Truck woes at quarry

Coun­cil’s traf­fic con­cerns

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS - Ais­ling Brennan ais­ling.brennan@tweed­dai­

TWEED Shire Coun­cil is op­pos­ing plans to in­crease truck move­ments in and out of a Chinderah sand quarry fol­low­ing con­cerns over in­creased traf­fic on Tweed Coast Rd.

Tweed Sand Quarry has ap­plied with the Depart­ment of Plan­ning and En­vi­ron­ment to in­crease its orig­i­nal development ap­pli­ca­tion from 10 trucks an hour to 18 trucks an hour.

The ad­di­tional num­ber means 36 sep­a­rate truck move­ments would oc­cur on Tweed Coast Rd, Chinderah, each hour.

The coun­cil voted 4–3 on Thurs­day in favour of its sub­mis­sion to the gov­ern­ment that the mod­i­fi­ca­tion should not be ap­proved.

“I don’t think it’s ap­pro­pri­ate, Tweed Coast Rd is al­ready highly con­gested,” Mayor Katie Milne said on Thurs­day.

“We have a sub­mis­sion to get (Tweed Coast Rd) up­dated to four lanes but we haven’t got­ten the fund­ing yet.”

If the mod­i­fi­ca­tion is ap­proved, the coun­cil has pro­vided con­di­tions it would like met, in­clud­ing con­sid­er­a­tion of car­bon emis­sions, test­ing of the sur­round­ing aquatic en­vi­ron­ment and con­sul­ta­tion with cane grow­ers. The coun­cil will also re­quest the ap­pli­cant

❝ I don’t think it’s ap­pro­pri­ate, Tweed Coast Rd is al­ready highly con­gested.

— Mayor Katie Milne

de­fer any in­crease in truck move­ments un­til Tweed Coast Rd is ex­panded to four lanes.

“This is a na­tional iconic land­scape and this is in the mid­dle of our com­mu­nity area,” Cr Milne said.

“We need to make the gov­ern­ment re­alise that this is a re­ally sig­nif­i­cant frag­ile area. The wa­ter qual­ity and Tweed en­vi­ron­ment area needs to be pre­served.”

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