Quarry decision due
Council vote on Maydena plan
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