Fletcher home at 26 Tallowwood Crescent listed with $1.1 million price guide

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Fletcher property with $1.1m guide set to raise the roof WOW FACTOR: This five-bedroom, four-bathroom home in Fletcher’s Tallowwood Crescent has been listed with a guide of $1.1 million.

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LUXURY: Open plan living extends effortlessly to outdoor entertaining and the house comes complete with its own four-person sauna.

TRANQUIL: There is an inground swimming pool and bushland surrounds. The property in total is over 800 square metres of land.

This five-bedroom, four-bathroom home in Fletcher’s Tallowwood Crescent has been listed with a guide of $1.1 million.

This five-bedroom, four-bathroom home in Fletcher’s Tallowwood Crescent has been listed with a guide of $1.1 million.

This five-bedroom, four-bathroom home in Fletcher’s Tallowwood Crescent has been listed with a guide of $1.1 million.

This five-bedroom, four-bathroom home in Fletcher’s Tallowwood Crescent has been listed with a guide of $1.1 million.

This five-bedroom, four-bathroom home in Fletcher’s Tallowwood Crescent has been listed with a guide of $1.1 million.

This five-bedroom, four-bathroom home in Fletcher’s Tallowwood Crescent has been listed with a guide of $1.1 million.

This five-bedroom, four-bathroom home in Fletcher’s Tallowwood Crescent has been listed with a guide of $1.1 million.

This five-bedroom, four-bathroom home in Fletcher’s Tallowwood Crescent has been listed with a guide of $1.1 million.

This five-bedroom, four-bathroom home in Fletcher’s Tallowwood Crescent has been listed with a guide of $1.1 million.

This five-bedroom, four-bathroom home in Fletcher’s Tallowwood Crescent has been listed with a guide of $1.1 million.

This five-bedroom, four-bathroom home in Fletcher’s Tallowwood Crescent has been listed with a guide of $1.1 million.

This five-bedroom, four-bathroom home in Fletcher’s Tallowwood Crescent has been listed with a guide of $1.1 million.

This five-bedroom, four-bathroom home in Fletcher’s Tallowwood Crescent has been listed with a guide of $1.1 million.

This five-bedroom, four-bathroom home in Fletcher’s Tallowwood Crescent has been listed with a guide of $1.1 million.

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1234567891011121314151617 – Theresa Day believes a home with “wow factor” in Fletcher’s Tallowwood Crescent will take the suburb past the million-dollar mark.

The principalof Day by Day Property Solutions raised the suburb ceiling in July when she sold 5 Sabre Close for $977,000.

This week she listed a residence at 26 Tallowwood Crescent with a guide of $1.1 million.

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“It’s a blue-ribbon street which backs onto bushland reserve and it’s on a large corner block of 824 square metres,” Ms Day said.

“It has five bedrooms, four-and-a-half bathrooms, three living areas, a nice pool area, a guest room downstairs, study, a four-person infrared sauna on the alfresco area anda master retreat with a spa bath which opens to a private balcony overlooking the pool and bush.”

Theresa Day

According to n Property Monitors data, the median house price for Fletcher was $623,500 for 126sales last year.

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Ms Day said the Fletcher market had “cooled slightly”.

“There’s the most amount of houses for sale in the Fletcher area that I’ve ever seen, so the urgency to purchase something isn’t there and time on market is a little bit longer now,” she said.

“But you can’t put it into the same category as other houses on the market.This will probably sell quicker than something that’s in the $600,000s because it’s unique and it will be the benchmark.”

Inspections are by appointment only.

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Harris Farm Markets plan to make its new Cooks Hill site the biggest of all its stores

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Brother act: Luke Harris, left, with brothers Angus and Tristan at the new Harris Farm Market in Cooks Hill. Picture: Simone De PeakHARRIS Farm Markets splashed more than $5 million on its new Cooks Hill store, with its co-chief executive officer Luke Harris labelling it the “biggest, most impressive” food market in the Southern Hemisphere.

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On site at the 227 Darby Street store, Sydney-based Mr Harris said HFM had opted to move from Glendale for more space at Cooks Hill.

At 1200sqm, the Darby Streetsite is three times bigger, and when a second building is refurbished for more retail it will become HFM’s largest store.

The refurbishment of the first building, which in the past houseda restaurant and various businesses, encountered delays including a mining tunnel foundbeneath the car park.But it was rewarding.

