Curra quarry green light
A MULTI-MILLION dollar rock quarry will open at Scotchy Pocket, north of Curra, after getting the green light from Gympie Regional Council this week.
Hy-Tec Industries Pty Ltd will develop the quarry in three stages on 540ha near Mt Scotchy. It will yield about a million tonnes of material a year, and within three years 200 trucks will be coming and going from the site each day.
An adjoining quarry of a similar size is expected to go before the council this year for Wagner Investments Pty Ltd.
Both sites are located more than a kilometre to the west of the Bruce Hwy and North Coast Rail Line, and are at the northern end of the final stage of the Cooroy to Curra Bypass.
They will operate side by side and at the same time, seven days a week, with haulage 24 hours every day except Sunday. To give the quarry trucks safe access to the Bruce Hwy, the highway intersection with Lindley's Lane will be upgraded and moved 150m north.
Some small concerns were raised in a council report on the matter about the impact of blasting, which will occur every day except Sunday, on nearby railway line and homes in the Curra Estate, as well as the loss of some residents' picturesque rural outlook, and the potential impact on possible koalas and platypi in the area.
"The matter of noise has been considered with the development being audible during operating times," the council report says.
"Noise limits for the quarrying activities have been conditioned by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection. While it is suggested that these noise limits could be more stringent, the DEHP is the lead agency with respect to the operation of Environmentally Relevant Activities applied for and therefore have been adopted," the report said.
The quarry will be developed in three stages and will include an office and amenities, workshop, truck wash down facility, weighbridge, soil testing, equipment for extraction, processing and stockpiling, delivery trucks, car parking for employees and security fencing.
It will be clearly visible from the Bruce Hwy.
"The proposed development is for an extractive industry that seeks to realise the full potential of an existing hard rock resource that will supply the local market (including council, state road and rail construction projects) with essential quarry materials," the council report says.
The material provided at the subject site is suitable for the production of all high specification materials including concrete, sealing aggregates and ballast with the rock type having high skid resistance value.