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State Significant Development

Determination

Brandy Hill Expansion Project

Port Stephens

Current Status: Determination

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The application seeks to expand existing quarrying operations on site and increase the maximum extraction and processing rates to 1.5 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa).

Attachments & Resources

Request for SEARs (1)

Brandy Hill Quarry Expansion_PEA

SEARs (3)

Cover letter - Revised DGRs - Brandy Hill Quarry
Brandy Hill Quarry Expansion - Attachment 2
Brandy Hill Quarry Expansion - Attachment 4

EIS (23)

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BHQ EIS Final Compiled 2017
Appendix 1 - SEARs, EPBC & Existing Consent
Appendix 2 - PEA
Appendix 3 - SSD DA
Appendix 4 - Consultaiton
Appendix 5 - Geology
Appendix 6 - Land Resources Assessment
Appendix 6A - Contamination
Appendix 7 - Biodiversity_Complete Merged
Appendix 8 - Traffic Impact Assessement
Appendix 9 - Noise
Appendix 10 - Final Blast Impact Assessment
Appendix 11 - Air Quality Impact Assessment
Appendix 12 - Heritage Impact Assessment
Appendix 13 - Water Impact Assessment
Appendix 14 - Waste Impact Assessment
Appendix 15 - Visual Impact Assessment
Appendix 16 - Hazard Impact Assessment
Appendix 17 - SocioEconomic Impact Assessment
Appendix 18 - Closure and Rehabilitation
Appendix 19 - Enclosure Permit
Appendix 20 - Native Title Search

Engagement (42)

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Response to Submissions (3)

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RTS 2018 Appendices
Internal Advice - SIA Specialist

Agency Advice (28)

EIS 2017 - DPI
EIS 2017 - DRM
EIS 2017 - EPA
EIS 2017 - Heritage Council
EIS 2017 - Hunter Water
EIS 2017 - Maitland Council
EIS 2017 - NSW Health
EIS 2017 - OEH
EIS 2017 - Port Stephens Council
EIS 2017 - RFS
EIS 2017 - RMS
RTS 2018 - DoI
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RTS 2018 - EPA (Feb19)
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RTS 2018 - OEH
OEH EPBC Bilateral Assessment (Mar19)
RTS 2018 - RMS
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Amended RTS 2019 - BCD
Amended RTS 2019 - EPA
Amended RTS 2019 - Heritage Council
Amended RTS 2019 - NSW Health

Additional Information (9)

Amended RTS - Main Text - Sep19
Amended RTS - Appendix 1-2
Amended RTS - Appendix 3 - Social Impact Assessment
Amended RTS - Appendix 4-5 - Traffic
Amended RTS - Appendix 8 - Air Quality
Amended RTS - Appendix 9 - Blasting
Amended RTS - Appendix 10 - BDAR
Amended RTS - Appendix 11-15
Response to EPA Comments _Air Quality_June 2019

Recommendation (9)

Letter of Referral to IPC (SSD 5899)
Brandy Hill Assessment Report_May20
Recommended Conditions_May20
Apendix A_LtrRWCorkery_Apr20
Appendix A_LtrRWCorkey_11May20
Appendix A_LtrHanson_14May20
Appendix A_Ltr 3P Planning Services_March20
Appendix A_Additional Targeted Survey_LetterNov19
Appendix A_Targeted Survey_Biosis_Nov19

Determination (2)

SSD 5899 Brandy Hill Expansion Development Consent
Brandy Hill Quarry Expansion Statement of Reasons

Approved Documents

Management Plans and Strategies (8)

Blast Management Plan
Air Quality Management Plan
Air Quality Management Plan Approval
Approval of Plan Strategy or Study_19102021_095834
Noise Management Plan Approval
Noise Management Plan
Traffic Management Plan Approval
Traffic Management Plan

Other Documents (1)

