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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Community Deliberative Forum?2019-11-26T12:18:09+11:00

Council has established a Community Deliberative Forum (CDF), consisting of randomly selected residents from across Hornsby Shire, who have offered to be involved periodically to participate in workshops and provide opinion and guidance for the project team.

An important role of the CDF is to assist the engagement process in conveying the opinions of the community. The group will review ideas put forward by the broader community and help Council select the best ideas that can be developed into a design for the new park. The CDF will provide local knowledge, skills and input that will help to ensure that Hornsby Park is designed, owned, used and loved by residents.

How can I stay informed?2020-01-15T08:50:19+11:00

Council has committed to engaging with the community from day one of this project. Following on from the initial ‘Plan Your Parkland’ engagement in 2017, pre-EIS engagement in 2018 and EIS engagements during 2019, Council is continuing to keep the community involved and providing opportunities for influencing the project.

Council established a dedicated website, which is updated as works progress. Go to hornsbypark.com.au to remain engaged with the project as we progress towards the opening of the parkland in 2023.

Has there been any prior consultation for the Hornsby Quarry Project?2020-01-15T09:25:36+11:00

In 2017, Council engaged with the community to ‘Plan Your Parkland’ and gather feedback on their high-level ideas on the activities, uses and attractions for the quarry site once it has been transformed. Council also set up a forum of randomly selected local residents to help consider the engagement outcomes.

Council engaged with the community again in 2018 around the development of the DA and EIS required to create a landform to support the range of recreational facilities identified by the community during the ‘Plan Your Parkland’ engagement.

Further consultation during exhibition of the DA/ EIS for the Landform Earthworks occurred during 2019, including additional Swing-By Sessions in the Mall in late 2019 prior to conclusion of the exhibition period on 13 January 2020.

Further engagement sessions will be arranged to occur during 2020.

Council established a dedicated website, which is updated as works progress. Go to hornsbypark.com.au to remain engaged with the project as we progress towards the opening of the parkland in 2023.

What is the project timeline?2020-01-15T09:10:54+11:00

Stage 1 – NorthConnex Quarry filling
1.2 million cubic metres of excavated material from the NorthConnex tunnel project has been delivered to site to partially fill the old quarry void and begin its transformation to a parkland.

Stage 2 – Rehabilitation works
The Hornsby Quarry Rehabilitation Development Application/and Environmental Impact Statement  has been lodged and is being assessed by an independent planner for Reporting to the Sydney North Planning Panel.

Council require approval before proceeding with the Landform Earthworks required to rehabilitate and make the quarry safe. Earthworks are expected to be completed in 2022.

Stage 3 – Park development
Subject to separate design and approvals processes, Council will develop landscape and civil works packages for a construction phase to commence following the Stage 2 Rehabilitation works. These works will deliver park embellishments and infrastructure such as roads, paths, trails, services, park and recreation facilities and all ecological regeneration and finishing landscape works. This phase of the project will be completed for an opening in 2023.

What are the next steps for the project?2020-01-15T08:52:39+11:00

The Hornsby Quarry Rehabilitation Works Development Application was lodged and available for review and comment up until 13 January 2020. The DA and all submissions will be assessed by an independent planner and reported to the Sydney North Planning Panel for Determination in 2020.

If Approved, works will commence in 2020 to deliver a flexible landform that can accommodate future access and recreation goals for the site and prepare the site for restoration and regeneration works. The Landform Earthworks stage will also make the site safe by the removal of unstable slopes and the retention and stabilisation of cliff faces where required. The Earthworks project is a first stage of the development and is likely to take up to 2 years to deliver.

Following the Earthworks construction, Landscape and Civil Works will be required. These works are in an early stage of research and design development and will be subject to separate and later Approvals.

Council will aim to perform engagement activities during 2020 as design development occurs, seeking input from the community on recreation, environment, access, amenities and other potential aspects of the future parkland proposal.

The Landscape and Civil Works packages, when prepared and subject to Approvals, will represent a final stage for the delivery of parkland embellishments towards a park opening in 2023.

How will potential impacts on the residents and neighbours be managed?2020-01-15T09:54:34+11:00

The EIS/ DA for the Landform Earthworks stage of the project that is currently being assessed sets out how impacts will be managed including for noise and vibration, traffic, transport and parking, visual impact, air quality and other potential hazards and risks.

Neighbours and others potentially impacted by the works will be notified as the works progress and updates will be posted to the project website.

