A New Zealand quarry, which is a major supplier of aggregates to the Transmission Gully motorway near Wellington, has applied for a five-year extension to its operation.
Willowbank Quarry has been enlisted to supply 40mm sized rock for the 27km long road project. Willowbank Trustee Limited owns both the quarry and a sizeable part of the surrounding farmland.
In June, the business applied for ongoing operation and maintenance of the quarry until 2025, as the current consent is set to expire at the end of 2020. It is expected to supply material for Transmission Gully, along with other local projects such as flood protection works, roads and site developments.
In the application, Willowbank Trustee Limited said the extension will enable further support for the construction of local infrastructure and developments and will also minimise road impacts by having the building materials close-by.
According to the NZ Herald, David McLay, who spoke on behalf of Willowbank Trust, said the extension was based on the delays to the Transmission Gully project.
“It is about completing that important road, not about profits being placed above the well-being of residents,” McLay said.
“An extension after December will not involve any night time work at the quarry. It will be the subject of evidence as to the real effects of the quarry and trucks using the quarry road.”
The consent application outlines that the quarry would operate every Monday to Saturday from 6:30am to 7:30pm in the summer months, while heavy vehicle movement would be restricted to between 10:00am and 3:00pm on weekdays.
According to an environmental report attached to the application, noise testing has been undertaken with decibel readings within the permitted levels.
Transmission Gully is set to open in September 2021, according to the New Zealand Transport Agency.