Victoria’s quarry industry maintained steady production volumes and sales in 2020, according to the state’s regulator.
In Earth Resources Regulation‘s 2019-20 annual statistics report, quarry production increased by 3.7 per cent in 2019-20 to reach a value of $1.06 billion, compared with $1.02 billion in 2018-19.
However, the current number of Victorian quarries has declined, with 860 having a current work authority at the end of the 2020 financial year, compared with 873 in 2018-19.
Out of the 860 work authorities, 506 quarries are in production.
Quarry production volume has risen in Victoria to 63.11 million tonnes in 2019-20.
Production volume has risen consistently since 2013-14, when Victoria’s quarry industry recorded 40.33 million tonnes.
Earth Resources Regulation stated the sales of quarry output tends to increase in line with construction and building sector demand.
This has been evident with major infrastructure spending, including the $5.3 billion Big Housing Build announced in the 2020-21 Victorian Budget.
A total of 40.37 million tonnes of hard rock products were produced in 2019-20, with 22.73 million tonnes of soft rock products, earning $721.22 million and $340.06 million in sales respectively.
To download a copy of the report, visit the Earth Resources Regulation website.