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State Significant Development

Assessment

Martins Creek Quarry Project

Dungog Shire

Current Status: More Information Required

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  1. SEARs
  2. Prepare EIS
  3. Exhibition
  4. Collate Submissions
  5. Response to Submissions
  6. Assessment
  7. Recommendation
  8. Determination

The proposal involves the extraction of 1.1 million tonnes of material per annum, comprising of andesite hard rock, expansion into new extraction areas and the consolidation of existing operations and approvals.

EPBC

This project is a controlled action under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and will be assessed under the bilateral agreement between the NSW and Commonwealth Governments, or an accredited assessment process. For more information, refer to the Department of Agriculture Water and the Environment's website.

Attachments & Resources

Notice of Exhibition (1)

Notice of Exhibition_02062021_120010

Request for SEARs (6)

MCQP_Revised SEARs_v3 2016
MCQP_DoE ARs_August 2016
Martins Creek Quarry PEA
MCQ PEA Appendices F-G
MCQ PEA Appendices B-E
MCQ PEA Appendix A

EIS (69)

Application_20190304004440
21. EIS_AppK_Geological Assessment Pt 3
13. EIS_AppC_Environmental Management Plan Pt2
21. EIS_AppK_Geological Assessment Pt 9
21. EIS_AppK_Geological Assessment Pt 2
19. EIS_AppI_Acoustic Report_ including response to Dept
18. EIS_AppH_Engineering & Transort Assessment figures
24. EIS_AppN_Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment Report
22. EIS_AppL_Biodiversity Assessment Report
16. EIS_AppF_Air Quality Impact Assessment
18. EIS_AppH_Pavement Condition Survey Assessment
10. Environmental Impact Statement_Main Text
21. EIS_AppK_Geological Assessment Pt 8
25. EIS_AppO_Social and Economic Assessment
15. EIS_AppE_Stakeholder Consultation Issues Report
26. EIS_AppP_Visual Impact Assessment
21. EIS_AppK_Geological Assessment Pt 6
18. EIS_AppH_Traffic Impact Assessment
19. EIS_AppI_Geology and Blast Vibration Assessment
23. EIS_AppM_Historical Heritage Assessment
17. EIS_AppG_Water Quality Impact Assessment
12. EIS_AppB_Martins Creek Quarry Business and Extraction
21. EIS_AppK_Geological Assessment Pt 7
21. EIS_AppK_Geological Assessment Pt 5
18. EIS_AppH_Future Pavement Maintenance Requirements
12. EIS_AppB_Photographs of site and surrounds
13. EIS_AppC_Budget Estimate Report
20. EIS_AppJ_Bushfire Assessment Report
19. EIS_AppI_Acoustic Wall Plans and Drawings
19. EIS_AppI_Blasting and Vibration Report
14. EIS_AppD_Heavy Vehicle Route and Market Assessment
14. EIS_AppD_Council correspondence_ alternate route Pater
13. EIS_AppC_Job Creation Report
13. EIS_AppC_Final Pit Design Plan
22. EIS_AppL_Biodiversity Offset Strategy
21. EIS_AppK_Geological Assessment Pt 10
14. EIS_AppD_Rail Logistics Report
14. EIS_AppD_Council correspondence_ alternate route Pater
21. EIS_AppK_Geological Assessment Pt12
20. EIS_AppJ_Quarry Face Stability Assessment
18. EIS_AppH_Engineering & Transport Assessment
13. EIS_AppC_Staging Mine Plan 20 yr Plan
13. EIS_AppC_Staging Mine Plan 15 yr Plan
13. EIS_AppC_Staging Mine Plan 10 yr Plan
13. EIS_AppC_Staging Mine Plan 5 yr Plan
22. EIS_AppL_Flora and Fauna Management Plan
21. EIS_AppK_Geological Assessment Pt1
21. EIS_AppK_Geological Assessment Pt 4
20. EIS_AppJ_Contamination Assessment
18. EIS_AppH_Emails from revelant Councils re road and pav
13. EIS_AppC_Staging Mine Plan 20 yr Cross Section
13. EIS_AppC_Staging Mine Plan 15 yr Cross Section
13. EIS_AppC_Staging Mine Plan 5 yr Cross Section
13. EIS_AppC_Staging Mine Plan 10 yr Cross Section
13. EIS_AppC_Extraction Plan Stage 7
13. EIS_AppC_Final Pit Design Cross Section
13. EIS_AppC_Extraction Plan Stage 6
13. EIS_AppC_Extraction Plan Stage 5
13. EIS_AppC_Extraction Plan Stage 4
13. EIS_AppC_Extraction Plan Stage 3
13. EIS_AppC_Extraction Plan Stage 2
13. EIS_AppC_Extraction Plan Stage 1
12. EIS_AppB_Crown Lands Road Status Letter
12. EIS_AppB_Summary of existing operations and approvals
12. EIS_AppB_ARTC Agreement in Principle_ Road Overbridge
22. EIS_AppL_Site Rehabilitation Plan
11. EIS_AppA_SEARs Compliance Table August 2016
21. EIS_AppK_Geotechnical Assessment Report
21. EIS_AppK_Geological Assessment Pt11

