The fight over the future of Lismore’s riverbank quarry is set to go to the Land and Environment Court, after Council refused the owner’s application to modify its development consent.
Santin’s quarry, which has been a local industrial stalwart since 1993, had sought to increase the lifetime of its operation by 16 years. They did not seek to increase the rate of production at the facility.
Council refused this application in December last year, claiming that the proposal was not in the public interest, would have impacts on the surrounding locality and was not substantially the same as the original DA.
Residents also objected to the proposal on the grounds that it did not ensure that the quarry’s operations were in keeping with 2020 regulations and standards rather than those from the original 1993 DA.
In response to the refusal quarry owner Michael Stantin has formally commenced proceedings in the NSW Land and Environment Court (LEC).
Councillors put together a statement of facts outlining the reasons for refusal at this week’s Council meeting.
The proceedings will begin at the LEC’s Sydney courtrooms on March 22.