New South Wales
Please note that I do not in any way object to any businesses making the best of there current situation, my own and many others major concerns are the factors outside the control of the proposed expansion and the effects thereof. The effect this kind of quarrying has already been extremely detrimental to the local community and area from McGraths Hill to Pitt Town to Cattai through to Maroota and on down the Old Northern Road. Other than the massive destruction of the area in question, the effect of notorious ‘tipper trucks’ hammering up and down Wisemans Ferry Road is already at a dangerous limit, the road is not designed for this type of vehicle, never mind them all having to go through the small area of Pitt Town. A 70% increase in this questionable vehicle type is absolute madness, please read that part of the proposal again, 180 more trucks per day, on a narrow very windy stretch of road which is not suitable for them. Anyone whom has encountered these trucks, especially in convoy heading towards you is intimidating at best, clearly dangerous at worst. This can only result in serious injuries, both animal and ultimately human (animal rights have already highlighted the massive kill area at Little Cattai Creek, they will not be impressed with this new inevitable cost).
We all know these truck are not the best on the road and have only one agenda, to get from A to B as quickly as possible, no matter what the cost. Yes, I have heard the argument that they are satellite tracked but that system is flawed as it only covers a fraction of the trucks and does not take into account traffic conditions or dangerous bends/road conditions (allegedly limited to 80klmph). Mixing this with the fact that there are many new developments taking place in this scenic area, which means more families, therefore more house hold traffic, which in turn means greater numbers of young, inexperienced drivers on this road. Facing a ‘tipper-truck’ coming the other way, too fast and normally not concentrating on the driving side of the job, is a hazard which should not be allowed, and is an unacceptable risk.
Demand for a product will override most things, but imagine if your family and kids were on the same road as 180 extra ‘tipper-truck’ drivers treating the road as a race track/cash cow. The quarries hours may be 6.00am to 6.00pm 6 days a week, but the trucks start tearing up the road at 4.30am.
Be rest assured, we as a community will be objecting to this proposal, as any concerned parent would.