Family business lays out expansion proposal

According to a Fraser Coast Chronicle report, Hard Rock Quarries (HRQ) applied to expand its existing Maryborough site by 74 hectares in March.

The Fraser Coast Regional Council is weighing the development application (DA), with community feedback on the proposed project open until early April.

According to the DA, HRQ’s operators are seeking to expand the quarry over three stages. "This application seeks to increase the extraction rate as well as open a new pit face that contains a different rock resource that can be used for alternative construction/building applications,” it read.

"It therefore enhances the ongoing operational viability of this quarry as well as provide additional resource material for state, local government, private companies and individuals.”

The DA added that approximately 250,000 tonnes of material served to be extracted over its lifetime, which could be an additional 150 years.

HRQ managing director Richard Kingston was quoted as saying that the proposed expansion could also provide additional jobs for local workers.

"There are a few extra staff members we could take on from the development,” Kingston said. "We're also looking at expanding our truck fleet, so another driver will be hired.”

Quarry contacted Kingston and asked about the initial reception from council and local residents. “Council is positive, and we get on well the neighbours as we have been in the property for 30 years,” he responded.

HRQ is a family owned construction materials business that has been operating since 2010. Its products include aggregates, fill materials, roadbase and crusher dust.

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