Plans to extend a limestone pit on the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge in the State's South West will drive away holidaymakers, say tourism operators.
The Shire of Augusta-Margaret River wants to expand the existing pit, which sits on the edge of Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park and is just 1km from Redgate beach, a popular swimming spot for tourists.
Redgate Beach Escape chalets owner Roger Budd said the expansion would devastate his business.
He said he had received complaints from guests about noisy machinery and trucks when the area was being mined last year.
"The ridge is renowned for its beauty and it is internationally recognised as an untouched biodiversity hotspot," Mr Budd said.
"Tourists do not expect to drive past a limestone quarry or dodge heavy vehicles on the ridge."
Lucy Kilshaw, who rents out her holiday house to tourists, said the pit would be visible from the Cape to Cape track and, potentially, Redgate beach. The site was also home to endangered black cockatoos.
Shire director of infrastructure services Johann Louw said the plan had been designed to minimise traffic movements and the number of hours the pit operated.
Mr Louw said the expansion was needed to secure lime for future projects, including roadworks.
He said the shire was not infringing on the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge Plan, which forbids development on the western side of the ridge, because the pit was already in production before the plan was introduced.A public comment period closes on Wednesday.
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