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The Newnes Junction Project will utilise rail transport for cartage of end product off-site.
The Newnes Junction Project will utilise rail transport for cartage of end product off-site.

Iconic sandstone quarries on the market

From this month, a sandstone quarry in Queensland is set to go under the hammer while expressions of interest are sought for investment in one of New South Wales’ largest sand mining projects.

One of the quarries is based in a renowned sandstone extraction region at the foothills of Queensland’s Great Dividing Range and close to Toowoomba.

The Toowoomba quarry is being offered on an “as is” basis, including plant and equipment.
The Toowoomba quarry is being offered on an “as is” basis, including plant and equipment.

Ray White Commercial Queensland is managing the sale of the quarry at 512 Goldmine Road, Helidon, located near the Warrego Highway.

The quarry is one of several pits in the Helidon region that have supplied sandstone to some of Queensland’s famous buildings and landmarks, including the century-old Anglican St John’s Cathedral in Brisbane, the Queensland State Parliament and the Great Court of the University of Queensland.

Helidon sandstone was first mined in the 19th century and has been used in other parts of Australia and exported abroad.

The quarry has a land area of 12ha, with a floor area of one square metre. It is being offered on an “as is” basis, including plant and equipment. The quarry has current local authority approvals in place and a mining lease has been approved until 31 October, 2032.

Expressions of interest are required by 4pm on 20 July, 2017, to the attention of Ray White Commercial Queensland’s John Dwyer or Ray White Commercial Toowoomba’s Brian Hodges.

For more information, visit raywhitecommercialtoowoomba.com

Friable sandstone project

Expressions of interest are also being sought from potential investors and development/operating partners for a high grade sand quarry close to the Sydney market.

The Newnes Junction Friable Sandstone Project, which is based near Clarence, NSW, has a mineable 21 million tonne (mt) sandstone resource, and a 70 mt geological resource.

Development approval for extraction of 1.4 mt per annum (pa) allows for staged development, with Stage 1 reaching 700,000 tpa of construction sand after four years. Kaolin reserves range from 1.2 to 2.7 mt.

The washed sand is fully graded with a low average iron content. Batched concrete manufacturers have successfully trialled the product and tested it with mixtures of manufactured sand.

The kaolin, a white high grade, ceramic product, will be processed on site with a membrane filter press for local and export markets. A calcination plant is also under consideration for beneficiation of the kaolin to metakaolin, which can be used in stress low weight concrete applications.

The operation will utilise rail transport for cartage of end product off-site. Rail transport costs are advantageous over road haulage.

The mining approval is for 21 years, including an active Development Approval, sand extraction licence, EPA licence and an operational environmental management plan.

The project consultancy advises that all parties registering an interest will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement. An information package will be provided.

Expressions of interest should be sent to JB North & Co Pty Ltd.

Indicative non-binding offers are required by 25 August, 2017.


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