Public comment sought for site proposal

The proposal is for the extraction of up to 250 000 tonnes per annum (tpa) of material at a new quarry at 12 Grahamstown Road, Blayney. Extraction would occur at an average rate of 150,000 tpa for a period of up to 21 years.

The proposal would comprise:
• 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 project would create between one and three full-time jobs, in addition to related flow-on effects to the community.

“Initially, the quarry will produce road base, aggregates and other material for the local market,” the developer Ben Volkofsky said. “I’m still yet to decide whether we'll lease the land or appoint an operator to manage the site.”

Volkofsky added that the positioning of the site next to the Main Western Railway means supply into the Sydney market by rail in the future is a possibility.

The EIS, prepared by RW Corkery & Co, has been posted on the council’s website and residents have until 25 January to make written submissions.

“We’ll respond to these submissions, then it goes to a Joint Regional Planning Panel," Volkofsky said.

The site, adjacent to a quarry owned by the Blayney Shire Council, is currently agricultural land.


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