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First tick for Mungar quarry expansion

A QUARRY expansion expected to supply the Fraser Coast's construction industry for the next 75 years has been given the first tick.

Fraser Coast Regional Council passed a 14ha expansion of the quarry at Mungar.

The expansion was expected to extract 100,000 tonnes of rock each year for 75 years.

But there is still plenty of work to be done before the expansion happens, with several government departments required to assess the application.

A quarry employee who did not wish to be named told The Chronicle there were still several hurdles to overcome.

"That's only one government body it's got to go through," he said.

"I can't tell you that it's going to be a resource that's of any use to the district at all yet until it gets past all the rest of the stuff."

He said the council's approval was the first box needed to be ticked.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the possible expansion of the family-owned quarry would benefit the Fraser Coast.

"The product from quarries is really important for an expanding region," he said

"It's building base material often used in roadwork."

Submissions made by residents and assessed by the council included concerns surrounding the noise of the frequent rock blasts and environmental issues.

Cr O'Connell said the council used the report provided to the council to view the submissions and make assessments.

"We get the opportunity then to quiz or interrogate the issues," he said.

Topics:  fraser coast regional council, maryborough, mungar, quarry




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