Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Blue Mountains claims victory in quarry waste proposal

Blue Mountains City Council has claimed victory in its campaign to stop a proposal to fill a local quarry with waste material.

In 2020, the Western Joint Regional Planning Panel supported the recommendation of Lithgow Council’s Development Manager in refusing the development application for the Bell Quarry waste proposal, but a year later the applicant appealed to the Land & Environment Court. That appeal has now been rejected, Council confirmed today.

“This is an outstanding result for the environment and for the people of the Blue Mountains and Lithgow,” said Mayor, Mark Greenhill.

“I congratulate the community and the Blue Mountains City Council team for their submissions and activism.

“This whole process has been one that is entirely consistent with our values of protecting the environment and supporting the quality of life of Blue Mountains residents.”

Mayor Greenhill said he gave his full support to Lithgow Council and Lithgow Mayor, Maree Statham, in the campaign to stop the filling of the Bell Quarry with waste, set to be trucked in from Sydney along the Bells Line of Road.

If successful, the proposal would have had unacceptable adverse impacts on the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, with threats to endangered species and water sources, including the pristine Wollangambe River, said Mayor Greenhill.

The plan would have also resulted in significant detrimental impacts on traffic through the Blue Mountains and in the local area, he said.

The proposal had also drawn strong opposition from both Lithgow and Blue Mountains residents.

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