BEROWRA & DISTRICT COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION


Issues: Quarry & Quarrygate

Hornsby council - i.e. the elected councillors and the 'support' staff of council office workers - have set about borrowing $27,000,000 to buy us a hole in the ground. They've set a special levy on top of our rates to make us repay this loan of theirs, which is currently estimated to be costing $4,000 a day in interest alone. But they're not using this levy to pay back the debt: instead, they're putting it into a 'special' account that they hope will bear interest at a high rate. They are now presumably meeting the $4,000 a day interest and also re-payng the debt bit by bit by thus 'investing' the $1,000,000 or so extra they have taken from us to date. Must be a very special account to be so productive, yielding nearly one-and-half million to meet the annual interest due on their $26,000,000 debt, and also coming up with extra money to begin to pay it back. Is that what the council wants us to think is happening?

Judy Hopwood, Hornsby MP, has taken heed of the very impressive work and tenacity of the Hornsby Quarrymen, and has decided to collect signatures to petition a Public Inquiry into the affair. Below is a flyer from the Quarrymen. After you've read that, please print out and sign the Petition. Get as many signatures as you can, then send it off to Judy Hopwood.

We'll be adding more information about this shire-wide problem in the near future.

Hornsby Quarry Petition


THANK YOU for supporting this initiative for an Independent and Public Inquiry into Hornsby Council's acquisition of the former CSR Quarry site for $25 million.

This is not a party / political campaign.

There are many questions (with just a few on the back of this page) about how your land is being managed and your money is being used by our Council.

WHAT CAN I DO?

· Write a quick letter to the local MP, Judy Hopwood, with a copy to the Minister, requesting her to meet with the Minister for Local Government to ask-

How much longer do Hornsby ratepayers have to wait for a
formal Independent and Public Inquiry, knowing it is costing
ratepayers about $4000 a day in interest?

OR

· Write a short letter to the Minister for Local Government, with a copy to Judy Hopwood asking the same question.

OR

· Write to everybody. Talk to your local Councillor. Talk about it with your local paper, neighbours, friends and workmates.

TWO PEOPLE TO WRITE TO:

Mrs Judy HOPWOOD, MP
Member for Hornsby
PO Box 1687
HORNSBY WESTFIELD NSW 1635
fax 9476 2965
email hornsby@parliament.nsw.gov.au

The Hon. Kerry Arthur HICKEY, MP
Minister for Local Government
Level 32, Governor Macquarie Tower
1 Farrer Place
SYDNEY NSW 2000
fax 9228 5551
email kerry.hickey@parliament.nsw.gov.au

To read and print out the petition click here


top of page