Residents against quarry expansion wait on decision

ABOVE: Residents protest the Bentley Quarry expansion DA outside the Richmond Valley Council building earlier this year. Photo: Susanna Freymark

Susanna Freymark

The fate of the Bentley Quarry expansion will be addressed by the Regional Planning Panel in an online public meeting today, Wednesday, December 7 at 4pm.

Residents in the Beyond Bentley group have fought against the quarry expansion because of concerns about changes to the valley, the traffic, noise and the impact on agritourism projects.

Bentley resident Charles Wilkinson said a decision will be made on the development application at the end of the meeting.

“What they (quarry consultants) have proposed doesn’t add up,” Mr Wilkinson said.

The panel met three months ago but was unable to make a decision then.

It asked for a new and independent land use conflict risk assessment to be done.

Mr Wilkinson thinks the decision this time will be a No on the quarry expansion.

If it isn’t, the group will continue to fight in the Land and Environment Court.

“We won’t roll over like dogs, we have too much to lose,” he said. will be at the meeting and will report on the decision once it is made.

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