Boral Concrete Lawnton
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LOT 16 Lawnton Pocket Road
Lawnton QLD 4501
Lawnton Concrete and Quarry: Proposal to Change Land Use (May 2019)
Our Lawnton site has served the local and wider northern Brisbane communities since the 1940s, supplying the sand which forms a key ‘ingredient’ of the concrete, asphalt and other basic building and construction materials we produce every day.
The quarrying part of the site, which occupies a total landholding of 228 hectares, is nearly at the end of its useful economic life. As a result, we’re starting to plan out the future of our land once we’ve finished up our extractive activities.
Part of our plans involve re-purposing those parts of the quarry which have either been rehabilitated, or which previously served as ‘buffer’ zones to separate the quarry’s activities from surrounding residential areas.
In line with this, we’ve submitted an application to Moreton Bay Regional Council seeking to change the use of a 12 hectare portion at the western (Strathpine) end of our site, allowing for future potential development.
What is proposed?
During our time operating the site, we’ve kept up with our obligations toward its ongoing maintenance. The costs associated with this are not insignificant, especially given the overall landholding we own is more than needed for our remaining Concrete operations.
Accordingly, we have reviewed on an ongoing basis the amount of the land we actually need to retain. This review has extended across many years and, in 2014, led to the sale of the site immediately to the west which is now being developed into a housing estate.
Our latest review has identified a further section of our land fronting Lawnton Pocket Road as another opportunity for potential development. This land, however, is currently covered by a combination of Extractive Industry, Limited Development and General Residential zonings under local planning rules.
To be able to release this land for other purposes, we’ve applied to Moreton Bay Regional Council to have the use of the site converted to General Residential and Open and Recreation Space as a Material Change of Use (MCU) variation of the Regional Planning Scheme. Council is assessing the application via the standard process which will include a period of public consultation about the proposal.
How will this change benefit the community?
The Moreton Bay Regional Council area continues to host a growing population with varying needs for housing. If approved, the site we are proposing to release for potential development could add significantly to the local housing options available to existing and future residents.
The land adjoins the estate approved in 2014, allowing a progressive expansion of the Lawnton/Strathpine urban area on to land previously ‘locked’ by reason of being part of an extractive operation.
For the existing community, one exciting outcome will be the opportunity to open up a currently inaccessible part of the North Pine River frontage to open space and recreational uses.
As with any new potential development, each plan for the subject land will (if our proposal is approved) need to be subject to prescribed planning processes which involve public input, allowing residents to have a say.
What about concerns locals who know the area well might have, such as the effects of development upon flooding?
The application process has required careful thought around a number of immediate matters such as flooding, ecology and traffic management. Impact assessments on each of these topics and more have been prepared which identify and suggest mitigations for related matters. These assessments form part of the application documents which will be publicly accessible during Council’s exhibition phase.
How can I find out more and have a say on your plans?
We welcome any questions and feedback about any matter pertaining to our Lawnton site at any time. Simply send us an email to let us know your views. We’ll also be using this website to share updates and more information about our plans as the application progresses, including the dates of public exhibition once notified.
Other opportunities to discuss the content of the application and receive questions and comments will be organised as necessary, with matters of general interest shared through this page and other communication channels.