Council gives quarry green light
A controversial quarry in Roelands was approved by Harvey Shire Council last week, despite strong opposition and three failed attempts to get the application over the line.
On September 11 planning services staff recommended the council grant an extractive industries licence for Brunswick company B&J Catalano to extract 50,000 to 100,000 tonnes a year on Lot 501 Coalfields Road in Roelands.
Shire president Tania Jackson said despite the attendance of 48 quarry opponents at last week’s council meeting, councillors had no choice but to approve the quarry on its legal merits.
“Following the SAT (State Administrative Tribunal) approval the council had no alternative than to accept, with conditions, that an extraction industry licence could be approved for the site,” Cr Jackson said.
“If we had not approved it we would have been open to legal action.”
B&J Catalano first applied for planning consent in October 2013, when it was refused by the council because concerns about the loss of amenity to nearby landowners.
The company took the matter to the State Administrative Tribunal in January 2016.
After two subsequent rejections and appeals through council, SAT eventually granted planning consent for the quarry subject to strict conditions and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation granted works approvals for the proposal in February.
Cr Jackson said it was a very difficult decision for individual councillors, considering many councillors supported the neighbouring residents in the past.
“We will do our best to ensure compliance with the strict conditions SAT put in place,” Cr Jackson said.
“In this case, no water is to leave the footprint of the quarry without further council approval.”