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Hornsby Council has won a protracted legal battle over its purchase of Hornsby Quarry in 2002.
Hornsby Council has won a protracted legal battle over its purchase of Hornsby Quarry in 2002.
 









Council wins valued quarry fight

A local council can finally move on with plans to build at an abandoned quarry more than 10 years after purchasing the land.

Hornsby Council has won a protracted legal battle over its purchase of Hornsby Quarry a decade ago. The council paid $25 million for the abandoned site in 2002 but subsequent land use studies showed that the cost of development would far exceed a reasonable profit. The council therefore initiated legal action against the New South Wales Valuer General and former quarry owner CSR over the sale.

The council has reached a settlement for $9 million with the NSW Valuer General and CSR. The settlement was reached after almost a week of proceedings in the NSW Supreme Court that awarded the council $6 million compensation and $3 million from earlier legal proceedings.

Hornsby Mayor Steve Russell said he was relieved at the result and the council could now move forward with planning for the quarry's rehabilitation.

"It's long been obvious to council that high density residential development is not possible on the site, a fact that was demonstrated in council's evidence to the Court," Cr Russell said. "We have a unique opportunity to create a major public asset for the community, for future generations. We very much look forward to a continuing public discussion about what can and should be done with the site."

The court heard the cost of stabilising Hornsby Quarry could be as much as $95 million. This is the same quarry that has had residents complaining that filling it could be disruptive. An architect came to the conclusion that a skyscraper could be built in the quarry rising from the base of pit. This would negate a fill of the site. The council is still considering reclamation options.

Sources: The Telegraph










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