Have a say on Environmental Impact Statement for Hornsby Quarry

6 August 2015

The NSW Government invites the community to have a say on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the use of the Hornsby Quarry for the NorthConnex project.

Hornsby State Liberal MP Matt Kean said Roads and Maritime had prepared the EIS around the proposal to handle, manage and reuse clean fill from the NorthConnex project at the Hornsby Quarry site.

“The EIS assesses the potential environmental and social impacts of the Hornsby Quarry spoil management project and outlines management and mitigation measures,” Mr Kean said.

“Around 1.5 million cubic metres of fill would be transported to the quarry site, providing an environmentally friendly reuse of high quality material to be removed during tunnelling along the nine kilometre NorthConnex corridor.”

“This project will minimise the overall distances required for transporting the NorthConnex project spoil by around 3.7 million kilometres and enable Hornsby Shire Council to rehabilitate the site for public recreation and provide long-term community benefit.”

“Three drop-in sessions will provide community members the chance to learn more and speak to the project team.

“These sessions will be held on Wednesday 12 and Wednesday 19 August between 6pm and 9pm at Hornsby RSL and Saturday 22 August between 1pm and 4pm at Hornsby War Memorial Hall.

Mr Kean said the NSW Department of Planning and Environment will display the EIS until Friday, 4 September, with feedback from the public to inform the next stage of planning.

The $22 million project to provide material to partially fill the quarry would be funded by the NSW and Australian governments and the Council.

The Lendlease Bouygues Joint Venture (LLBJV) would deliver the project, if from start of work until late 2018, weather permitting.

Roads and Maritime will assess feedback and prepare a submissions report to document and respond to all comments received after the exhibition with the NSW Minister for Planning to determine whether to approve the project and any relevant conditions.

Written submissions are invited by COB on Friday 4 September to www.majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au or in writing to Director Infrastructure Projects, DPE, Application no SSI 15_7066 Major Projects Assessment GPO Box 39 Sydney NSW 2001.

For more information on the Hornsby Quarry Road Constructon Spoil Management project visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au/hornsbyquarry

The $3 billion NorthConnex project which will link the M1 Pacific Motorway at Wahroonga to the Hills M2 Motorway at the Pennant Hills Road interchange at West Pennant Hills was approved by the NSW Minister for Planning in January this year.

For more information on NorthConnex visit http://northconnex.com.au/

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