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Clarence Valley Council call for submissions on increased daily truck limits at peak times …

On 15th December 2016 the Joint Regional Planning Panel met to consider an application by Sheridans Hard Rock Quarry/Matsid Pty Ltd to vary their existing development permit to allow for an increase of daily truck movements from 20 vehicles (40 return trips) to 66 vehicles (132 return trips) during periods of peak demand, whilst not exceeding the annual permitted number of truck movements.  This represents one truck every five minutes during daylight hours on peak days.

This application was of great concern to the community as, whilst the application was made to Clarence Council in relation to Bald Hills Road, this represents only 13% of the actual journey – the remaining portion of the journey along Waterfall Way and through the townships of Dorrigo and Bellingen accounts for 87% of the journey.

Following representations from members of the community, the JRPP deferred their decision to allow further consultation with the relevant stakeholders – including Bellingen Shire Council, with particular regard to the impacts of peak truck movements through Dorrigo and Bellingen.

An advertisement (see below) was placed in the Bellingen Courier Sun by the Clarence Valley Council on 20 December 2017 – calling for submissions in relation to the modification application.  A notice was not placed in the Dorrigo Gazette as it had already shut down for Christmas.  Due to the timing of this advertisement, it would appear that it went un-noticed by the majority of the community.  FOWW was able to make a submission by the required deadline of 15 January 2018.

Hernani quarry fined

Sheridans Hard Rock Quarry/Matsid Pty Ltd is currently seeking permission to vary their existing development permit to allow for an increase of daily truck movements from 20 vehicles (40 return trips) to 66 vehicles (132 return trips) during periods of peak demand, whilst not exceeding the annual permitted number of truck movements.  This represents one truck every five minutes during daylight hours on peak days.
In view of the quarry’s most recent breach of license conditions (see below), this application is of considerable concern to the community.  The FOWW Working Group has made a submission to Clarence Valley Council in relation to this application.
Bellingen Courier Sun – October 04 2017Image from http://www.sheridanshardrockquarry.com.au/

Image from http://www.sheridanshardrockquarry.com.au/

Sheridan’s Hard Rock Quarry Pty Ltd has been fined $15,000 by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) for over extraction of quarry materials at Hernani.

The EPA received a request from the licensee in June 2017 to increase the extraction limit as part of the operator’s Environment Protection Licence.

In July 2017, the EPA contacted the licensee requesting the quarry’s extraction records from the 2016-17 licence period (ended on 11 April 2017).

The quarry operator was found to have extracted more than 40,000 tonnes of material in the 2016-17 licence period than was permitted under their licence. The licensee also exceeded the fee-based activity scale limit of 50,000 – 100,000 tonnes extracted per annum.

EPA Regional Director North, Adam Gilligan, said the licensee blamed an administrative oversight as the reason for not applying to vary the licence during the 2016-17 licence period.

“Whilst this breach is administrative in nature with no evidence of environmental harm, it is essential for the EPA to take action on this matter to ensure the integrity of the regulatory system is maintained,” Mr Gilligan said.

“In failing to follow the proper process, the licensee has avoided over $10,000 in licence fees and exceed their licence limits by over 50%.”

It is the obligation of all licence holders to apply to the EPA for a licence variation if it anticipates that any change at the premises (operational or administrative) may impact on its compliance with a licence condition. Such applications must be made prior to any non-compliance with a licence condition occurring.”

Source: Bellingen Courier Sun – October 04 2017

Waterfall Way Draft Corridor Strategy

The following article appeared in the Bellingen Courier-Sun on 02 August 2017.
Further information appears on this page below the article – we encourage you to submit your thoughts on the draft strategy by Monday 21 August 2017.

Bellingen Courier-Sun 02 August 2017

Roads and Maritime Services in collaboration with Transport for NSW has developed the Waterfall Way Draft Corridor Strategy.  This draft sets out the proposed strategic vision to manage and guide the development of the Waterfall Way road corridor to improve safety, traffic efficiency and sustainability.  The draft strategy can be viewed at www.rms.nsw.gov.au/northerncorridors

The RMS is asking for community feedback on the draft strategy.  The feedback period is from Monday 24 July to Monday 21 August 2017.

To provide feedback you can:

Whilst there is currently no commitment, or funding for, the proposed actions identified in this draft, your feedback will shape future planning and you are encouraged to send comments.

 

 

BSC responds to our letter …

Here is the Bellingen Shire Council’s response to our letter of 09 January, 2017:

Note that our letter did not refer to the DA modification request by Sheridans Hard Rock Quarry, rather it contained questions relating to the long term effects on the community of increased heavy vehicle traffic over the coming years.

BSC Response Page 1

BSC Response Page 1

BSC Response Page 2

BSC Response Page 2

This document can be printed in pdf format:  BSC response to our letter