Boral Asphalt Taree
Boral's Taree Asphalt Plant is positioned in the heart of the Kolodong Industrial Estate on the western edge of the NSW Mid North Coast town of Taree. Its central position in the region allows the plant to produce asphalt and surfacing solutions for local and major roads and projects along the coastline, including the critical Pacific Highway link.
39 Arkwright Crescent
Taree NSW 2430
The Boral Taree Asphalt Plant began operating during the early 1990s as part of the Bitupave business, following receipt of planning approval from the then Greater Taree City Council in September 1990.
The application for approval was made at a time when the duplication of the Pacific Highway between Hexham (Newcastle) and the Queensland border became a high priority for the NSW Government.
With no asphalt production plant available between Newcastle and Port Macquarie at the time, the Taree site offered a central position from which to supply the once-in-a-generation infrastructure project.
Material is produced at the site using hard rock aggregates from Boral's quarries at Johns River and Seaham, to the north and south of Taree respectively.
The aggregates are heated, dried, mixed with fillers such as lime, then coated in bitumen to create the asphalt product. For more information on asphalt production and the material, see our About Asphalt page.
As the region's main road link, the Pacific Highway has been the biggest beneficiary of the asphalt plant's contribution. Significant volumes of material have been delivered from the plant to various upgrades and for maintenance along the alignment during its more than 25 years of operation.
The plant also supplies numerous local road projects being built or maintained throughout the Council areas of the Mid North Coast.
After Hours Production and Contact
Today's approach to conducting road works involves undertaking them at times where traffic volumes are reduced. Typically, this means night hours and across weekends.
As asphalt is a perishable product, it must be made just ahead of when it is needed. This means that production also needs to take place after 'normal' hours.
The Taree Asphalt plant's planning consent allows production outside of normal hours when certain conditions are met. This includes when the asphalt is needed for (MidCoast) Council or NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) projects which are early starting or late finishing, emergency maintenance, or delayed works due to machinery breakdown.
When access is required to these 'after hours' provisions, times and dates will be listed below:
- 13-14 Jun: 6am-6pm. Note that full production window may not be required.
- 16 Jun: 7am-6pm. Note that full production window may not be required.
- 17-21 Jun: 6am-6pm. Note that full production window may not be required.
If you have any concerns, or wish to register your comments with our team during the above times or at any point when we are operating, you can phone the site on 6551 2244.
A text message is also issued prior to any 'after hours' production periods once the details are known. Messages are sent only to those whose details we have on file. If you'd like to be included, please email us with your name, address and mobile phone number.
Noise Assessment and Study 2016-17
In response to feedback from neighbours surrounding the Kolodong Industrial Estate during 2016, Boral commissioned a noise assessment of the asphalt plant. Noise studies were carried out during early December 2016 and were initially reported back to residents during an on-site community session held October 2017.
You can review the results of the Noise Assessment here. The results of the Assessment have guided the implementation of several site improvements during the period since which include:
- installation of acoustic grade lining around the plant's burner and diesel shed;
- restrictions on the amount and type of activities during early morning hours;
- fitting of 'low frequency' reversing beepers to the plant's vehicles;
- a revision of the site's Traffic Management Plan to reduce reversing movements for vehicles;
- planning of production runs to avoid lengthy continuous hours, with 'breaks' inserted to reduce noise and transport exposure for surrounding properties; and
- pre-stockpiling of materials to reduce the need for additional transport and related noise during production runs.
The plant occasionally issues an update newsletter to residents living with the site footprint as a way of keeping the community abreast of anything happening at the site.
You can view previous editions of the newsletter below:
Asphalt In Your Community
Boral Asphalt has produced an information brochure for sharing within the communities in which it operates.
The brochure provides a simple overview of the asphalt production process, as well as states Boral's position on environmental and health issues associated with asphalt. You can download a copy of the brochure here.