Batch plant lo­ca­tion is fi­nalised

Fa­cil­ity to be built at Mororo site

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ROADS and Mar­itime Ser­vices has made a de­ci­sion on the lo­ca­tion of a con­tentious tem­po­rary batch plant, with Mororo the site cho­sen to sup­ply as­phalt for the Maclean and Devils Pul­pit sec­tion of the Pa­cific High­way up­grade.

After ex­ten­sive com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion, the Mororo site was found to best meet the tech­ni­cal, en­vi­ron­ment, com­mu­nity and traf­fic re­quire­ments, with any po­ten­tial im­pacts able to be mit­i­gated, an RMS spokesper­son said.

“Key top­ics raised by the com­mu­nity in­cluded lo­cal traf­fic im­pacts, air qual­ity, noise, im­pacts to flora and fauna, and man­age­ment of ground­wa­ter, in­clud­ing dur­ing floods.”

The spokesper­son said the project team would start build­ing the plant in De­cem­ber.

“Early work will in­volve in­stalling en­vi­ron­men­tal con­trols, in­clud­ing wa­ter treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties and air-qual­ity gauges, and build­ing tem­por- ary foun­da­tions and hard­stand ar­eas,” the spokesper­son said.

“As­phalt will be sup­plied from Jan­uary 2019 and will op­er­ate un­til 2020. Once the project is com­plete, the site will be re­stored to orig­i­nal con­di­tion.”

A con­sul­ta­tion re­port out­lin­ing the feed­back is avail­able at

“En­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ments have found the Mororo site has ad­e­quate flood im­mu­nity and tem­po­rary fenc­ing is al­ready in place to man­age im­pacts on na­tive fauna,” the spokesper­son said.

“Ad­di­tional mea­sures will be im­ple­mented to man­age and mon­i­tor noise and air qual­ity, while haz­ardous ma­te­ri­als will be stored and man­aged in line with Aus­tralian stan­dards.

“The Mororo site is lo­cated in a more sparsely pop­u­lated area than other pro­posed sites, and lo­cal res­i­dents can use an al­ter­na­tive ac­cess to the Pa­cific High­way to min­imise in­ter­ac­tions with project ve­hi­cles.

“This site also pro­vides di­rect ac­cess to the high­way for heavy and light ve­hi­cles.”

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