On Thursday 15th December, 2016, the Joint Regional Planning Panel met in Dorrigo to consider an application by Sheridans Hard Rock Quarry to modify their existing development consent to allow for an increase of truck movements on peak haulage days from 20 loads (40 trips) to 66 loads (132 trips).
The hearing was well attended by Bellingen Shire residents, some of whom spoke about their concerns at the lack of proper community consultation, the lack of independent monitoring of truck movements and the effect of the extra peak haulage traffic on the health and wellbeing of the community.
The meeting also heard from a representative of the Dorrigo Land Council who expressed concerns about a lack of consultation by decision making bodies regarding cultural and heritage considerations.
The JRPP Panel was concerned to learn that in 2017 the first two stages of Bellingen’s Main Street Plan are to commence with funds allocated by the NSW Government. The stated purpose of this plan is to turn Bellingen into a “pedestrian friendly town”.
The community was gratified when the JRPP moved a motion to defer approval of the application to allow for further consultation with Clarence Valley Council, Bellingen Shire Council and the RMS.
Neither Bellingen Shire Council, nor RMS representatives were present at the hearing.
The community looks forward to working with Clarence Valley Council, Bellingen Shire Council and the RMS at a Round Table – which will address the health, safety and amenity issues raised by the Bellingen Shire Community.
Attached are copies of two of the presentations made to the JRPP: