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 include the Dunmore Sand & Soil business, Boral Concrete Dunmore, and a Boral Logistics yard.
Dunmore Sand & Soil: Planning Update (Apr 2019)
Boral has owned and operated the Dunmore Sand & Soil (DSS) business since 2005. The lands originally forming part of DSS have been quarried since the 1970s.
DSS is one of our two main sources of sand in NSW. Sand is a critical component of basic 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 will 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 the next stage. This has involved searching for other sources of usable sand both within our landholding and in the neighbouring area.
This work led us to a private property south of our operations, positioned between Riverside Drive and the Pacific 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 now prepared a modification request for submission 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 is the case 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 pumped 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 submitted to the Department for assessment on 28 February 2019. We're now awaiting the advice of the Department on when the application will be exhibited for public comment. Once the dates are known, they will be published here along with the planning documentation.
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.
Alongside MOD 2, we’ve seen an opportunity for a third modification (‘MOD 3’), seeking 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 hope to finalise for assessment during April.
Boral Dunmore Quarry: Planning Update (Apr 2019)
Our Dunmore Quarry is one of the most important hard rock resources our organisation operates in NSW. Oustide the immediate local area, the quarry provides a significant volume of aggregates into Sydney for the State Government's ongoing large-scale program of public infrastructure works.
The demand for aggregates has created challenges for how they are delivered to these vital projects. These challenges have arisen as a result of the limits placed upon the quarry re the amount of tonnage allowed to be delivered via road (truck) and the adjacent rail service.
Accordingly, during 2018 we submitted a modification application for assessment by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) to remove these restrictions. This application is known as MOD 11 given it is the 11th time a modification to the original planning consent has been sought (see General Approvals: Dunmore Quarry tab).
No other changes to the existing hard rock quarry operations are being sought through MOD 11.
The public exhibition of the MOD 11 documents was completed during October 2018, with a response to the submissions lodged through the period given by Boral to the Department in November 2018. At April 2019, MOD 11 remains under the Department’s assessment.
Dunmore Concrete: Planning Update (Apr 2019)
The Dunmore Concrete plant is one of Boral’s network of similar facilities stretching across NSW which supply pre-mixed concrete products directly to customers for use in building and construction.
The site’s position in the Tabbitta Road operational precinct means the plant can make use of both aggregates from the Dunmore Quarry, and sand from Dunmore Sand & Soil.
With opportunities arising from growth and development in the Illawarra region and along the South Coast, we’ve identified the need to increase the production output of the concrete plant to 150 000 tonnes per annum.
Doing so would increase the average production rate from around 40 cubic metres per hour to 50 at the busiest times. This would influence average daily truck movements, increasing from 10 to around 53 a day, but the current average ‘peak hour’ rate of truck movements would stay at 12 per hour.
The planning application for the production increase was submitted to Shellharbour City Council during 2018, with the public exhibition of the documents completed in December. At April 2019, the application remains under 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 10 modifications to the consent. An 11th (MOD 11) is currently under assessment by the Department.
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 and third modification are both currently under the Department's assessment.
Environmental Assessments and Impact Statements
Planning applications may be supported by an Environmental Assessment (EA), Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), or Statement of Environmental Effects (SEE), depending on the type of application.
These documents can form part of the conditions of consent, so making them publicly available can also be a requirement of the resulting approvals. Those relevant to the Dunmore Operations appear here.
Both the Dunmore Quarry's and Dunmore Sand & Soil's planning consent 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 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 Program
- Dunmore Quarry Water Management Plan
- Dunmore Quarry Flora & Fauna Management Plan
- Dunmore Quarry Bushfire 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