After a series of hearings, the New South Wales Independent Planning Commission has greenlit Boral’s application to expand its sand quarry operations at the Dunmore Quarry.
The existing Dunmore Sand and Soil operation on the western side of the Princes Highway has approximately five years left in its reserves.
Boral has proposed to create two new sand mines near the Minnamurra River on the eastern side.
Boral now has permission to mine 800,000 tonnes of sand per year until 2030.
According to the NSW Independent Planning Commission (IPC), concerns over the impacts of the expansion were acceptable “and in the public interest”.
In line with consent conditions, Boral will put mitigation methods in place to prevent negative effects on water quality, groundwater, flooding, coastal wetlands and flora and fauna.
Air quality and noise impacts are expected to be managed within the Commission’s proposed conditions, while traffic concerns will be addressed with a traffic management plan.
A Boral spokesperson told Quarry that it has welcomed the decision, and is dedicated to meeting and exceeding its planning conditions as it has in the past.
“Boral welcomes the NSW IPC’s decision to approve the establishment of Stage 5A and B as part of our Dunmore Sand and Soil operations,” the spokesperson said.
“The decision has relied upon thorough and rigorous studies on the proposal, as compiled by experienced and qualified experts.
“Boral’s strong track record in responsible environmental management of our operations at Dunmore will continue via a series of management plans stipulated in the conditions of consent.
“We acknowledge concerns raised by the community during the assessment and appreciate this feedback. We will continue to work with the community to ensure we meet or exceed all of our planning conditions, as we have for many years at our existing operations.”
Works on the new development will commence immediately to create jobs and supply more construction sand to the Illawarra region.