Engagement (2)

Issues raised at the community meeting 2 November 2016
DPE Presentation Martins Creek Extension Project 2 Nov 2016

Response to Submissions (2)

Request RTS_02082021_055555
3957_R12_Submissions Report_FINAL

Agency Advice (28)

Dungog Shire Council
Port Stephens Council
GSNSW
BCD letter-Martins Creek Quarry-21March2022
RFS
DPE Water Response
Dungog SC Noise Issues Review Feb 2017
Transport NSW
Health NSW
BCD letter - Martins Creek Quarry RTS
DPIE Water Response
HNSW ACH SSD 6612 RTS
EPA response to DPIE
TfNSW Response - SSD 6612 - Martins Creek Quarr
Martins Creek SSD6612 HCNSW
HNSW ACH - SSD-6612 - Martins Creek
DPI
DPI Ag - Advice Martins Ck Amend App and RTS
DPIE Water response
Heritage Division
J. McDonough Martin Creek Quarry RTS
RMS
EPA Resonse Martins Creek Quarry Extension
TfNSW Response - Martins Creek Extension Project
EPA
Maitland City Council
OEH
BCD advice on Amendment Report

Amendments (21)

DPIE Agreement to Amend DA_6/11/2020
Daracon Request Amended DA_07/09/2020
Appendix A - SEARs _
Appendix R - Submission Summary
Appendix Q - Register of Submitters
Appendix P - Economics Impact Assessment
Appendix O - Social Impact Assessment
Appendix N - Rail Logistics Options Report
Appendix M - Gostwyck Bridge Report
Appendix L - Pavement Condition Analysis
Appendix K - Heritage Impact Statement
Appendix J - Biodiversity and Offset Assessments
Appendix I - Surface Water Impact Assessment
Appendix H- Groundwater Impact Assessment
Appendix G - Blasting Impact Assessment
Appendix F - Greenhouse Gas and Energy Assessment
Appendix E - Air Quality Impact Assessment
Appendix D - Noise Impact Assessment
Appendix C - Traffic Impact Assessment
Appendix B - Geological Impact Assessment
MCQ ADA and RTS Main text

Additional Information (18)

RFI Request for Additional Information_27052022_090842
3957C_R23_2022_Riparian_Condition_Monitoring_FINAL
RFI Request for Additional Information_14032022_073658
Attachment A Water Group advice on RtS
RFI Request for Additional Information_04022022_092932
BCD letter - Martins Creek Quarry RTS_
DPE Request for Response to Submissions Report 2/12/2016
RFI Request for Additional Information_14122021_110338
Attachment A BCD comments
RFI Addendum -BCD Comments 20220330
RFI Request for Additional Information_30112021_063018
RFI Request for Additional Information_19112021_041132
RFI - VPAs_20211202
Martins Creek Traffic Counts
3957C_DPIE_20211215_ltr
SSD 6612_DPIE Water Group Response_20220223
3957C - RFI
3957C_BCD RFI Addendum_V1

Submissions

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Richard Grant
Object
Paterson , New South Wales
Message
To Whom it may concern,
I write this submission to the department of Planning and Environment to formally object to all aspects of the proposal of the expansion and change of operation of the Martins Creek Quarry.

