The National Trust has objected to the proposed extension of the scoria quarry at the base of Mt Leura, Camperdown.
Mt Leura is the highest hill in a complex of volcanic features comprising of several distinct cones and craters within the outer wall of a maar, or broad explosion crater. The complex is classified by the National Trust as of National Significance as a geological feature, and of State Significance for its landscape value (file no. L10155). The value of this geological feature is enhanced by the fact that much of it lies within a public reserve provided with a network of footpaths, so that the site can be readily accessed right to the top, from which there are outstanding views across the surrounding area.
At a Council hearing the National Trust submitted that the proposed extension was in direct opposition to the Significant Landscape Overlay (SLO) Schedule 1 in which the permit application fell. The National Trust refuted the claim made that an SLO should be regarded as an ideal only and further argued that SLOs are a statutory requirement of the planning scheme. They are not something that can be done away with when inconvenient.
Despite a number of objections, Council chose to approve the extension which will nearly double the size of the excavation at the base of this significant landscape.