Quarry change not enough
BY LUIS FELIU
THE latest plan for the controversial expansion of Readymix's Terranora quarry goes on public display today, but residents are still prepared to fight the scaled-down development.
Terranora Road and surrounding-area residents long opposed to the expansion of the quarry say it will impact on their lifestyle, with the extra noise and heavy-vehicle movements expected.
Yesterday Readymix manager Bruce Nicholson said the company had listened to the community and formally lodged scaled-back plans for the extension following widespread public feedback and extensive environmental assessments.
Mr Nicholson said the company now proposed to slash the size of the extension to less than five-and-a-half hectares or just a quarter the size of its earlier proposal of about 21 hectares.
The extension, he said, was expected to boost the quarry's life by a maximum of 15 years.
"The other major difference is that all trucks, apart from local deliveries, will be directed west along Terranora Road via Tumbulgum towards the Pacific Motorway and away from Terranora village and public school."
He said the company also offered to carry out $1 million of roadworks at the quarry entrance and traffic safety improvements to Terranora Road west of the quarry.
But Terranora resident Rohan Ackroyd dismissed the latest plans as "the same crap, just a different day".
Mr Ackroyd, who has fought the proposed development for more than three years and is a member of the community action group Stop The Quarry, said the company had mooted the scaled-down version last year in an effort to appease community fears.