Gravel quarry to go ahead

Albany Advertiser - - NEWS - Saskia Adysti

The City of Al­bany has ap­proved a gravel quarry in King River de­spite 89 public sub­mis­sions ob­ject­ing to or rais­ing con­cerns about the project.

Res­i­dents at­tended Tues­day’s or­di­nary coun­cil meet­ing and voiced their strong op­po­si­tion to the Bon Ac­cord Road pro­posal dur­ing public ques­tion time.

One res­i­dent raised con­cerns about noise pol­lu­tion, while an­other urged coun­cil­lors to block the pro­posal.

“It is as if we do not ex­ist — us neigh­bours feel cheaper than public gravel,” one res­i­dent said.

Other con­cerns re­lated pri­mar­ily to con­tam­i­na­tion of drink­ing wa­ter, environmental con­cerns, ve­hi­cle ac­cess, prop­erty value and Abo­rig­i­nal her­itage.

Nine coun­cil­lors voted in sup­port of the pro­posal and three coun­cil­lors voted against it.

Cr Ray Ham­mond, who orig­i­nally voted “yes”, changed his vote af­ter ques­tion time. Cr Janelle Price also voted “no” . Cr Ni­co­lette Mulc­ahy was the third coun­cil­lor who voted against the quarry pro­posal.

Deputy Mayor Greg Stock voted “yes” and said the coun­cil had to de­cide us­ing its quasi-ju­di­cial func­tion, but re­quested a mi­nor amend­ment on the pro­posal, chang­ing the quarry’s op­er­at­ing hours from 7am-5pm to 7am-6pm, ex­clud­ing week­ends and public hol­i­days.

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