Holcim pushes on with Innes Park quarry
THE company planning a new gravel mine in Innes Park is very close to finally putting in a development application for the facility.
Holcim Australia had originally planned to have the development application lodged with Bundaberg Regional Council in July 2010.
But more than two years later While there has still been no application, the proposal that has sparked emphatic protests from residents in the Innes Park area is definitely on the table.
Holcim Australia Central Queensland area manager Brian Douglas said yesterday the application was going ahead.
"We're still going through the process," he said.
Mr Douglas said the company wanted to submit a proposal that was complete, in every detail, with every "i" and "t" crossed.
"It's normal in this industry for the process to take many years," he said.
"We've engaged several consultants to help us through this."
Mr Douglas said the application would be filed with the council "in the very foreseeable future", which he said could be as soon as a month or two.
If the application was approved it could take up to 12 months after that before the new quarry was operating.
The quarry is planned for the corner of Barolin Homestead Rd and Elliott Heads Rd, and is designed to replace the quarry now operating on Cockerills Rd.
The existing quarry produces high-grade aggregates or crushed rock and road pavement materials for use throughout the Bundaberg region.
Mr Douglas said the company planned to close the quarry in 2014.
The nine people working full time at the quarry would be transferred to the new one.
Quarry protester John Broadfoot said he had attended a meeting three weeks ago with Holcim representatives in Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett's office.
"We raised a number of issues such as traffic and the depreciation of nearby properties," he said.
"We're still wholeheartedly against it and we made that very clear at the meeting.
"It's in the wrong place."
Mr Broadfoot said there were other sources of basalt in more suitable areas.