The unpolluted dust is settling in Teven after the local Community Association fought off a proposal for a toxic petrochemical plant in their valley. The news came from both Holcim, owner of the Teven quarry and Fulton Hogan, who were proposing to develop an asphalt plant within the quarry.
‘Holcim wishes to announce that we are not proceeding with a lease to Fulton Hogan for an asphalt plant within our Teven quarry site,’ said a letter hand delivered to the home of Amanda Reardon, Josh Browne and their son Marlowe on Teven Road on Tuesday 26 June.
‘I saw a work vehicle pull up and a young man in high vis gear came through the gate,’ said Amanda Reardon. ‘He told me he was from Holcim and I said “I hope it’s good news”. He handed me the letter and said “I think you’ll be very pleased”. I read the letter as he was walking back to the car. I couldn’t believe it. I called out “Thanks for listening to the community!” He waved and was gone. We were fighting so hard and it was over’.
Praise has been flowing in for the small rural settlement since Tuesday’s announcement. ‘Congratulations to the Teven Tintenbar Community Association for acting so quickly and professionally,’ said Member for Ballina Tamara Smith MP. “You did this! Well done”.
‘It was inspiring to see such a swift and well organised response by the Teven Tintenbar community to defend their homes and local environment,’ said Asren Pugh, Labour Candidate for Ballina. ‘I congratulate them on this fantastic win. Thanks also to Holcim for listening to the community and stopping this proposal’.
The cost of the fight, even though it lasted only two months, has been high. ‘Engaging professionals to assist the community effort worked,’ said Paul Rizzo, Vice President of the Teven Tintenbar Community Association. ‘We came together as a community and now we need to recoup. We ask that all those who have been saved from this asphalt plant contribute what they can’.
The Association has set up a GOFUNDME page so the broader community can contribute to the campaign costs. ‘We had set up this page just prior to being notified of the success,’ said Paul. ‘We fought, we won. We have clean air still. We have clean water still. For those who are able, let’s share the cost’.
The Teven Tintenbar Community Association is welcoming contributions both large and small at www.gofundme.com/nobloodyway