“It’s such a big, old, amazing building. We pulled down the roof and it was like a cathedral, the timber is beautiful,” Mr Harris said, adding that the original, early 1900s building was amachinery shed for nearby wool stores.

Mr Harris said the Cooks Hill store features its “world class” fruit and vegetables and other market “experiences” including a full-scale butcher, a fish shop with fish cafe, a giant cheese selection, a milk bar featuring ‘pour your own’ milk and a global food arcade.

There is also what he’s referred to as the “Willy Wonka bakery” –in fact, Maryville’s Uprising bakery, which has a retail shop and baking facilities that are literally “in the sky”, on a mezzanine level.

“It’s a ‘breadfall’ –we are baking it, pulling it out of the oven and it goes on to a bread fall [conveyer belt- and the customer pulls a rope and it dispenses in front of them and they put it in a bag,” said Uprising’s Alice Lees.

The bakery stocks a similar range to Uprising’s Maryville location but also has new frozen products:uncooked pizza dough bases and uncooked croissants for people to cook at home.

There’s also espresso bar Cadre Coffee, byEast End cafe and roastery Moor.

Despite its proximity to Marketown and Aldi, Mr Harris says the area was “crying out” for HFM.

“This is our flagship and our store of the future,” he said of the site, for which HFM has a 20-year lease.

Cats take Morrison with AFLW top pick

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Nina Morrison is the No.1 pick in the AFLW draft, just two years after the Geelong recruit’s Dad encouraged her to take up the sport.

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There were no surprises in the top picks, with the Cats also taking Sophie Van De Heuvel at No.2 and Maddie Prespakis going to Carlton with the No.3 selection.

Morrison, a hard-running outside midfielder, was widely-tipped to go to the Cats in the expansion club’s first draft.

But the 17-year-old from the Geelong Falcons said she did not know until her name was called.

“It’s a pretty weird thing to consider – two years ago, even at the start of this year, I never thought I would be in the sort of position I am,” Morrison said.

“It’s a big thing to wrap my head around, but I’m sure I will get there.

“I’m super-excited and can’t wait to get into pre-season … just get stuck into it.”

After growing up with sports such as swimming and soccer, Morrison was encouraged by her father to go to an AFLW tryout day two years ago at Deakin University.

She was soon playing for the Geelong Falcons.

There had been speculation for months that Morrison, an under-18 star, would be a high draft pick.

“You just have to put it to the side a llittle bit, not take it too seriously,” she said of the attention.,

“Especially earlier in the year, I just focussed on playing some good footy, working hard on my game – not read too much into it.”

Under the state-based draft, Victorian players could also nominated whether they wanted to go to Geelong, metro or anywhere in the state.

Prespakis and Morrison were rated the two biggest talents in the draft.

Prespakis chose metro and that opened the way for the Blues to snare her ahead of Geelong.

Morrison and Prespakis were joint-winners of the TAC Cup’s best and fairest award this season and also named the top two players of the national under-18 premiership.

It was a big day in more ways than one for GWS recruit Alyce Parker, who was taken at the end of round one with the No.12 selection.

The recruit from Thurgoona, near Albury, went from the draft to a three-hour agriculture exam for her HSC.

Adelaide recruited Danielle Ponter, the niece of Essendon great Michael Long, with pick No.48.

Carlton took Abbie Mckay at pick No.16 with the AFLW’s first father-daughter selection.

Her Dad is Blues great Andrew McKay.

AFLW DRAFT FIRST-ROUND SELECTIONS

1. Geelong: Nina Morrison (Geelong Falcons, VIC)

2. Geelong: Sophie Van De Huevel (GWV Rebels, VIC)

3. Carlton: Madison Prespakis (Calder Cannons, VIC)

4. Fremantle: Jasmin Stewart (Claremont, WA)

5. Collingwood: Jordyn Allen (Dandenong Stingrays, VIC)

6. Melbourne: Tyla Hanks (Gippsland Power, VIC)

7. Geelong: Rebecca Webster (Murray Bushrangers, VIC)

8. Adelaide: Nikki Gore (South Adelaide, SA)

9. Brisbane: Paige Parker (Coorparoo, QLD)

10. Western Bulldogs: Eleanor Brown (Sandringham Dragons, VIC)

11. Collingwood: Katie Lynch (Oakleigh Chargers, VIC)

12 . Greater Western Sydney: Alyce Parker (Thurgoona Bulldogs, NSW)

Trump rallies with former rival Ted Cruz

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Old foes Donald Trump and Senator Ted Cruz greet each other at a midterm campaign rally in Houston.US President Donald Trump has set aside his old feud with Senator Ted Cruz and headlined a packed rally to help the fellow Republican in his tight race in Texas with rising Democratic star Beto O’Rourke just two weeks before the November 6 elections.

