Lithgow quarry extends operating hours

A quarry will extend its operating hours after winning an appeal against a council decision to refuse an extension.

The Hartley Rhyolite quarry won its appeal against the Lithgow council, who originally denied the extension due to safety concerns.

It denied the application from Hartley Rhyolite Quarry to open at 5:00am from Mondays to Saturdays, as it would put too many trucks on local roads at a dangerous time of the day.

The quarry also had plans to operate later into the night on weekdays.

The Council was concerned about the combination of trucks and ice during winter on the Great Western Highway and the Jenolan Caves Road.

"The main reason for objecting to the application was the fact that the safety on the road, particularly during winter," councillor Neville Castle said.

The Blue Mountains Council also objected to the increased truck movements through the area.
It was also concerned about noise levels.

However, the quarry has now addressed that problem.

One of the major issues has been noise on a bridge which is close to the quarry," he told the ABC.

"The company are offering a substantial amount of money to make noise attenuation to that bridge so that vehicles that travel over it should do it quieter than what they currently do."

Our understanding is that we won’t be going to the Land and Environment court now, especially with accepting the offer from the company," he said.

"And as far as that goes it will mean that the company will be able to operate with the change of conditions that they sought through their variations of their development application."

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