Court dismisses appeal to develop Broken Head Quarry
A DECISION to block the subdivision of the Broken Head Quarry into 41 residential lots has been upheld in the New South Wales Land and Environment Court.
Byron Shire Council last year refused to allow a new suburb to be built in the quarry, with Mayor Simon Richardson saying the community expected the site to be rehabilitated.
The council argued the development would also affect the Aboriginal cultural significance of nearby Taylors Lake and cause an influx of new residents to access the site.
Quarry owners EMGA Mitchell McLennan Pty Ltd's unsuccessfully appealed to have the council's decision overturned.
The Land and Environment court heard there were only 11 homes within a 500m radius of the 70ha quarry, none of which could be seen from the site.
Greens MP Jan Barham welcomed the decision, saying the quarry had never been intended for residential development.
"Because of the precious biodiversity of the Broken Head area and the significance of sites in the area to the traditional custodians of these lands, it is important that the area is protected and that rehabilitation of the quarry site proceeds," she said.
"As a long-term campaigner for the preservation of Broken Head's unique and significant ecological values I am pleased that the court has dismissed this appeal and that council's refusal of such an inappropriate proposal will stand.
"I congratulate and thank all of the campaigners and community members who made submissions on the proposal and provided evidence during the appeal."