Quarry protest hits the road

Milan Velimirovic has painted his van in protest of the Bunyip North quarry proposal. 177392 Picture: BONNY BURROWS

By Bonny Burrows

A local tradie has taken his fight against the proposed Bunyip North Quarry to the streets of Melbourne, decking out his work van with anti-quarry signage.
Milan Velimirovic lives just 15 metres from the proposed site of Hanson Construction Materials’ 34-hectare granite quarry and said he took the drastic measure of painting his van, as “I’ll do whatever it takes to stop the quarry”.
“We’re fighting for our homes,” Mr Velimirovic, who has dust, noise and property value concerns relating to the quarry, said.
“This is one way of protesting against it.”
With phrases including “stop Hanson’s Bunyip North Quarry” and claims such as “Hanson deliberately devalues property”, “Hanson destroys local economy” and “Hanson ignores EPA guidelines” splashed across the vehicle in prominent black font, the vehicle has certainly attracted attention.
And that’s exactly what Mr Velimirovic wants.
“It’s one way to get the public to realise what is happening. People are always stopping me at work to ask what it’s all about,” he said.
The tradie said as long as the quarry was on the table, his signage would remain.
“It’ll stay as long as it takes to stop the quarry. It should have never have got to this stage.”
Hanson Construction Materials declined to comment.