The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded its assessment of a proposal by Bryden Elliot Building & Excavations Pty Ltd for Mt Calder Quarry capacity increase, Buckland in Glamorgan Spring Bay municipality.
The proposal is for an increase in annual production at the existing Mt Calder Quarry from 20,000 cubic metres to a maximum of 50,000 cubic metres of hard rock processed per annum, including an increase in the area of the mining lease to allow for the expansion. Drilling and blasting of rock will continue to occur, with up to approximately six blasts per annum, and crushing and screening of material will also continue.
The EPA Tasmania Acting Deputy Director, Ms 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 Glamorgan Spring Bay Council.
"Various environmental issues were considered by the Board in its assessment, particularly natural values and noise," Ms Ong said. "Environmental conditions have been imposed which require that certain parts of the mining lease are not disturbed in order to preserve natural values, and that operational hours are restricted to minimise impact of noise and blasting on residents."
No representations were received in relation to the permit application. Public consultation was open for a 14 day period from 28 May 2021.
The proposal was considered by the Acting 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
Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 (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 Acting Deputy Director undertook the assessment of the proposal in accordance with the Environmental Impact Assessment Principles defined in Section 74 of the Act.
The Acting Deputy Director's environmental assessment report, including the environmental conditions, has been issued to the applicant and Glamorgan Spring Bay Council for their information.
The decision in relation to Bryden Elliot Building & Excavations Pty Ltd - Capacity increase, Mt Calder Quarry, Buckland can be viewed on this website.