Major quarry operation is on the market


The sale of a major central Queensland quarry has commenced. 

One of the largest quarries in central Queensland, the Butlers Yarwun Quarry, has been placed on the market for the first time in its 38 years of operation.

Located 15km north-west of Gladstone and encompassing 227.9 hectares of freehold land, the quarry is in a prime position to supply materials to the surrounding region, including current and future state infrastructure projects.

The quarry has previously supplied resources for the Curtis Island liquid natural gas project, where it provided more than three million tonnes of quarry products in one year at the peak of construction.

Graham Messer Industrial Auctioneers & Valuers and Morgan Bennett Machinery have been appointed joint marketing agents to sell the quarrying operation.

Graham Messer, chief executive officer and owner of Graham Messer Industrial Auctioneers & Valuers, told Quarry the opportunity was one not to be missed.

“Operations of this scale are rare, especially those with the guarantee of supply from the resource into the next century,” he said.

“Gladstone will be the preferred location when it comes to delivering landmark Queensland energy and infrastructure projects.

“The quarry has had a number of substantial contracts over the years and, due to its location, continues to act as a key supplier to these projects.”

The primary quarried rock and product of the site is hornfels volcaniclastic siltstone – formed through doonside volcanics, which functions as a hard strong stone with low abrasive qualities.

The products are in demand and used extensively in a variety of ways within the construction materials industry, with additional use found in asphalt and concrete products.

Upcoming projects that the quarry has the potential to supply critical resources to include the:

approved billion-dollar Fitzroy to Gladstone pipeline

Fortescue Future Industries hydrogen electrolyser manufacturing facility

Mitsubishi Gas Proposal for hydrogen to green methanol plant

Stanwell/Iwatani central Queensland hydrogen project

Orica and H2U’s proposed green ammonia plant

Rio Tinto’s and Sumitomo’s proposed hydrogen plant.

Messer said the quarry comes equipped with all neccessary infrastructure, including mobile plant and crushing equipment, as well as an existing management structure making the site suitable for all types of investors.

The quarry has an estimated 180 million tonnes of extractable material on-site.

“The Butlers Yarwun Quarry is a massive resource,” Messer said. 

“It’s estimated to be around 180 million tonnes of extractable material on-site.

“The Department of Environment and Resource Management extraction approval is more than one million tonnes per annum for the site, and the separate state government approval is more than one million tonnes per annum.

“Given the current extraction approvals, the size of the resource and future infrastructure projects, it’s clear that the quarry will be able to continue operations for many generations to come.”

The Butlers Yarwun Quarry is recorded as a key resource area – KRA 119 – protecting the site from being made inaccessible by potential urban expansion.

Infrastructure and equipment, which includes two separate weighbridges, is planned to be left in place and is included in the sale of the quarry.

Included in the sale is all site infrastructure and a comprehensive range of late-model mobile crushing and screening equipment.

The equipment has been well maintained and upgraded regularly, according to Morgan Bennet, owner operator of Morgan Bennett Machinery.

“The site comes with various track mounted crushers, Kleemann mobile screeners and a fleet of Komatsu excavators and wheel loaders,” Bennet said.

“One of the unique pieces of equipment is the Hercules Rock Trommel which allows the quarry to easily produce a variety of large rock products including Gabion, Rip Rap and Armour rock with minimal handling and wear to equipment.

“Everything necessary to continue operations is already in place.”

History of the quarry

The Butler family have owned the property since the early 1900s, with the quarry in operation through the family business since 1985.

The current owners’ vision of the quarry is to support the growth and development of the region by being a leading supplier of high-quality quarry products to the Gladstone region.

“Part of the great success seen in the Butlers Yarwun Quarry comes directly from the Butler family and the culture they have set up on site,” Messer said.

“All staff and management aspire to a workplace culture of respect, co-operation, inclusion, support and strong ethical and moral values.

“The quarry has had a strong involvement within the community with high levels of support to local organisations.” 

Since its inception, the quarry has grown into a major operation which will undoubtedly continue producing high grade quarry products.

“The sale of this operating quarry will not only be an attractive business investment, but also a long-term resource investment for the astute buyer,” Messer said.

Visit www.grahammesser.com.au to learn more. 

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