Environmental work has begun to ready Hornsby Quarry for the production-line operation transporting over a million cubic metres of rock and soil to the 40 hectare site next year.
The Construction and Environmental Management Plan approved in late August was designed to ensure both the community and the environment would see the least disturbance possible from the project.
Tree and vegetation removal, fencing, erosion and sediment controls, installing nest boxes and upgrading access roads are all underway.
Setting up the site also includes widening Bridge Road and Old Man’s Valley access track to cater for soil carrying trucks, building a conveyor system to transport material to the quarry floor and a second conveyor system in the pit to spread the excavated material.
Construction work is due to start on the site local leaders have dubbed ‘The Centennial Park of the North’ in March next year. When complete it will feature a bike track, walking trails, lake kayaking, picnic areas and sports fields.
“The quarry site will now be set up over the rest of the year, with tunnelling and quarry filling expected to start early next year,” Paul Fletcher, Minister for Urban Infrastructure said.
Hornsby MP Matt Kean has promised that “before construction starts we will ensure a new access road for Hornsby TAFE is built as well as noise suppressing mounds around the quarry site.”
The NorthConnex nine kilometre tunnel, which aims to take 5,000 trucks a day off Pennant Hills Road, will connect the M1 Pacific Motorway at Wahroonga and the M2 Hills Motorway at West Pennant Hills.