International company pushes for Burrum sand mine

AN international company has lodged an application to develop a sand mine on Pialba-Burrum Heads Rd and Gillies Rd near Burrum Heads.

At its peak the sand mine will produce 95,000 tonnes of sand a year, according to the development application lodged with Fraser Coast Regional Council by the Australian Grazing and Pastoral Co.

"Based on an annual extraction rate of 95,000t, during peak production a total of 11 truck movements per day will cart sand off site," the application reads.

There is a potential sand resource of between 555,000t and 900,000t at the site, and the proposed quarry is expected to operate for 10 years.

The site is on the eastern side of Pialba-Burrum Heads Rd between Beelbi Creek Rd and Gillies Rd, and is currently slated by council to be a rural block.

The development application covers an area of about 40 hectares. However, the extraction area covers about 6% of the site.

The extraction site is just a few kilometres away from an existing sand mine operated by Fraser Coast Sand & Gravel.

"The extraction area will be quarried in a low scaled operation using excavator and dozer with sand stockpiled in each stage waiting drying and transportation off site for processing," the application reads.

"A total of two staff will operate this activity."

The Australian Grazing & Pastoral Co has used Northern Territory legal services company Wardell Nominees as its registered office but two of its three directors live in the United States.

The Chronicle contacted the company's Hervey Bay-based solicitors and was told those behind the project lived in Texas in the United States.

Burrum Heads Progress Association president Ron Gregson said he was not aware of the development application and asked for time to consider the application before commenting.

Fraser Coast Regional councillor Rolf Light, who is the representative for Burrum Heads, said he was not aware the application had been made, but it would be several months before council made a decision on the potential sand mine.

The development application is currently in open for public comment and submissions must be lodged by November 25.

 

SAND MINE FACTS:

  • Located on Pialba-Burrum Heads Rd near Gillies Rd
  • Extraction area is 6% of 40 hectares
  • Public submissionS close November 25


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