Ar­ca­dia Quarry/Dump Site?

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Front Page -

Res­i­dents of Ar­ca­dia and Gee­lans Road have been call­ing the work at 22 Gee­lans Road a dump site or more like a quarry, and from the im­age, you can prob­a­bly un­der­stand why.

Two DA's were sub­mit­ted by the owner, one for earth­works and one for an eques­trian dres­sage area and as­so­ci­ated shed. When neigh­bour­ing res­i­dents were ad­vised of the DA, it looked quite harm­less. To­tal works cost­ing $350,000 and ap­prox­i­mately 12 weeks to com­plete. Works started in July 2016. We are now in Au­gust 2017 and the trucks are still ar­riv­ing. As re­ported by res­i­dents at the Com­mu­nity Meet­ing on Fri­day 25th Au­gust, the trucks have been ar­riv­ing at a rate of 20 truck and dogs per day since then. One res­i­dent re­ported that when they spoke to the fore­man at the site, he said he thought works would con­tinue un­til July 2019, although this has yet to be sub­stan­ti­ated.

Res­i­dents of Ar­ca­dia and Gee­lans Road have been call­ing the work at 22 Gee­lans Road a dump site or more like a quarry, and from the im­age, you can prob­a­bly un­der­stand why.

Two DA's were sub­mit­ted by the owner, one for earth­works and one for an eques­trian dres­sage area and as­so­ci­ated shed. When neigh­bour­ing res­i­dents were ad­vised of the DA, it looked quite harm­less. To­tal works cost­ing $350,000 and ap­prox­i­mately 12 weeks to com­plete. Works started in July 2016. We are now in Au­gust 2017 and the trucks are still ar­riv­ing. As re­ported by res­i­dents at the Com­mu­nity Meet­ing on Fri­day 25th Au­gust, the trucks have been ar­riv­ing at a rate of 20 truck and dogs per day since then. One res­i­dent re­ported that when they spoke to the fore­man at the site, he said he thought works would con­tinue un­til July 2019, although this has yet to be sub­stan­ti­ated. Ray Hadley from 2GB took up the res­i­dents con­cerns af­ter they had con­tin­ual prob­lems try­ing to get Hornsby Coun­cil to re­view the sit­u­a­tion. Ray spoke on air to Matt Kean, Ju­lian Leeser and Mayor Steve Rus­sell. Ju­lian Leeser at­tended the res­i­dents meet­ing to­gether with Deputy Mayor Michael Hutchense, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Matt Kean's of­fice and two Coun­cil Officers.

Many is­sues were raised at the Com­mu­nity Meet­ing, the main points were: 1. Trucks and dogs trav­el­ling too fast and 'run­ning peo­ple off

the road'. 2. Truck and dogs lin­ing up along Blacks and Ar­ca­dia Road (out­side Ar­ca­dia Pub­lic School). Some­times up to 6 trucks & dogs wait­ing, caus­ing prob­lems at school drop off and pick up time 3. Damage to the lo­cal roads, par­tic­u­larly Gee­lans Road which is clearly not de­signed for th­ese types of heavy trucks, 20 per day for over 12 months and po­ten­tially longer. 4. Works be­ing un­der­taken ap­pear to be way out­side what was

pro­posed on the DAs sub­mit­ted. 5. Prob­a­ble re­moval of more trees than the DA sug­gested

(Coun­cil will now re­view) 6. The veg­e­ta­tion man­age­ment/sed­i­ment con­trols were not

be­ing ad­hered to 7. Far more fill ap­pears to be­ing de­liv­ered to site than the DA

sug­gested 8. Some of the fill was re­ported as be­ing dirty fill, ie had builders rub­ble in it. Pic­tures of dirty fill were made avail­able to Ray Hadley and State/Coun­cil Officers. 9. Rock break­ing noise from 7am to late in the day be­ing heard

as far away as Gal­ston. 10. Dust gen­er­ated from the site blowing around, which is not good for neigh­bours health nor the fact they are all us­ing water tanks. 11. DA says there has been con­tin­u­ous dog board­ing on the site, but there was no ken­nels noted on the site in 2011 (as shown in pic­ture of the site in 2011). Com­par­i­son of the site from 2011 to 2017 also shows the ex­tent of the earth­works.

This is not an ex­haus­tive list of the points raised, but some of the main items.

The res­i­dents asked the Coun­cil to stop the work on the site, given all the ev­i­dence and pic­tures that had been pro­vided. The Coun­cil re­fused to do this im­me­di­ately. They ad­vised they would have to ar­range a sur­vey to see if the amount of fill that had been de­liv­ered was in ex­cess of that de­scribed in the DA (this raised laugh­ter from all res­i­dents present given the height and scale of the soil on the prop­erty). Coun­cil fur­ther ad­vised they would ask the EPA to sam­ple more of the soil on site.

Res­i­dents were shocked that the Coun­cil didn't have the power to stop the work im­me­di­ately. How can this be, given the DA sug­gested 10-12 weeks and it had now been go­ing on for over 12 months, and look­ing at the size and scale of the earth­works com­pared to the DA.

The Hornsby Po­lice also at­tended the meet­ing and agreed to pro­vide ad­di­tional po­lice pa­trols to en­sure the trucks and dogs abide by road rules. (In the last week fol­low­ing the meet­ing, sev­eral trucks were seen to be booked for var­i­ous of­fences).

If you want to fol­low more of this story, or lis­ten to the ra­dio in­ter­views with 2GB, please fol­low the res­i­dents face­book page www.face­book.com/groups/476386296052612 or just search 'The Ar­ca­dia Quarry/Dump­ing Site?' on face­book and like the page.

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