Greymare quarry to be approved
A PROPOSED sand and granite quarry for Greymare is expected to be given the green light by Southern Downs Regional Council at their last meeting for the year, despite objections from surrounding land owners.
In a report to be presented to councillors today, it is recommended the site on Mountain Maid Rd be approved subject to more than 40 conditions.
A number of submissions have been received by council against the Hutchison Quarries plan, sighting a number of issues including quality of access roads and increases in traffic, noise and air pollution from extraction operations, impacts on property values and contamination of nearby water sources.
With an extraction area of approximately three hectares, set on the highest points of the property, the quarry would operate from 7am - 6pm from Monday - Saturday and extract up to 5000 tonnes per year.
Among the conditions of approval are upgrades to the Mountain Maid Rd/Leonard Rd intersection and Leonard Rd, which will be upgraded to a constructed gravel road.
Concerns raised about the properties frontage to Greymare and Lagoon Creek have been addressed in an Environmental Assessment by Senior Environmental health officer Nicole Collett.
"Contamination of stormwater run-off and nearby waters by sediment originating from the extractive operations and the disruption of land from vehicular movement and extractive operations are the most likely forms of water and land contamination that could occur as a result of the proposed activity," she wrote.
"Therefore measures must be put in place and conditioned on an approval to minimise and prevent the contamination of stormwater, land and the creeks."
Under the approval conditions, blasting will also be prohibited on the site, as will extraction outside of the operation hours.
If approved, the quarry would be operational for up to 15 years - with no more than 5000sq m to be open and extracted at any one time.
Hutchison Quarries management declined to comment yesterday, stating they weren't interested in talking until the council has made their decision.
The Daily News also attempted to contact a number of those opposed to the quarry, but they too declined to comment.
246.9 hectare property owned by John Leonard
Approximately three hectares to be used for extraction of granite and sand
Operated by Hutchison Quarries, who own another quarry near Leslie Dam
Area of excavation hasn't been outlined in the application
5000 tonnes to be extracted each year