Concerns about quarry plans

Concerned: Local residents had a meeting at Monkey Creek cafe in January.
Concerned: Local residents had a meeting at Monkey Creek cafe in January.

Residents have until March 20 to make a submission on a proposal to move thousands of waste-carrying trucks over the Mountains to an old quarry near Bell.

The plan to rehabilitate the old quarry would see approximately 1.2 million cubic metres of fill trucked from Sydney along the Great Western Highway or via Bells Line of Road to Bell, where it would be moved along Sandham Road to Newnes Junction.

There was a community meeting about the quarry DA a week ago at Clarence RFS Shed attended by around 60 locals including members of the local RFS brigades.

Bell resident and retired truck driver/owner Kaye Whitbread said that the DA would allow a truck to pass along Sandham Road nine metres from her bedroom window every nine minutes.

Submissions should be made to Lithgow Council, which governs the Newnes area (council@lithgow.nsw.gov.au). But, because the proposal is defined as a regional development, it will ultimately be determined by a Joint Regional Planning Panel, not council.