New South Wales
Reasons for my objection to this proposed development within a light industrial area near to town, private residences and rural and residential properties:
1. location of proposed waste facility is too close to town, residences and other businesses. Gunnedah is one of the state's fastest growing regional centres which will mean this development will be well within the town limits and infrastructure. It is inconsistent with the area which hosts a number of large businesses that have relocated to service the mining and agricultural industries, small agricultural holdings and lifestyle blocks
2. potential toxic waste contamination of the air, surrounding land, ground water and riparian flows. Storm water run off from this subdivision discharges into the important lifegiving Namoi River system which is only 1km away.
3. Dust, airborne particles and potentially toxic fumes and materials could escape from the site and effect nearby residences, businesses and their employees as well as the wider community
4. Noise from the site is a real concern as the crusher will be functioning, increased traffic of both light and heavy vehicles, idling trucks waiting to enter and exit the site, unloading and loading of equipment will be constant during proposed operating hours
5. Significant increase in truck and heavy vehicle movements on an already busy and under resourced road system
6. Waste products will be brought large distances from where they are generated and there is no specific end point destination
7. There has been NO community consultation. I have not been afforded the opportunity to ask questions/receive feedback from the developer
8. Who will be responsible for the ongoing monitoring of the site should the project be successful?
9. The applicant, Gunnedah Quarry products, also proposes to fill a quarry void with non-putrescible waste in Pownall Rd, Mary's Mount and proposes a 50 year life on the project. There has been no community consultation on this proposal either despite claims to the contrary. I hold grave concerns for toxic substances slowly leeching into surrounding productive agricultural lands and also the increase in heavy traffic on an already overloaded local roads system.
10. The applicant has not demonstrated a willingness to meet conditions imposed on its quarry approval at Mary's Mount so this must cast doubt on its ability to meet any future conditions should it be successful in this instance.