More than 93 acres of native bushland will be saved from destruction after a prominent Victorian philanthropic organisation rescinded its plans to build a quarry on the Mornington Peninsula.

The Ross Trust has withdrawn plans for the goliath quarry at Arthurs Seat following fierce backlash from the community.

It is a significant win for local residents, and the preservation of one of Melbourne’s few remaining ecosystems.

Mr Hayes, who has raised the project numerous times in Parliament and even travelled beyond his electorate to witness the under-threat Arthur’s Seat environment, says it is a monumental victory.

Comments attributable to Sustainable Australia MP Clifford Hayes:

“Finally, common sense has prevailed and the applicant has shied away from this environmentally-disastrous project, which would have destroyed a vital bio-link for our koalas, birds and small mammals.”

“It is encouraging that, during a time where our democracy is increasingly under siege, people power and community uprising has triumphed.

“The Mornington Peninsula is a very special place, a cornerstone of Melbourne’s rapidly disappearing nature and open space. It is fundamentally important that we protect it for future generations.

“It is truly a relief that the applicant made the right decision, because the egregiously flawed Environmental Effects
Statement system certainly wouldn’t have done a thing to protect our environment.”