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The quarry would supply marine-grade armour stone for proposed port expansion plans and potentially create up to 40 jobs.
The quarry would supply marine-grade armour stone for proposed port expansion plans and potentially create up to 40 jobs.

Quarry to create jobs, support port expansion

Proposed port expansion plans are seemingly one step closer to reality after the recent approval of a new quarry site.

Townsville City Council last week approved the Port of Townsville’s application to establish a quarry at the Pinnacles in Queensland.

The quarry would extract up to 500,000 tonnes of material per annum, supplying marine-grade armour stone for Port of Townsville’s proposed port expansion plans.

According to the Townsville Bulletin, the port’s trade throughput is forecast to increase from 12 million tonnes to 32 million tonnes within the next 15 years.

In addition to supplying material to create structures such as breakwaters, revetments and bund walls, the quarry will reportedly create up to 40 jobs.

Les Walker, Townsville deputy mayor and chairman of the council’s planning and development committee, said, “Council’s approval of the quarry proposal will support the future of the port and the future of Townsville’s economy and jobs.

“[The] decision ensures the Port of Townsville can source locally the type of marine-grade rock needed for planned expansion works that will further increase the trade capacity at the port. That’s good for the port and good for jobs.”

Walker noted, however, that the quarry’s approval was subject to a range of conditions to minimise its impact on the community. The conditions were said to relate to noise, dust, ground vibration, stormwater run-off and truck movements in the local area.

“The council’s planning assessment has ... ensured that the appropriate controls are in place at a local and state level to minimise any potential impacts the quarry could have in the community,” he said.

It was said the quarry would also be subject to a range of state and federal environmental conditions.

The Townsville port expansion project involves the construction of a new deepwater outer harbour with six additional berths, the deepening and widening of existing approach channels, and the reclamation of 100ha of existing harbour for new berths, bulk cargo storage and a rail loop.

The project was first proposed in 2011 and Port of Townsville is currently in the process of preparing additional information for its environmental impact statement as requested by the Queensland Coordinator-General.

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Tuesday, 20 August, 2019 6:19pm
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