The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded its assessment of a proposal by Hazell Bros Group Pty Ltd for an increase in production from 70,000m3 to 140,000m3 at the Tunbridge Tier Quarry, Tunbridge in the Northern Midlands Council municipality.
The EPA Director, Wes Ford, who made the determination under delegation from the EPA Board, concluded the proposed development could be managed in an environmentally sustainable and acceptable manner, with certain conditions. The EPA requires these conditions to be included in any permit subsequently granted by the Northern Midlands Council.
“Various environmental issues were considered by the Board in its assessment, particularly impacts to threatened flora species," Mr Ford said.
“Conditions imposed require preservation areas to be maintained and these areas protected from disturbance for the life of the quarry."
No representations were received in relation to the permit application, which was referred to the Board in March 2018. Public consultation was open for a 14 day period commencing 28 April 2018.
The proposal was considered by the Director in the context of the sustainable development objectives of the Resource Management and Planning System of Tasmania (RMPS), and in the context of the objectives of the Environmental Management and Pollution Control System (EMPCS) established by the EMPC Act.
The functions of the EPA are to administer and enforce the provisions of the EMPC Act, and in particular to use its best endeavours to protect the environment of Tasmania, and to further the RMPS and EMPCS objectives.
The Director undertook the assessment of the proposal in accordance with the Environmental Impact Assessment Principles defined in Section 74 of the Act.
The Director's environmental assessment, including the environmental conditions that must be included in any permit, have been forwarded to Northern Midlands Council, for review of planning issues prior to making a decision as to whether a permit is to be granted.
The decision by the EPA Director can be viewed on the EPA website at http://epa.tas.gov.au/assessment/completed-assessments
For more information please contact EPA Communications Coordinator on 0408 478897