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Private landowner secures quarry approval in NSW

A New South Wales planning panel has given the green light for a new quarry that will supply road base and aggregate to the Central West region.

This month, the Western Regional Planning Panel approved the new development in Greghamstown Road, Blayney, 35km south of Orange.

The operation can now extract up to 250,000 tonnes per annum (tpa), at an average rate of 150,000 tpa for a period of up to 21 years. The material will be extracted with a combination of rip, push, haul/load, drill and blasting techniques.

Other elements of the quarry include:

  • Crushing and screening of the extracted material using mobile plant to produce a range of products for the road maintenance and construction industries, as well as a range of other quarry products.
  • Transportation of the extracted material from the project site.
  • Construction of associated infrastructure.

The site’s developer Ben Volkofsky, who privately owns the 57ha property, told Quarry he was pleased to secure the approval after launching the proposal two years ago with consultancy firm RW Corkery & Co.

The site is adjacent to a quarry owned by the Blayney Shire Council and has previously been used for agricultural purposes.

Volkofsky may now operate the site himself using contractors, but he is also considering leasing the land or appointing an operator to manage the site. He said it would start small and will develop over time.

“I had a discussion with the consultant and he seems to think we could perhaps begin, or get close to operating, in the first quarter of next year,” Volkofsky said.

“Next we need to submit our management plan to Blayney Shire Council and apply for an Environmental Protection License.

“We also need to get a construction licence from Blayney Shire Council to start earthworks there, building an access road, as well as an amenity bund and planting of a tree screen, sediment ponds and a haul road.”

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