The application is for an increase from 90,000 tonnes a year to 600,000 tonnes per annum.
The proposal is worth an estimated $3.5 million and was lodged with the Council just before Christmas by Stewart Surveys on behalf of Gunnedah Quarry Products.
The council’s director of planning, Mike Silver, said the council is following planning guidelines to the letter.
“It’s been advertised both locally and also in a regional newspaper and it’s been referred to the EPA,” he said.
“It’s also been sent to the [NSW] Department of Primary Industry’s Office of Environment and Heritage, as well as the neighbourhood being advised of the development.”
Silver said the council is short on information about the number of truck movements that may occur (believed to be up to 70 per day), the roads that will be affected and the type of trucks that will be used and has asked for more detail.
“Currently, Council is seeking more information from the proponent, particularly in relation to truck movements and also routes to be used in terms of movement of product to market,” he said.
“Certainly we will be requiring that information during the course of the next month and at this point in time we haven’t actually set a time frame for completion of the assessment process.”
Adjoining landholder, Bill Hobson, expressed his concern about the proposed quarry expansion. He said that nearly two dozen landholders met in Mullaley to discuss the possible impacts on their farming activities if the development application is approved.
Original information, courtesy of ABC News. With thanks to Brendan McKellar, Gunnedah Quarry Products for additional comments.