We wouldn't have these impacts if there was no quarry.
Endangered and declining flora and fauna
There are several species of classified critically endangered and declining reptiles, animals and plant species on the proposed site.
Quarries leave scars
There appears to be no remediation for the displaced rock left on a quarry site. A huge hole will remain when the companies have finished digging.
Blasting increasing fear and anxiety in animals
Several properties nearby the proposed quarry site have animals who are susceptible to blast noise and vibration.
What about the trees?
There are several species that are endangered that will likely be chopped down to establish this quarry. It's not yet clear how many will be replanted in their place, or where they will go.
Blasting will result in increased dust particles in the air which can be harmful to animal and human health. These can land in our water sources like damns and creeks.
Vibrations from blasting can cause dams to crack and water to be dispersed. This is not good for the native animals and livestock that rely on these water sources during harsh conditions.
It is highly likely that signifcant damage will be done to the land and trees in order to establish the roads, plant equipment and other quarry infrastructure on site.
It is unlikely any of the existing vegetation or new regrowth will survive on the site after the companies have finished with the quarry - a permanent loss of flora and fauna for the purpose of profits.
Royalla: on Canberra's doorstep
Quarries are not a contained operation - a giant mine will cause soil erosion, water and air pollution and loss of precious habitat.
Will these hills contain dust pollution? Those homes you see in the background, that's Canberra.
Pale Pomaderris -S Pomaderris pallida *
Small Purple Pea -Swainsona recta
Pink-tailed Legless Lizard - Aprasia parapulchella *
Vulnerable and declining
Silky Swainson-pea -Swainsona sericea *
Dusky Woodswallow -Cyanopterus cyanopteris *
Gang Gang -Callocephalon fibriatum *
Varied Sittella -Daphoenositta chrysoptera *
Scarlet Robin - Petroica boodang
Double –barred Finch Taeniopygia bichenovii
Perunga Grasshopper -Perunga ochracea
Blue Devils-Eryngium ovinum
Nodding Chocolate Lily -Dichopogon strictus
Hoary Sunray - Leucochrysum albicans var. tricolor
Those marked with an asterisk ( * ), have already been identified by the developer.
The environmental brief
The Royalla area contains significant remnants of Box-Gum Grassy Woodland, White Box-Yellow Box-Blakely's Red Gum Grassy Woodland and Derived Native Grassland is listed as a critically endangered ecological community under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
There is less than 10% of this type of vegetation left anywhere on this planet !
This proposed quarry will destroy large areas of Box-Gum Grassy Woodlands a critically endangered ecological community, and habitat for Pink-tailed Legless Lizard -Aprasia parapulchella a critically endangered species, along with habitat for a large number of regionally listed threatened and declining species of fauna and flora.
The removal of mature woodland on this site will impact on other important species including Dusky Woodswallow, Scarlet Robin and Double-barred Finch. These birds rely on the diverse woodlands for survival, benefitting from the varied structure, nesting hollows and intact groundcover.