Quarry Consultative Committees
Key matters discussed at the Ondit Quarry Consultative Committee meeting held via Teams video conference on 17 August 2021:
- Council advised it had investigated a complaint earlier in 2021 about quarry blasting occurring outside of the approved work area. It was found however that the quarry was compliant with its permit requirements. Earth Resources confirmed that yellow posts are erected on the site as a requirement of the Work Authority to confirm the extent of the allowable quarry area.
- It was noted that the groundwater levels as described in the groundwater monitoring report are below average, but Southern Rural Water confirmed these levels were consistent with readings in other parts of the groundwater area, and unlikely to be impacted by the quarry operations.
- No exceedances were recorded in the blast monitoring report.
- Holcim no longer monitors blasting at the Richies north of the site as the house at that property has been relocated away from the quarry after Holcim purchased it
- Monitoring identified two dust exceedances were recorded on 16 and 18 February 2021, but this was attributed by Holcim's dust monitoring consultant to be a result of dust from elsewhere given prevailing wind directions on the respective days
- Holcim indicated spraying of weeds would be undertaken in the coming months as normally occurs this time of year. It was noted that adjoining neighbours are routinely pre-notified of the spraying.
- Council indicated a Notice of Decision to Grant a Permit had been issued on 2 August, 2021 for the planning permit application to extend the quarry work area, and objectors could appeal the decision up until 30 August.
- Concern was raised about the temporary road closures that had occurred on Warrion Ondit Road for blasting by Holcim in April/May. It was explained that after Holcim carried out the first closure without approval, they had followed Council’s requirements concerning the second, and obtained a Temporary Road Closure permit. The road was closed for approximately 2 minutes. Council will provide details to Committee members on the nature/conditions of these approvals.
Mooleric Road Quarry
Key matters discussed at the Mooleric Road Consultative Committee meeting held via Teams video conference on 21 October 2020
- The quarry operator confirmed that monthly water monitoring results are being provided to WMIS as required by the Groundwater Management Plan but WMIS is reluctant to publish them publicly. Council will work with the operator to resolve this issue.
- It was noted that the permit requires an annual report on groundwater monitoring to be prepared and discussed at Consultative Committee meetings. The first report is due in 2021.
- Duncan Barber has advised Council that he no longer will be a community representative on the Committee, prompting the need for a new process of seeking community nominations. Council will commence this process after the local government elections. It was discussed that back-up nominees would be sought to enable future vacancies to be filled without the need for a new process each time.
- The quarry operator advised that quarry operations have commenced and the site is fully developed and trees planting complete.
- There was discussion over expected truck volumes on Mooleric Road. It was noted that recent truck numbers had been low due to wet weather that has reduced demand for materials, but expect this to increase as the weather improves.
- The operator noted that whilst trucks visiting the quarry appeared to be following the 40 kph speed limit imposed on them, a high number of other trucks are travelling along Mooleric Road to areas north of the quarry at much faster speeds (not being obligated by the same speed restriction as quarry related traffic).
- It was confirmed there had been no complaints received and recorded in the on-site register in the period since the last meeting.
- Next meeting is scheduled to be held on 23 March 2021
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