Gin Gin quarry gets green light to ex­tend op­er­a­tion

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News - By LEAH KIDD

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.

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