Updated: May 27, 2021
This is a copy of a submission issued to the Federal Minister for Water, which we are sharing with permission from the author. Please use this to help formulate your responses/submissions to the key decision makers.
I am writing to you in your capacity as Federal Minister for Water in the hope that that position is the highest in the land in regard to water issues affecting Australians.
The negative effects of quarrying are well understood and well documented, and we believe that, in this case, far outweigh any benefit that will be obtained from the quarry.
The negative impacts of quarries on water nearby are very well known. These include inter alia: . they disrupt the existing movement and turbidity of surface water and groundwater; they interrupt natural water recharge and can lead to reduced quantity and quality of drinking water for residents and wildlife near or downstream from the quarry site. . lowering of local ground-water and surface-water levels, • they interrupt ground-water conduit flow paths by rock removal, • they can cause temperature change (thermal impacts) in springs and surface-water streams . the potential to impair water quality on the site, including harm to the aquifer •the potential to harm water quality of residential wells close by, and •the potential to impact provincially specific wetlands. I know that your area of influence is the national level, but lower levels build up to that level: you don't have a national sphere without many local ones. It is our hope that you will look at this proposal, discuss it with your state counterpart (and ACT counterpart as parts of the ACT will be impacted) and ensure that due processes are followed and that peoples' concerns are taken into account. Developments like this, with the potential to impact people severely could happen anywhere, at any time, to anyone. We need help. Thank you
This letter was submitted by <name confidential> (Royalla Resident)