Greg Donnelly addresses concerned residents at Tucki.
Greg Donnelly addresses concerned residents at Tucki.

Champions quarry quarrel continues

Around 50 people turned up in a paddock on Friday to present their concerns about proposed expansion to Champions Quarry to NSW MLC Greg Donnelly.

As the meeting started, a man started up a tractor and started slashing the Champions' adjacent paddock, even backing the slasher into the fence near where people were standing.

Tucki resident Ray Hunt wasn't impressed by the unsafe slashing.

“I've lived here for 77 years,” he said. “People are angry enough without that sort of nonsense. It just makes me more determined than ever, them trying to behave like they're tough hombres.

“I was shocked when I came here today, I live over the other side and I didn't realise the extent of the quarry, it's shocking.

“I feel so sorry for the people who live within 3km because of the dust and the noise. And the koalas, the safety of the roads, the traffic and trucks.

“When I went to school those trees were planted then, it's a koala area, these things are important to people and the issues of land value, pollution of the water table.

“We just don't need this right here.”

In February Lismore City Council rejected a development application to increase extraction from the quarry from 29,000 cubic metres per annum to an average of 200,000.

However, instead of appealing the decision through the Land and Environment Court, quarry owner Jeff Champion has increased the extraction to a level that enables the proposed expansion to be classed as a 'Major Project' and therefore be considered for direct Ministerial approval.


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