New quarry will devastate Tucki life

I have lived in the Lismore area all my life and in the peaceful surrounds of Tucki, along with many koalas, for 27 years.

I am concerned about a massive quarry expansion at Tucki. The proposal is 23 times larger than the current quarry!

Tucki is tranquil, scenic and wildlife abounds but this is all under threat from the dust, noise and pollution associated with a development of this size.

Tucki and Tuckurimba are renowned for koalas. This area is core koala habitat. The threat of thousands of truck movements along with bulldozers, excavators and nitrogen-fed jackhammers, to mention only a few of the onsite plant items, will devastate the koala community, the many and varied birds and wildlife along with local residents peaceful lifestyles and property values.

Thousands of heavy quarry trucks will not be beneficial to Wyrallah Road users, our wildlife or the road itself.

The Tucki and Tuckurimba hillsides are beautiful and also drain directly into the unique Tuckean wetland ecosystem. This wetland is vital to many more species and the health of our river. The proposed quarry expansion with sand washing plant and mobile crushing plant will use 40-150mm water pumps. Water used in this quantity on the proposed 200,000 tonnes per annum extracted from these beautiful hills will have a devastating flow-on effect to underground water, runoff, erosion and the wetlands. The effects are far reaching.

The proposal for this massive increase goes against an international trend that is moving quarries to remote mega-quarry sites. I amaware that our need for extractive materials for roads and construction is increasing. I am also aware that many established quarries are able to be expanded without the need to destroy a tranquil rural residential area and the sensitive wildlife that exists here.

I want the local area to be aware of this proposal and the huge impact on us all and to have a long hard look at the eventual DA when it is on public exhibition.

R Wadsworth

Tucki Tucki

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