Hanson Australia’s Brandy Hill Quarry expansion, near Port Stephens, New South Wales, has been given the green light by the NSW Independent Planning Commission.
The approval will see Brandy Hill’s footprint extended by 55ha and increase its rock production from 700,000 tonnes to 1.5 million tonnes per annum.
Supporters of the application highlighted 10 extra full-time jobs will result from the expansion, along with future employment for truck drivers, suppliers and contractors.
A concrete batching and recycling facility will also be constructed and will import solid concrete waste for reprocessing.
The quarry expansion was approved on 16 July, after the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment finalised its assessment of Hanson’s development application in May.
The commission found that an influx in heavy vehicle traffic due to the expansion would be mitigated through a condition that requires road infrastructure works prior to the quarry’s production increase.
This was achieved by Hanson pledging a further $1.6 million to constructing new bus bays and a shared pathway along Brandy Hill Drive.
Restrictions have also been given to trucks from entering the site before 6.00am, with Hanson required to manage and prevent trucks from travelling on the haul roads prior to this time. This was believed to have impacted the well-being of residents living along haul routes.
“Hanson has been a part of the local community for over 37 years and we look forward to continuing to play an active role in the community by supporting local jobs and the local economy,” a Hanson spokesperson told Quarry.
“Hanson has been a long-term employer in the Hunter region with many staff living in the communities surrounding the quarry.
“The approval of the Brandy Hill Quarry expansion will result in 10 extra full-time jobs and provides ongoing employment opportunities through further indirect roles including truck drivers, suppliers and other contractors.
“Whilst the approval will secure jobs and the continued supply of essential construction materials, it has come at a cost with restrictions to operating hours impacting the supply chain of these materials into important markets such as the Greater Sydney Area.
“There are limited hard rock resources available between Newcastle and Sydney and the Brandy Hill Quarry will meet the growing demand from the construction industry locally as well as in the Greater Sydney Region. The planning system needs greater recognition of the importance of these resources and the operating conditions required to ensure a sustainable long-term supply chain for the building and construction industry.”
The aggregates giant will also fund 13km of local roads across the next 40 years.