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Sand mine expansion recommended for approval

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A $5 million expansion of Calga Sand Quarry on the New South Wales Central Coast has been recommended for approval by the Department of Planning.

Rocla Materials is seeking approval to expand its existing quarry operations at Peats Ridge to extract up to 1 million tonnes of sand per year for up to 30 years.

The Planning Department has recommended approval for the expansion subject to a range of conditions and it is now being considered by the Planning and Assessment Commission.

Conditions include limiting production to 400,000 tonnes per year, limiting approval to 25 years and the development of a quarry exit strategy for the post-extraction management of the site.

Other conditions centre around operating hours and monitoring programs for noise, air and water discharges.

Residents and community groups are concerned any expansion of the quarry will on impact air and noise quality and also say the mine could deter tourists from visiting the region.

The commission is set to hold a public meeting about the expansion at Peats Ridge later next month to gain feedback on the project’s approval recommendation.

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