Water Management Plan Expert Appointment

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Karuah Indigenous Corporation
Comment
Karuah , New South Wales
Message
Karuah Indigenous Corporation
ABN: 74 238 624 267
1/7 Mustons Road, Karuah NSW 2324 (P.O.Box 24) * Phone: (02) 49975952 * Mobile: 0421114853 Email: [email protected]

Date: 14th March 2017
Development Application Brandy Hill Quarry Expansion

We the Karuah Indigenous Corporation have just noted some of the issues that came out of the report that's still needs to happen:

8 Key issues The following additional issues are also considered important:

o Ecological Issues
o Visual Impacts
o Noise and Blasting Impacts
o Air Quality
o Traffic
o Surface & Groundwater
o Aboriginal Archaeology
o Socio-Economic Impacts
o Concrete Batch Plant
o Concrete Waste Management

8.7 Aboriginal Archaeology It is proposed that detailed studies will be undertaken as part of the formal EA which will include:
* A review of relevant environmental information, past Aboriginal cultural heritage investigations and relevant statutory registers and inventories in order to identify areas of archaeological potential and known sites.

* Conducting and documenting aboriginal cultural issues as set out in the Guidelines for Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Impact Assessment and Community Consultation (DEC 2005) as well as the Guide to Investigating, Assessing and Reporting on Aboriginal Cultural Heritage in NSW (OEH, April 2011), Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Consultation Requirements for Proponents (DECCW, April 2010), and Code of Practice for Archaeological Investigation of Aboriginal Objects in New South Wales (DECCW, September 2010).including surveys and the Aboriginal community.

* Identifying the nature and extent of impacts on Aboriginal cultural heritage values across the project area.

Director General's Environmental Assessment Requirements
Section 78A (8A) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979
State Significant Development

Heritage - including: - an Aboriginal cultural heritage assessment (including both cultural and archaeological significance) which must: o demonstrate effective consultation with Aboriginal communities in determining and assessing impacts, and developing and selecting mitigation options and measures; o outline any proposed impact mitigation and management measures (including an evaluation of the effectiveness and reliability of the measures); and - a historic heritage assessment (including archaeology) which must:
o include a statement of heritage impact (including significance assessment) for any State significant or locally significant historic heritage items; and, o outline any proposed mitigation and management measures (including an evaluation of the effectiveness and reliability of the measures);

Thank you



Dave Feeney
Karuah Indigenous Corporation
Chief Executive Officer
Snr Culture Officer

Name Withheld
Object
Nelsons Plains , New South Wales
Message
I oppose the Brandy Hill Quarry Expansion on the grounds of increased truck movements past my residence, leading to excessive:-
noise levels impacting on my quality of life, truck movements should be limited to business hours, Monday to Friday.
vibration levels impacting the integrity of my house and the damage to the road surface, pot holes are always a problem increasing noise levels and vibration.
increased dust and diesel levels impacting air quality and my families health
safety while entering and leaving my property, (the speed limit is 90klm/hr, while other roads in this area have a speed limit between 70klm and 80klm/hr.

I have not make a reportable political donation.
Linda HAROLD
Object
Bolwarra Heights , New South Wales
Message
The details submitted in my first objection still stand. Noise, vibration & pollution. these country roads were not designed to be frequented by hundreds of trucks per day.This many vehicles will impact greatly those who live on or near this road.
Name Withheld
Object
Bolwarra Heights , New South Wales
Message
The impact of the amount of truck movements on the local roads,Paterson rd,tocal Rd & brandy hill Rd is inconsiderable for the impact of noise & detrimental to the road surface.
We love the area we live in & chose to live here because of the country lifestyle & community.
Name Withheld
Object
Brandy Hill , New South Wales
Message
Hello.


I think this idea of having 100+ trucks per hour 24 hours a day 7 days a week running through Brandy Hill is completely ridiculous!

Our roads as is can't handle the amount of traffic that is currently running through it per day,
Iv lived her my whole life and this road has never not had pot holes, broken road surfaces and ruts.

