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Plans for Brisbane quarries to ‘transform’ green space

Two Brisbane quarries have been proposed for rehabilitation under plans to open up more public space in the coming years.  

Pine Mountain Quarry and Mount Coot-tha Quarry are subject to the plans as two potential sites which could be transformed into green space as part of the plan.

Pine Mountain Quarry is currently operational as a recycling facility but was previously operational for close to three decades as a quarry. It produced hard rock from 1964 to 1991 as part of Boral’s operations before it was sold to BMI group in 2013. 

Quarry has previously reported that the site was approved for residential infill by the Brisbane City Council in 2008.

Mt Coot-tha has remained operational for more than a 100 years after it was established around 1919 and provides close to 400,000 tonnes of asphalt aggregate each year. The council has operated the site since 1926.

More than 96 per cent of roads in Brisbane are built with asphalt aggregates from the quarry.

The Brisbane Times has previously reported that the site was an option for privatisation years ago as the council looked to make use of the site’s life span and high production.

Close to four years ago, the Queensland Greens party started a campaign to have the quarry closed within four years but the council resisted the pressure to shut the long-time site.

“Closing the Mt Coot-tha Quarry would mean semi-trailers need to travel further, using hundreds of thousands more litres of diesel, which is at least four times more carbon emissions,” BCC field services chair and councillor Vicki Howard told Quarry at the time.

“We have no intention of closing the quarry in the near future as the quarry has not reached its end of life.”

However, the council has budgeted $500,000 for the plan as it aims to transform Pine Mountain Quarry, around 26 hectares, and Mt Coot-tha Quarry, around 30 hectares according to reports.  

It is understood while the council still expects the quarries to remain operational in its current guises for the immediate term, the upcoming Olympics in 2032 has them thinking about the transformation.

“If we start planning now, then we can organise the transition over the coming years so that things can happen prior to the Olympics,” Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner told the ABC.


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