The townships of Martins Creek, Paterson and surrounding areas are historic towns of great importance in the story of Australia's exploration and colonisation and because of that local residents have a great pride of our towns. For the last 100 years the surrounding towns and cities lived with and indeed grew in part thanks to the Martins creek quarry. Up until 2012 it was a semi harmonious existence but now with new ownership, increased activity and proposal for expansion the balance is lost and the proud towns of Martins Creek and Paterson stand to become dust covered places, stripped of their charm on a haul road of corporate greed and bullying.

The increased road haulage will destroy the roads, at the cost of the rate payer, destroy tourism and have adverse affects on the local environment and its human inhabitants.

This is a growing world and we should support that, sustainably and responsibly, but not at the expense of the happiness and wellbeing of so many lives that will be affected by this careless and ruthless expansion.

Thankyou for your consideration,
Richard
Name Withheld
Object
MORPETH , New South Wales
Message
I totally object to this development as it will increase the number of large trucks travelling through the villages surrounding it.
Large trucks are ruining the heritage significance of the village of Morpeth. The village relies on tourism to remain viable.
The NSW Government funded a 3rd Hunter river crossing which is under-utilised. All trucks should be directed to use this bypass route. The Morpeth Bridge should be restricted to light traffic. Tourists are not interested in visiting places where the amenity is destroyed by the excessive noise generated by large gravel trucks.
You need to send a delegate to see how destructive large trucks are in our heritage streets. Believe it or not tourists actually like to walk around and experience the atmosphere. Large trucks just produce excessive noise and pollution.
Please include designate truck routes and help protect the heritage village of Morpeth.
Name Withheld
Object
MARTINS CREEK , New South Wales
Message
The Martins Creek Quarry expansion will destroy the current rural village atmosphere we have enjoyed living amongst for the last 30 years.

The damage to the physical environment and the wildlife would be catastrophic to the area.

The social aspects will have on-going ramifications and cause conflict & stress in a previously serene environment.

The expansion will benefit very few, but be detrimental to many.
Australian Industry Group
Support
NEWCASTLE , New South Wales
Message
See attached letter
Attachments
Name Withheld
Object
Paterson , New South Wales
Message
I oppose the Martins Creek Quarry expansion on a number of grounds. The volume of heavy trucks that are going to be on our roads. There are forever roadworks along the route now and it will only get worse. Heavy impact of traffic going through the vllage of Paterson. The hours that are planned for operations in this area are way too long. The higher risk of a bad accident occuring between trucks and other road users, does not matter who is at fault. The last issue I have will be the constant noise from the quarry and trucks on the road.
Miriam Morris
Object
Clarence Town , New South Wales
Message
I object to increase in traffic issuing from the Martins Creek quarry on the grounds that it will increase visual, noise and air pollution in what is a lovely rural area. The increase in the number of trucks in this area has been a major issue to the locals, and as a resident of the Dungog Shire I find that the traffic increase caused by these trucks should be investigated.
Angus Duguid
Object
Paterson , New South Wales
Message
Dear Sir/Madam

I write this e-mail to oppose the Martins Creek Quarry Expansion for several reasons.
Paterson is deemed by many to be a quaint rural town. It is spoken of positively in nearly every sphere of life except when it comes to truck traffic!
As it stands now, the truck movements coming from Martins Creek Quarry spoil this quaint town! It would be hard to imagine an increase in the truck movements!
As a recreational cyclist in the area I am fully aware of how menacing these trucks can be. Given that this is a cycling tourism area an increase in trucks may negatively affect tourism, not to mention the hazard factor.
It is about time that we saw an example where the people win and not the large organizations at the expense of the people.
Please maintain a quality of life in this rural quaint town and surrounding areas by rejecting this expansion of the Quarry.

I have not made a reportable political donation.

Yours sincerely
Angus Duguid
Name Withheld
Object
Paterson , New South Wales
Message
I do not support the expansion of Martins Creek Quarry.
Name Withheld
Object
Paterson , New South Wales
Message
I no not support the expansion of Martins Creek Quarry.
Name Withheld
Object
PATERSON , New South Wales
Message
I oppose the Martins Creek Quarry Expansion as this proposal will adversely affect the health and well being of a large number of people within the Shires of Dungog, Port Stephens and Maitland.

The volume of the proposed truck movements is totally unacceptable due to the impact it will have on residents living within several townships including Paterson.