And the fact that the road has to be that bad .i.e having to slow down to 20-40 kmph on a 80kmph road before anything is done about it just shows it isn't and council aren't capible of having such a huge project like this here.

Not to mention Brandy Hill Drive has countless houses/ driveways running off it, buses stops frequently on either side and don't always have the room to completely get off the road way, pushbike rides and no paths or anything for walkers.

And ofcourse the wild life that is very common in this area!
Not to mention the fact that it is clearly, obvious some trucks DON'T stick to the speed limits, and compression breaking!
That's bad enough during the day but at all hours during the night?

And last of all at the bottom of Brandy Hill Drive joining Seaham Road as is they already hold up traffic trying to get out
Which is fair enough but as you know fully loaded trucks take awhile to pick up speed and will only congest this main intersection further.

Thanks for you're time
-Jade


Sue Graham
Object
Brandy Hill , New South Wales
Message
At the moment the quarry and the residents co-exist. We put up with the noise and the damaged road from truck movements but recognise that the quarry was here when we purchased our property. Given that the council is unable to maintain Brandy Hill Drive so that it is safe for light vehicles, I fail to see how the council would be able to maintain the road with more than double the output from the quarry. It is unacceptable for a quarry to more than double its size and consequently its traffic in a residential area. Most of the blocks through and around the proposed truck route are large residential size (not rural, farming) with houses and residential traffic impacted by increased noise, pollution and road usage.
Name Withheld
Support
St Ives , New South Wales
Message
Support this project. Good for ongoing local employment and supporting of regional industry
Name Withheld
Object
Seaham , New South Wales
Message
I am concerned at the increase in the number of trucks on Seaham Road and Clarence Town.
Reasons:
1. I have lived in the area since Year 2000 and over this time I have seen a lot of near misses when impatient drivers overtake slow moving (heavily laden) trucks. Trucks going 60kph on 90kph and 100kph roads is frustrating. More trucks will mean more of this undesirable behavior.
2. Children coming off school buses could easily be obscured by a slow moving truck and not see the car behind which is overtaking
3. To access the Pacific Highway trucks will need to turn right at the lights at the intersection of Adelaide Street and Seaham Road . Already there is an issue in turning right at the lights from Seaham Road into Adelaide St. If there are two slow moving trucks a motorist can wait for two green arrows (two changes of lights) to turn right. Complicating this is the McDonalds restaurant on the corner and its driveway. Also I have known traffic which is trying to turn right into Adelaide St to be banked up past the Seaham Rd and Pt Stephens Road roundabout.
4. There is an issue where the two lanes of Adelaide Street merge to one lane near the school. Traffic is already held up by trucks merging.
Suggestions (which the quarry should pay for NOT Council rates):
(a) taking some land from the adjacent park there could be two turn right lanes into Adelaide Street with one being designated for trucks.
(b) making Adelaide Street two lanes each way from Port Stephens Street to the roundabout at Adelaide St and the Pacific Highway.
c) Brand Hilly Quarry, Martins Creek Quarry and East Seaham Quarry could put in a private road from their Quarries to the Pacific Highway and trucks not travel on public rural roads.

Name Withheld
Support
GLEN OAK , New South Wales
Message
Extension of Brandy Hill Quarry
I have no association whatsoever with Brandy Hill Quarries and I wish to offer support for the expansion of quarry operations, as follows;
Firstly, this is an important local facility providing materials for making concrete, building construction and roads. For many years I have been a customer, and I welcome the proposed concrete batching plant.
Secondly, the quarry provides local employment (nothing to do with me),
Thirdly, the quarry has been in existence for about 30 years and is well established as an important part of our community. It occupies a secluded area of bushland that is well removed from houses in the locality. They are good corporate citizens and I am unaware of any genuine complaints about any aspect of their current operations, and
Fourthly, for business to remain healthy it needs to grow and meet new challenges, and a regional business like this is much more important to the local economy than a comparable operation closer to metropolitan areas. Staff from Port Stephens Council advise that the impacts of associated increases in traffic can be mitigated and I understand that they have made a submission to that effect.
I became aware of the development proposal from reading roadside signs at Nelsons Plains intended to generate resistance to the expansion of the quarry. Unfortunately, these days such issues usually attract a wider secondary audience through social media etc. from amongst those who basically object to everything, which can dominate the submission process. I hope that does not affect the outcome with this proposal.
Also, most local people that would object to the expansion have moved into the area after the quarry opened for business. Many such residential lots were created as part of the process when this quarry was developed in the first place. It is unreasonable that they would now complain about its continuation even with the application of appropriate development controls.
I have no objection to the associated increased activity and I welcome the benefits it offers to our community.
Name Withheld
Support
Granville , New South Wales
Message
The proposal represents significant employment opportunities for people locally as well as providing economical building materials for regional construction projects.
Olivia Freund
Object
Brandy Hill , New South Wales
Message
Firstly, this extension proposal is untenable on the following legal grounds:

