South Coast based Independent MLC Justin Field has backed community opposition to Boral’s proposal to expand sand mining to within 100 metres of the Minnamurra River.
Boral has lodged plans to dig two new sand mining pits at Dunmore just west of the Minnamurra River and adjacent to a number of Endangered Ecological Communities.
Independent MLC Justin Field said, “This is not the place for sand mining. There are significant community concerns about the impact on the river which is a popular fishing location. The new sand mining pits would be dug alongside vulnerable and endangered habitat including Littoral Rainforest and Casuarina swamp forests and Salt Marsh.
“These are critical habitats for marine and bird life and iconic species like the Greater Glider and should be protected. The Kiama and Shellharbour Councils are opposed to the sand mining expansion and so are many in the local community. I’m backing this opposition.
“There is a need to supply sand for construction but there are alternative locations that don’t risk the natural environment and tourism values of the region. How does sand mining alongside one of the region’s most beautiful coastal areas fit within the Coalition Government’s recently released South Coast Marine Tourism Strategy?
“I’ll be writing to Gareth Ward as Parliamentary Secretary for the South Coast about the need to look at the future of sand mining on the South Coast so that industry and the community have certainty that future sand mining only occurs in an environmentally responsible way and does not impact on the tourism values of the region,” Mr Field said.
Submissions in relation to the Boral proposal can be made on the Department of Planning’s website until the end of business today, 23 May 2019.