A PROPOSAL to open a quarry near the Nymboida township has struck opposition from residents.
A development application to begin quarrying at a site on Boundary Rd is with the Clarence Valley Council.
But the prospect of the roads carrying increased traffic, plus the noise and dust from the quarrying operations, is worrying people living nearby.
Armidale Rd resident John Jones has sent a written objection to the council highlighting the damage trucks carrying 40-tonne loads 302 days a year will do to an already compromised road surface.
"The road is in a dangerous state now due to the amount and type of heavy vehicle traffic," he wrote in a letter to the council.
"The council has had to mount signs warning of these dangers, with the road edging being broken up and surface deteriorating under heavy loads."
Mr Jones said the road was narrow and increasing the number of heavy vehicles using it would create safety problems.
He was also worried the operation of the quarry, where a crusher would be working continuously and trucks would be working six days a week, would destroy the amenity of an area where people went to enjoy peace and quiet.
He said blasting could cause problems, both with noise and possible damage to buildings.
"Elderly residents and stock will also be affected from sudden loud noises that will be heard and felt for large distances," he wrote.
Resident Christina Clark has objected because the quarry would be an eyesore.
She said its site would be visible from the Nymboida Bridge, where people come to enjoy the scenery.
"Cartmill Park with tennis courts are the village's only sport equipment," she wrote.
"The school is also very close to the vicinity of the site."
Ms Clark said the area was suitable for agriculture, forestry, national park and tourism but quarrying did not fit with these activities.
The council's director of environment, planning and community Des Schroder replied to Mr Jones last month.
He said the DA has regional significance and had been sent to the Joint Regional Planning Panel for determination.
"Council staff have requested additional information necessary to the assessment of the proposal to be submitted," he wrote.
"The detail required for the information requested means it will take some time to prepare."
Mr Schroder said the DA was submitted with an Environmental Impact Statement, which proposed a number of mitigating measures for the quarry's operation.
He said it would require general approval from the Environmental Protection Authority, NSW Office of Water and NSW Fisheries.
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