Go-ahead for new quarry site
A NEW quarry site outside Monto was given the green light at the North Burnett Regional Council meeting last week.
But the development permit granted to Biloela-based company M&M Sand and Gravel also had a string of expensive conditions in tow.
While they can get access to 30,000 tons of sand a year over a 12,000sq m area on Cattle Creek west of Monto, the company will first have to build a 7m wide, 2km long sealed carriageway from the Burnett Hwy and Old Rawbelle Rd intersection.
Despite this upgrade, no B-doubles will be able to access the quarry and they will have to pay $0.25 a ton, or a maximum of $7500 towards road maintenance annually.
“All developments pay this sort of fee. They are going to be using a lot of roads in the shire to get there, so they need to pay a contribution towards road maintenance,” North Burnett Regional Council manager of technical services David Wiskar said.
“The road upgrade is part of our requirements. If they want to use B-doubles they would have to make a further application and go through another process.”
The development received one submission against it from Monto company Baldwin’s Sand, Gravel and Concrete, which has a quarry downstream from M&M’s proposed site.
M&M Sand and Gravel owner Mark Moon declined to comment until further discussions have been had.