hopkins River designated area of Aboriginal cultural heritage sensitivity, as well as the Craigieburn creek.
"This week I tabled a petition from 664 local citizens who rightly argued this project should simply not be going ahead."
In the 2016 Census, there were 424 people in Panmure.
Panmure's Janelle McLeod, who's proposing the quarry with husband Ben, said authorities did not have concerns with the proposal.
She said the project has cleared the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Heritage Victoria, and has received an Earth Resource work plan from the state, but has one last hurdle to clear at Moyne Shire to get a planning permit.
"We are just following the guidelines, we haven't heard from anyone, we just following the steps and had the reports come back that we didn't need to do all the things people are now asking us to do," Ms McLeod said.
"We've referred it to VCAT because there's been a lot of vicious attacks and misinformation spread; this campaign against us has been set up all along.
"Now we're looking at six months to get a hearing with VCAT so we can get an objective, independent trial.
"We knew this wouldn't be favourable among everyone but to us this is only a small scale project literally just to support our local family business to supply bluestone for local roads and construction projects, which are all going to benefit the local community.
"It guarantees local jobs."
Mr Meddick said there were "major concerns" with the project.
"This is home to the culturally important short-finned eel and populations of the platypus, a species that is universally recognised as under enormous threat," Mr Meddick continued.
"This is also to say nothing of the disrespect shown to the First Nations people of the area, the Maar people, represented so strongly by the Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation, who have condemned the project not just because they were not even consulted but because for the proponents to claim a cultural heritage study is not necessary because the property borders a recognised area and therefore sits outside the need is arrogant and outrageous in the extreme.
"Evidence of First Nations life and culture in this country is everywhere, and the Maar peoples have lived on that land and in the bordering Framlingham Forest long before white fellas even thought about the existence of a great southern land. They have demanded that a cultural heritage study and a cultural heritage management plan be conducted, and I agree.
"We all know the post-COVID recovery will take many forms, and development and jobs created by that will be key. But we should not sacrifice our souls along the way, and that recovery should never come at the cost of our environment, our precious wildlife or dismissing the history and wishes of the longest continuous civilisation on earth."
A spokeswoman from Mr Wynne's office said it was a matter for Moyne Shire not the state government.
Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation have asked the proponents to carry out a cultural heritage management plan.
Under existing regulations, the project does not require the plan.
Eastern Maar Registered Aboriginal Party technical specialist Sammy Fidge said new sites of cultural heritage sensitivity were located in a neighbouring property near the quarry last week.
They have been submitted to the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Register and are awaiting approval.
"Getting them on the register gives them a level of protection," she said.
"It means there is potential unidentified heritage where the quarry is going.
"Heritage doesn't stop because there's private land, the heritage keeps on going."
A spokeswoman for Aboriginal Affairs Minister Gabrielle Williams said the government was investigating whether to mandate the project owners to undertake a cultural heritage management plan.
"We're aware of the concerns raised by Traditional Owners about this project and we are assessing whether an intervention order should be made," she said.
"In all instances, we encourage project owners to engage fully with Traditional Owners and conduct a heritage management plan if asked."
Ms McLeod would not be drawn on whether she would speak directly to EMAC but said they were "constantly looking at all options."
"I have no concerns, these new sites would have to be at least 50 metres from any works or if they're in the river, then 200 metres from any works," she said.
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