Neighbours quarry quandary
By Jamie Brown firstname.lastname@example.org TUCKI Tucki residents Lois and Rod Wadsworth are not happy with their neighbour.
For the past 27 years they have lived on the ridge, facing Wyrallah Road, growing citrus and enjoying the views to Bagotville and Evans Head.
Now neighbour Jeff Champion plans to expand a soft sandstone quarry, bumping up production 23-fold from the current 5000 cubic metres each year to 117,600 cubic metres.
Mrs Wadsworth said she was worried about the impact on an improving koala population, as well as the potential for 23,400 truck movements each year on Wyrallah Road.
Mr Champion said he could not comment on the planned quarry until the development application was lodged, because once a host of environmental, cultural and social impact studies were formalised, the final quarry size might alter.
But he noted the proposed quarry was quite small by local industry standards. Hundreds of koala food trees were planted on his family property in years past and environmentally valuable portions of his family farm will be excluded from clearing, in response to previous academic studies.
But the Wadsworths remain concerned.
"Protesting is not my thing," said Lois. "But we are disturbed by the massive scale. People around here are very unhappy. If you overlay a map from previous koala studies, trees on the quarry site are prime koala habitat."
A development application for the quarry is expected to be lodged with Lismore City Council in March.