Hanson provides a response to request by Mt. Cannibal & District Preservation Group's commit
In 2006, Hanson Construction Materials Pty Ltd (Hanson) purchased 157 hectares of freehold land in Sanders Road, Garfield North for the purpose of developing a quarry. The site contains a granite reserve which Hanson will extract, process and transport to markets, particularly for development projects within Cardinia, Casey and Frankston areas. It is expected the site will have an operating life up to 100 years processing 2 million tonnes of granite per annum at full production. In accordance with the commitment made at the recent meeting in the Hanson Offices and taking into account the purchase of the Tonimbuk Equestrian Centre, Hanson’s responses to the questions raised by the community in the past are provided below.
1. What is the feasibility study? Since January 2010, the application for approval to extract sand, stone and clay in Victoria has been guided by the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) (Extractive Industries) Regulations 2010 made under the section 124 of the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990. The regulations require Hanson to prepare an application for a Work Plan. Once submitted, the Minister for Planning may advise the requirement for a decision on the need for assessment under the Environment Effects Act 1978.
2. What types of surveys and / or investigations will be undertaken? To satisfy the requirements of the Work Plan application, Hanson must assess and prepare reports on:
Environmental Management Plan
3. Will the outcomes of the surveys or investigations be in the public domain? Yes. There are various opportunities throughout the process for the community to review and comment on information provided by Hanson to the relevant authorities. Further, Hanson intends to engage with the community throughout the application process to ensure relevant information is provided and available for review.
4. How long will the study last? When do you plan for the quarry to be up and running? Hanson is subject to a legislative process to develop the quarry, which is predicted to take up to two years to complete. Once approval is received, a small mobile plant will be located onsite within the first year. It is estimated that site excavation will commence 2018-2019.
5. How much of the mineral is believed to be on site? What is the life expectancy of the quarry? Current assessments indicate the potential for up to 100 million tonnes of material is available for extraction, with a lifespan based upon market demand.
6. What are the minerals being sought? Hanson extract and process granite. Sand will also be extracted to offer fine, medium and coarse sand products for applications including ready-mix concrete, precast concrete, concrete blocks, asphalt and drainage materials.
7. What is the market for these minerals, who are the customers, where are they located? The market is the south east metropolitan region of Melbourne and Gippsland for urban development.
8. Will customers come to site to purchase and pick up stocks? Customers will come to site to collect quarry products generally in bulk transport vehicles.
9. How will the mineral be extracted? Drilling, blasting, loading and hauling to onsite processing.
10. Where on the site is the quarry planned? The quarry will be located in the Hanson Landbank to its limits within the 100 metre boundary buffer zone.
11. Where on the site will the crusher plant, gatehouse and offices be located? The current design locates the crusher plant on the north-western corner of the Tonimbuk Equestrian Centre site. The gatehouse and site management office will be located adjacent to the access road off Bunyip-Tonimbuk Road.
12. Is the plan really to remove the top of the hill? Eventually granite located within the hill will be extracted. However, the Work Plan proposes extraction to commence in the valley between three hills. The entire site will be subject to a rehabilitation plan requiring Hanson to progressively reform and revegetate the site.
13. When will quarrying and crushing be running? What are the hours of operation? Weekends? After hours?