Quarry expansion recommended
THE NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure has recommended approval of the proposed expansion of Champion's Quarry in Tucki Tucki.
The move follows the rejection of proposals put forward by Lismore council and subsequently the Land and Environment Court.
The proposed expansion would take the operation from 60,000 tonnes to 200,000 tonnes per year, and has faced united opposition from Tucki Tucki residents who cite noise and dust pollution as one of several concerns.
In recommending the project, the Department wrote in a submission that: "the Department is satisfied that the project's benefits substantially outweigh any residual costs and impacts, and that it is in the public interest. Consequently, the project should be approved, subject to strict conditions."
A final decision will be made by the NSW Planning Assessment Commission which is holding a public submission on the issue today in Lismore.