Quarry fined $106,500 for over-extracting material

A COFFS Harbour quarry company that extracted more than six times its limit of material in a single year has been fined $106,500 and ordered to pay $90,000 in legal costs.

Wyanga Holdings, now deregistered, and its former directors pleaded guilty to four environmental breaches before the Land and Environment Court.

They were permitted to extract 50,000 tonnes per year from their quarry at Corindi Beach, north of Coffs Harbour.

The court found they had intentionally breached the limit by 46,597 tonnes in 2011, 318,363 tonnes in 2012 and 31,512 tonnes in the first four months of 2013.

One director was fined $76,000 and another was fined $27,000. The company was fined $3500.

The Environmental Protection Agency suspended Wyanga Holdings's licence in August 2013 after the company continued to ignore warnings about breaching the limits.

EPA north branch director Gary Davy said the licence has now been revoked outright.

"The EPA puts strict legally enforceable conditions on licences to protect the environment and the local community, and when licensees blatantly ignore these we take it very seriously and will use the full suite of regulatory tools at our disposal," he said. -APN NEWSDESK


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