Min­ing our iconic land­scape

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS - MAY­ORAL MES­SAGE KATIE MILNE

ONE of the dif­fi­cult is­sues Coun­cil is deal­ing with at the mo­ment is the num­ber of ap­pli­ca­tions for re­source ex­trac­tion.

As well as en­vi­ron­men­tal and vis­ual im­pacts, our com­mu­ni­ties are di­rectly af­fected by these re­source ex­trac­tions with the huge numbers of truck move­ments and the in­creas­ing size of trucks on our lo­cal roads and through our towns and vil­lages.

There are cur­rently three mas­sive sand ex­trac­tion ap­pli­ca­tions in process with the State Gov­ern­ment to mine vast ar­eas of the north­ern Chinderah sand plain, ex­tend­ing vir­tu­ally the en­tire dis­tance be­tween the Tweed Coast Rd and the M1. In re­gard to the largest of these pro­posed quar­ries, the Car­brook Sands Quarry, pro­posed to be mined un­til 2047, Coun­cil’s sub­mis­sion states: “... the ef­fect of the pro­posed in­ten­sity of re­source ex­trac­tion is ab­so­lute, re­sult­ing in the frag­men­ta­tion and per­ma­nent loss of Re­gion­ally Sig­nif­i­cant Farm­land from fu­ture use”.

The sub­mis­sion goes on to state: “With three ex­ca­va­tion quar­ries in ad­join­ing lands at Cud­gen Rd, Al­tona Rd and the Pa­cific Hwy also within view fields of sites on Ter­ra­nora Rd, Cud­gen Rd and the Tweed Coast Rd, the lo­ca­tion and scale of the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment is likely to re­sult in an un­ac­cept­able, detri­men­tal cu­mu­la­tive im­pact on the scenic views from these sites”.

This will mean thou­sands of trucks on Tweed Coast Rd and po­ten­tially sig­nif­i­cant im­pacts on flood­ing if the quarry is bunded. There is also an ap­pli­ca­tion for the Pottsville Dun­loe Sands quarry to in­crease truck move­ments from 80 trucks a day to 240 trucks a day, on­go­ing con­cern with the quarry at Tum­bul­gum, com­mer­cial wa­ter ex­trac­tion ap­pli­ca­tions and forestry re­moval.

Our com­mu­nity has ex­pressed grave con­cerns about truck numbers. Most of us greatly value the peace­ful na­ture of the Tweed but these trucks make a huge im­pact on this seren­ity and the sense of safety on our roads.

Our beau­ti­ful shire is an in­ter­na­tion­ally sig­nif­i­cant en­vi­ron­ment and a Na­tional Iconic Scenic Land­scape. It’s to­tally in­ap­pro­pri­ate that Tweed be treated as a mega quarry and money pit.

It’s time all lev­els of gov­ern­ment im­ple­ment leg­is­la­tion to bet­ter pro­tect and re­store our in­cred­i­ble en­vi­ron­men­tal value.

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