1) While the residents of Brandy Hill acknowledge and respect the pre-existence of the quarry prior to any residential dwelling being built or inhabited in the area, it is unreasonable to expect any resident in potentially affected areas to feel as though it is fair. Residents have chosen to live in Brandy Hill and surrounds, and have furthermore based this decision, in the knowledge of the quarry's limited and controlled operating hours, and to now expand its services without proper consultation of the residents or an encompassing and objective assessment of all risk factors brings forth a question of false representation and potential negligence on behalf of Hanson.
2) The common and civil law in New South Wales protects a person's possession of land, most particularly for private residential purposes, and most specifically here regarding lawful protection against public and private nuisance. The residents of Brandy Hill, including but not limited to those living on Brandy Hill Drive and surrounding streets, believe an expansion of the quarry into 24-hour operation will bring continuous and both direct and indirect interference with their use and/or enjoyment of their land. If this extension goes ahead, and such unreasonable interference and interruption becomes a reality, please be aware that this is civilly actionable by residents under tort law in New South Wales. Additionally, please refer to the case of De Keyser's Royal Hotel v Spicer Bros Ltd (1914) 30 TLR 257 where noisy pile driving at night during temporary building works was held to be a private nuisance.

Secondly, the question of safety must also be a focus for the area surrounding the quarry and particular along the route of quarry trucks travelling to and from the site.
1) It has become evident through a number of incidents that quarry trucks, due to their weight and size, have stirred up loose gravel or other objects on Brandy Hill Drive and Seaham Rd and have made contact with cars in driving in front, overtaking or behind the trucks. These impacts include but are not limited to windscreen cracks and paint damage. It goes to follow that, with the greatly increased amount of quarry traffic as proposed, the greater the chance of these incidents occurring.
2) The increased road usage and amount of quarry trucks also raises a question of damage to surrounding roads and any subsequent proposed maintenance to mitigate this. As all residents of Brandy Hill, Seaham and Clarencetown are aware, there is a large pothole on Brandy Hill drive about 50 metres up from the turnoff of Seaham Rd. This pothole has undergone many council repairs and yet it is a permanent fixture on the road because of the daily weight and speed of quarry trucks driving over it. This pothole is in the middle of the lane and requires vehicles to either swerve around it and travel partially over the oncoming traffic lane, or drive over it and potentially sustain damage to their vehicles. I do not believe that rate payers should cover the cost of repeated maintenance on this pothole and other road damage that will be sustained if quarry traffic is increased

Thirdly, as I am yet unaware of the specific demographic makeup of those submitting, I strongly recommend that you place larger weight on those from residents of Brandy Hill and Clarencetown, rather than those from friends of interested parties who are merely submitting to support such vested interests in the project and do not have to live in the surrounding areas. Thankyou
Alan Lawrence
Object
BOLWARRA HEIGHTS , New South Wales
Message
As a resident and ratepayer of the Maitland Shire , I am now writing to you to voice my stong opposition to the proposed expansion of Brandy Hill Quarry, which is currently under submission with the NSW Department of Planning.
I would like to draw your attention to my concerns, re the application for plans for the Expansion of the Brandy Quarry.
I fear that if this project if given approval, it will heavily impact the residents of the Maitland Shire, especially those whose homes are located on or close to the truck routes used to transport the quarried materials through the Maitland Shire.
I base my opposition to this submission for the expansion for the following reasons.

