Boral Dunmore Operations
Boral's Dunmore Operations include a hard rock quarry, a sand dredging operation known as Dunmore Sand & Soil, and Boral Concrete Dunmore. Each makes an important contribution not only to building and development in the Illawarra and South Coast, but also across the greater Sydney basin and beyond.
38 Tabbitta Road
Dunmore NSW 2529
Boral's Dunmore Operations have existed for more than 90 years, servicing the need for building and construction materials in the Illawarra, South Coast and greater Sydney metropolitan areas.
Sited directly adjacent to the South Coast Railway and Princes Highway, the Operations are ideally positioned to support growth and development in these key regions of NSW.
Originally a hard rock quarry, today's Dunmore facilities also include the Dunmore Sand & Soil business, Boral Concrete Dunmore, and a Boral Logistics yard.
Dunmore Sand & Soil: Planning Update (Aug 2019)
Boral has owned and operated the Dunmore Sand & Soil (DSS) business since 2005. DSS is one of four Boral sources of sand in NSW, and one of two serving Sydney, the Illawarra and the Hunter.
Sand is a critical component of building and construction materials such as concrete and asphalt. It is accordingly in high demand, however access to new sand resources is becoming harder due to environmental and economic factors.
Because of this, we’re seeking to maximise the use of the resources from which we already extract. At DSS, this requires a modification of the site’s planning consent, allowing a new stage to be created and quarried.
The operation of DSS is governed by a planning consent issued by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment during 2005. The consent allows for extraction across four separate stages within the land we own (or have owned) along Tabbitta and Swamp Roads.
We’re currently dredging in Stage 3, located immediately south of the Tabbitta Road entrance to our operations. At the present rate of extraction, we’ll complete this stage during 2020.
Knowing this would be the case, we’ve been planning for a further stage. This has involved searching for other sources of usable sand both within our landholding and in the neighbouring area.
This work has led us to a private property south of our operations, positioned between Riverside Drive and the Princes Highway. We have identified two separate sources of sand at the property, one of which could sustain one-to-two years of operation, the other four-to-five.
After discussions with the landowner, we’ve prepared and submitted a modification request to the Department seeking approval for the commencement of a Stage 5. This modification is only the second time we’ve sought a change to the planning consent, so we call it MOD 2.
MOD 2 proposes that Stage 5 be implemented in two parts. Stage 5A, the smaller pit, fronts Riverside Drive opposite the Kiama Council Recycling Centre. Stage 5B is positioned at the rear of the property north of the Minnamurra River, largely out of sight from the surrounds.
In both instances, the establishment of operations will be as at the existing site in Tabbitta Road. The overburden (material between the surface and the sand) will be stripped first, then excavators will dig into the resource until it begins to fill with water.
After the water level becomes high enough, a dredge will be floated and begin gathering sand. All sand collected will be sent back to Tabbitta Road via a pump pipe system, removing the need for additional transport on local roads.
Once extraction of Stage 5A has finished, clean fill will be placed in the pond and the paddocks will be restored. This part of the work will require the construction of an access adjoining Riverside Drive, with the fill to be brought in by truck.
The operations will be conducted in line with all of the other terms of the current DSS planning consent – there’ll be no change to operating hours, no change to production limits, and no change to the environmental obligations to which we presently have to adhere.
MOD 2 was exhibited for public comment during April and May 2019. We submitted our Response to Submissions document on 25 June 2019 - you can view this and the application documents on the Department's website.
You can read more about MOD 2 in the newsletter below, as well as view a presentation shown to a group of neighbouring property owners during a briefing held 10 April 2019.
Flora and fauna
During the exhibition period, a number of matters were raised of interest to the community. You can read our media statement issued on 28 May 2019 to clarify our position on these topics.
One was a concern that the proposal could interfere with white-bellied sea eagles known by locals to live in the vicinity of the suggested Stage 5B pondage. Based on this feedback, the ecology consultants engaged by Boral for the proposal were tasked with additional site visits and observational surveys to ascertain the presence of the sea eagles.
During the framing of the proposal, similar ecological surveying was unable to verify the sea eagles' presence within or near to the proposed extraction area. This was reported to the Department through the Biological Development Assessment Report (BDAR) forming part of the planning application.
In July, using photos taken in October 2018 and supplied by a community member, the sea eagles' nest was located at a significant distance from the boundary of the proposed extraction area. Although the find does not influence the content of the BDAR, Boral has notified the Department of the identification of the nest for their further consideration.
Alongside MOD 2, we’ve seen an opportunity for a third modification (‘MOD 3’) to allow us to integrate Virgin Excavated Natural Material (VENM), otherwise known as clean fill, into our production.
DSS is already permitted to import clean fill into the Tabbitta Road operations to assist with rehabilitation around the site. Presently, much of this fill is being sourced from Sydney where there is an excess amount available through the State Government’s infrastructure program.
We’ve identified that if placed in the dredge ponds and processed along with the sand collected as part of normal operations, the clean fill helps to create a new, usable building and construction product.
