Boral Quarries Dundowran
50-70 Lower Mountain Road
Dundowran QLD 4655
Boral Limited is a multinational company dealing in building and construction materials. Founded in Australia, Boral is one of Australia's largest building and construction materials suppliers with significant operations in the USA and in Asia.
In Queensland, Boral Australia operates more than 100 sites including 23 quarries, 61 concrete batching plants, and 16 asphalt plants, with operations in major centres from the Gold Coast to Cairns and west to Barcaldine.
Boral have held a key position supplying construction materials in the Fraser Coast region for many years with a quarry, two concrete plants and an asphalt operation serving the market.
Over the past decade Boral has demonstrated a clear commitment to sustainable development and the ability to lift and sustain performance to a level of industry best practice. Focus is on delivering best practice in safety management, responsible environmental management, sustainable product development and value-creating partnerships.
This is evident through the external recognition that Boral has received including a number of awards for its Environmental and Community partnerships:
- Cement, Concrete & Aggregates Australia (CCAA) - Environment, Health and Safety Awards 2016: Highly Commended - Environmental Innovation Category - Boral Ormeau Quarry Innovative Stormwater Management System. For the design and introduction of a stormwater management system to capture, contain and clarify stormwater runoff at Ormeau Quarry.
- Healthy Waterways Awards 2016: Finalist in the Industry & Government Stewardship - for Boral's Ormeau Quarry Riparian Corridor Restoration & Stormwater Management; one of 4 finalists and only Industry participant next to BCC, Port of Brisbane, and SEQ Water.
- Cement, Concrete & Aggregates Australia (CCAA) - Environment, Health and Safety Awards 2015: Winner - Community Partnership Category - Boral Ormeau Quarry. For a twenty year partnership with Landcare including establishing the Darlington Conservation House, as well as the creation of the Boral Environmental Reserve.
Dundowran Quarry operates in the Queensland Wide Bay area. The quarry is located 15kms west of the town of Hervey Bay, close to the rural centre of Dundowran. Boral Dundowran Quarry services the Hervey Bay region which has experienced rapid growth over the past decade.
The original land owner was Roy Senstock. The quarry was opened by Jim MacGuinness in approximately 1970 and was run by him until 1984 when John Turnbull purchased it. In 1986 John Turnbull sold it to 'ByRock' who subsequently sold to Boral. Boral took ownership in 1987 and have operated the site ever since.
Dundowran's market has been traditionally both internal and external sales. The internal sales are made up of concrete aggregates, asphalt and sealing aggregates. The external sales consist of road base and lower grade materials such as crusher dust and scalps.
Dundowran Quarry is situated within one of two basaltic lava flows that occurred during the Miocene Epoch (12-25 million years ago).
The resource is comprised of a generally southwest to northeast trending ridgeline of olivine basalt. The basalt is columnar jointed and is suitable for use as concrete, asphalt and sealing aggregate, as well as armour rock and road base.
The environmental development approval (administered by the Queensland Environmental Protection Agency) permits extraction, crushing and screening environmentally relevant activities (ERAs) to greater than 100 thousand tonnes per year.
Town planning approvals of various ages exist over the site.
Dundowran Key Resource Area - KRA 90
The Key Resource Area is located at Dundowran, about 9 kilometres west of Pialba.
The Dundowran KRA 90 comprises of basalt in one of a series hills that trends northeast between Takura and Dundowran.
Dundowran Quarry is the main source of road base and aggregates for the Hervey Bay, Childers and Maryborough region. The region is experiencing notable growth which is expected to continue into the near future. Boral's resource is sufficient for between 25 and 30 years production at the current rate.
Separation Area: On the north western and northern sides of the resource, a separation distance of 500 metres has been adopted due to partial shielding by a ridge along the northern side of the resource. Where houses or urban subdivisions already exist, these have been excluded from the separation area. To the east of the resource, topographic shielding is absent and a separation distance of 1000 metres is required. On the south eastern side of the resource, the width of the separation area is limited by the existing Rural Residential zoned area. In the southwest, the separation area extends to cover the Dundowran West resource.
Transport Route: The main transport route into Hervey Bay is via Lower Mountain Road and Dundowran Road to the Pialba-Burrum Heads Road. Some product is also transported south via Purser Road and Hornes Road to the State-controlled Torbanlea-Pialba Road.
See a map of the Key Resource Area here.
Boral Community and the Environment
This area of the Boral Dundowran Quarry web page links to the Boral Corporate homepage Community and Environment area. The Community and Environment area is designed to provide shareholders, students and other community members with information on community activities that Boral is involved with as well as information on Boral's commitment to sustainable development and associated activities.
