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Kerrs Quarry (Ferntree Gully)
4:58:18 PM
Thought that I would let everyone know that there will be a planning meeting to discuss the rezoning of Kerr's Quarry in Ferntree Gully. The informal information evening is at the Civic Centre on Thursday 18 March between 4pm and 8pm in room 4.

I have mentioned this site before and although it may not be suitable for climbing as is, it has the potential to be a great little outdoor climbing spot in the eastern suburbs.

I gather that the meeting will mainly cover the housing estate planned for the site but half the site (cliff face and lake) will be set aside for public access. I thought that anyone with climbing interests (VCC and the like) may want to review these plans. Local outdoor and trad climbing in this area would greatly promote the sport.

Visit: or and search for "quarry".

Here is a cutting from that site:

You can look at the details of the proposal at Council offices during business hours (8.30am to 5.00pm Monday Wednesday and Friday, and 8.30am to 8.00pm Tuesday) at 511 Burwood Hwy, Wantirna South or click on the adjoining documents.

You are also invited to come along to an informal information evening session held at Council offices on Thursday 18 March 2004 between 4 pm and 8 pm in Room 4 where Council staff and project consultants will be available to explain the strategy and answer questions. Please park at Rembrandts opposite Council if coming before 5 pm.

If you would like to make a written submission about the proposal, submissions must be received by Monday 5 April 2004, and addressed to:

City Strategy
Knox City Council
Locked Bag 1

If you have any questions about this matter, please telephone Myf Browning on 9298 8511

9:50:35 AM
I have emailed the details of the topic to the VCC access officer just incase he doesn't check the forum regularly.

10:54:23 AM
That'd be great havin some quarry walls to play around on so close to home.. excellent!

9:56:46 PM
I'll try to get along to the meeting. I drive right past this quarry regularly and have thought it would have some potential. Like many quarries, the lower faces look solid, but there is a gradual progression from rock to dirt near the top which would probably spoil it.

James Mc
8:52:46 AM
Easily fixed by having glue-in lower offs before the walls deteriorates.

9:10:23 AM
Lets just hope the rock is better quality than Bullangrook.... glue in 1 metre star pickets would be about the ony safe bolts there.
9:20:03 AM
The rock looks good, it's solid granite?
9:38:55 AM
Did anyone attend the meeting last night??
3:22:40 PM
Bugger...I used to live on Forest Rd...less than a k away.

Shiite happens.

10:17:06 AM
I used to live in Belgrave, put a couple of routes up there, but unfortunately, the rock is really to shite, and requires much too much work to make it safe, even if you put glue-in lower offs in, spend a few weeks ripping out loose rock, the low angle slope above covered in baseball and basketball sized rock will eventually get the better of you.
But the good side is, that theres lots of fennel and mint growing there, if that takes your fancy. he he he.

9:06:20 PM
R u going to have a nother trip there because i live in ferntree gully like 1.5 ks away from the quarry and i tried to find a way in but it was to well fenced. That would be sick as having a place so local.

12:01:57 AM
To get in theres a double cyclone mesh gate entrance on the gully side of the quarry, it sits a few foot of so of the ground plus theres a gap between the to sides, quite easy to sneak in. Once in there, walk down to the water, and follow it around below the next fence line.
The rock is real choss though, super loose, go there to pick fennel!
12:49:19 PM
Did anyone actually go to the meeting in the end to see what they are proposing?

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