Proposed quarry raises questions

We are writing about our concerns relating to the application for a planning permit for a proposed quarry in the Laang/Naringal East area.

This area is populated by farming families and families living on small parcels of land who enjoy peaceful rural living provided by the area. We enjoy the amenities offered by the area such as a tranquil open space, natural habitat, wildlife, quiet local roads and a safe environment to raise our families. Is it reasonable that a community should forgo its peaceful rural living amenity for the sake of one business’ financial gain?

What will be the effect on poorly maintained roads of 1600 large truck movements per year? Trucks will bring with them a range of problems including noise, dust, increased wear and tear on local roads and most importantly increased risk to the safety of other road users including school buses, motorists, cyclists, horse riders and pedestrians including children. 

The area contains highly productive farmland and a quarry will not enhance agricultural production. The proposed quarry will put the quality of groundwater at risk and this is a resource which is of crucial importance to farmers.

In the work authority it states that “water discharged by pumping will be filtered by sheet flow through 500 metres of remnant vegetation before entering the Brucknell Creek”. The Brucknell Creek wildlife corridor is a pristine area that should never be put at risk. Significant community time and money has been spent on preserving this area.

Laang/Naringal East is a very beautiful part of Moyne Shire. It has become a haven for people who have deliberately chosen a peaceful and quiet existence in the country and who value tranquillity. This environmentally-sensitive area has significant areas of remnant bush with an abundance of native fauna. Koalas, kookaburras and potoroos are frequent visitors to our gardens and the Ralph Illidge sanctuary highlights the importance of the area.

Tasamin and Barry Killey, Arundell Lane, Laang, on behalf of six other residents


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