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During the 2016 campaign when both were competing for the Republican presidential nomination, the race grew bitter at times, with Trump dubbing Cruz “Lyin’ Ted” and Cruz calling Trump a “snivelling coward.”

Monday’s rally in Houston was the first time Trump threw himself at helping Cruz fend off O’Rourke, even though Cruz has opened a lead in opinion polls on O’Rourke.

“God bless Texas, and God bless President Donald Trump,” Cruz said in opening remarks on Monday.

Having given Cruz a new nickname, “Beautiful Ted,” Trump reviewed their 2016 battle when he took the podium after the two men embraced.

“You know we had our little difficulties,” he said. “I tell you what, nobody has helped me more … than Senator Ted Cruz.”

Trump quickly turned his attention to O’Rourke, who is running strong in a Republican state and giving Democrats hope they can break their opponents’ longtime stranglehold on Texas.

Trump called O’Rourke “a stone-cold phoney” and a “radical, open borders left winger.”

Trump is campaigning to stave off a Democratic push to take control of the US House of Representatives and possibly the Senate, when they could derail or stall much of his agenda and increase congressional oversight and investigation of his administration.

Democrats have seemed poised for months to capture the House, but many races have tightened in recent weeks to the point that some analysts think it is conceivable Republicans could hang on to control.

“About a month ago, they were talking about this ‘blue wave.'” Trump said of Democrats’ anticipated gains. “We’re not hearing that anymore. The blue wave is being dissipated a little.”

Buoyed by a recent uptick in his job approval ratings to the high 40s in opinion polls, Trump is hammering away at two major themes: illegal immigration and the brutal Senate confirmation battle over US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. He is also promoting a plan for middle-class tax cuts.

Super Rugby’s Reds ‘forced’ me out: Cooper

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Quade Cooper could be back in contention for a Wallabies’ recall in time for the 2019 World Cup after being thrown a Super Rugby lifeline by the Melbourne Rebels.

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After falling out with Queensland coach Brad Thorn and not playing a single minute of Super Rugby in 2018, the 30-year-old Cooper has signed a one-year deal with the Rebels.

“I want to do whatever I can on and off the field to help grow the rugby community in Melbourne,” Cooper said in a statement on Tuesday.

“I’m keen to work hard and make the entire Rebels organisation and their fans proud.”

Earlier on Tuesday, Cooper said in a not-so-cryptic social media post that the Reds had “forced” him out of the Super Rugby team he loves but “but thank God there’s more than one place that loves me”.

Cooper was frozen out by Thorn from the outset this season and settled for playing club rugby and representing Brisbane City in the NRC, while on a Reds salary in excess of $600,000.

Thorn said in February he “wanted to have a change of where we’re going” when addressing Cooper’s omission.

The 70-Test veteran hadn’t commented publicly on his attitude towards Thorn and the Reds until the provocative Instagram post.

The post was accompanied by an image of Cooper fending a grasping Thorn during the trans-Tasman semi-final of the 2011 World Cup at Eden Park.

Cooper hasn’t played a Test for 16 months but good form at five-eighth in Super Rugby next year alongside former Reds halves partner Will Genia could see him force a place in the World Cup squad.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has said he will look closely at Cooper if he can get regular top rugby as a starting playmaker.

Rebels coach David Wessels was looking forward to Cooper joining the club.

“I’ve obviously chatted to Quade a lot over the last few months and I’ve been impressed by his love of the game, and his willingness to reflect on his journey,” said Wessels.

“He’s been pretty selfless in his commitment to club rugby in Brisbane and has shown patience and maturity.

“He knows that he has some hard work ahead of him, but he has the potential to be a really important spark for us over the next few months.”

Think of your customers, ANZ: Aus Post CEO

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The head of Post has urged ANZ to put its customers before its profit and sign a new agreement with the national postal service.

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The Commonwealth Bank, NAB and Westpac have each signed a new partnership agreement with Post this month, which includes a new $22 million access fee to be invested in its post office network.

