A fix for Hornsby quarry

Media Release

WT080/2015

17 March 2015

Joint release with:

Philip Ruddock

Federal Member for Berowra

The ugly, old Hornsby quarry site could be transformed with excess soil from the $2.9 billion NorthConnex project being used to rebuild the space.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government has agreed to contribute up to $7.33 million towards the initiative.

“NorthConnex will bring wide ranging benefits to residents and motorists through productivity improvements and jobs, but now it will also fix the long-standing Hornsby quarry issue,” Mr Truss said.

“The Australian Government's commitment of funding is contingent on agreement between the New South Wales Government and Hornsby Shire Council to match funding, however, I am positive an agreement can be reached.

“The funding will come from savings in the Commonwealth/States NSW infrastructure programme.

“The Australian Government is committed to improving local communities and this initiative continues that commitment.”

Federal Member for Berowra Phillip Ruddock said residents of the area were keen to see the abandoned site put to better use.

“The NorthConnex project will generate a significant amount of spoil—some 2 million cubic metres of which will be used to fill this hole,” Mr Ruddock said.

“Once filled, the site will be safer. It also has the potential to be repurposed into a more suitable use for the community, such as a recreational area.

“Using the spoil from NorthConnex to fill in the Hornsby quarry should also free Hornsby Shire Council to invest more on other local needs.”

Construction on the NorthConnex started in early February, with construction expected to finish in 2019.