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Zhong Yin Group is proposing to transform the site of a former military training camp in Darley, Victoria into a sand quarry.
Zhong Yin Group is proposing to transform the site of a former military training camp in Darley, Victoria into a sand quarry.

Sand mine operator tests community waters

There are plans to turn the site of a former Second World War training camp in Darley, Victoria, into a sand mine.

Zhong Yin Group Australia is proposing to operate a near 16ha quarry at 48 Camerons Road, with access to the site via 222 Lerderderg Gorge Road.

A public meeting was held at Bacchus Marsh Golf Club on 18 September, 2018. Andrew Helps, the project manager for Zhong Yin Group Australia Pty Ltd, provided information about the quarry’s operation to the local community.

If Zhong Yin Group's application is successful, the lease will be for up to 30 years, with an output of more than 580,000 tonnes per year. Helps told the meeting there would be 53 truck movements per day, with each vehicle carting a 30-tonne load.

Currently, the company has applied for a Work Authority to the Earth Resources Regulator, a portfolio supported by the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR).

Zhong Yin Group is still yet to lodge a planning application with Moorabool Shire Council.

In September, Helps told Star Weekly: “When it comes to quarries, this one is about as benign as it gets. There won’t be any blasting … We may have to [blast] in the future, but we’d certainly seek permission.”

Helps did not respond to calls for more information as Quarry went to press.

 

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update - 6 FEBRUARY, 2019

The third paragraph in the original version of this article, originally posted on 19 November, 2018, read:

If Zhong Yin Group Australia is successful in obtaining permission to operate the mine it plans to operate the quarry for at least 30 years, with the aim of extracting 1590 tonnes of crushed rock per day.

Helps told the meeting there would be 53 truck movements per day.

Following consultation with the IQA's Quarry magazine review panel, this section has been updated for clarity and technical accuracy.

The story also originally concluded as follows:

However, local residents have expressed concern about the environmental impact of the proposed mine, particularly the increased traffic, noise and dust.











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