Council seeks to expand quarries

UP to $300,000 will be set aside to seek approvals for the expansion of the Ballina Shire Council-owned Tuckombil and Stokers quarries.

A recent briefing to councillors indicated that the quarries still have "significant resources" available.

"New approvals could provide council with a significant resource for well into the 21st century," a report to the commercial services committee meeting stated.

"The verbal advice from the consultant providing the briefing was that up to $300,000 may need to be expended to obtain those approvals."

The council's Civil Services group is preparing a full report on the options for the quarries for the July or August meeting.

However with councillors set to adopt the 2013/14 operational plan, it has been decided to allocate $300,000 "as a nominal figure" in the upcoming budget.

"The primary reason for this is that it ensures that this expenditure is flagged in our budget and it provides a more realistic picture of what the balance of the quarry reserve could be during 2013/14," the report states.

The expenditure of the $300,000, as allocated in the budget, will be subject to the council endorsing the start of this work.

At the July or August council meeting, councillors will consider an independent assessment on the operation of both the Tuckombil and Stokers quarries.

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