Quarry expansion delayed

QUEANBEYAN City Council have agreed to push back the date of the submission of their report on the Holcim Cooma Road Quarry Continued Operations Project.

The report was to be submitted on December 10 but the date has now changed to December 14 to allow for councillor input and discussion.

The report outlines the possible impacts of the company's expansion plans for the quarry over the next 20 years.

The company hoped to increase production capacity from one million tonnes per annum to 1.5 million tonnes per annum, extend the extraction area and extend working hours from 6pm out to 10pm.

They also want to be allowed to receive quarry materials from other sites for crushing, screening, stockpiling and sale, add a mobile pug mill and be permitted to recycle clean concrete for re-use.

Lisa Driscoll from Holcim said the company wanted to increase production as they had forecasted increased demand for materials to be used future building projects in the Queanbeyan and Canberra area.

Ms Driscoll said only onsite work would occur during the extended working hours and not road transport. Such work would only be required if there were market demands.

She also added that, if approved, the quarry would employ another 10 employees in addition to their current staff of 33 people.

Queanbeyan City Council sustainability and better living group manager Michael Thompson confirmed council is paid a royalty to allow the extraction of resources. This would change if production capacity was increased.

"In relation to the contributions paid, these are based on the production from the quarry," he said.

"So, the higher the production the greater the contribution. The contribution is intended to be used for maintenance and rehabilitation of roads servicing quarry traffic."

Councillor Jamie Cregan brought up the motion as he felt further discussion and clarification could be sought at the Planning and Development Review Committee meeting scheduled on December 11.

"The main reason is so councillors have can some say, we'll look at the impact of residents and impact of the trucks," he said.

"Also some clarification on…the noise impact and reverberation [from production]. They've been reports from Jerrabomberra residents of reverberation."

The extension has also allowed councillors to have input before the report is finalist for the meeting.

 The Development Application, Environmental Impact Statement and other accompanying documents are presently on exhibition and may be viewed on the Department's website (majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au), and may also be inspected from Thursday, November 1 until Monday, December 10 during business hours at Queanbeyan Council, 257 Crawford Street, Queanbeyan.

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