As a resident and ratepayer of the Maitland Shire, I would like to draw your attention to my concerns and voice my strong opposition to the application for plans for the Expansion of the Brandy Hill Quarry.
I fear that if this project if given approval, it will heavily impact the residents of the Maitland Shire, especially those whose homes are located on or close to the truck routes used to transport the quarried materials through the Maitland Shire.

I believe that the application calls for 24-hour plant operation and 7 day per week use of public roads for transportation of materials, will be detrimental to the health and welfare of the residents of this area as this proposal is way outside an acceptable level for supposed residential areas.

I site my concerns in the following areas:

1. Road safety due to the introduction of a large volume of heavy vehicle traffic.

2. A vast increase in noise levels which will be produced by the heavy haulage vehicles

3. Air purity levels, due to dust exuded by the laden vehicles.

4. Increased interruption and congestion to normal road use to Maitland Shire residents. There is already congestion caused by the current volume of trucks at the Belmore Road and, High St intersection Maitland and the Flat Rd & Melbourne St intersection at East Maitland, causing disruption to local traffic flow.

5. Increased interruption, congestion and danger levels to local traffic at the intersection of Paterson Rd and Tocal Rd at Bolwarra Heights.

6. Increase of the already existing damage to Maitland Shire roadways caused by these heavy vehicles.

7. Reduction in Property values due to the increased operation hours and road haulage needs that will be required by the quarry operators.

Yours respectfully: Alan Lawrence

Shaun Raymond
Object
Bolwarra Heights , New South Wales
Message
As a resident and ratepayer of the Maitland Shire , I am writing to you to voice my stong opposition to the proposed expansion of Brandy Hill Quarry, which is currently under submission with the NSW Department of Planning.
I would like to draw your attention to my concerns, re the application for plans for the Expansion of the Brandy Quarry.
I fear that if this project if given approval, it will heavily impact the residents of the Maitland Shire, especially those whose homes are located on or close to the truck routes used to transport the quarried materials through the Maitland Shire.
I base my opposition to this submission for the expansion for the following reasons.

As a resident and ratepayer of the Maitland Shire, I would like to draw your attention to my concerns and voice my strong opposition to the application for plans for the Expansion of the Brandy Hill Quarry.
I fear that if this project if given approval, it will heavily impact the residents of the Maitland Shire, especially those whose homes are located on or close to the truck routes used to transport the quarried materials through the Maitland Shire.

I believe that the application calls for 24-hour plant operation and 7 day per week use of public roads for transportation of materials, will be detrimental to the health and welfare of the residents of this area as this proposal is way outside an acceptable level for supposed residential areas.

I site my concerns in the following areas:

1. Road safety due to the introduction of a large volume of heavy vehicle traffic.

2. A vast increase in noise levels which will be produced by the heavy haulage vehicles

3. Air purity levels, due to dust exuded by the laden vehicles.

4. Increased interruption and congestion to normal road use to Maitland Shire residents. There is already congestion caused by the current volume of trucks at the Belmore Road and, High St intersection Maitland and the Flat Rd & Melbourne St intersection at East Maitland, causing disruption to local traffic flow.

5. Increased interruption, congestion and danger levels to local traffic at the intersection of Paterson Rd and Tocal Rd at Bolwarra Heights.

6. Increase of the already existing damage to Maitland Shire roadways caused by these heavy vehicles.

7. Reduction in Property values due to the increased operation hours and road haulage needs that will be required by the quarry operators.

