No stone unturned in battle
By LUIS FELIU
RESIDENTS opposed to the controversial expansion of the Readymix quarry at Terranora have vowed to fight any future proposal for full-scale operations of the quarry despite the company backing off the plan for now.
On Tuesday, Readymix announced it had withdrawn its application to the state government for the extension of its quarry in the face of the large number of objections to the proposal.
But general manager Bruce Nicholson said the company would still pursue a future application for the project, paying attention to traffic and other issues raised by the community.
The proposal has been fought by residents for several years because they feared the impact that noise, pollution and increased truck traffic would have on their safety and amenity.
Spokesman for the Stop the Quarry campaign Kerry Plowright said the community that would be affected was "only safe when we have this site rezoned to rural or residential".
"Ultimately we'll not rest til this is rezoned ... if they (Readymix) think they can put it off til after the (next state) election they've got another thing coming - we've succeeded with plan A but we also have a plan B and C ... we'll put an injunction to stop them cold," Mr Plowright said.
Mr Nicholson said that while Readymix believed the proposed development to be sound, it wanted to be able to take into account all issues raised in a future application for the project.