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Tasmanian operation seeks to raise production

Venarchie, a division of Fulton Hogan Industries, has operated the Goanna Road site, in North Scottsdale, east of Devonport, since 2006.

“The primary reason for this application is that Venarchie would like to screen all of the extracted sand on site and this requires Level 2 activity approval,” Venarchie’s contracts administrator Allison Madson told Quarry. “Venarchie currently has Level 1 activity approval with Dorset Council to extract up to 5000 cubic metres per annum and screen up to 1000 cubic metres per annum on site.

“Level 2 activity requires approval from both Dorset Council and Environmental Protection Authority Tasmania (EPA). Level 2 activity allows the extraction of up to 20,000 cubic metres (28,000 tonnes per annum) of sand and also allows for the screening of this amount of sand on site,” she said.

If the application is successful, the quarry will be operational seven days a week, from 7.00am to 7.00pm weekdays and 8.00am to 5.00pm on weekends, from 2020. It is anticipated there will be 966 truckloads – or 1932 movements annually – with the heaviness of traffic varying throughout the year.

The anticipated life of the quarry, according to Venarchie, is approximately 20 years and it believes the current size of the Scottsdale Quarry will be sufficient into the future.

“Currently, all sand is excavated from the Scottsdale Quarry, transported from the Scottsdale Quarry to Venarchie’s Mowbray site to stockpile and screen for road materials, such as asphalt,” Madson said.

The Tasmanian EPA is currently assessing the application. The Environmental Effects Report can be viewed at the EPA website

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