Go-ahead for new quarry site

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

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