Bigger quarry could destroy Coraki-Woodburn Rd: Council
PLANS to extract one million tonnes of basalt from a new quarry at Coraki could lead to the “complete destruction” of the Woodburn to Coraki Rd, according to Richmond Valley Council.
The development application for a new quarry and major expansion of the existing Peterson’s Quarry has been on public exhibition through the NSW Planning Department.
Richmond Valley Council’s submission raised concerns about the impact the development would have on the surrounding road network.
“Council is extremely concerned about the severe impacts that will occur on the Woodburn to Coraki Rd,” the submission stated.
“The road was constructed (sealed) in the early 1950s with the original construction not being to modern standards.
“The road already shows distress due to current traffic loads.
“The road is also on a very large floodplain and is susceptible to flooding.
“The use of heavy vehicles over a saturated pavement is a recipe for complete destruction of the road.”
The council has called for the developers of the quarry to implement a Truck Management Plan and Code of Conduct for drivers.
It would enable truck speeds to be monitored and outlines a complaints and investigation procedure.
The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) also lodged a submission to the quarry development application, stating the project would affect about 123.5ha of “regionally significant farmland”.
“Such areas are considered highly important resources for current and future agricultural industries in the North Coast region, and due consideration of potential impacts on these resources is required,” the submission stated.
“DPI (Agriculture) is concerned about the cumulative impact of such developments on this valuable resource and will work with relevant agencies to develop better guidance.”
The new quarry, if approved by the Planning Minister Rob Stokes, will extract high quality basalt for a seven-year period.
Most of the rock is expected to service the Pacific Hwy upgrade over the next five years.
Applicant Quarry Solutions’ special projects manager, Terry Woods, said the RMS had identified its rock as ideal for the highway.
He said the project would boost local employment and spending in Coraki, Lismore and Casino.