New quarry for Northern Rivers will bring more jobs
A NEW hard rock quarry will be constructed near Coraki after the Department of Planning and Environment approved the project.
The quarry has been approved to extract a maximum of 1,000,000 tonnes of basalt per year for up to seven years, creating new jobs for the area and supplying materials for the Pacific Highway upgrade between Woolgoolga and Ballina.
A Department spokesperson said Quarry Solutions Pty Ltd's application was thoroughly assessed on its merits.
"The quarry will be a great boost for the Far North Coast community, injecting an estimated $1.9 million into the local economy every year of the life of the project," the spokesperson said.
"The new quarry will also create between eight and ten full-time jobs.
"The company has also committed to a range of traineeships at the quarry for school leavers in the local area.
"The Department publicly exhibited the quarry application between November and December 2015 for community feedback.
"The key issues raised during consultation included trucks and traffic, road safety at and around the town of Coraki, hours of operation, noise and dust, the spokesperson said.
"Hours of operation have been revised. The quarry has been approved to operate between 7.00am and 6.00pm Mondays to Fridays and from 8.00am to 1.00pm on Saturdays.
"The quarry agreed with the Environment Protection Authority to reduce its originally proposed hours of operation on Saturdays from 13 hours to five hours.
"Blasting will only occur up to twice per month and only between the hours of 9am and 3pm Monday to Friday.
"The quarry's proposed measures to reduce the impacts of dust on the local community, including watering haul roads and sealing Seelems Road, are considered appropriate.
The Department closely considered the issues raised during consultation and has applied the following conditions in response:
- preparation of a Transport Management Plan and Drivers Code of Conduct to manage truck movements and road safety
- limiting quarry truck movements to 21 laden trucks per hour
- requiring an independent traffic audit to be undertaken
- noise limits during quarry operation
- establishing acoustic screens to control noise from the quarry
- preparation and implementation of an Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management Plan
- preparation and implementation of a Biodiversity and Rehabilitation Management Plan
"The proposal was thoroughly assessed against clear rules and policies, which are the same for every applicant.
"The site will be subject to on-going audits and inspections by the Department's compliance officers to ensure Quarry Solutions Pty Ltd is adhering to its strict approval conditions."
More information can be found at www.majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au