Paterson residents and mining company Daracon are in negotiations to work through issues that have been bubbling in the community because of increased activity at Martins Creek Quarry.
Concerned residents have been vocal about increased truck movements to and from the Martins Creek mine recently after the NSW Environmental Protection Authority granted Daracon approval to quadruple its output from the site to two million tonnes per year.
Paterson Progress Association president John McNally and secretary Zoltan Lyall met with Daracon representatives to discuss residents’ concerns on Saturday.
Mr McNally said Daracon’s representatives recognised residents’ problems with the increased truck movements that were required to cope with the extra material that the company was allowed to take from the quarry.
He said the meeting was constructive and amiable and the Daracon representatives were willing to negotiate with the association to work toward a solution, but negotiations would be ongoing.
The Mercury reported recently that residents were concerned about the effect the increased number of trucks would have on road condition and pollution.
The association recorded video footage of 100 trucks as they passed through Paterson, along the quarry route, between 5.48am and 7am one morning earlier this month.
Increased truck movements are believed to be occurring across the Lower Hunter.
Residents have reported that the trucks have been frequently travelling through Bolwarra Heights, Lorn, Maitland, East Maitland, Seaham and Raymond Terrace as well as Paterson.
The quarry produces material used in road building.