Plant & Equipment

Plans on hold after granite pit permit expires

As previously reported by Quarry, Peninsula Waste Management submitted a plan to transform the former Pioneer Quarries site at Arthurs Seat, Victoria into a landfill in 2013. It was refused by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2014, following opposition from local residents.

In 2016, the new owner Hillview Quarries sought to amend a condition on the site’s planning permit so that it would not contain an expiry date, meaning work could be carried out until all resources were exhausted and the quarry had been rehabilitated.

According to multiple reports, the Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) ruled the quarry permit had expired, as using the land for the purpose of extraction had not started within two years of the permit being issued.

According to Mornington Peninsula News, VCAT member Judith Perlsetin elaborated further on this decision, saying, “The use of the land for extractive industry had been discontinued for more than two years.” She added that it would have been ‘appropriate’ for the company to seek permission to continue extraction.

The recent decision may be viewed as a ‘win’ for many local residents who had campaigned against the quarry being converted to landfill four years ago.

Hillview Quarries CEO Paul Nitas said the company would review VCAT’s ruling before deciding on its next step.

Call for recognition as state park

Sheepwash Creek Landcare Group is a community group dedicated to preserving Mornington Peninsula’s biodiversity. Its spokesperson Dr Mark Fancett told the Mornington Peninsula News that the ideal outcome would be for the former quarry to be added to the neighbouring Arthurs Seat State Park.

“It’s an amazing piece of land which ultimately we’d like to see opened to the community,” Fancett said.

A prior planning permit for the site expired in March 2014. Hillview’s application previously noted this date appeared to originate from 1998, when previous owner Pioneer requested an extension to the time limit on a permit that was due to end in 1999.

The quarry had been in operation since the 1960s, although quarrying has not been conducted there in recent times, according to Hillview’s 2016 planning proposal.

Hillview Quarries is located on the Mornington Peninsula, and has supplied granite products to local, state and federal government authority projects as well as to private contractors, retail garden supply outlets and the general public for approximately 45 years.

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