Hole lot of fury
By CHRISTIAN STANGER
''ACT now or lose our vote.'' That's the abrupt message to the NSW government from angry Terranora residents.
And their fury is all about a hole in the ground.
The Stop The Quarry community group claims the Labor government has refused to act on the controversial Readymix quarry planned for Terranora.
The quarry is earmarked for an area adjacent to residential housing, raising the ire of locals, says Stop the Quarry member Kerry Plowright.
"If the state government does not support us and put a stop to this quarry, they will lose several thousand votes in the next election,'' Mr Plowright said.
''We will make sure they do.
"We have campaigned door-to-door and we will make sure that whichever party does not support us in this issue loses votes."
Mr Plowright said he and other locals would be directly affected by the quarry which has been largely out of operation in recent years after first opening 15 years ago.
Earlier this year Readymix applied for a 15 to 30-year authority to dig for blue metal, outraging community members.
They claim property prices and quality of life will nosedive if the quarry goes ahead.
"We bought into this area four years ago and we were told by everybody the quarry was shut down, which of course it was,'' said Mr Plowright.
''Nobody expected for a minute that Readymix were actually going to apply to basically start a new quarry.
"The fact that they can even think of developing this new quarry right in the midst of what is now a township just staggers the imagination."
Readymix general manager Bruce Nicholson defended his company's decision to apply for a quarry authority, saying the company had already made concessions in the hope of appeasing locals.
"Clearly the company is interested in feedback from the community and we have been working to satisfy their needs," Mr Nicholson said.
"We have made several concessions, for instance, agreeing to take materials out of the quarry west on Terranora Road and downsizing the size of the quarry substantially."
Mr Nicholson said the quarry is scheduled to go ahead as planned and Readymix is currently waiting to forward their application to the NSW Government at which time plans will be put on display for public viewing.
However, Mr Plowright remains undeterred. "we will kick this a long way. If we don't get our way, we will fight it and we will be asking questions of council and the NSW government," he said.