Respectfully: Shaun Raymond
Brent Caukwell
Object
Brandy Hill , New South Wales
Message
I live at 14 Brandy Hill Drive and have been here for seven years. I have found the trucks already to be quite relentless. i wasn't aware of them when i purchased the house and it took me months to come to terms with the fact that i would have to live with them. Now they want to go 24/7 and double the trucks.I think this is ludicrous. I'm really worried about the devaluing of my property. Can't they build a new road away from the residential areas. Remember they are the ones who'll be making the money on expanding and we are being told to except it. Why should our neighbourhood have to suffer because they say we should.
I drive my daughter to the bus stop and it's just across the road as i'm afraid for her safety, the roads are already under developed for what they are asked to do please don't allow this quarry expansion to proceed.
I will sell my property if this goes ahead as the area will have lost it's charm. As i sit here writing this at 6.56 am i can here the trucks going up and down Brandy Hill Drive.
Please don't let this quarry expansion go ahead.
Name Withheld
Object
Brandy Hills , New South Wales
Message
Noise is always an issue with this quarry, especially due to trucks driving to the quarry during 'closed' hours. We have lost sleep due to loud trucks, as well as almost being run off the road due to unsafe driving practices. Gravel frequently falls off trucks, breaking my windscreen once, and it seems the quarry has no regard for the wellbeing of the community. Expansion would be detrimental to property values, as well as disturbing the quiet enjoyment rights of every resident in the area.
Name Withheld
Object
Seaham , New South Wales
Message
As a community the quarry creates extra traffic between Raymond Terrace and Seaham. Allowing this to open 24 hours is ridiculous for a rural community. Most people moved to the area for the quiet rural environment. Not trucks running 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The roads are not coping with the traffic now. Increasing this traffic will make the roads deteriorate further and create more opportunities for accidents and near misses. Please do not allow this to go any further
Name Withheld
Object
RAYMOND TERRACE , New South Wales
Message
As a regular visitor to Brandy Hill it is disgusting that this expansion has even been considered.
The trucks on this road are so dangerous, noisy and fast.

