Quarry expansion plan could soon be a reality

A DEVELOPMENT application for a major expansion of Peterson's Quarry at Coraki is now on public exhibition with the NSW Planning Department.

If approved by the Planning Minister Rob Stokes, the new state significant Coraki Quarry will be capable of extracting up to one million tonnes per year of 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.

The applicant Quarry Solutions' special projects manager Terry Woods said the quarry had been in operation for 100 years and the RMS had identified its rock as ideal for the highway.

The proximity of the quarry to the upgrade route is also a plus for the RMS.

Mr Woods said the company had conducted extensive community consultation with Coraki residents over the expansion for several months.

He said the project would boost local employment and spending in Coraki, Lismore and Casino.

The development application and associated environmental impact statement can be viewed on the Department of Planning's website on http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au and at Richmond Valley Council's office in Casino.

Submissions can be made until Thursday, December 10 and will be published on the Planning Department's website.

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