There will be significant increases in noise, dust and vibration which will render most properties along the proposed "haul routes" uninhabitable and severely impact property values.

The sheer volume of trucks using the local rural roads will make using local roads treacherous at all times of the day and destroy the amenity of Paterson township.

The dust and vibration caused by truck movements will adversely affect residents health and buildings will continue to suffer vibration related damage.

The hours of operation proposed for road transport of materials is unacceptable. All truck movements must be limited to between 6am and 5pm as an absolute maximum. Any additional extension to operating hours will significantly disrupt the lives of residents living along the haul routes.

Regards

Robert Holt.
Name Withheld
Object
PATERSON , New South Wales
Message
I oppose the Martins Creek Quarry Expansion as this application will adversely affect the well being of a large number of people living along the proposed haul route within the Shires of Dungog, Port Stephens and Maitland.

The number of the proposed truck movements is totally unacceptable due to the impact it will have on residents living within several townships including Paterson.

The volume of trucks using the local roads will make using local roads unsafe at all times of the day and destroy the amenity of Paterson township.
Tourism will be impacted over time with less people visiting the region, this will further have an impact on the economy of the region.

There will be significant increases in noise, dust and vibration which will make properties along the proposed haul route uninhabitable and severely impact property values. The buildings will continue to suffer vibration related damage.

The hours of operation proposed for road transport of materials is unacceptable. All truck movements must be limited to between 6am and 5pm as an absolute maximum. Any additional extension to operating hours will significantly disrupt the lives of residents living along the haul routes and severely affect residents health and well-being.

Regards
Name Withheld
Object
Martins Creek , New South Wales
Message
I live at 46 Merchants Rd, Martins Creek 2420 and my property is 9 acres and adjoins Daracon Quarry.
Our property line is about 200 to 300 metresfrom the quarry and our house is approx. 500 to 600 metres from the quarry. My family and I have lived here for almost 14 years.
Our house is built of brick and tile and has endured cracking of walls and plaster and moving of tiles due to the quarry explosives/blasting. I have made complaints to the quarry and EPA and nothing has been done. Every time there is a blast our whole house shakes.
We want to put our property on the market due to personal reasons, but am finding it very hard to keep up with repairing the constant cracks which is devaluating our house.
I am sure this is because the quarry is close by and the blasting and effects this has on our property.
There is no blast monitoring on our property and I do not think anywhere along Merchants Rd, even though we here are a lot closer to the quarry than the houses in View St where there are monitors, I am sure if you where to put monitors along Merchants Rd you would understand the concern.
I OPPOSE THE EXPANSION OF THE QUARRY, IT SHOULD NOT BE ANY BIGGER THAN IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE 5 YEARS AGO AND WITH SMALLER AND FEWER BLASTINGS.
Ervin Field
Object
Woodville , New South Wales
Message
I am a resident of Woodville NSW, the Martins Creek quarry is about 8 Klms from my home which is situated just of Butterwick Road which is one of the main roads that the trucks from this quarry use every day, I am a shift worker doing 14hr shifts, at the moment I do get a lot of noise from the truck movements ( especially the empty ones which make a great deal of noise because of the truck and trailer connections rattling ) and do sometimes have a problem turning of Butterwick Road to access my home as the turn of is on a corner and the speed limit which the trucks regularly do is 100kh, there is no pull of lane to move into to get out of there path, it is also very unsafe at the moment exiting our street because of the speed these trucks are doing, fully loaded or empty they do 100kh around this corner, by allowing them to expand the quarry and put more trucks on this road will make it a very dangerous intersection and could quite possibly cause a fatal accident, my children bring our grandchildren out to see us regularly and I would hate to think that this expansion could cause the death of one or more of them, I will be monitoring your decision closely and I only hope that you make the right one for all residents that will be affected by it.
Brett Sweetman
Object
Vacy , New South Wales
Message
I oppose the martins creek quarry expansion because it already shakes my house when they blast and too much noise from trucks beeping and continually destroying our roads. It must not go ahead.
Name Withheld
Object
Vacy , New South Wales
Message
I oppose the martins creek quarry expansion
There are too many trucks on the road from the quarry already I don't want to have any more
Name Withheld
Object
Bolwarra Heights , New South Wales
Message
I Oppose the Martins Creek Quarry Expansion

Living on Tocal Road, I strongly appose the expansion of Martins Creek Quarry. Tocal Road is already a busy road, with the traffic noise increasing all the time. There are numerous bus stops along the road for school children pick ups. There is also no cycle/ foot paths for safe pedestrian movement. I already feel unsafe when walking on the road, and fear more my children.

