The Queensland Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney has announced the approval of plans to build the private haul road in the Gladstone State Development Area (GSDA).
Mr Seeney said the new 11-metre wide private road would transport quarry products from the Targinnie precinct to development projects within the Gladstone region and was a good safety outcome for the community.
?This road will provide heavy vehicles with a safe link between the quarry site and the council road network,? Mr Seeney said.
?Removing the existing heavy vehicle access directly from the main road and providing a new access from a Council-controlled road is a clear safety benefit for the community.?
Mr Seeney said the Co-ordinator-General?s approval of the ?material change of use? application for the site adjoining the Gladstone-Mount Larcom Road meant the quarry?s operations could continue well into the future.
?The new access needs to happen to provide a safe outcome for the fast-growing Gladstone community,? he said.
He said public consultation was not necessary as Yarwun Quarries already operated within the Gladstone State Development Area.
Consultation with key groups including Gladstone Regional Council, the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Ergon Energy, the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Gladstone Ports Corporation, Transpacific Industries Group and the Gladstone Economic and Industry Development Board (GEIDB), was undertaken prior to project approval.
Mr Seeney said all referral agencies supported the application and their recommendations were incorporated into the Co-ordinator-General?s conditions of approval.
Source: Queensland Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning