Boral Quarries Dunmore
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 Motorway, 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 Dunmore Concrete, and a Boral Logistics yard.
Planning and Approvals
Boral's Dunmore Quarry is one of the most important hard rock resources our organisation operates in NSW.
The site has been supplying building and construction materials for projects across the Illawarra, South Coast and Sydney metropolitan area for more than 90 years.
In more recent times, the quarry has provided a significant volume of aggregates into Sydney for the State Government's large-scale program of public infrastructure works.
These works, alongside the general production volumes of the site, mean the available rock resource is being gradually consumed. Accordingly, we have been planning for the next stage of the quarry's life.
Throughout the site's history, development has largely progressed in a line from east to west along the rock resource. With more known rock available to the west, the logical step is to continue in this direction.
The quarry currently operates to an approval granted by the State Government during 2004 which extends for a 30 year period.
As no other changes are planned to the current operations, we have opted to seek a modification to the original planning consent to quarry into the western area - the ninth since the initial approval.
The Boral Dunmore Quarry Modification 9 proposal is now being exhibited for public comment by the NSW Department of Planning & Environment until Monday, 10 April 2017.
You can view the supporting documentation on the Department's Major Projects site by clicking here.
We also welcome any comments or questions about the modification being given directly to us. To offer your views, visit our Contact Us page.
Residential amenity first
During 2016, we contacted a number of residents to inform them about another modification (MOD 8) to the Boral Dunmore Quarry planning consent.
The aim of this modification was to gain approval for works we believe are necessary to preserve the ongoing amenity of residents living to the west of the site.
The main feature of these works is the construction of a noise 'bund' (mound) around the site of the quarry pit extension proposed through MOD 9.
The bund will be built using 'overburden' (the material which separates the surface from the rock to be quarried) removed from the MOD 9 extension area.
MOD 8 was approved by the NSW Department of Planning & Environment in November 2016. The subsequent related works are expected to begin during April 2017.
You can read more about the relationship between MODs 8 and 9 in the Community Update which was issued in August 2016.
General Approvals - Boral Dunmore Quarry
The Boral Dunmore Quarry is operated to an approval which was granted by the NSW Department of Planning and the 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 ten 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 given 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.
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..
Independent audits are carried out at the Boral 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).
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.
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 Boral Dunmore Quarry and Dunmore Sand & Soil have developed a set of Environmental Management Plans (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
- Dunmore Sand and Soil Long Term Management Strategy
- Dunmore Sand & Soil Air Quality Monitoring Program
- 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
Protection of the Environment Legistlation Amendment Act 2011
The Dunmore operations, as well as 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.
Community Consultative Committee (CCC)
Both Dunmore Operations have a requirement to initiate and maintain a Community Consultative Committee (CCC) for their site.
Both Boral Dunmore operations organise regular meetings of community consultative committees (CCC) as per their conditions of approval.
The independently-chaired CCCs provide a vital communication link between Boral and the local community. Its 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.
The next meeting of the CCCs has been scheduled for 4pm on Wednesday, 14 February 2018 at the Boral Dunmore Quarry offices.
You can view the minutes from meetings held during the past three years below.
Environmental Management at the Boral Dunmore Quarry
The Boral 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.