Approval for sand quarry
THE development application for a new sand quarry at Lennox Head has been unanimously approved following a meeting held by the Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel in Ballina yesterday.
The Newrybar Swamp Rd quarry, put forward by Ardill Payne and Partners, will replace an existing quarry on an adjoining property that is reaching the end of its approval.
A condition of the approval was that operations on the new site would not begin until works ceased on the old site to prevent a build-up of noise, traffic and dust.
The newly approved quarry has a maximum lifespan of 15 years and is capable of extracting up to 1.2 million tonnes of sand per year.
Once the quarry expires, it will be regenerated as a lake for aquatic birds and native plants.
"They key issues were noise, dust and traffic," panel chairman Garry West said. "If it was a new quarry obviously being added, it would be a totally different situation but because it's one replacing the other… I'm satisfied that that impact of traffic is satisfactorily addressed."