The deals also involve revised charges for the banks for each transaction their customers conduct through Post.

Post says it can no longer subsidise such services, having previously lost money by providing them on the banks’ behalf.

But Post chief executive Christine Holgate has told a Senate estimates hearing in Canberra that ANZ does not want to sign a new agreement.

She has urged the bank’s executives to reconsider.

“ANZ, we urge you to consider your customers, the services they need in communities, before you consider your profits and what you think they are compared to other banks,” she told the hearing on Tuesday.

ANZ chief executive Shayne Elliot says the current deal is unfair as ANZ has fewer customer’s using Post than its competitors, meaning the agreement’s fixed costs will hit ANZ harder.

“We just want a fair deal. We will happily pay more. A lot more,” he wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.

“We can’t pay multiple times per transaction what our competitors pay.”

But Ms Holgate said claims ANZ’s transactions will be multiple times larger than its competitors are “absolutely not true”.

“All four banks have had transparent, fair and equal treatment,” she said.

Both parties remain open to discussions, but Ms Holgate said Post won’t be cutting a deal with the bank.

ANZ’s current agreement with Post expires in three months.

The postal boss, who has been in the job a year, also told the hearing that the dramatic drop in the number of letters sent through the post is the biggest risk facing her organisation.

The volume of letters handled by the organisation dropped by about 11 per cent in 2017-18, delivering a $50 million hit to revenue.

“We have some major hurdles there and it’s our single biggest risk in the business,” she said.

Parcel volume increased by about 10 per cent in the same time, but Ms Holgate said it hadn’t been enough to compensate for the letter decline.

Shield rejig ensures NSW to play at SCG

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A tweak in the Sheffield Shield schedule has ensured NSW will play their first home game of the season at the SCG.

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The SCG Trust, Cricket NSW and Cricket (CA) have agreed on a solution to ensure there is no repeat of last summer, when Justin Langer was among those lamenting that a virtual Ashes selection trial between the Blues and Western was held at Hurtsville Oval.

There was an asterisk in the original 2018/19 Shield schedule next to the third-round clash between NSW and Tasmania, which is among the key fixtures that will shape the selection of ‘s Test XI to face India.

That first-class game, which will feature Test captain Tim Paine if the wicketkeeper is dropped from the national one-day side as has been speculated, was originally going to start a week after Saturday’s A-League derby at the SCG.

The Shield match will now begin on November 5, giving ground staff a couple of extra days to get the pitch ready.

“We’re really, really pleased,” NSW skipper Peter Nevill told reporters.

“We want to play as many games as we can at the SCG.”

Cricket NSW’s strong preference was always to host the Shield game at the SCG but Wagga Wagga was among other options canvassed as negotiations between the parties dragged on.

NSW hope to play their final two home games of the regular season, which start on February 23 and March 12, at the SCG but the demolition of Allianz Stadium means the oval is proving more in-demand than usual this summer.

The NSW Waratahs expect to play at least one Super Rugby match at the famed venue while Sydney FC are booked in to host four A-League fixtures at the ground.

The relationship between Cricket NSW and its landlord has proven prickly at times during recent years.

The Blues recorded what was effectively a loss at the SCG in 2015 because the surface was deemed unsafe and the Shield game was abandoned, only for former curator Tom Parker to claim match officials made the wrong call.

The Blues only hosted two games at the SCG last season, both in February, because the Test ground underwent its first full returfing in seven years.

Barilaro publicly backs Newcastle container terminal, despite policies

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Deputy Premier John Barilaro says the state’s farmers would “absolutely” benefit from being able to export through a container terminal in Newcastle – an outcome made more difficult by his own government’s policies.

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The NSW Nationals leader’s public support for a container terminal in the Hunter pitches him into a long-standing controversy over the terms under which his government privatised the operation of Sydney’s Port Botany and the Illawarra’s Port Kembla.

Read more:Port of Newcastle says container terminal will proceed if secret subsidy to Botany is removed(August 27, 2018)

The terms of that 2013 privatisationinclude a clause entitlingthe lease holders to compensation from the Port of Newcastle if more than 30,000 containers were transported through the Hunter.

According to the operators of the Port of Newcastle,itself privatised in 2013, this clause prohibits investment in port facilities at Newcastle capable of mass-handling containerised freight.

