Owners of the Broken Head quarry are fighting an order by NSW Department of Planning and Environment to rehabilitate the site, with a conciliation set for this Thursday (January 19).
In mid-2017 the department issued an order under the Environment Planning and Assessment Act 1979 to Leadshine Pty Ltd, the operator of the quarry.
A spokesperson for the department told The Echo, ‘The Department of Planning and Environment has been investigating whether or not development at Broken Head Quarry has been carried out in compliance with the quarry’s development consent.’
‘The department has been working with other agencies, including Byron Shire Council, the NSW Environment Protection Authority, National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Office of Environment and Heritage in the investigation.’
The spokesperson said the 2017 order required Leadshine to rehabilitate the site in accordance with the Environmental Impact Statement, submitted with the development application in 1997.
Leadshine has appealed against the order in the Land and Environment Court.
‘The appeal is listed for a conciliation conference on 19 January 2018. As this matter is still subject to court processes, the department will make no further comment.’
According to the August 2017 Planning and Environment Compliance Report, ‘The order specifies dates by which Leadshine must rehabilitate both the east and west pits at the Broken Head quarry.’
Broken Head quarry was acquired by Leadshine in early 2003 from the Batson family, says the Broken Head quarry website, ‘and they have managed the day-to- day activity on site since that time.’
The quarry was contacted in relation to this story.
Other compliance investigations undertaken by the Department in northern NSW – according to the report – include Cobaki Residential Development (Tweed LGA), Altitude Aspire Residential Subdivison (Tweed LGA), Pacific Pines Estate (Ballina LGA) and Lot 490 Tweed Coast Way, Kingscliff (Tweed LGA).
The compliance report states 107 inspections in total, ranging from social infrastructure, infrastructure, mining/gas extraction, quarries, to residential/commercial/retail developments, resource recovery/remediation, distort/storage, tourism /recreation, food processing/agriculture/aquaculture and ‘other.’