23 August: The Scenic Rim economy is set for a further boost following Council's approval of the region's largest ever quarry which will provide material projects in South East Queensland.
The Scenic Rim economy is set for a further boost following Council's approval of the region's largest ever quarry which will provide material for major infrastructure projects in South East Queensland.
At its Ordinary Meeting this week, Council approved a development application for a quarry at Silverdale - the third Neilsen's quarry in the Scenic Rim - that at its peak is expected to produce up to 3.8 million tonnes of gravel annually.
Mayor Greg Christensen said the quarry was expected to provide significant employment opportunities in the region, with the creation of both full-time jobs and contract support.
"This is a great opportunity for further jobs growth in the Scenic Rim and another boost to our local economy," he said.
"Material quarried in the Scenic Rim is a valuable resource that is highly regarded in the construction industry and will provide the foundation for high quality construction across South East Queensland.
"This comes off the back of two local quarries paving the way for Queensland's tourism growth by supplying aggregates for Brisbane Airport Corporation's new runway."
Council's approval requires the developer to construct a four-kilometre section of road and a small service road to ensure safe access to and from the Cunningham Highway to the quarry.
Council considers that issues of water quality and noise have been addressed through the development permit and the environmental authority issued by the Department of Environment and Science.
"The proponent has put great thought into mitigating impact on neighbours as they value good, long-term working relationships," Cr Christensen said.
Published: 23 August 2019