Gravel pit is site of rare fossil discovery;

14 September 2004 | 13:15 Code : 4248 Geoscience events
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Parkes Shire Council has placed conditions on the commencement of operations at a gravel pit west of Parkes pending a report detailing the findings of soil and gravel samplings from the site.
Parkes Shire Council has placed conditions on the commencement of operations at a gravel pit west of Parkes pending a report detailing the findings of soil and gravel samplings from the site.
A development application has been lodged with council for an extractive industry - gravel pit - on the `Yarrimbah' property 11 kilometres west of Parkes on the Back Trundle Road.
Steven Campbell (Director Planning and Environment) presented a report to council regarding the application that he described as `on the surface (initially) looking like a straightforward one.'
However, it proved not to be the case.
He said that during the assessment process the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) were advised of the proposed development and invited to comment.
`The DMR advised that the site contained rare fossils sparsely found in New South Wales which are of considerable interest to the geological community,' Mr Campbell reported.
He indicated that an on-site meeting took place between representatives from the DMR, council and the applicant to determine if the gravel quarry could be approved.
`It was agreed that the quarry could be located and operated so as not to significantly reduce the fossil resource and the ability of geologists to access the site for research purposes.
`An amended site plan was consequently submitted by the applicant showing the south-eastern side of the hill being retained for preservation of the fossils identified by the DMR.
`The DMR have subsequently examined this plan and approved the proposal after making minor alterations.'
Mr Campbell said that due to the nature of the development it was considered necessary to place the proposed development on public exhibition and consult with adjoining property owners. `Five submissions were received from this consultation, one by way of objection, three raising several concerns relating to the development and one from a former owner advising of a geological study that had been prepared stating that the gravel pit should not be re-used for gravel extraction,' Mr Campbell said.


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