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Public submissions re-open for controversial Martins Creek Quarry proposal

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The Independent Planning Commission (IPC) will re-open public submissions for the controversial Martins Creek Quarry (MCQ) Project.

Daracon is currently seeking to extract 1.1 million tonnes of material, comprising of andesite hard rock, from the site annually for up to 25 years, as well as expanding into other extraction areas and the consolidation of existing operations and approvals.

While the NSW Department of Planning gave the company’s proposal the “green light”, despite a number of concerns being raised about noise and traffic congestion, environmental impacts, road safety and rail haulage, the IRC has now extended the date for further comments – from residents, community leaders and businesses – to 31 January after the proponent tendered new material.

Maitland state MP Jenny Aitchison and Labor candidate for Upper Hunter Peree Watson welcomed the commission’s move.

“I am pleased that the IPC has re-opened public submissions for the Martins Creek Quarry Project,” the Shadow Minister for Regional Transport and Roads said.

“Local constituents whom I have met have shared with me their fears about the significant impact of the proposal on our roads and traffic within the Maitland LGA.

“I urge people to make their wishes known to the Independent Planning Commission before the 31 January deadline.”

Ms Watson echoed Ms Aitchison’s sentiments.

“When I’ve been doorknocking in Bolwarra, Lorn, Largs and Paterson, the Martins Creek Quarry project has been raised with me time and time again,” she said.  

“This is a very concerning issue for local residents, particularly the cumulative effect of increased truck movements on local roads.

“People deserve to feel safe in their communities and on their own thoroughfares, so it’s really important the IPC gets this right.

“I’ll be doing everything I can.

“And, I encourage local residents to make a submission to the IPC to have their voices heard.”

Meanwhile, the Martins Creek Quarry Action Group (MCQAG) has also expressed its trepidation towards the project.

The local community organisation is campaigning:

  • For government recognition that the Martins Creek Quarry expansion plan is a totally unacceptable and incompatible land use development
  • That any MCQ expansion approval must limit extraction by road to the existing approved limit of 0.3MMtpa
  • That operating hours of the quarry be limited to five day per week, operations from 7am to 5pm
  • That Impact Assessments consider and address combined cumulative impact of both Martins Creek and Brandy Hill quarries

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