Macka’s Sand and Soil fined by state government over unauthorised truck movements

FINED: Macka’s Sand and Soil owners Bruce and Robert MacKenzie on a sand dune that forms the basis of their business.FORMER Port Stephens mayor Bruce MacKenzie’s family business has been fined $15,000 as part of an investigation into unauthorised truck movements to and from Macka’s Sand and Soil.
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The Department of Planning and Environment issued the $15,000 fine, after an investigation found there were about 1000 unauthorised truck movements on Salt Ash roads, a breach of the development conditions for the quarry.

The department said compliance officers investigated the quarry’s records and found that the company breached the limit 300 times, leading to an extra 989 truck movements on the roads over the 11 months between January and November last year.

The department’s executive director of resource assessments and compliance, Dr Oliver Holm, said the development conditions limited the number of truck movements for safety.

“These road safety conditions protect lives and must be strictly adhered to,” Dr Holmsaid.

“Our compliance officers investigated the quarry’s records and found that the company breached the limit 300 times, leading to an extra 989 truck movements on local roads over an 11-month period between January 2016 and November 2016.

“In response, the company has addressed issues with its truck logging software so that vehicle movements can be tracked more accurately at the site.”

Dr Holm said the department’s compliance officers routinely monitored major project sitesto ensure companies meet their development conditions.

“We also encourage the community to reach out to the Department with concerns about major projects near them,” he said.




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