Gin Gin quarry gets green light to extend operation
AFTER more than two years in the pipeline, a Gin Gin quarry has been granted approval to extend its operations and potentially double in size and staff.
MCG Quarries business development manager Mark Williams said the Gin Gin rock quarry, which is approved for blasting, currently employed 10 people and was originally set up to supply the Department of Main Roads for its upgrade to the Bruce Hwy.
“Now we’ve gone the next step and had a complete DA (development application) done on the quarry, which opens it up to everywhere then,” Mr William said.
“We can supply material into the Bundaberg council and the people of Bundaberg as well, not just main roads.”
MCG Group also has quarries in Agnes Water and Moranbah.
For the Gin Gin quarry, Mr Williams said MCG leased 279ha of land off Mailmans Rd from Monduran landowners James and Jenifer Bauer for the future planning of the site.
“We’re talking over 20 years time,” Mr William said.
“And that’s (also) to stop anyone developing around you.”
A Bundaberg Regional Council spokesperson confirmed the council approved MCG Quarries’ application for extraction of 7ha, more than triple the size of the Gin Gin quarry’s current 1.9ha.
But Mr Williams said the quarry, which will use blasting, wouldn’t cover all its approved land just yet.
“The quarry won’t be much bigger itself than what it is now,” Mr Williams said.
“Eventually it will be. At the moment it’s only under 100,000 tonnes a year.”
Mr Williams said how big the quarry got from here depended on the market.
“If you can stay about the 100,000 tonnes, the quarry’s financially viable,” he said.
Mr Williams said MCG Quarries did a lot of exploratory drilling around the site area to find the right spot but hit the rock equivalent of gold with the current site.
“It ticks the boxes for all the materials. It’s a very good resource,” he said.
“It’s actually been commented as being one of the best resources in the state – the quality of it’s very good.”
MCG Quarries’ Mark Williams
The quarry won’t be much bigger itself than what it is now. Eventually it will be. At the moment it’s only under 100,000 tonnes a year.