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.
Planning consent was also granted by Kiama Council during 1986 for a concrete plant to be located within the quarry.
There are no present plans to continue the former extractive operations. In 2019, Boral is preparing a planning modification seeking to allow the import of ‘clean fill’ into the quarry void to commence the rehabilitation process and prepare for potential alternative future uses of the land.
Proposed Planning Modification: Clean Fill Importation (Apr 2019)
The Bombo Quarry’s planning consent requires rehabilitation within the quarry void using the site’s existing overburden (material between the surface and rock being quarried, like topsoil). Boral intends to implement this rehabilitation in a way which takes into account potential future land uses.
To facilitate this, we’re developed a request to modify the quarry’s consent, allowing the importation of ‘clean fill’ into the quarry.
In its simplest definition, clean fill is earth and material excavated or removed from a site. It must be free of all contaminants including hard materials like metals, glass or wood, any chemicals, and organic matter. Strict legislation defines the requirements of clean fill.
Modification application lodged with Kiama Council
Our proposal to modify the Bombo Quarry's planning consent has now been submitted to Council. The documentation will be revised by Council's Planning team for 'adequacy' before being placed on public exhibition for comment.
You can review the documentation below. An overview of the proposal and what we have done to date to inform the wider community about it follows:
- Boral Bombo Quarry - Modification (Fill Importation) Application: Statement of Environmental Effects
- Boral Bombo Quarry - Modification (Fill Importation) Application: Noise Impact Assessment
- Boral Bombo Quarry - Modification (Fill Importation) Application: Air Quality Impact Assessment
- Boral Bombo Quarry - Modification (Fill Importation) Application: Traffic Impact Assessment
- Boral Bombo Quarry - Modification (Fill Importation) Application: Surface Water Assessment
The site’s planning consent permits material to be exported using both the existing road and rail accesses into Boral’s landholding via Panama Street, reflecting the site’s initial purpose as a quarry.
To be able to import material such as clean fill, the consent needs to be modified. Accordingly, we’ve prepared a modification for submission to Kiama Council for assessment.
After 40 years of being extracted, the void on Boral’s site is significant in size and requires more fill than is available using the existing on-site overburden, or other potential sources around the Kiama and Illawarra regions.
There is, however, a substantial amount of fill being generated in the Sydney metropolitan area as a result of the large scale infrastructure projects, such as tunnels, being built by the NSW Government and private sector.
If approved, we’ll seek to secure some of this fill for emplacement in the quarry void to both meet our obligations to rehabilitate the site, and also to provide the foundation for the future potential uses of the land space created as a result.
Under the proposal, the fill would be brought to the Bombo site via rail and road, with rail the preferred option. This would occur across a 24 hour, seven day window in line with the timeframes that it is being produced at each of the infrastructure project sites.
The material will be unloaded and then emplaced within the void. Some material may require additional crushing to make it suit our needs for emplacement.
The proposal suggests unloading will take place across a 24 hour, seven day window, emplacement will take place between 7am and 10pm, and crushing will be restricted to between 7am and 6pm.
Dependent upon the availability of the fill, we estimate it would take between five and eight years from the first days of activity to fill the void to the preferred level for future development.
Consulting with the community
We’ve been working to raise awareness about the fill import proposal within the Kiama community since February 2019 as part of efforts to capture feedback for inclusion in the modification application.
Across February and March, we’ve directly engaged with approximately 300 residents, stakeholders and members of the community. The main topics raised with us so far have been related to rail movements, noise, dust and truck movements.
Through our contact with other stakeholders, such as Council, State and Federal representatives and through the local media, our engagement has indirectly reached 12000 people.
We’ve taken on board all questions and comments raised by stakeholders and the community and attempted to address them through the final application documents.
What is next?
Now that we've lodged the application with Council, we expect Council will place the application on public exhibition for approximately 28 days for public comment.
Once this happens, we’ll advise the local community as a way of helping to encourage and facilitate feedback directly to Council. We expect submissions will be acceptable via email or written letter, allowing you to outline any comments, questions or concerns you may have.
To ensure community members can access all information they need, we will arrange a ‘drop-in’ community information session during the public exhibition period.
Our project team staff will be available to answer questions about the proposal. If you can’t make the session, you’ll also be able to email us or call 0436 005 764 (during business hours).
Our envisaged timeline
Click on the link to view the timeline for the modification request as we understand it. Note that the final timeline is subject to the requirements of the assessment process as determined by Council.
Some answers to your questions…
We’ve developed a set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) to assist you in finding out more information about our proposal.