Tensions run deep over career proposal for Limeburners Creek | Dungog Chronicle

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Residents of Limeburners Creek are no strangers to brawling. Over the past decade, they have won high-profile battles against coal mining and coal gas projects near their town, located near Clarence Town.

This time it’s about a plan to create a hard rock quarry that makes their blood boil.

Ironstone Developments Pty Ltd is seeking state government approval to set up a quarry to extract 500,000 tonnes of material per year.

The project’s business case indicates that it would provide between 17 and 31 direct employees and contractors each year during the 30-year consent period. Additionally, it would contribute between $3.7 and $10.2 million annually to the gross state product. An additional $25.3 million in taxes and revenues would go to state and federal governments and $1.1 million would go to local councils for road maintenance over the life of the project.

However, Ironstone Community Action Group Secretary Amanda Albury said the quarry would devastate the community and the environment. “If this project is successful, it will have a catastrophic impact on everyone within a 360 degree radius. Hundreds of people will be affected, not to mention the environment,” she said.

Ms Albury said the quarry would force the closure of her 18-year-old ecotourism business. “From a wildlife perspective, anything that can fly or jump will stay away from our property. They won’t be able to hear each other talk.”

A Mid Coast Council submission to the Department of Infrastructure and Environmental Planning said the proposal was significant and would result in the clearing and loss of a large area of ​​native vegetation, affect local populations of endangered species and remove and alter habitat areas for biodiversity and connectivity. .

A spokeswoman for Ironstone Developments said the quarry was designed to ensure the natural windbreaks and noise formed by adjacent ridgelines would reduce the risk of noise and dust issues on surrounding properties.

“The sealed quarry access road has been repositioned several times to adopt a location that would minimize noise and dust impacts on adjacent properties,” she said. “Noise and dust impact assessments for the quarry have shown that no private dwellings will be impacted beyond health and amenity criteria.”

The company dismissed community concerns about potential impacts on water quality.

“The Quarry was designed to keep the Quarry out and protect Deep Creek,” the spokeswoman said. “Water management systems will include surface water diversions to direct clean water around the quarry and contain water from disturbance areas in sediment ponds and water management dams .

“Water is only released from these dams during major rainfall events and only when it is of a quality that meets or exceeds the existing water quality.”

Water quality will be regulated by an environmental protection license and reported monthly on a publicly accessible website.

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