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EPA considers proposal for a sand quarry and materials handling, Tonganah

​The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded its assessment of a proposal by Fulton Hogan Industries Pty Ltd (trading as Venarchie Pty Ltd) for a sand extractive pit and materials handling facility at Goanna Road, Tonganah, in the Dorset municipality.

The proposal involves increasing the operation of the existing Goanna Road Quarry to extraction and onsite screening of 20,000 cubic metres per annum. The process involves stripping and excavating sand from the quarry. The raw material will then be transported to a mechanical screen on site and stockpiled, before being transported offsite.

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 Board requires these conditions to be included in any permit subsequently granted by the Dorset Council.

“Various environmental issues were considered by the Board in its assessment, particularly natural values, weed and diseases, surface water and sediment, and rehabilitation,” he said.

“These issues will be addressed through conditions which require a weed and disease management plan, specified operating hours, stormwater and settling pond management, and provision for rehabilitation on cessation of the activity” Mr Ford said.

No representations were received in relation to the proposal. Public consultation was open for a 17 day period from 12 January 2019.

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 Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 (EMPCA).

The functions of the EPA are to administer and enforce the provisions of EMPCA, to further the RMPS and EMPCS objectives and, in particular, to use its best endeavours to protect the environment of Tasmania.

The Director undertook the assessment of the proposal in accordance with the Environmental Impact Assessment Principles defined in Section 74 of EMPCA.

The Director’s environmental assessment report, including the environmental conditions, has been issued to Fulton Hogan Industries Pty Ltd (trading as Venarchie Pty Ltd) and Dorset Council for their information.

The decision by the EPA Director can be viewed on the EPA website at http://epa.tas.gov.au/assessment/completed-assessments.