Boral Quarries Montrose
56 Canterbury Road
Montrose VIC 3765
Boral's three operations at Montrose make an important daily contribution to building and construction throughout the Melbourne CBD, eastern and south-eastern suburbs.
The operations include an historic hard rock quarry, an asphalt production facility and a concrete batching plant. Materials from the site can be found in many of Melbourne's most recognisable structures.
The operations are located in the foothills of Mt Dandenong, between the suburbs of Montrose and Kilsyth, adjacent to Canterbury Rd.
The Boral Montrose Quarry has provided the foundations for development and growth across the greater Melbourne metropolitan area for almost 60 years. A prime source of hard rock just 35 kilometres from the city centre, Montrose aggregates have built, paved and shaped many of Melbourne’s iconic structures.
The current quarry operation occupies 57.5 hectares of Boral’s 77.4 hectare landholding.
Major road projects have been supported from the Montrose Quarry given its accessible location. Early completion of the EastLink was made possible through the supply of all concrete aggregates from Montrose, as well as half of the asphalt aggregate requirements and a significant proportion of roadbase materials.
Other projects supplied with concrete aggregates from Montrose include;
- Drainage medium for MCG playing surface, Caulfield Race course, and Mooney Valley Race course
- Albert Park redevelopment
- O'Shanassy dam remedial works zone filter materials
- South Eastern Freeway grade separation (Burke Road to Toorak Road), Eastern Freeway extension (Doncaster Rd Interchange), Eastern Freeway extension (Blackburn Rd to Springvale Rd), Ringwood By-pass, Eastern Freeway (Springvale Road to Park Road),
- Heritage Golf Course development
- Lysterfield Lake dam works
- Eastland Shopping Centre redevelopment, Knox City Shopping Complex
- The Melbourne Aquarium
Boral Montrose Quarry Development Schedule
Beginning early September 2016, we will be undertaking works within the Montrose Quarry.
As part of the works, the temporary earthen mounds which are used as visual screening (known as ‘bunds’) covering the top two ‘benches’ on the eastern side of the quarry will be removed to expose the stone underneath. These earth bunds were constructed when quarry stage development ceased in this area years ago.
As the vegetation and the clay that comprises these temporary visual barriers is removed, the bare benches may become more visible from some areas in the distance.
For more information regarding the words, please read our Community Update here.
General Operating Approvals
The quarry's main approval is Extractive Industry Work Authority 100 (WA100), issued under the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990. This allows the operation of extractive activities at the site.
Resources and Products
The Montrose Quarry was developed in the Mt. Dandenong volcanic sequence.
Resources within the quarry include Rhyodacite (a type of Igneous rock which is formed through the cooling and solidification of lava or magma) and Rhyolite (an extrusive igneous rock, usually pink or grey in colour with grains so small that they are difficult to observe without a hand lens).
The majority of the quarry development to date has been in rhyolite and this will continue as the quarry deepens, however, product to the east and south will be in rhyodacite. Exposure of this rock type has increased markedly since the geotechnical surveys undertaken in 1991, 1996 and 2000.
The Boral Montrose 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.
The Quarry is licensed to conduct blasting between 8.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday and 8.00am and 1.00pm Saturday.
During peak periods and supply to key projects we may need to extend our hours of operation. In order to do this prior approval is required from the Victorian Government and Yarra Ranges Council.
Notification of extended hours will be posted on this page. See the notification of extended hours for January to April 2018 here.
The Montrose Quarry engages in various environmental projects to reduce our footprint wherever possible. This includes tree planting, the use of recycled water, and weed management.
Peregrine Falcon nesting
The Peregrine Falcon is noted as a rare and vulnerable bird within Australia.
Peregrine Falcons have nested in the Montrose Quarry pit for many years. As Peregrines are unable to construct their own nests, the quarry faces make an ideal nesting spot with many chicks having been identified and banded in conjunction with the Victorian Peregrine Project (VPP).
The VPP is Australia’s largest private raptor conservation initiative, which uses the banding of chicks at Montrose Quarry for major research projects.
One of the primary channels of communication between the Boral Montrose Quarry, surrounding residents and other stakeholders is the Environmental Review Committee (ERC).
The ERC consists of community members, representatives from Government and departmental regulators.
Its purpose is to share information about the latest happenings at the quarry, review operational and environmental performance, and discuss any matters of concern.
Meeting notes from the ERC meetings are posted below.
In addition to the ERC, the Boral Montrose Operations supports the following community associations;
- Montrose Football Club, Eastern Football League, Montrose Soccer Club, Montrose Junior Tennis Club and Kilsyth Cricket Club
- Field trips for students at local schools (most recently Aquinas College and Mount Evelyn Christian School)
- Partnership with Landcare Australia and Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) Towards a Greener Future
We welcome your comments and feedback about any topic relating to the Boral Montrose Operations. For general inquiries, please contact:
Ph: 03 9237 1109
Stakeholder Relations Advisor (Southern Region)
Ph: 03 9981 2925