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March 30, 2023

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Lismore City Council is inviting residents and members of the community to contribute to Your Say Lismore, an innovative online platform that creates a two-way conversation between the community and Council. 

Josh Browne, Teven

Six households in Teven, mine included, recently received a ‘Community newsletter’ from multinational Fulton Hogan. They were telling us they propose to set up a petrochemical plant making asphalt within the existing Holcim (another multinational firm) hard rock quarry next to our homes.

Our little community is shocked and hurting. A hard rock quarry and a petrochemical plant are universes apart.

We understand that asphalt is necessary; however, to propose this next to homes in a rural zoning is, we believe, totally inappropriate. Not only this; they propose to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If you google ‘are asphalt plants toxic’ you will begin to understand the impacts. Extreme noise, unbearable odours, irritation of the skin and nose, throat and respiratory system are common. Bitumen (used to make asphalt) is a known carcinogen.

The transportation means more trucks on our roads, which are already reeling from Holcim’s existing operations. Yet this time the trucks will be full of toxic material driving past all day and all night.

When this would affect hundreds if not thousands of homes, why did they only send the information to six?

Please, help us keep our beautiful region for nature. Visit our Facebook page No Bloody Way for more information.

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