Residents 'astounded and angry' over plans for quarry

AN 11th-hour community bid to stop the DA by Bitupave/Boral batching plant at Gap Road quarry in Alstonville is gaining momentum.

A meeting last week brought together residents against Boral's application to modify consent, which is on public exhibition until Friday.

At the heart of community fears is the removal of a condition which would allow double articulated trucks to travel from quarries to the Gap Rd plant, even at night.

The development involves allowing the receiving of aggregates by road from other suppliers - quarries - in the area.

This is due to the asphalt plant currently being limited to obtaining aggregates from the adjoining Gap Rd quarry. It also proposes to allow the use of articulated vehicles for product deliveries - currently restricted to non-articulated.

Nearby resident and meeting organiser Helene de Joux said: "People were astounded and angry. Already the bitumen fumes pose a significant problem.

"The council has been allowing the growth of the residential area around Panorama and Teven Rd, and simultaneously the growth of Boral over the years by successive S96 changes to the original DA.

"Industrial activities and residential areas don't co-habitate harmoniously. It defies logic to develop Alstonville in a way that will increase the amount of complaints and conflicts and reduce the quality of life of residents. The asphalt batching plant needs to be moved to a suitable location away from community."

Another meeting has been organised for tonight at 7.30pm at Wollongbar Community Hall. For more information visit alstonvilleasphaltwatch.com


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