Moore Park Beach sand quarry approved
A SAND quarry located near Moore Park Beach has been granted a Development Permit for a Material Change of Use by Bundaberg Regional Council.
The approval was a formalisation of unregulated activities that have been undertaken at the site for a period of at least three years.
Council's planning committee chair Ross Sommerfeld said the quarry site is located across seven allotments with a total area of 227.3ha and is used primarily for sugar cane production.
"The site is bounded by Moore Park, Fairydale and Norton Roads at Moore Park Beach with the properties in the ownership of several different individuals," he said.
"The applicant sought the Development Permit for a MCU for an Extractive Industry (Sand Quarry) with the proposal aimed at removing significant sand deposits located at the site.
"The applicants wish to remove the existing layer of topsoil, harvest the significant quantities of sand underneath and then return the topsoil.
"It is planned to return the land to agricultural production with excavated sites to be progressively rehabilitated in accordance with a Quarry Management Plan.
"Council has conditioned the approval to ensure the applicant provides a report every two years detailing the rehabilitation progress over the quarry site."
He said the operators have been granted a Development Permit for a period of 20 years which will allow the removal of up to 49,990 tonnes of sand annually and are only permitted to utilise Norton Road for hauling the material.
No haulage via Fairydale Road or direct access to Moore Park Road is permitted.
"This approval has been granted with Council applying 38 conditions and nine advice notes. The Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning has also applied conditions relevant to the approval," he said.
Cr Sommerfeld said traffic from the site would be limited until upgrades to Norton Rd had been completed.