ACTION: Brandy Hill and Seaham Action Group member Margarete Ritchie pictured on Brandy Hill Drive where the number of truck movements may increase substantially. Picture Jonathan Carroll.The NSW Department of Planning will hear how the proposed expansion of Brandy Hill Quarry could have adverse impacts on traffic, property values and infrastructure across parts of Maitland.
Maitland City Council will make a submission to the state expressing concern about a the cumulative impacts heavy vehicle traffic will have on council’s local roads as well as problems vehicles will cause through noise and during peak hours.
The plan to extend the quarry, located in the Port Stephens Local Government Area, includes:
. Expanding the extraction area and continuing quarry operations for a further 30 years;
. Extracting up to 1.5 million tonnes per annum of hard rock materials;
. Continuing product loading and dispatch hours as 24-hours a day;
. Transporting quarry products to market and receiving 20,000 tonnes of concrete waste for recycling via public roads.
Fairfax Media reported earlier this year how the Brandy Hill and Seaham Action Group want quarry owners Hanson to come to the party if they are to support expansion plans.
Founding member of the group Margarete Ritchie said the group does not want to shut down the quarry but did not want it to expand unless there are certain concessions.”When you put all the little pieces together like the recycling trucks and the extra gravel trucks it adds up to a big problem,” shesaid.
A council report said the expansion proposedmore than double the annual output of 62,000 tonnes generating 500 additional truck movements.