The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded its assessment of a proposal by Ore Super Pty Ltd and MDG Contracting Group Pty Ltd for intensification of Barren Hill Quarry (DA 2017/92), Nook Road, Nook, in Kentish Council.
Barren Hill Quarry will be permitted to extract and handle up to 80,000 tonnes of material per year.
The EPA Tasmania Deputy Director, Martin Read, 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 Kentish Council.
“Various environmental issues were considered by the Board in its assessment, in particular the potential for noise and vibration to impact on sensitive receptors were considered key issues for environmental impact assessment. Technical studies comprising noise level predictions were undertaken as part of the assessment. To minimise the potential impacts of quarry noise, quarrying activities have been permitted between the hours of 7am and 7pm on weekdays and 8am and 4pm on Sundays. However, blasting is restricted to the hours between 10am and 4pm weekdays. All residences within a 1 kilometre radius of the quarry will be notified before each blasting event,” Dr Read said.
“The assessment also considered potential impacts on the natural values of the land and its surrounds. While site preparation will involve clearing of 0.15 hectares of Eucalyptus amygdalina bushland community, there must be no disturbance of the vegetation outside of the quarry footprint, which is defined within an operational area of approximately 1.3 hectares. Following the completion of quarrying activities, the operators must rehabilitate the land, including revegetation of Eucalyptus amygdalina forest and woodland on the areas of the land subject to clearing,” Dr Read said.
No representations were received in relation to the permit application, which was referred to the Board on 7 December 2017. Public consultation was open for a 28 day period commencing 14 April 2014.
The proposal was considered by the Deputy 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.