Boral Marulan South Operations
The Marulan South Limestone Mine dates back as far as the 1830s when the first mining activities took place in the location. Positioned atop a significant limestone deposit directly to the south of the Peppertree quarry, today's operations produce up to four million tonnes of limestones and 200,000 tonnes of clay/shale per year.
The majority of this limestone is sent by rail to the Berrima Cement Works where it is used in the production of cement. The Berrima site produces around 60 per cent of all cement consumed in NSW and the ACT. The limestone is also used to make lime-based products for industrial uses (such as flux in BlueScope Steel's Port Kembla mills), agriculture and water quality management up and down the east coast, including water treatment plants and for drinking water.
As with the neighbouring quarry, Marulan South Limestone is a 24 hour per day, seven days per week operation. A workforce of around 105 is supported by the operations, with these workers the latest of several generations of Marulan region residents employed by the site. The Mine is often referred to as 'Blue Circle' by locals in reference to the site's former owners, Blue Circle Southern Cement (BCSC). Boral purchased BCSC in 1987 but the 'Blue Circle' name remained in place until 2010.
Please note these sites are not open to the public. All sales and product enquiries may only be directed to 1300 723 999 (Quarries) or 02 9033 4000 (Cement), or you can send an online request.
843 Marulan South Road (Peppertree)
5 Hume Street (Limestone)
Marulan South NSW 2579
Marulan South Limestone State Significant Development (SSD)
The Marulan South Operations (which includes the Marulan South Limestone mine and Peppertree quarry) are not just key components of Boral's NSW resource and production network - they are essential to ongoing building and construction right across the state.
The Limestone operations, worked since the 1830s, provide the rock from which up to 60 per cent of all cement products consumed in NSW and the ACT are made. Peppertree Quarry generates a significant volume of the aggregates used to support the continued growth of Sydney.
With plentiful reserves available at both sites, we're always looking at how the operations can be managed to ensure their contribution to the wider community is maintained. Accordingly, we regularly revise the needs of both operations from a planning approval perspective.
General Approvals - Marulan South Limestone
Mining at the Marulan South Limestone site dates back as far as the 1830s and has been continuous since this time.
During the course of the almost 190 years since, various mining leases and land titles have applied to the operations. In 2004, these were consolidated to form Consolidated Mining Lease (CML) 16 which now provides guidance on mining and prospecting at the site.
As part of CML16, a Mining Operations Plan (MOP) has been prepared which sets out how the mine is to be developed as the limestone is mined.
The operations are also reliant on continuous use rights which recognise the long-standing use of the land for mining.
A number of local development consents additionally exist for parts of the site which permit emplacements of (earth) waste materials, clay and shale extraction, and several of the operations' buildings and structures.
In 2018, Boral commenced work to secure a State Significant Development (SSD) approval through the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE), allowing continuation of the site.
Marulan South Limestone'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.
Protection of the Environment Legislation Amendment Act 2011 (POELA) reporting
Marulan South Limestone operations and many other Boral sites have obligations under the Protection of the Environment Legislation Amendment Act 2011.
These obligations include providing public access to pollution reporting data. You can find out more about the Act and the results for the sites here.
Operations - Marulan South Operations
To find out more about how Boral operates the mine, visit our About Quarries page.
Mining at Marulan South Limestone mine is conducted using modern open-cut hard rock drill-and-blast techniques. Material is conveyed from the mine to stockpiling and processing areas via haul truck. There is also a rotary kiln adjacent for use in lime production.
Activity takes place at both sites 24 hours a day, seven days per week.
Water Management - Marulan South Operations
Water is a key component of both operations, mainly due to the need for it in processing and dust suppression.
Marulan South Limestone has been connected by pipeline to a water supply at the Tallong Weir for almost 40 years.
The Limestone operations also possess licences to use surface and bore water as is necessary.
Transport and Traffic Management - Marulan South Operations
Most material from the Marulan South Limestone site is transported by rail. Trains connect with the Main Southern Railway and travel to the Maldon Rail Terminal for offloading before trucking to required locations across Sydney.
Road access to the Marulan South Operations is via Marulan South Road from the Hume Highway. This road has a number of users including rural and residential property owners, school buses, and trucks accessing other industries, in addition to heavy vehicles owned and operated by Boral and contracted haulage businesses.
