Why has the Planning Department accepted Rocla’s new proposal to quarry an area approximately 4 times greater than their existing operations when they have failed to comply with the conditions of consent when approval was given in 2005?
Through documents obtained via Freedom of Information and tabled in Parliament it is clear that the NSW Office of Water (the regulatory authority) has been well aware that Rocla has been operating without the necessary water licences for the last 5 yrs.
In January 2010 Rocla finally purchased 2 licences, this combined total of 52 ML is well short of their current requirements;
Given that Zone 7 has been capped at existing entitlements there is just NO more to give them. And in the event that another licence holder is prepared to sell their entitlement it still does not work, as that will exceed the 200ML / sq km allowable under the Water Sharing Plan. Continue reading