As previously reported by Quarry, the court battle ran for seven weeks over a two-year period and was one of the longest in the court’s history.
According to reports, Boral’s executive general manager Simon Jeffery said the company did not want to give up on the proposed development at Reedy Creek and would now pursue the matter in Queensland’s Supreme Court of Appeal.
“Boral believes this project is important for the Gold Coast, providing essential raw materials to build vital infrastructure for the region such as roads, houses, hospitals, schools, airports and rail lines. That is why we have decided to pursue further legal avenues,” Jeffery told the Gold Coast Bulletin.
“Of course, our door is always open to the Gold Coast City Council to discuss, in a logical and rational fashion, any other options,” he added.
Boral bought the 220ha site at Reedy Creek for $15.4 million in 2005. In 2011, Boral proposed that a new quarry would replace its original West Burleigh site, whose reserves are due to run out by 2022.
The land is said to have 79 million tonnes of available hard rock, which could supply the Gold Coast with construction materials for approximately 40 years. The quarry, if approved, would account for only 30 per cent of the land – 70ha in total.
Subsequently, Boral proposed to extract meta-greywacke hard rock at a rate of two million tonnes per annum.
The decision by Queensland’s Planning and Environment Court was handed down in May 2017.
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