No works will be permitted to occur outside of standard construction hours of Monday to Friday 7am to 6pm and Saturday 7am to 1pm.

NB: It has been stipulated that no blasting will occur in the Earthworks project; only mechanical excavation techniques will be used.

Similarly for the later Landscape and Civil Construction project, the management of potential impacts will be outlined in accordance with relevant standards and subject to assessment.

How will impacts on site heritage be managed?2019-11-26T12:06:47+11:00

The works will retain the ‘Quarry-ness’ of the site including the dramatic and rugged landscape of the quarried cliff faces and a groundwater-fed freshwater lake which has occupied the base of the quarry for many years.

Surrounding forests on the upslopes will also be preserved and restored, retaining a beautiful natural backdrop.

The RTS changes will further enhance the ability to see the dramatic quarry faces by having more of them exposed.

How will the character of the quarry be protected?2020-01-15T08:55:17+11:00

The works will retain the ‘Quarriness’ of the site including the dramatic and rugged landscape of the quarried cliff faces and a groundwater-fed freshwater lake which has occupied the base of the quarry for many years.

Surrounding forests on the upslopes will also be preserved and restored, retaining a beautiful natural backdrop.

Broadly, design for the future landscape within the former quarry pit will seek to highlight the special feature of the volcanic diatreme, which is expressed in the eastern quarry cliff faces and is likely to retain a groundwater fed lake within the quarry floor.

The landscape design for the whole of the site, including for the Crusher Plant precinct, Old Mans Valley, the Quarry void and surrounding lands is in development. Landscape designs as well as recreation and amenity proposals will be shared with the community for input at stages of development. An illustrated Masterplan for all parts of the site as a unified nature and recreation destination will be produced for comment in 2020.

How will the project manage impacts on the environment?2020-01-15T08:56:02+11:00

The EIS for the Landform Earthworks that is currently subject to Assessment provides guidance on managing potential impacts on the environment during construction, including items such as soil, water, air quality, erosion, contamination, waste management, biodiversity, heritage and the protection of vegetation. Similarly, for future Landscape and Civil works proposals, documentation will outline how potential impacts will be managed.

What is an Environmental Impact Statement?2019-11-26T12:04:22+11:00

An EIS is a publicly available document that provides information on a project, in this case, the proposal to create a landform for the future parkland.

The EIS addresses environmental impacts, details the impact mitigation measures for the proposal and supports the DA.

The DA and EIS will guide landform developments and provide important recommendations about how to stabilise the site and minimise impacts during construction.

The DA for the parkland transformation will be assessed by independent planners and determined by the Sydney North Planning Panel before Council can begin the earthworks.

Will the mountain bike trails be retained?2019-11-26T12:10:54+11:00

Existing mountain bike trails and jump track facilities in Old Mans Valley will be retained. Temporary interruptions may be required for minor trail modifications.

Why are the rehabilitation works needed?2019-11-26T12:11:14+11:00

At the very core of these works is the need to make the site safe and accessible for the community and deliver a landform that can accommodate a wide range of future recreation facilities and activities.

What’s involved with the rehabilitation earthworks?2019-11-26T12:11:44+11:00

These are the earthworks required to create a safe, accessible and flexible landform that can accommodate the various activities the community has identified for the parklands.

This stage of the project involves undertaking earthworks to create a landform that addresses the safety issues raised by geotechnical engineers and creates opportunities to accommodate a variety of recreation opportunities across the site.

The earthworks will be a balanced cut and fill operation across the site, meaning that fill will not be brought to the site from elsewhere and material cut from one portion of the site will be used as fill in other portions of the site.

The works include stabilising the quarry, particularly on the northern steep slope where unwanted spoil was placed during mining operations. The leftover spoil now presents potential for a landslip to occur.

What is the current status of the Hornsby Quarry Project?2020-01-15T08:57:45+11:00

NorthConnex has finished delivery of fill material to Hornsby Quarry and have demobilised from the site. Over the last year, Council with consultants prepared and lodged a DA with an EIS for the next stage of works.

The Hornsby Quarry Rehabilitation Works Development Application documentation is being be assessed by an independent planner and will be reported to the Sydney North Planning Panel. If Approved, the Landform Earthworks required to shape and make the site safe may be able to commence in 2020.

Council and consultants are exploring design options for different parts of the site and preparing a Masterplan for community consultation in 2020. The Masterplan and outcomes of Community Engagement activities, as well as existing and future research and design development activities, will all inform Landscape and Civil Works design documentation required for the delivery of future parkland embellishments. All such documentation will be subject to Approvals in 2021/22.

