Batch plant location is finalised
Facility to be built at Mororo site
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 rms.nsw.gov.au/w2b.
“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.”