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Residents are opposed to meeting Multiquip Quarries' trucks on an 18km thoroughfare with just five metres in width in some places.
Residents are opposed to meeting Multiquip Quarries' trucks on an 18km thoroughfare with just five metres in width in some places.

Possible changes to quarry roads inflame residents

A meeting between a quarry operator and residents to discuss a proposal for Ardmore Park quarry in Bungonia, New South Wales, has left both parties angry and frustrated.

Multiquip Quarries, developers of the quarry had arranged a meeting with the Bungonia Progress Association to explain a transport and road proposal, which is to be lodged with the local council.

Steve and Jason Mikosic of Multiquip Quarries were expecting to meet with six people but were met by 50 residents angry about the quarry on Oallen Ford Road. After a short discussion they left the meeting.

The sand and basalt quarry was given permission to operate in 2009 by New South Wales state authorities but with conditions concerning road transport. It appears the Mikosics may want to make changes to those conditions.

The consent stated the company had to build a 1.8 kilometre bypass around the town and upgrade the entire haul route to a minimum seven metre carriageway in stage one before it moved any material. Only then could it shift 20 trucks a day. 

Other road upgrades, including further widening, stop signs and culvert improvements, were to be done in stages two and three. 

Progress Association president Bill Dobbie said Multiquip now wanted to build the bypass, widen culverts and run 10 trucks in and out in the initial stage which was not in line with the original agreement.

Tight-lipped on application
Steve Mikosic declined to detail the proposed changes to The Goulburn Post, saying it was inappropriate to comment before the plan was submitted to council. But he said it was not as Dobbie had explained. 

“We are not asking for anything other than what’s in the approval,” he said. “The community was not interested in what we had to say so we will submit it to the council and State Government and see what they have to say.” 

So far Mikosic’s company has only undertaken exploration at the site. However, he said he wanted to start moving trucks to use road base on the haul route and to the Sydney market. Multiquip wants to extract 400,000 tonnes of material annually over 30 years for the Sydney market. 

Mayor Geoff Kettle met with the Mikosics and Bungonia residents separately about the issue. He said he understood from talks that the company wanted to build the bypass, link it up to Jerrara Road, put 10 trucks on the haul route and progressively upgrade the roads. But he couldn’t comment in detail until he’d seen the formal plan. 

“Right at this moment, I stand by the Part 3A conditions which say the bypass and the full road upgrade must be done first,” said Mayor Kettle. 

Council is seeking advice on whether it or the State Government is to assess the proposal. 

Mike Freestone, who lives on a feeder road to Jerrara Road, said residents were simply afraid of meeting trucks on the 18km thoroughfare which was just 5.2m wide in places. He added Multiquip needed to buy Crown land to build the bypass but by rights, that should be an open process. 

“He (Steve Mikosic) has an approval and has had it for four years,” he said. “If he wants the quarry, I’d say get on with it but don’t come through the back door and put lives at risk.” 

Source: The Goulburn Post

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