Accordingly, MOD 3 will propose that up to 100 000 tonnes of the fill imported into DSS be used for this new production line. Approval will not only assist Boral – it will provide an alternative option for fill re-use at a time where airspace for Sydney fill is starting to run short.
As with MOD 2, MOD 3 can be implemented with no other changes to the current approval to which the site is operated. The newsletter above includes more information about MOD 3, which we are now finalising for submission and assessment.
General Approvals: Dunmore Quarry
The Dunmore Quarry is operated to an approval granted by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment in November 2004.
The consent (DA 470-11-2003) sets out the operating, environmental and reporting conditions the quarry must comply with throughout its operational life.
Subsequent to 2004, Boral has received approval for 11 modifications to the consent. You can read through the consolidated consent documentation here.
General Approvals: Dunmore Sand and Soil
The most recent planning consent granted by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment to Dunmore Sand & Soil was during 2005.
As with the quarry, the Dunmore Sand & Soil approval (DA 195-8-2004) establishes the terms to which the site must be managed throughout its operational life.
The Dunmore Sand & Soil approval has only been modified once since its initial granting. You can read through the consolidated consent documentation here.
A second modification is currently under the Department's assessment, while Boral is also currently developing a third.
General Approvals: Dunmore Concrete
Dunmore Concrete's planning consent (DA 0530/2018) was updated and reissued by Shellharbour City Council during July 2019 following an application by Boral to increase production from the site.
You can read Council's Notice of Determination of Development Application which offers an overview of the conditions of consent for the plant.
Both the Dunmore Quarry's and Dunmore Sand & Soil's planning consents include requirements to compile a range of reports and perform various audits. These offer an assurance that the provisions of each are being complied with.
Consent Auditing: Dunmore Quarry
Independent audits are carried out at the Dunmore Quarry as an assurance the conditions contained within the consolidated consent are being met. You can view the results of the most recent audit below:
The sites are required to compile an Annual Review at the end of each financial year, capturing information about operations and performance against a range of criteria.
The Reviews can be found below. Prior to the 2014-15 reporting year, the annual return documents were known as Annual Environmental Management Reports (AEMRs).
- Annual Review 2017-2018
- Annual Review 2017-2018: Appendix E - Noise Monitoring
- Annual Review 2017-2018: Appendix F - Groundwater Monitoring
- Annual Review 2016-2017
- Annual Review 2015-2016
- Annual Review 2014-2015
- AEMR 2013-2014
- AEMR 2012-2013
- AEMR 2011-2012
Annual Noise Compliance Assessment Reports
The Dunmore Quarry and Dunmore Sand & Soil are required to undertake an independent assessment of their performance against relevant noise criteria. The resulting reports can be viewed below.
Independent Environmental Audits
Environmental Management: Dunmore Quarry
The Dunmore Quarry has developed a comprehensive Environmental Management Strategy (EMS) which guides the day-to-day addressing of the multiple environmental requirements for the site.
The EMS is very detailed and covers a number of environmental aspects typically associated with extractive operations. You can read the current EMS document here.
Environmental Management Plans
The approvals which guide our sites often include a requirement to develop and make public a number of environmental management plans (EMPs).
The purpose of these plans is to set benchmarks and assist the sites to manage operations with respect to a number of related environmental factors.
The Dunmore Quarry and Dunmore Sand & Soil have developed a set of EMPs over many years to guide site environmental management.
The suite of management plans assist the operations to meet the terms of its environment protection licence (EPL) and planning approvals. You can read each of these plans below.
- Dunmore Quarry Blast Management Plan
- Dunmore Quarry Rehabilitation Management Plan
- Dunmore Quarry Transport Management Plan
- Dunmore Quarry Air Quality Management Plan
- Dunmore Quarry Water Management Plan
- Dunmore Quarry Flora & Fauna Management Plan
- Dunmore Quarry Bushfire Management Plan
- Dunmore Sand and Soil Long Term Management Strategy
- Dunmore Sand & Soil Air Quality Monitoring Program
- Dunmore Sand & Soil Water Management Plan
- Dunmore Sand & Soil Noise Management Plan
- Dunmore Sand & Soil Rehabilitation Management Plan
- Dunmore Sand & Soil Flora and Fauna Management Plan
- Dunmore Sand & Soil Waste Management Plan
- Dunmore Sand & Soil Water Management Plan
Public Feedback Register
Receiving feedback is an important part of maintaining successful operations. Under the terms of each of the quarry sites' approvals, a register of complaints and their resolution is required to be made available for public review. You'll find the latest versions below.
Community Consultative Committee (CCC)
Both Dunmore Operations have a requirement to initiate and maintain a Community Consultative Committee (CCC) for their site.
The independently-chaired CCCs provide a vital communication link between Boral and the local community. Their membership consists of neighbouring residents, representatives from Shellharbour City Council and the local Boral teams.
Matters discussed at each meeting include operational and environmental performance, issues of importance for the community, and site improvement efforts.
You can view the minutes from meetings held during the past three years below.
- Boral Dunmore Quarry 1 August 2018
- Boral Dunmore Quarry 21 February 2018
- Boral Dunmore Quarry 16 August 2017
- Boral Dunmore Quarry 15 February 2017