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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 provide feedback on the Response to Submissions?2019-11-26T12:27:12+11:00

View the Response to Submissions (RTS) documentation by visiting Council’s website or view the entire Development Application (DA) documentation at Hornsby Quarry Rehabilitation DA/101/2019. The RTS will remain available for viewing and for receiving of submissions up until Monday 13 January 2020.

How can I stay informed?2019-11-26T12:29:42+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 and pre-EIS engagement in 2018, Council is continuing to keep the community involved in influencing the outcomes and remaining engaged with the project.

Council is engaging with the community in late 2019 and early 2020 around the Hornsby Quarry Rehabilitation Development Application – Response to Submissions and Revised Project Scope (RTS), through a series of Swing By sessions held in Hornsby Mall.

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?2019-11-26T12:14:39+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.

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.

How can I provide feedback on the DA/ EIS?2019-04-10T16:19:50+10:00

To view and make comments on the EIS, go to the Hornsby Shire Council website and search for Development Application number DA/101/2019 or go to the dedicated website for the Hornsby Park and Quarry Redevelopment Project at hornsbypark.com.au where a direct link is provided.

The EIS is available for viewing and for receiving of submissions up until Friday 17 May 2019.

What is the project timeline?2019-11-26T12:19:46+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
Based on the forty-six (46) submissions received from the community during the Hornsby Quarry Rehabilitation DA Public Exhibition, Council have now reduced the extent of works that will be undertaken on site to create Hornsby Park.

Hornsby Quarry Rehabilitation Development Application  – Response to Submissions and Revised Project Scope, addressing concerns raised by the community has been lodged.

Council require approval before proceeding with the landform earthworks required to rehabilitate and make the quarry safe. Earthworks are expected to take approximately 21 months and be completed by early 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 late 2023.

What are the next steps for the project?2019-11-26T12:27:32+11:00

We received forty-six (46) submissions during exhibition of the Hornsby Quarry Rehabilitation Works DA.

The majority of submissions were concerned about tree losses, potential habitat impacts and for the preservation of the volcanic diatreme that is expressed in the eastern quarry cliff face.

As a result of concerns raised, we have made some changes and have been able to further reduce the extent of works that will be undertaken on site to create Hornsby Park.

The Hornsby Quarry Rehabilitation Works Development Application – Response to Submissions and Revised Project Scope (RTS) documentation has been lodged and is available for your review and comment up until 13 January 2020. The RTS and additional submissions will be assessed by an independent planner and reported to the Sydney North Planning Panel following conclusion of this exhibition period in early 2020.

The RTS will be on public exhibition from 22 November 2019 to 13 January 2020.

How will potential impacts on the residents and neighbours be managed?2019-11-26T12:27:46+11:00

The EIS, DA and RTS set out how the impacts on the community should be managed including: noise and vibration, traffic, transport and parking, the visual impact of the project, air quality and other 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 project; only mechanical excavation techniques will be used.

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?2019-11-26T12:28:05+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, the landform within the former quarry pit will deliver a gently sloping landform, which will highlight the special feature of the volcanic diatreme, which is expressed in the eastern quarry cliff faces.

How will the project manage impacts on the environment?2019-11-26T12:28:33+11:00

The EIS and RTS 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.

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?2019-11-26T12:29:03+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.

We received forty-six (46) submissions during exhibition of the Hornsby Quarry Rehabilitation Works DA.

The majority of submissions were concerned about tree losses, potential habitat impacts and for the preservation of the volcanic diatreme that is expressed in the eastern quarry cliff face.

As a result of concerns raised, we have made some changes and have been able to further reduce the extent of works that will be undertaken on site to create Hornsby Park.

What the revisions mean:

  • Reduced extent of earthworks which preserves more trees across the site.
  • A lower solution for landform within the quarry, which preserves more of the dramatic cliff faces on all sides, including the eastern diatreme feature.
  • A shorter construction timeframe, down from 24 months to 21 months, and reduced impacts associated with construction.

The Hornsby Quarry Rehabilitation Works Development Application – Response to Submissions and Revised Project Scope (RTS) documentation has been lodged and is available for your review and comment up until 13 January 2020. The RTS and additional submissions will be assessed by an independent planner and reported to the Sydney North Planning Panel following conclusion of this exhibition period in early 2020.

Council and consultants will be exploring design options for different parts of the site and preparing a Masterplan for  community consultation in 2020.

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.

Where are we up to?2018-10-12T12:22:05+11:00

NorthConnex is currently in possession of the Hornsby Quarry lands and the adjoining Old Mans Valley. The NorthConnex tunnel project, which links the M1 with the M2 motorways, is providing Excavated Natural Material to partially fill the quarry void. This fill will go a long way to creating a safe and accessible landform for a range of recreation and leisure opportunities.

NorthConnex has advised that it plans to hand back the lands to Council in the first half of 2019.

Council is currently finalising the preparation of a development application (DA) and supporting environmental impact statement (EIS) for earthworks that will include reshaping to create the final landform for the future development of the new parkland. The EIS is being prepared by GHD to ensure the environmental, social and economic impacts of the project are considered.

What’s happening next?2018-11-26T13:54:08+11:00
Environmental Impact Statement on Exhibition

The Environmental Impact Statement is expected to be on public exhibition in early 2019.

A community information and feedback ‘Swing By’ session was held in Hornsby Mall on Saturday 3 November 2018 where the role of the Environmental Impact Statement and its implications for transforming the site was presented to the public.

View the outcomes of the Hornsby Park EIS Communication and Engagement

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.

What is the project timeline for development of the park?2018-10-12T12:21:42+11:00

Stage 1 – NorthConnex Quarry filling
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. The NorthConnex filling operation is nearing completion, anticipated in early 2019. NorthConnex will demobilise from the site and are expected to hand the site back to Council by mid-2019.

Stage 2 – Rehabilitation works
Council is currently preparing a Development Application (DA) and associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).  The DA is proposed to be lodged in December 2018. Concurrent with the assessment and approval process, Council will prepare documentation for a major earthworks contract to landform the park. Earthworks are expected to take approximately two years and be completed by the end of 2021.

Stage 3 – Park development
During this stage, development of the parkland will take place, including infrastructure such as roads, paths, trails, all services and park facilities, and landscape works to meet desired planting, ecology, water management and recreation goals. Park developments will occur between 2021 and 2023.

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.

Who is responsible for the current construction works in Hornsby Park, Old Mans Valley and the quarry?2018-10-12T12:30:47+11:00

NorthConnex will remain on site until mid-2019 and can be contacted via the following methods:
• Project information line: 1800 997 057.
• Email: enquiries@northconnex.com.au
• Website: www.northconnex.com.au

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.