Boral has entered into an agreement with Goulburn Mulwaree Council to fund an upgrade to Marulan South Road and build a new route for the road around the proposed overburden emplacement at the southern end.
Boral recognises the safety obligations accompanying the large scale use of heavy vehicles on public roads. Training is conducted for contractors and drivers accessing the sites, and ongoing communication had with road users to ensure they are aware of Boral-related traffic movements and contacts for any related issues.
We encourage all members of the community to provide feedback if they observe behaviour not aligning with our safety goals. Specifics such as time, location, vehicle registration and colour help us to further investigate and take appropriate action. To report any inappropriate conduct, you can send us an email.
Updates are issued regularly by the Marulan South Operations to keep the broader community informed. You can usually read the latest about the two sites in the Marulan Region Chamber of Commerce Discover Marulan and Tallong community newsletters.
Contributions to the newsletters and separate information we've issued from the last three years appears below. If you are interested in earlier information, you can request a copy.
- Boral Marulan South Operations Community Update - Mar 2020
- Boral Marulan South Operations Community Update - Dec 2019
- Boral Marulan South Operations Community Update - Nov 2019
- Boral Marulan South Operations Community Update - Sep 2019
- Boral Marulan South Operations Community Update - Aug 2019
- Boral Marulan South Operations Community Update - Jul 2019
- Boral Marulan South Operations Community Update - Jun 2019
- Boral Marulan South Operations Community Update - May 2019
- Boral Marulan South Operations Community Update - Apr 2019
- Boral Marulan South Operations Community Update - Dec 2018
- Boral Marulan South Operations Community Update - Nov 2018
- Boral Marulan South Operations Community Update - Sep 2018
- Boral Marulan South Operations Community Update - Aug 2018
- Boral Marulan South Operations Community Update - Jul 2018
Boral's Marulan South Operations have a shared history with the people of the Marulan region which extends back well over a century. During this time, generations of local families have been employed at Marulan South Limestone and, since 2014, further opportunities have been available for locals at the Peppertree Quarry.
Beyond jobs, however, Boral's operations have made a sustained contribution to the economic and social life of the area. Whether through buildings and materials, or participation in local events and projects, Boral has long been proud to be a corporate citizen of the Marulan region.
Today our community contribution takes many and varied forms. Boral's participation in community life through the Marulan South Operations is guided by a Community Plan.
The Plan, developed with input from a wide range of stakeholders across the Marulan region, outlines Boral's key areas of focus for engaging with locals, as well as a number of activities supported by the sites. The current Plan was updated for implementation during 2018-20, and follows on from the successful original Plans put in place for 2012-14 and 2015-17.
The Marulan South Operations Community Plan was acknowledged at the 2017 NSW/ACT Cement Concrete Aggregates Australia (CCAA) Innovation Awards with a win in that year's Community Leadership category. The Marulan South sites also won the category at the 2019 Awards for their Youth Leadership and Development initiative.
Community initiatives supported by Boral Marulan South Operations
Boral has been actively involved with the Marulan area's two most significant community events since 2011.
The first is the annual Tallong Apple Day Festival, held each May. Originally starting out as a stallholder, Boral has proudly been the major sponsor of the Festival every year since 2012. For more information, visit the Festival website.
The other is the Marulan Kite Festival. The Kite Festival, held each September-October, is a community organised event which includes an arts and music component and a street fair. Boral also originally attended as a stallholder, however in 2012 took on the role of major sponsor. To find out more about this Festival, visit the website here.
The Marulan South Operations are also a focus of Boral's partnership with Outward Bound Australia (OBA). The sites co-support a Youth Leadership Program with the Boral Berrima Cement Works which is aimed at Year 9 students attending Moss Vale, Goulburn and Mulwaree High Schools.
The Program consists of an educational camp followed by the development and delivery of projects by participants which are designed to benefit their local community.
Recognising that the lands within the Marulan South Operations are also home to native fauna, the sites have also developed a partnership with the Sleepy Burrows Wombat Sanctuary at Gundaroo to help safely relocate any wombats disturbed by extractive activities.