For the safety of visitors, residents and animals - stop Hanson from ruining this residential area.
Name Withheld
Object
BRANDY HILL , New South Wales
Message
I object strongly to the Brandy Hill Quarry Expansion on the following grounds:
(a) My wife & I moved here 15 yrs ago from an inner N'Cle suburb for the peaceful, quiet lifestyle. We will both be 70yrs of age this year and are proud of our healthy lifestyle which includes a daytime walk. This is very important to us. These walks can be very un-nerving and dangerous as we are forced to walk along the verge of BHD for a significant part in either direction as the footpath is inaccessible. When a B-Double gravel truck approaches, we are forced to carefully step off the verge into the rough with the inherent risk of stumbling.
The proposed increase in truck movements will make our daily walks too dangerous to continue.
(b) The quality of the remainder of our lives as residents living on BHD will be greatly affected by the continuous noise that will be generated by the proposed increase in the number of truck movements and approval of 24hr operations.
(c) As our age necessitates, we have been considering a move to retirement/assisted living in the coming years. However, should this development application be approved, the certain devaluation of our property will make this financially difficult.
Geoffrey Pettett
Object
Wingham , New South Wales
Message
Submission of objection to the proposed Brandy Hill Quarry Expansion application SSD 5899
For the following reasons
1. Currently the quarry when operating can be heard in the township of Largs some 19km away or 16 minutes travel time. The crushing plant and loading of trucks can be heard so the residents closer to this operation would have to endure a lot more. If it is allowed to expand real-time open source noise monitoring made available to the community must be as a condition of consent. This isn't something new as its currently undertaken in the mining industry and others. Strict noise limits and operating hours including truck movements to and from the mine must be comply with. Currently at Coal Mines (Muswellbrook Open Cut) near Muswellbrook the truck movements are a condition of consent, no trucks to leave before 7am. To protect the residents close to the mine from excessive noise and disturbance of sleep. But all the days trucks start lining up along the road from 5.30am to be in the cue for first loads at 7am. With first loads you can get an extra load for the day because you are back just before end of loading and get one up on the other drivers. So the residents aren't protected con-try to the conditions of consent for the trucks roll/ line up early to get a start on the day. There is no parking except for the side of the road at Muswellbrook Coal as its on a small country road. Brandy Hill Quarry although not a coal mine still comes under the same rules for it will be the same method of operation. Trucks start lining up early and park where-ever blocking other road users from safe travels. So it must be a condition of consent that no trucks lined up on side roads/ mine entrance or mine site till mine start at 7am. The idea of 24 hour operations is just ridiculous and could not seriously be considered by anybody. Also Muswellbrook Coal as a gesture of good will to neighbours do not have trucks running during school bus run times as this was a major concern of the community. Brandy Hill Quarry would be the same as these are all narrow country roads with nil room for error or passing safely. So children alighting from buses is a major problem, even though the proponent will rely on road rules and 40km bus flashing lights. A fully loaded truck and dog will take a lot of stopping and restarting around buses. So it must be a condition of consent that trucks are stopped during bus times just like other operations. This would be viewed by the proponent as an erroneous condition but it would just be best practice which is what the Mining Act ask of all mines.
2. At my house in Largs when the mine is operating during Summer dust can be seen well above the tree line from that mine. So if it can be seen from that distance the workers and residence must be in the thick of it. It is the miners responsibility to ensure the safety of worker/ residence and the environment. Currently this miner hasn't for filled that obligation. So it must be a condition of consent that all dust suppression equipment be fully operational at all times, including mining/ loading and processing. On failure of dust suppression equipment mining must stop immediately until rectification.
3. Brandy Hill is an high end residential area with large blocks sold as quiet residential living areas and as such attract higher price per block, most a million plus. With this operation the blocks are worthless. It must be a condition of consent that anyone that fells affected by the mine be offered at current rate the offer of purchase with no leasing of the property for living purposes after sale. Only to protect renters from putting up with the noise and dust under contracts of lease used by coal mines. Mangoola project purchased my noise/ dust affected old house in Wybong and leased it to renters with a contract of no complaints or face eviction clauses. So I was removed from harm but on sale renters were placed back in harms way with no recourse to complain. This can't be allowed.
4. Extracting 1.5 million of hard rock will involve large amounts of blasting which will effect many households. Again as a condition of consent those residents that feel affected and want the purchase of their properties to be undertaken at any time by the miner. Plus drilling to place explosives involves an air track drill rig or similar, these are dry drilling machines and it is very easy to change to water suppression to prevent harm to employees and the environment. So as a condition of consent dust suppression must be used at all times.
5. The land clearing of 49 hectares on top of current cleared land will leave a permanent scarp to the tree line and allow the mine to be seen by neighbours. As in current mining practice top soils have to be removed for latter rehabilitation of affected land. To ensure that the land is returned to useful condition a mine assurity is deposited to the Mines Department in-case the mine folds or be comes unviable. So should Brandy Hill mine have to leave a large deposit to guaranty rehabilitation. These must be a condition of consent.
6. The request for amended operating hours is just a pie in the sky idea and stupid. As mentioned previously the tree line will be opened up, flood lights will have to be installed to protect workers and allow a safe working environment. So all the lights on 24 hours can further disturb neighbours sleep time as well as the noise and truck/ loader/ plant movements. It has to be a condition of consent that no alterations to operating hours is permitted.

