Greens NSW MP and Environment Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has said there are legitimate community concerns about the proposed quarry at Herons Creek, including environmental and air quality impacts, and that the project should not proceed. Dr Faruqi is former Port Macquarie resident and the Greens Lower Mid-North Coast Spokesperson. The Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel will meet to discuss the project in Wauchope on Wednesday, 15th of February.
Dr Faruqi said:
“The community is deeply concerned about the proposed new quarry, which will sit high on the ridgeline and will also involve the construction of a dam across tributaries that currently flow into Herons Creek.
“The Environmental Impact Statement has inadequate consideration of the impact that the proposed dam will have on Herons Creek or the air pollution and noise impacts of the quarry itself on the community.
“We are getting more and more information about the human health impacts of small particles, including on lung and heart function. We also know that non-metallic quarrying is a significant contributor to this. That’s why detailed and in depth assessment of these impacts is vital. Superficial assessments are not good enough.
“This is an area that already has a quarry just two kilometres away from the proposed site. Placing another pollution burden on this community is unfair, especially since the cumulative impacts are not being considered.
“It is also concerning that this quarry is proposed for government owned forestry land. If State Forests no longer have need for this land, it should be used for environmental conservation or for community benefit, not dug up for a quarry” she concluded.