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Large-scale quarry to ?stimulate growth?

Kiernan Investments has submitted a proposal to extract 250,000 tonnes of material – mainly hard rock and some decomposed granite to be obtained from the overburden – from a 5.5ha plot in Roseneath, Queensland, roughly 16km outside of Townsville.

The primary method of extraction would involve a combination of blasting and excavators, with the material then being screened on-site prior to being loaded onto haul trucks for transport to market.

The site is said to contain between 700,000m3 and 1.5 million m3 of material, with an estimated life span of five to 10 years.

Townsville City Council’s planning department is yet to make a ruling on the bid, which was submitted in July; however, it would appear to have several factors counting in its favour.

According to Kiernan Investments’ application, the proposed development would “provide a natural resource which is in urgent demand to the Townsville market, with the site being well located within the transport network to do so competitively”.

The proposal also read: “There is an evident economic need for quarry material, with a number of development projects requiring this material.”.

It added: “The provision of this material to a range of future projects is a matter of public interest, and will benefit the community as a whole.”

The potential impact of trucks from the site on surrounding roads would appear not appear to be adverse, according to the applicant’s report, as the western portion of the site sits on the Townsville Distribution Precinct – a freight logistics and warehousing zone established to provide efficient access to nearby major road networks.

The site’s association with an industrial estate also means it is not close to any sensitive land uses, the report noted.

It is understood the application was opened up to the public for submissions.

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