7. The thought of 24 hour continuous loading and dispatch is rubbish not only for the previous reasons but for the poor state of the country roads that this product will move across. Think about the 3 shifts of workers (guess 20? each shift) coming and going home multiplied by the number of cars involved by 24 hours that's 120 vehicle movements per day. Then trucks each transporting about 50 tonnes divided by 1.5 million tonnes = 30 thousand but those trucks have to come back so that's 60 thousand movements divided by 365 days =164 per day. Then add 20 thousand tonnes of concrete waste divided by 50 tonnes = 400 but those trucks have to go back empty for they come from other jobs and contractors just disposing of waste so that 800 truck movements divided by 365 days =2 per day. Now the concrete waste once crushed is sold as road base so that would be a further 2 trucks per day. Now low loader machinery delivery trucks would have to deliver once a week and return (=2) and service vehicles for repairs to plant and machinery probably 10 vehicle consecutively and return = 20 per week = 22 total divided by 7 days = 3 truck movement per day . Fuel delivery trucks possibly 2 per week and return so that's 4 movements = .5 per day. Now we can guess that other delivery of oils/ parts/ supplies at about 4 and return so with fuel trucks that 8.5 vehicles per day. So adding them all together = 289.5 extra heavy vehicle movements per day as a conservative estimate on top of the current traffic already using these country roads. This is up to highway volumes and as such the proponent must as a condition of consent give a developer contribution to maintaining and rebuilding the roads network only affected by all roads travelled by this proposal. Not just dumped into general revenue as per usual. A tonnes per km rate would be a good formula for Councils to recover costs associated with this mine and should be a condition of consent. Or just don't allow this proposal to go ahead in it's current format. The dispatching of product is already recorded at plant and it's destination so the tonnes is recorded and km travelled and this is sent to Council's for a invoice or payments due. It's not hard but would improve outcomes for all. Some of the bridges are single lane or wood construction on the proposed routes used to deliver and receive product and will not be able to handle these volumes. Going though Largs for example at the court house traffic lights during peck hour you can only get one truck through at a time due to changed signal times. So tucks will be backed up for km on top of current traffic. Don't allow this proposal to go ahead.



Usual Pre and Post licence alteration
It is normal practice on completion of the public comments and even after licence approval for companies to complain about erroneously harsh condition of consent and apply for watering down of these conditions. This watering down doesn't give the community a chance to respond to claims and alterations proposed by the proponent and must be discouraged. It must be a condition of consent that during the life of the operation with any owner that no alteration to consent conditions can occur. Unless the communities have the opportunity to respond to alterations and it is to improve environmental out comes or remove harm to fauna and flora.



Geoff Pettett
1339 Gloucester Rd Wingham 2429 NSW
0427478189
I have no affiliation past or present with the proponent or it's employees but I object to this proposal
Name Withheld
Object
Brandy Hill , New South Wales
Message
My concerns focus mainly on the fact that the Brandy Hill estate is a residential area with people ranging from young children to the elderly and all ages in between. Everyone here chose to live here for the peace, tranquility, and healthy living this area offers. We completely accept that the Brandy Hill quarry is part of this area IN ITS CURRENT CAPACITY, NOT THE PROPOSED EXPANDED FORM!!
Noise and pollution from trucks travelling at high speeds along Brandy Hill Drive are severely detrimental to residents' safety, health and wellbeing. The road was never built to withstand the sheer volume of trucks travelling along it now, let alone the proposed increase. Potholes appear on a weekly basis along this road and the trucks must be contributing significantly to this. My windscreen was cracked by flying gravel from one of the trucks a few months ago. Road safety and risk of accidents is higher when quarry trucks are around. I see parents scurrying their kids across Brandy Hill Drive to avoid oncoming trucks. I regularly see wildlife dead on the side of the road from the early morning trucks scuttling along Brandy Hill Drive. Our property values are sure to drop as no one will want to pay decent amounts of money to live here no matter how beautiful our properties are.
Do you really believe the quarry expansion won't destroy this area? No one with any common sense would think it'll be ok. It won't!
Please also take into consideration that Hanson will be trying to submit as many applications in support of the expansion through their employees, most of whom I'm sure don't live in the area and couldn't care less about the terrible impact it will have on us who live here and love it very much.
We know we're fighting against a very rich and powerful organisation but please consider our situation and the fact that many hundreds of lives will be severely affected as a result of the quarry expansion.
Thank you.

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Application Number
SSD-5899
Assessment Type
State Significant Development
Development Type
Extractive industries
Local Government Areas
Port Stephens
Decision
Approved
Determination Date
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