19.2 C
Byron Shire
March 6, 2021

Former Broken Head quarry to be rehabilitated

Latest News

Not quite ‘too late’

Desmond Bellamy, PETA Australia Sir David Attenborough, the world’s most famous naturalist, has just addressed the United Nations Security Council to...

Other News

My dear friend, Philip Rubinstein 1934–2021

I first met Phil on a rain-soaked day outside my house in Brunswick Terrace, Mullum. It was an accidental encounter, but we soon got stuck into a conversation about the parlous state of Australian universities.

Optics

I Menahemi, Myocum In his editorial Hans Lovejoy says – ‘the optics from The Echo have been and hopefully always will...

No more MOs for Tweed Shire

In a move that may have surprised some council watchers, it was the conservative councillors who voted in favour of keeping multiple occupancies (MO) in Tweed Shire.

Hospital staff want to park for free while they work

It seems that Lismore Base isn’t the only hospital whose workers would like to park their cars for free while they work.

Bangalow blackspot puts school children at risk

Will action ever be taken to protect school kids getting on and off the bus on Lismore Road, Bangalow as trucks fly by at 80km/h?

Editorial – #ChooseToChallenge the patriarchy

It is easy to think we have almost achieved equality for men and women in a country like Australia – just as long as you don’t think too hard about it.

Broken Head Quarry. Photo brokenheadquarry.com.au

The owners of Broken Head Quarry have agreed to an Enforceable Undertaking, according to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DoPE). The agreement requires the company to rehabilitate and revegetate the bushland by mid-2019.

A DoPE spokesperson says it’s a landmark outcome for the state government, ‘as it represents the first enforceable undertaking issued since the enactment of new provisions earlier this year.’

DoPE executive director, Resources Assessment and Compliance, Dr Oliver Holm said the decision is a win for local people who have been concerned about the environmental condition of the quarry and its future for many years.  

‘The old quarry site will now be brought back to match the surrounding vegetation to protect threatened species as well as restore an important wildlife corridor,’ he said.

‘This will allow threatened fauna known to exist in the adjacent community, to once again forage and potentially, sometime in the future, populate this area.

Legally binding

‘This includes endangered species such as the koala, the Eastern Long-eared Bat and potentially, the Long-nosed Potaroo, with the last confirmed sighting of this small marsupial in the region in 1993.’

Dr Holm said enforceable undertakings are written, legally binding agreements that can save the significant costs of legal action and bring about swift, clear and measurable results for the community.

Dr Holm said, ‘Our compliance team will continue to monitor the quarry to ensure the rehabilitation is carried out by mid-2019’.

‘Planting of new trees and vegetation as well as landscaping has already commenced and the community will see a real change over the coming years. This is good news for the Byron Bay region, with such a positive environmental outcome secured through a clear and enforceable mechanism.’


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

1 COMMENT

  1. The Mullumbimby hospital demolition requires a site for disposal and the quarry could be a perfect location . As we all know the Butler St Reserve was a garbage dump and had been covered and capped allowing it to become a site for organic food markets and community markets . The substances buried under the Butler St Reserve would be unknown and quite frightening , the materials being removed from Mullumbimby Hospital will be known and suitably capped .
    The history of the Broken Head Quarry goes back to when my father Keith Bensley bought it from Bert Trimble in the 1950s and he worked the site until the late 1960s when he sold it to Batsons .

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Suspicion and belief

Fast Buck$, Coorabell My suspicion is that the mayor and the senior staff have been helping Michael Lyon become electable as mayor by scripting his...

Optics

I Menahemi, Myocum In his editorial Hans Lovejoy says – ‘the optics from The Echo have been and hopefully always will be independent.’ As long as more...

Suffolk Park pump track

Jinesh Attard, Suffolk Park Many in the local community of hillside Suffolk Park have come to understand the impact the pump track will have on our...

New Greens team

Matthew O’Reilly President of CABS and a proud member of the NEW Byron Greens team It seems that some readers have taken my comments on the...