Quarry Consultative Committees

Ondit Quarry

Key matters discussed at the Ondit Quarry Consultative Committee meeting held via Teams video conference on 16 August 2022

  • No issues arising from groundwater monitoring reports for the past 6 month period. Groundwater levels fluctuating according to expected seasonal conditions.
  • Discussion about need for Holcim to adjust the location of some groundwater monitoring bores to reflect the approved extension of the extraction area at the north-east corner.
  • Monitoring of dust from the quarry identified one occurrence where dust levels exceeded the benchmark, but this is likely the result of an off-site source.
  • There have been no identified exceedances of blasting thresholds over the reporting period. Holcim indicated they are trialling multiple blasts at the same time to reduce the occurrence of road closures on Warrion-Ondit Road.
  • Holcim is working with Earth Resources on a draft Work Plan for the land proposed as an extension of the quarry to the north of Warrion Ondit Road. It is not expected that a planning permit application will be lodged until around mid 2023.
  • Council will initiate a review of the community representation of the Committee by calling for fresh nominations over the coming months.
  • Next meeting is scheduled to be held on 21 February 2023

 

Mooleric Road Quarry

Key matters discussed at the Mooleric Road Consultative Committee meeting held via Teams video conference on 18 October 2022

  • Birregurra Quarries reported that there has been a significant loss of sales associated with the recent rains and the current permit restrictions on truck movements per hour limit the capacity for the quarry to catch up on this activity during improved weather.

  • The Quarry has lodged further information to Council concerning its application to amend the planning permit conditions, which is under consideration.  The application seeks approval for increased material to be removed annually, an earlier starting time and removal of the hourly truck movement restriction.  Public notice will be the next step in the process.

  • Council indicated it is currently awaiting a second assessment of the Mooleric Road pavement condition, with the objective of engaging contractors to repair the road.

  • It was noted that a zoologist had observed brolgas on the site during blast activity and found no evidence of impacts to them.

  • Next meeting is scheduled to be held on 28 March 2023

 

For further information please phone 03 5232 9400 or email inq@colacotway.vic.gov.au