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Vic Regulator ticks off quarry expansions


Victoria’s Earth Resources Regulation has given in-principle approval to expand two quarries owned by Holcim Australia and JH Cuthbertson respectively.

The decision represented the state’s prioritisation of its infrastructure, with both sites already on the extractive industry priority list which streamlines key projects across Victoria.

Holcim applied to expand a storage area at its Oaklands Junction Quarry north of Melbourne, and JH Cuthbertson requested to expand an extraction pit at its quarry in Jindivick, east of Melbourne.

Both proposals satisfied the Regulator’s checks for geotechnical, environmental and public adequacy, and will now progress to stages of public consultation and planning permits with their respective local councils.

Earth Resources Regulation executive director Anthony Hurst said these were two among many applications to improve Melbourne’s capacity for growth.

“Earth Resources Regulation is continuing to assess a high number of applications to lift production at quarries around Melbourne and across regional Victoria,” Hurst said.

“A final decision will be made on these proposals once the local council planning application and public consultation process is complete.”

Oaklands Junction is a hard rock quarry about 25 kilometres north of the Melbourne CBD.

JHC’s Jindivick Quarry has operated since 1978, providing products for landscaping, construction and roads, and agricultural laneways and driveways.

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