Residents dig in over quarry

JOHN WHITE doesn't call himcself a NIMBY, but the size of a planned quarry expansion next to his Tucki Tucki property has him worried.

And he is not alone, with 1200 letters of objection to former Lismore City Council mayor Jeff Champion's project.

Champion's Quarry, in Wyrallah Road at Tucki, has been in operation for some time, delivering silica-rich sandstone for use as an excellent brickies sand, and road base in some circumstances.

Mr Champion, who previously subdivided land to create more than half the 11 properties that fall within 800 metres of the quarry, has increased annual output from 7500 tonnes to 50,000 tonnes.

Now he has applied to the council to increase output to 250,000 tonnes, a move which has angered neighbours who enjoy their peace and quiet.

“Premier Nathan Rees has promised protection for North Coast koalas, yet this quarry is surrounded by koalas on all sides. These animals need a corridor of trees,” he said.

Dust from sandstone, already acknowledged as being 84 per cent silica in the DA application, has residents worried silicosis could be a health hazard for those living within an 800-metre radius of the quarry.

The council met last week to discuss the extensive DA prior to the matter being debated in council early next year.

As a result the report to the council will discuss buffer setbacks for noise, dust and vibration. The issue of harm by silica dust has been referred to the NSW Department of Health for comment.

While a koala plan of management is not required, the Government has 'recommended to council that the area of koala feed trees be increased to provide additional links between areas of existing habitat', a spokesperson said.



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