The clause, currently under the microscope of competition regulators,forces more traffic on the M1 motorwaybetween Sydney and Newcastle, as well as driving up the cost of farming exports, advocates for a Newcastle terminal argue.

“Absolutely,”Mr Barilaro replied last monthat a Committee for the Economic Development of forum, when asked if western district farmers and primary producers would “benefit from a container port at Newcastle”.

Read more: Newcastle talks break down as container terminal operator turns to rivals(August 16, 2018)

The question was met with muted laughs from the audience, recognising that it touched upon a controversial topic.

“Absolutely. We have opportunities right across the eastern seaboard and you look at Newcastle, of course container port but that would be one that’s got to have a conversation piece broader than just this room tonight,” the Nationals leader said.

Mr Barilaro then referred to an expansion of the Port of Eden on the south coast.

“Here in Newcastle you could do exactly the same in the same area,” he said.

In a statement, the chief executive of the Port of Newcastle, Craig Carmody, said the organisation “welcomed Mr Barilaro’s comments in support of regional development and the lowering of freight costs”.

Comment: Why we need a world-class container terminal at Newcastle (July 26, 2018)

Mr Carmody said private investors had already approached the port interested in committing funds to building a container terminal “if the current financial penalty is removed”.

“As a world-class port already servicing many of ’s leading commodity exporters, PoN is certain a Newcastle container terminal is commercially viable in the context of the current economic environment.”

The Port of Newcastle this year commissioned analysis from Deloitte Access Economics that argued exporters in the state’s central west and north-west would spend 32 per cent less on their rail transport costs and 18 per cent less on road costs if they were able to export through Newcastle.

Government MPs have argued that the Port of Newcastle is not prevented from developing a container terminal by the terms of the Botany privatisation, and container trade at Newcastle does not approach the 30,000 per year threshold.

Read more:Sydney takes an interest in Newcastle container terminal(April 13, 2018)

“It is not within a bull’s roar of that trigger,” the former ports minister, Duncan Gay, told Parliament in 2016.

Advocates of a terminal at Newcastle, however, say that trigger would be easily met if a container terminal was developed – but the financial penalties prevent such a terminal being developed.

TheHeraldasked Mr Barilaro’s office if the Deputy Premier was attempting to alter the commercial restrictions on the Newcastle port’s expansion.

A response from a spokeswoman did not address the question.

“The Port of Newcastle is the largest coal terminal in the world,” the spokeswoman said. “Despite this, the NSW government is supportive of the diversification of this port into new markets, especially if it results in greater outcomes for businesses and communities within NSW. Any future decision of Newcastle Port to diversify would need to be made with respect to commercial arrangements entered into by that operator.”

The n Competition and Consumer Commission is expected to conclude an investigation into whether the terms of the Port Botany and Port Kembla privatisation breaches competition law this year.

The government’slatest freights and ports strategy,released last month, offers no support for a Newcastle container terminal.

The Sydney Morning Herald

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Benji sees Brooks step up at Tigers

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Luke Brooks is set to make the No.7 jersey his permanently at the Wests Tigers, says Benji Marshall.Luke Brooks is ready to stamp his authority as the Wests Tigers’ No.7 for the rest of his NRL career, according to veteran Benji Marshall.

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Brooks is off-contract at the end of next season, but his future at the Tigers looks safer than ever after Nathan Cleary re-signed long-term with Penrith last month.

There had been some suggestions the Tigers could pursue Cleary in a bid to create a father-son combination with coach Ivan – a pairing that now looks likely to happen at Penrith.

Marshall was of the belief there was room for both Brooks and Cleary at the Tigers, but regardless said he’d seen enough of Brooks in 2018 to know he was ready to take the reins for good.

“What I’ve seen on Luke’s transformation this year is a belief I haven’t seen previously in Luke, where he actually believes in himself,” Marshall told AAP.

“He feels like he can take the game on and be the main man in the team and not be scared or shy of that.

“His growth gives me a lot of hope he is going to be the Tigers’ long-term No.7 for the rest of his career.”

Brooks had undoubtedly his best season for the Tigers in 2018, claiming their player-of-the-year award as well as the Dally M halfback of the year.

With a senior five-eighth in Marshall back by his side and more experience around the club, the one-time teenage prodigy’s game reached its potential as he returned to his running best.

At age 23, he had more runs, linebreaks and tackle busts than in any other season of his six-year career as the Tigers shot out of the blocks before eventually finishing ninth.

