The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded its assessment of a proposal by Boral Construction Materials Group Ltd for Macquarie Road Quarry, Campbell Town, in Northern Midlands.
The proposal involves the establishment of a hard rock and gravel quarry with a maximum extraction and processing capacity of 200,000 cubic metres per year. The proposed operation will involve using drill and blast techniques, crushing and screening, to extract and process material for construction projects. The quarry site is located 4 km west of Campbell Town on freehold land that was previously operated for bauxite extraction by another company and has been rehabilitated to grazing land.
The EPA Deputy Director, Cindy Ong, who made the determination under delegation from the EPA Board, concluded the proposed development can 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 Northern Midlands Council.
“Various environmental issues were considered by the Board in its assessment, particularly the presence of several hollow-bearing trees within the quarry footprint that have potential to provide nesting habitat for masked owls. This issue was addressed through a condition requiring pre-clearance surveys prior to the removal of any tree. Other conditions imposed are standard for EPA regulated quarries, such as weed, waste and blasting management, sediment control and rehabilitation requirements," Ms Ong said.
No representations were received in relation to the permit application. Public consultation was open for a 28-day period from 11 September to 9 October 2021.
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. The functions of the EPA are to administer and enforce the provisions of the EMPC Act, to further the RMPS and EMPCS objectives and, in particular, to use its best endeavours to protect the environment of Tasmania.
The Deputy Director undertook the assessment of the proposal in accordance with the Environmental Impact Assessment Principles defined in Section 74 of the Act.
The environmental assessment report, including the environmental conditions, has been issued to the proponent and Northern Midlands Council.
The decision in relation to this proposal can be viewed on this website at Boral Construction Materials Group Ltd, Macquarie Road Quarry.