Boral Quarries Lysterfield
Lysterfield VIC 3156
Boral's Lysterfield Quarry (also known as the Boral Dandenong Quarry) provides a major source of hard rock aggregates for the Melbourne building and construction industries.
The quarry is positioned in the southern foothills of Mt Dandenong between Rowville and the Lysterfield Parklands in Melbourne's south east.
The site also houses the Boral Rowville Concrete plant which makes use of the quarry's aggregate supply.
Boral’s Lysterfield Quarry is located in Melbourne’s outer eastern suburbs near the foot of Mount Dandenong. It is one of six quarries in the greater metropolitan area owned and operated by Boral. The quarry has been part of Boral’s portfolio since 1966 however extractive activities have occurred in this precinct since the 1920s.
The Lysterfield Quarry is one of Melbourne’s main sources of hard rock material, used to make basic building and construction products like concrete and asphalt. The quarry’s proximity to the Melbourne CBD and great metropolitan area makes it a very important asset for the growth and development of the city.
About the Boral Rowville Concrete
Boral Rowville Concrete is one of 17 'batch' plants operated by the company across Melbourne.
The site operates between 7am and 4pm Monday to Saturday.
The plant supplies over 20,000m3 of premixed concrete to commercial and residential sites in the area every year and has been a key support plant to major infrastructure projects including Eastlink and Citylink. This equates to around 40 loads via Boral's and contractor concrete 'agitators' (trucks) a day.
The concrete plant has a staff of 2 operators and 4 transport drivers. Raw materials for the plant are supplied by the Boral Lysterfield Quarry (hard rock).
General Operating Approvals
The Boral Lysterfield Quarry is unique in that activity at the site is governed by an individual Act of Parliament known as the Extractive Industries (Lysterfield) Act 1986. The Act was introduced to secure the value of the site as both the key extractive resource, and an environmentally and socially significant asset.
The main purpose of the Act is to:
- Ensure the orderly development of the quarry including progressive rehabilitation
- Provide public open space upon cessation of quarry activities; and
- Establish a Government-administered trust fund solely for the purpose of funding rehabilitation work at the site.
The Act also provides for a ‘contract of sale’ between Boral and the State Government ensuring the rehabilitated land falls under public ownership once quarrying have eventually been completed.
In 2011 the Victorian Government made amendments to the Act. These amendments not only secured an estimated 60 million tonnes of resource for the city’s future needs but also ensured the long term environmental management of the site and surrounding environment, including end use rehabilitation.
Resources and Products
The Boral Lysterfield Quarry is a 'hard rock' site from which aggregates are produced. These aggregates form the base of building and construction materials such as concrete and asphalt.
The rock deposit in the area is made up entirely of Hornfels, which is a metamorphic rock formed by the intrusion of granite into the overlaying sediments. The supplied rock is regarded as essentially unweathered, finely crystalline, hard, strong rock.
The rock is strong because it is crystalline and especially tough because of the abundant poikiloblastic cordierite. The rock is hard because of its quartz (Mohs hardness 7) and cordierite (Mohs hardness 7 to 7.5); it can only be scratched by steel (with difficulty) because of the contained mica and minor other minerals.
The depth of the Hornfels goes down to at least sea level.
Once extracted, the stone goes through three crushing stages, primary, secondary and tertiary and the majority is reduced to less than 20mm in size. Any surplus product can be fed back into the crushing circuit to produce extra fines. The final products can be either loaded out as one sized aggregates or re-combining through a blending plant to produce a graded crushed rock.
The Boral Lysterfield Quarry supplies building and construction materials to metropolitan Melbourne.
A number of activities are undertaken at site including:
- Stripping - the removal of 'overburden' (soil, sub-soil and other material which sits on top of the hard rock resource);
- Drilling and blasting - use of controlled implosions to expose the hard rock for processing;
- Loading and hauling - transfer of rock to the processing plant
- Crushing and screening - to produce the various grades of aggregate; and
- Stockpiling, sales and transportation - storage and movement of products to market.
On-site maintenance on plant and equipment is also carried out as part of daily operations.
Site operating hours generally occur during the following times;
- Normal Quarry activities (excluding blasting): Monday to Saturday- 6.00am- 6.00pm
- Operation of processing plant including front end loaders: Monday to Saturday- 6.00am- 10.00pm
- Blasting: Monday to Friday- 10.00am- 4.00pm
- Load out and cartage: Monday to Saturday- 6.00am- 8.00pm
Boral Lysterfield Quarry Environment
On this page, you will find information about Boral's management of the local environment in and around the Boral Lysterfield Quarry.
Under the Extractive Industries (Lysterfield) Act 1986, Boral are required to progressively rehabilitate the quarry and provide open public space upon completion of quarrying activities.
In 2011 the Act was amended to secure the long term environmental management of the site and surrounding environment, including the end use rehabilitation. This amendment was decided following extensive consultation with the local community, State Government and Knox City Council.
In 2002 Boral also worked with the Government, Council and community to develop a $4.3 million rehabilitation project to eliminate remnant scars of hard rock which could be seen from the Dandenong Ranges. This project successfully re-created natural landforms to reduce visual impacts and enhanced surrounding landscapes for the community.
Working with our Community
On this page you will find the latest news from Boral's Lysterfield Quarry and information about the site's interaction with the local community.
Boral Lysterfield Quarry is committed to engaging with our stakeholders and will continue to be active within the community for the life of the quarry.
In August 2015 Boral run a community information session with the Hanson Lysterfield Quarry. The information session was very successful with the community having a keen interest in both operations. Boral is now looking for feedback from the local community on our operations and how they would like to be engaged in the future.