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    Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Jeff Seeney

    New haul road for Gladstone quarry

    Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Jeff Seeney

    Wednesday, May 23, 2012

    New haul road for Gladstone quarry

    Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney today announced the approval of plans to build a private haul road to service a hardrock quarry in the Gladstone State Development Area (GSDA).

    Mr Seeney said the new 11-metre wide private road, which would transport quarry products from the Targinnie precinct to development projects within the Gladstone region, was a good safety outcome for the community.

    “This road will provide heavy vehicles with a safe link between the quarry site and the council road network,” Mr Seeney said.

    “Removing the existing heavy vehicle access directly from the main road and providing a new access from a Council-controlled road is a clear safety benefit for the community.

    “The cost of any impacts on pavements will also be met by the proponent and paid directly to Gladstone Regional Council as part of the Coordinator-General’s stringent conditions.”

    Mr Seeney said the Coordinator-General’s approval of the ‘material change of use’ application for the site adjoining the Gladstone-Mount Larcom Road meant the quarry’s operations could continue well into the future.

    “The new access needs to happen to provide a safe outcome for the fast-growing Gladstone community,” he said.

    He said public consultation was not necessary as Yarwun Quarries already operated within the Gladstone State Development Area.

    Consultation with key groups including Gladstone Regional Council, the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Ergon Energy, the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Gladstone Ports Corporation, Transpacific Industries Group and the Gladstone Economic and Industry Development Board (GEIDB), was undertaken prior to project approval.

    Mr Seeney said all referral agencies supported the application and their recommendations were incorporated into the Coordinator-General’s conditions of approval.

    [ENDS] 23 May 2012

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