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Contentious Quarry Expansion Plan Halted

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Greens MLC Robert Simms will move a motion in the upper house today calling on the State Government to reject mining expansion in the Adelaide Hills.

A contentious expansion of the Horsnell Gully quarry has many residents concerned about noise, traffic, cultural heritage, visual amenity, environmental sustainability and rehabilitation.

The Residents Against White Rock Quarry group is hosting a Burnside Community Centre meeting from 7pm this evening (Thursday 10 June) with politicians from all parties and local mayors joining.

Robert Simms is also calling on the Government to reject the expansion plan and amend the EPA guidelines introducing minimum separation distances between mining activity and residents.

According to Adelaide Now, the plans have been hindered as the local community has reported a hidden cave on the miner's property that is used by climbers has what looks like a red ochre painting of a waterbird, which could signify a need for cultural heritage assessment.

They report that the Mining Department will issue a formal Request for Information from the mining company Hanson in the coming fortnight detailing the further information and clarification required.

Hanson is not expected to attend tonight's meeting but a statement has been issued:

“Hanson values engaging with stakeholders to better understand their views in relation to the future development of the site."

Image supplied by Residents Against White Rock Quarry