What is this project all about?2018-10-12T12:11:01+11:00

Council is working on transforming the former Hornsby Quarry site and adjoining lands into what will be Hornsby’s premier new parkland.

How will Council decide which are the best ideas?2018-10-12T12:20:12+11:00

Council has established a Community Deliberative Forum (CDF), consisting of randomly selected residents from across Hornsby Shire, who have offered to be involved periodically to participate in workshops and provide opinion and guidance for teams working on the project.

An important role of the Community Deliberative Forum is to anchor the engagement process in the opinions of the community. The group will review ideas put forward by the broader community and help Council select the best ideas that can be developed into a design for the new park. The CDF will provide local knowledge, skills and input that will help to ensure that Hornsby Park is designed, owned, used and loved by residents.

Once broad design parameters have been developed, we will again seek community feedback before finalising designs.

Is further community consultation planned?2019-11-26T12:16:48+11:00

The development of Hornsby Park is a major project that will take many years to fully realise. Council will further consult with the community right up until the park opens in late 2023. Stay up to date with the conversation via our website and social media pages.

I’ve never actually seen the quarry – what does it look like?2018-11-27T11:34:40+11:00

The Quarry is in a process of transformation. Once the final fill has been delivered, a new landform will be developed.

To see the site before any fill was received, check out the videos in the Document Library.

NorthConnex fill has raised the floor of the quarry by 50 metres and the lake is now below the surface, but don’t worry. A lake will re-emerge when sufficient rainfall and groundwater inflow brings the water back to the new surface.

It is proposed that water will form a feature of the finished quarry landform. At this stage, proposals are seeking to incorporate a lake and associated water treatment solutions that will maintain a high level of water quality, promote wildlife and potentially incorporate water-based recreation (see Concept Plan).

The proposed graded landform will ensure that the site can be easily accessed and various vantage points enjoyed. The new landform will retain some of the former quarried cliff faces, including a cross section through the geological volcanic diatreme which will form a dramatic backdrop to the proposed lake. The works aim to deliver a dramatic and interesting landform, which will also preserve a sense of connection with the history of mining that occurred at the site.

What facilities are already in place?2018-10-12T12:25:24+11:00

See the About Hornsby Park page for information about what is currently available at Hornsby Park.

What opportunities does Council see for the development of Hornsby Park and the quarry?2019-11-26T12:21:21+11:00
  • Large open space asset close to the CBD
  • Rehabilitation of a degraded site
  • Interesting geology
  • Preservation of unique bushland
  • Valuable heritage sites
  • Variety of spaces that can provide for formal and informal recreation
What is the heritage significance of the parklands?2019-11-26T12:23:23+11:00

The Old Man’s Valley Cemetery on the south eastern side of the quarry is State heritage-listed

The following elements are listed as locally significant heritage items: the Crown land portion of Hornsby Park, a stone receptacle and cool room, the Depression (‘Heritage’) Steps and the Hornsby Quarry Diatreme.

What is the budget for Hornsby Park?2019-11-26T12:22:45+11:00

An opportunity to create a wonderful new park has been improved through the recent provision of $50 million from the State Government. Council will provide additional funding once the scope of works is finalised.

Where can I find more detailed information about the project?2019-11-26T12:24:07+11:00

Checkout the document library to see what reports have been prepared to date.

Why was Council forced to acquire the quarry site?2019-11-26T12:25:08+11:00

CSR Ltd owned Hornsby Quarry which was zoned Open Space A. Under the Hornsby Shire Local Environment Plan 1994 (LEP), owners of land which was zoned Open Space A could require that the taxpayer acquire the land. In accordance with its rights under the LEP, on 22 March 2001 CSR Ltd (CSR) notified the Hornsby Shire Council that it required Council to acquire the quarry.

Council initially resisted the request; but after an action was taken by CSR in the Land and Environment Court, a notice pursuant to s19 of the Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act 1991 (NSW) was published in the Gazette. The effect of the notice was that the land was vested in Council. Under s37 of that Act, CSR became entitled to be paid compensation.

Council paid to CSR a total of $26.5 million by way of compensation. This figure was derived by the Valuer General by calculating the land value for development less a sum for remediation of the quarry. Council has always considered these figures unrealistic and after a lengthy appeals process Council was able to recoup over $6 million. Subsequent to this decision by the Land and Environment Court the Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act 1991 (NSW) has been changed so that councils can no longer be forced to purchase land under this legislation.