Environmental Projects at Dundowran
Rehabilitation of quarry buffer land with the assistance of Environmental contractors. Rehabilitation projects will focus on establishing bunding walls and tree planting.
Community Liaison Groups
Boral recognises the importance of stakeholder engagement to sustainable development of the business. At key quarry sites a significant commitment has been made to effectively engage with stakeholders using the Boral "community liaison group model".
Stakeholders with an immediate interest or control over the quarry and or neighbouring land are coalesced to form the community liaison group. Typically members include: neighbours, local government officers, environmental protection agency officers, community representatives, councillors and Boral representatives.
The objectives of community liaison groups are to:
- facilitate open communication - creates a forum for discussion and exchange of information on topics related to the Boral quarry and our neighbours;
- create a forum to raise issues - acts as a "structured" communication link between Boral, the community and other stakeholders;
- provide an opportunity to influence operations - assists in identifying and addressing local issues and concerns relating to the Boral quarry and our neighbours;
- provide an effective vehicle to communicate important information regarding Boral quarry operations; and
- identify opportunities to partner with Boral on community projects - builds relationships between Boral, the community and stakeholders to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.
The Dundowran Quarry Community Liaison Group was established in May 2005. Regular meetings are held at the Dundowran Recreation Hall.
See the Liaison Group Minutes below:
Meet the Team
General Manager - Boral Quarries (Qld)
Russel Wilson joined Boral in March 2012 as a member of the QLD Senior Management Team. His responsibilities cover all production aspects of the QLD quarry network including Technical, Asset Management, Cost Control, Production, Safety, Environment and Human Resources.
Quarry Manager Dundowran, and Quarry Support Manager Wide Bay.
Matthew joined Boral in 2008. He has been employed in the quarrying industry, holding both functional and operational positions since 1984. He has worked in a number of operational roles for Boral across the Queensland Country business and has been the Quarry Manager at Dundowran Quarry since 2008 taking a 2 year break as the Quarry Support Manager for NQ/ NT before returning to Dundowran in 2014. Matthew holds a Certificate IV in Extractive Industries and is a member of the Institute of Quarrying Australia.
Regional Manager, Boral Property Group (Northern Region)
Paul West joined Boral in October 2001. He is responsible for planning and managing the development of the Boral Construction Materials Quarries, Concrete, Logistics and Asphalt Businesses in Queensland, the Northern Territory, and Western Australia. Paul is a member of the Senior Management Team. His responsibilities include property, tenure, town planning, community issues in Queensland, the Northern Territory, and Western Australia. Paul has over 26 years experience in the Mining and Construction Materials Industry in Australia and Europe. Paul's current role includes extensive dealings with Councils, Government and other stakeholders whilst meeting project timelines.
Stakeholder Manager (Northern Region), Boral Property Group
Elke joined the Boral Property Group in June 2005 providing direction to Boral's future in Stakeholder Management and Engagement.
Elke manages all aspects of stakeholder communication and engagement across Boral Australia in Queensland, Northern Territory, and Western Australia, including community liaison groups, community engagement projects, stakeholder risk assessments, government relations, media relations, editor of our newsletters and quarry websites.
Elke has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (BCom) – Griffith University and a Graduate Certificate in Communications (GCCommun) - The University of Queensland.
Elke brings valuable knowledge of the Business to the Boral Property Group, gained while working in the BCM Country Concrete & Quarries Qld Business Unit for five years, and a total of 16 years experience in the Boral Construction Materials Business.
Planning & Development Manager (Qld), Boral Property Group
Andrew joined the Boral Property Group in February 2014. Andrew is a qualified Town Planner & Environmental Scientist and brings with him a wealth of experience, having worked for consultancies, local government and private companies across the construction materials and urban development industry sectors.
Most recently Andrew was employed managing planning & environment functions in addition to running a number of quarry and concrete batching plant development projects.
Andrew is responsible for managing development applications, implementation of development approvals, and due diligence activities for the quarry business.
Jessica Van Soest
Environmental Manager (Qld), HSE
Jessica joined Boral in late 2010 as an Environmental Graduate before moving into an Environmental Officer role in 2012, then HSE Advisor in September 2013, and in 2015 into the current role of Environmental Manager.
Jess has a double degree in Applied Science (Environmental Science) with honours and Business (Public Relations and Marketing). Jess is responsible for providing environmental support for operations and obtaining approvals for business development for Boral Construction Materials Quarries, Concrete, Logistics and Asphalt Businesses in Queensland, with environmental management that currently includes managing rehabilitation projects in Queensland.