Boral Bombo Quarry
The Boral Bombo Quarry operated between the early 1970s and 2014. It is located at the western end of land which has been extracted for aggregates since the late 1940s.
Bombo NSW 2533
Boral’s Bombo Quarry is a currently non-operational site located within the NSW South Coast town of Kiama.
Together with a NSW Government-owned and operated quarry immediately to its east, Boral’s site forms a ‘precinct’ from which millions of tonnes of aggregates have been produced since the first quarry was gazetted in 1947.
Boral’s quarry at the western end of the precinct is accessed via Panama Street. It was commenced following the issuing of planning approval in 1971 and supplied products until 2014 when operations were placed on hold.
The landholding in which Boral’s quarry is positioned is approximately 45 hectares in size. An Environmental Protection Licence (EPL) which still applies to the site permits production of up to 500 000 tonnes per annum.
There are no present plans to continue the former extractive operations.
Planning consent was also granted by Kiama Council during 1986 for a concrete plant to be located within the quarry.
Proposed Planning Modification: Clean Fill Importation (Mar 2020)
During 2019, Boral prepared a planning modification seeking to allow the import of clean fill into the Bombo quarry void.
Importation would have allowed the commencement of the rehabilitation process and preparations for potential alternative future uses of the land.
The modification application was submitted to Kiama Council for assessment during March 2019 and placed on exhibition for public comment throughout May and June.
In March 2020, Boral advised Council that the modification application was being formally withdrawn.
The reason for the withdrawal is that new opportunities to facilitate the 'end use' of the land have been identified which may require different planning 'pathways' to be followed.
The opportunities involve collaboration with Transport for NSW (TfNSW) on a precinct-wide approach to the future land uses, inclusive of Boral's non-operating site and the currently operational TfNSW quarry to the immediate east.
Once a direction has been confirmed, Boral intends to reinvigorate its communications and consultation program with all stakeholders as was undertaken for the modification proposal.