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Kim Wright, Lennox Head

In response to Mr Connelly re Sand mine in Lennox Northern Star May 12, 2018.

‘What is sought is a “concept” approval at this time’. This concept is a privately owned Lake, three times the size of Lake Ainsworth gained by extracting 3,610,000 tonnes of sand over a 30 year period.

The quarry will dig deep into our water table, causing 710 million litres of water to evaporate from our wetlands system every year… and what do we get out of it? A maybe, sometime, lake that we have to pay to access, that will be a potential hazard to health due to toxicity levels, excessive and dangerous levels of truck movements and damaged roads, potential loss of water table and wetlands ecology, toxic run off into our waterways and ocean.

What does McGearys get out of this? The value of 3,610,000 tonnes of sand, and our money, to pay to access this so called lake (in 30 years time).

This will be the second private ‘lake’ produced from sand quarrying on Newrybar Swamp Road. How many holes in the ground, taking precious water from our water table do we want?

This is a furfy, thrown into the development application only to divide the community. We have our Lake Ainsworth, let’s look after it, not create further problems for it by changing the water table and creating potentially dangerous run off into waterways.

I don’t ‘dig’ it and nor should McGearys.


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