Teven Valley residents have been quick to respond to a proposed asphalt plant that would be located in the midst of their rural properties.
Teven Tintenbar Community Association president Josh Browne describes the petrochemical operation proposal as ‘highly toxic and invasive,’ and says that is has ‘garnered international agreement regarding its profound effects upon health.’
He says the plant would operate 24/7.
A meeting has been called at the Tintenbar Hall on Saturday June 16 from 3.30 till 5.30pm. ‘There’s no bloody way we are going to take this,’ said Browne. ‘And there is a lot that ordinary people can do to help keep our green way of living’.
Browne says the intended site for the plant is the hard rock quarry on Stokers Lane, operated by multinational Holcim.
‘We have had endless issues living next to this quarry,’ said Browne. ‘We have not seen evidence of the road upgrade promised in their Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and neither have we seen evidence that they are adhering to their required limitations on truck activity.’
Fellow Teven resident Felicity Murphy added, ‘We understand that asphalt has to come from somewhere; however, this is a rural area where agriculture and sustainable living are everything. The Teven Valley is a vital part of the green belt of the northern rivers rainbow region.
‘Why mess this up when you could put an asphalt plant in an industrial area? There is already one asphalt plant in the Ballina Shire. There are two in Lismore. We seriously question the need for more. This proposal for an asphalt quarry is universes apart from a hard rock quarry.
‘It’s like going from making biscuits to making gunpowder.’