A proposal to increase annual production from an existing hard rock quarry off Blackbrush Rd near Mangalore has been considered by the Director EPA under delegation from the EPA Board.
Director EPA Alex Schaap said the EPA-regulated quarry has not been operated for over 12 months.
"The proposal to increase production at Mangalore Farm quarry was put forward by Stornoway Projects Pty Ltd," Mr. Schaap said.
"The quarry operator anticipates that it may extract up to 50,000m3 of weathered dolerite each year at peak production for use by local customers," Mr. Schaap said. "Peak production is not likely to occur for several years based on forecast demand."
"After careful consideration, I have concluded that the proposal is capable of being managed in an environmentally acceptable manner, provided that environmental permit conditions are imposed and complied with."
"I considered the evaluation of environmental issues associated with the proposal in the draft Environmental Assessment Report," Mr. Schaap said.
"I have imposed conditions to protect and limit impacts to high conservation status dry blue gum forest, the Swift parrot and Wedge-tailed eagle and to ensure progressive rehabilitation occurs on the quarry site."
Mr. Schaap said the assessment considered a number of concerns raised in ten public submissions received during the 14 day public consultation period.
Stornoway Projects Pty Ltd lodged a Development Application with a supporting Environmental Effects Report (EER) to the Southern Midlands Council.
The application was referred to the Board of the Environment Protection Authority (the Board) for assessment under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 (EMPCA).
The Director’s environmental assessment, including conditions, has been forwarded to the Southern Midlands Council. The Council will review the planning considerations before deciding whether to grant a permit.
More information is available on the EPA website under 'Assessments'