On 9th October we received the following email from DoPE.
We have received the Response to Submissions report for the Brandy Hill Expansion Project, and it can be viewed on our website at http://majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au/index.pl?action=view_job&job_id=5899
The Department will now send the RTS to agencies and Council for comment, and commence its assessment of the application.
Upon completion of our assessment, the application will be referred to the Independent Planning Commission (IPC) for determination. At this time, there will be further opportunity for members of the public to comment on the project, either in writing or by registering to speak at the public meeting.
Please contact me if you have any further questions, or would like to discuss.
Senior Planning Officer
320 Pitt Street | GPO Box 39 | Sydney NSW 2001
T 02 9274 6489
We have not had time to fully read and understand the RTS which can be accessed from the link above. There are 5 RTS documents. The last one is the main document. It is clear that Hanson have not listened to the community’s submissions as they have not altered their proposal in any way as a result of the submissions. During the past 4 years the community representatives on the CCC have used every opportunity at meetings to express community views and concerns. The only changes they have offered are all to meet rules and regulations regarding noise, dust traffic etc.
Our primary concern about 24/7 has not been addressed. Hanson still ask for around the clock dispatch and secondary crushing.
Safety and amenity along Brandy Hill Drive has not been addressed with any offer to help build a footpath or bus stop bays.
No additional voluntary contributions are offered for roads, intersections or for road haulage trough other council areas eg Maitland City Council (MCC). (Just as we in PSC would expect Martins Creek quarry would to contribute to the maintenance of roads used through MCC and PSC areas).
You are invited to draw your own conclusions.
Please send us your comments about the RTS via our website, and we will post them for all to see.
BHSAG intends to send a letter to DoPE to express our huge disappointment in the RTS and implore the department to recommend changes to the consent, when it is handed to the IPC. That letter will be posted when it is finalised.
PS. The court ruling in the DSC Vs Daracon case regarding Martins Creek Quarry is expected on Friday 12th October. We will bring you details as they come to hand.
Margarete & Neil
on behalf of BHSAG