Quarry de­ci­sion due

Coun­cil vote on May­dena plan

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - SHAUN Mc­MANUS

THE Der­went Val­ley Coun­cil will de­cide at to­mor­row night’s coun­cil meet­ing whether to ap­prove an ap­pli­ca­tion for a pro­posed lime­stone quarry at May­dena.

The pro­posal, by Jenk­ins Hire Pty Ltd and Stroud Pty Lim­ited, is for the de­vel­op­ment of a lime­stone quarry, the Up­per Der­went Val­ley Hardrock Quarry.

It is rec­om­mended that the coun­cil ap­prove the rec­om­men­da­tion and is­sue a per­mit which is sub­ject to a num­ber of con­di­tions.

The quarry cleared a ma­jor hur­dle last month, when the En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Au­thor­ity found it could be man­aged in an en­vi­ron­men­tally sustainable way.

It would pro­duce up to 30,000 cu­bic me­tres of prod­uct a year and in­cludes drilling, blast­ing and crush­ing pro­cesses.

There were 21 statu­tory rep­re­sen­ta­tions re­ceived re­gard­ing to the quarry, many re­lat­ing to a range of emis­sions such as noise and dust.

The EPA said the con­cerns of the rep­re­sen­ters were taken into ac­count as part of their as­sess­ment of the pro­posal.

Van Diemen Con­sult­ing di­rec­tor Richard Barnes, who rep­re­sents quarry pro­po­nents Jenk­ins Hire and Stroud, said coun­cil ap­proval was the fi­nal hur­dle for the quarry, bar­ring an ap­peal.

He said the pro­po­nents of the quarry had met with May­dena res­i­dents for a sec­ond time af­ter rep­re­sen­ta­tions closed.

“We didn’t know who made those com­ments or whether they were at the meet­ing or not, but we made our­selves avail­able to be asked ques­tions by the pub­lic,” Dr Barnes said.

“It was re­ally good ... it was bet­ter at­tended than the first one, there would have been about two dozen peo­ple there, all lo­cals.”

Mr Barnes said the quarry could be op­er­a­tional within months.

“If it’s all ap­proved and there’s no ap­peal, it puts them in a good place to, all go­ing well, have the quarry up and run­ning and sup­ply­ing stuff for next au­tumn,” he said.

The coun­cil will also con­sider a rec­om­men­da­tion that the coun­cil sup­port the ap­proval of three street names in Strath­gor­don at to­mor­row’s meet­ing in New Nor­folk.

Spring St, Olgo St, and Boyd Close are long­stand­ing names that have not been for­malised by the Nomen­cla­ture Board.

The Nomen­cla­ture Board iden­ti­fied the street names as not be­ing of­fi­cially recog­nised, and there­fore re­quir­ing coun­cil ap­proval.

It is also rec­om­mended that the coun­cil take other steps, such as in­form the own­ers and ser­vice au­thor­i­ties and erect street name signs fol­low­ing ap­proval.

For the full agenda, visit the Der­went Val­ley Coun­cil web­site at www.der­went­val­ley.tas. gov.au/page.aspx

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