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May 11, 2021

Sand mining at Lennox Head

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Grant See, Lennox Head

Dear members of the JRPP (Joint Regional Planning Panel). Re: Your Lennox Head Sand Mine Decision.

More for the future health, safety and wellbeing to all the children of our community than for any other reason, we have a duty of care and moral and spiritual obligation as guardians and caretakers to preserve and protect the ecological balance our natural environment. We also need to consider the possible extinction of two already endangered animals from this proposed McGeary sand mine expansion, and any potential for destructive and toxic pollution of acid sulphate soil poisoning essential waterways and creeks that will then be washed into our pristine ocean with every big rain. And we have a few big rains here every year don’t we?

This proposal is a preposterous ‘slap in the face’ to our community from McGearys Quarries. They should have no lawful standing to even consider expanding the existing sand mine given the state they have left it in.

Now they offer us another proposal to make an even bigger, ugly scaring hole that I understand could be three times the size of Lake Ainsworth in an area that has clearly been identified by the North Coast NSW Regional Plan 2017 as a ‘Potential High Value’ area for our future agriculture, tourism, recreational and housing development.

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