Residents fear roads won't handle increased quarry traffic
THE idea of 50 extra trucks travelling through Nymboida and Coutts Crossing each day makes Nymboida resident Alice Scholes nervous.
"Twenty trucks a day you can sort of get your head around it, but 50? It just sounds like a nightmare to me," she said.
The number of loaded trucks that would pass through the region each day was just one of the issues discussed at a community meeting led by the Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel at Nymboida last Monday, in regards to an application for a quarry to be built on Boundary Creek Rd.
The hard rock quarry is expected to provide some materials for the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade, and at its peak will see up to 50 loaded trucks pass through Nymboida and Coutts Crossing.
Ms Scholes said she was worried the deteriorating condition of Armidale Rd was not being taken seriously enough.
"You'd have to re-build this road, because it's a joke, but it's only when someone gets killed by one of those trucks that they might take notice," she said.
"Trucks are already making life very difficult here - the road is so tiny and the edges are all buggered, half the time they're over in the middle of the road.
"If you have a tiff with a truck you're not going to come off the best."
Ms Scholes said while last week's meeting was packed, only those who had made submissions in writing were allowed to speak at the meeting.
She believes the community consultation was poor and said a little bit more attention paid to the community members might have changed the general feeling of the meeting.
Fellow Nymboida resident Chris Wallace, who lives on Armidale Rd, agreed.
"I think the people around here got rail-roaded," he said.
"I've owned my property for 35 years and didn't know the meeting was on.
The consensus was that there was not enough notice given."
The complaints echo that of Kungala residents' concerns, which were voiced at a meeting with the planning panel at Halfway Creek Hall last month.
Despite their objections, the re-opening of the disused quarry at Kungala was approved, with a condition that Kungla Rd be upgraded and widened.
Clarence Valley Council was unable to provide comment on the Nymboida meeting as all staff are away until January 5.