Quarry to inject $2M into local economy

The New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) has given Quarry Solutions the green light to construct a new hard rock quarry near Coraki in northern NSW. The new site is adjacent to Petersons Quarry, an existing quarry that Quarry Solutions operates.

The Coraki site is believed to contain approximately 2.9 million tonnes of high quality basalt, and the operator has gained approval to extract up to one million tonnes per annum of material.

It was said the main purpose of the quarry was to supply the Pacific Highway upgrade between Woolgoolga and Ballina. This section of highway is expected to require about 1.23 million tonnes of road base and 1.4 million tonnes of aggregate.

“The quarry will be a great boost for the [NSW] far north coast community, injecting an estimated $1.9 million into the local economy every year of the life of the project,” a NSW DPE spokesperson commented.

It was said the operation would create between eight and 10 full-time jobs and that educational trips to the quarry would also be offered to children from local schools.

A number of issues were raised during the project’s public exhibition period, including concerns about traffic, road safety, noise and dust, and hours of operation. As a result, blasting was limited to a maximum of twice per month. The measures the proponent proposed to reduce its dust impact were deemed “appropriate” by the DPE.

The DPE mandated several other conditions in its approval, including the preparation of a transport management plan and drivers’ code of conduct, the requirement of an independent traffic audit, and the establishment of acoustic screens to control the quarry’s noise.

“The site will be subject to ongoing audits and inspections by the department’s compliance officers to ensure Quarry Solutions is adhering to its strict approval conditions,” the spokesperson stated.

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