“The pressure he has been under for the past few years, to be the next Andrew Johns was unwarranted pressure. The big four and all that rubbish,” Marshall said.

“I was just so proud to see him all turn it around. And you know how he did it? Playing the way he played when he was a kid.

“When I first saw him play he used to run the ball, take the line on and be so strong and deceivingly fast.

“And not worry about controlling the team. As a halfback sometimes you can get too caught up in trying to control the team.”

A landmark court case in Dungog Council’s favour has led to calls for government redress

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Objections: Dungog residents at a public meeting against the Martins Creek Quarry expansion. Picture: Simone De Peak.THE NSW Government and Martins Creek Quarry should compensate Dungog Shire Council after a landmark court decision found quarry operators –including state rail agencies –unlawfully extracted and transported millions of tonnes of material over two decades, say Dungog residents.

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The council deemed “unfit” for the future by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Authority (IPART) in 2015 gained little benefit from the unlawful operations, but incurred substantial costs in damage to roads from hundreds of truck movements per day that were not part of the original 1991 consent.

In the longest judgment in Land and Environment Court history Acting Justice Simon MolesworthJusticeMolesworth found the quarry was mined significantly beyond the 5 hectare footprint of the original approval as part of a“transformation” from a railway ballast quarry into an unlawful general quarry and asphalt manufacturing business.

Now Dungog Shire residents who bore the brunt of the unlawful expansion have called on the NSW Government to compensate the shire after evidence of its long-running attempts to rein in the quarry expansion, including while it was a state-run entity.

“It is disappointing that due to the conduct of the State Rail Authority, Environment Protection Authority and more recently owner Daracon in relation to the site, that for over two decades Dungog Shire Council has had to foot the bill in lost road levies totalling millions of dollars,” Martins Creek Quarry Action Group spokesperson James Ashton said.

Muswellbrook mayor and Upper Hunter Country Labor candidate Martin Rush said the NSW Government had to respond with a compensation proposal after the judgment, which outlined how unlawful expansion of the quarryoccurred many years before it was sold by RailCorp to Daracon in 2012.

Operations: One of the trucks at Martins Creek Quarry in Dungog Shire. A council win has turned attention to the cost of the unlawful quarry expansion.

Justice Molesworth agreed with the council that the quarry was restricted to 300,000 tonnes per year, with only 30 per cent to be transported by truck, and limited to 36 truck movements per day.

But Rail Infrastructure Corporation recorded significant increases per year so that more than 770,000 tonnes of material was produced in 2004, with more than 4.5 million tonnes of material quarried over the previous decade.

By 2014 Daracon had increased production to 900,000 tonnes per year, with an application to increase it to 1.5 million tonnes. The quarried material was used to construct Hunter road projects and involved hundreds of truck movements per day.

Martins Creek Quarry Action Group spokesperson James Ashton Victory: Dungog Shire Council expressed relief after winning a landmark Land and Environment Court case against the operators of the Martins Creek Quarry.

“Not everything should be sheeted home to the present owner which is why it’s important the State Government comes to the party and sorts out safe appropriate access to and from the quarry,” Mr Rush said.

“Hauling material through Paterson and other villages on small local roads is unsafe and inappropriate. The quarry is an important provider of local jobs.”

Mr Rush said the government also needed to negotiate the cost of continued operations at the quarry –pending a new development application –on local roads.

During the NSW Government amalgamation process, while the council was criticised for taking on the expensive legal challenge to the quarry, the then Dungog mayor Harold Johnston met with government ministers to discuss the need for adequate government roads funding.

In evidence to the court Daracon argued that 60 truck movements per hour from the quarry was “within the bounds of reason”.

Justice Molesworth said the level of unlawful truck movements over many years meant it was “not surprising the road has deteriorated”.

“It is highly likely that the increase in truck movements has contributed to the poor state of the main road, and thus the further decrease in amenity in Paterson,” he said.

The Martins Creek Quarry Action Group said a new proposal for 60 trucks per hour and 280 trucks per day was “still completely unacceptable”.

A Daracon spokesperson said a road levy arrangement between RailCorp and Dungog Council, which earnt the council a sum for each tonne removed from the quarry, expired in 2012 before Daracon took over the quarry.

“Daracon anticipates that the new consents currently being applied for will address what we consider to be our corporate responsibility to make contributions towards road maintenance and other related matters,” the spokesperson said.