Govt puts stop on quarry

THE Department of Environment and Climate Change has asked Lismore City Council to stop assessing an application to expand Champions Quarry at Tucki Tucki.

The department has outlined a number of concerns with the proposal, including the impacts to both koala and grey-headed flying fox habitat, as well as noise and dust emissions from heavy vehicles accessing the site.

Malcolm Scott, who prepared the environmental impact statement on behalf of Champions Quarry, said there had been three other 'stop the clocks' placed on the application's assessment, in relation to soil and water management, the archaeological assessment, and 'various other issues'.

“We're dealing with the matters raised in those letters. We're hoping to have them sorted out in the next week or so,” Mr Scott said.

“Council will let us know what the key issues rising from the public submissions are. That's process.”

Public submissions on the application closed on Friday and the Tucki Community Against Mega Quarry group said more than 1000 submissions had been made.

In a prepared statement the group says it is concerned about the environmental impact to the immediate area and the flow-on through the Tuckean wetland, particularly to the large koala population.

The group also is concerned about the impact of extra traffic on the condition and safety of the road, and the impact it will have on residents.

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