Resources regulator enforces compliance at Keilor quarry

The Earth Resources Regulator is ensuring quarries are operating within their approvals so that they can safely continue delivering the raw materials essential to the state’s growth with minimal impact to the environment.

The state’s resources regulator has issued a notice to the quarry operator requiring them to conduct activities at their Keilor quarry in a way that protects the environment and is consistent with the site’s approved Work Plan.

The notice was issued after the Earth Resources Regulator, and the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) attended the site on Tuesday, 2 April. The two agencies, along with Hume City Council have worked closely to investigate site activity following complaints relating to stockpiles, dust, and truck movements.

The notice requires the quarry operator to ensure material on site does not exceed the amount required for rehabilitation. To achieve this, the operator will survey the site to identify the amount of material required. Excess stockpiling can be visible from neighbouring properties and contribute to dust being blown off-site.

Rigorous planning is required to run a quarry operation, including site rehabilitation. Operators must be aware of and meet their regulatory and operational requirements, including those relating to site rehabilitation.

Quarry materials such as sand, stone, clay and gravel are vital to build the infrastructure that Victoria needs. Continued supply is vital to support the government’s massive investment in infrastructure.

In 2022-23 Victorian quarries produced more than 72 million tonnes of material used to build new housing, schools, hospitals and transport infrastructure. If the predicted high demand for raw materials continues, annual production is forecast to increase to over 100 million tonnes by 2050.

Confidence in the sector, the way it operates and how it is regulated is crucial for Victoria’s ongoing economic development.

The Earth Resources Regulator regulates Victorian mines, petroleum and quarry sites to protect public safety and the environment. Inspectors frequently conduct checks around the state to ensure activities are conducted properly, safely and without harm or significant risk to the environment.

Inspectors from the regulator will continue monitoring the Keilor quarry to ensure the site is rehabilitated in accordance with its Work Plan.

Quotes attributable to Earth Resources Regulator Chief Inspector Michael Fitzgerald

“The Earth Resources Regulator will continue to work closely with the EPA and Hume City Council to ensure the stringent standards protecting the environment at the site are met.”

“Quarry production is crucial to Victoria’s economic development. We’ll continue to regulate the sector in a way that allows raw materials to be extracted in accordance with relevant approvals while protecting the state’s environment.”

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