The roads are not designed to take the load and size of the vehicles, and the road is already getting busier with public cars, as the area expands.

I am the owner of my property, and feel the value of my property will go down because of the "death trap" the road will become. let alone the noise pollution.

the expansion must not go ahead - keep it safe for the School Run and Children. Tocal Road must stay residential.





david evans
Object
brandy hill , New South Wales
Message
i oppose the martins creek quarry expansion. not only will this cause excessive disruption with more than 1 heavy double b vehicle every 45 seconds it will cause the roads to deteriorate at a rapid rate. it will be potholes everywhere. and councils everywhere do not have the money to fix them. i moved here to escape the rat race and now in the first year of retirement this absurd idea of 80 double b vehicle movements every hour. someone is bound to be killed trying to get out of their street and dodging trucks which drive fast because the more trips the more money they make. vehicles going in both directions don't forget. not to mention plummeting property prices as a result of all the noise. cannot imagine anyone wanting to live with the noise and risk of accident to themselves or their family. the cited number of movements of trucks and the hours each day are absurd. i oppose this proposed expansion completely
Tracey Showman
Object
Paterson , New South Wales
Message
I oppose the Martins Creek Quarry expansion.
My concern is my entire quality of life living in this town. I live in the 80km zone between Paterson and the Dungog turnoff.
The impact on my family, my home and the environment.
The value of my property. the safety of my children learning to drive.
The impact on a historical town and tourism.

I have not made a reportable political donation.
Chris Graham
Object
NELSON PLAINS , New South Wales
Message
Dear Sir/Maddam,

I wish to make application to oppose the Martins Creek Quarry Expansion Project on the following grounds

1. Noise- I believe the road noise from the additional trucks and earlier loading times will affect our family sleep and rest. The proposed opening of the quarry from 5.30 am will have trucks on the road going to the quarry at 4.30 am. Unladded truck cause a lot of echo noise as the truck dog trailers bounce over the road surface. Also ladden trucks turning from Brandy ill Drive into Seaham road need to go up an incline from a stamdimng start causing lots of noise as they go up through their gears up the hill.

2. Safety -The proposal to allow 80 trucks/ hour needs to be considered with the number of truck movements per hour from the nearby Brandy Hill quarry. The route from the quarry to the Pacifica hwy uses Brandy Hill Drive which is only a local road. This amount of large truck traffic on our local roads will cause safety issues with people getting frustrated travelling for long distances behind slow vehicles on single lane roads which will lead to people taking overtaking risks. The route has many cross streets and will be difficult for these trucks to stop quickly if a car turns out infront of them trying to get in front of the truck.

3. Damage to roads- The increase of truck movemnets will cause major road degragation as many roads are not local and not buildt for such intence heavy vehicle traffic daily. This will put pressure on our local councils for cost of the road upkeep.
Tony Clift
Object
Brandy hill , New South Wales
Message
My family have resided in Brandy Hill for thirteen years. We have been subject to the noise. Dust. Disruption. And inconvenience of the quarry trucks all this time. Our land values have been affected and our roads, seaham Rd and Brandy hill drive have also suffered. In fact there is a large pothole in newly repaired road at the intersection of Leumeah Close and Brandy Hill Drive as I write.

The land zoning is rural residential. The proposal is not in keeping with this zoning. The trucks inhihibit our use of Brandy Hill drive to walk and cycle. Similarly on Seaham Road. The pavement is always in a state of disrepair.

We have grown hedges to try to mitigate the noise, to minimal effect.

The early start of the truck movements is also unacceptable. I am not allowed to operate heavy machinery at 5.30am!

I sincerely reauest thst common sense will orevail and that this propisal be disallowed.

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Project Details

Application Number
SSD-6612
EPBC ID Number
2016/7725
Assessment Type
State Significant Development
Development Type
Extractive industries
Local Government Areas
Dungog Shire

Contact Planner

Name
James Mcdonough