Boral Quarries Narangba
485 Raynbird Road
Narangba QLD 4504
About Narangba Quarry
In Queensland, Boral Construction Materials operates more than 100 sites including 15 quarries, 67 concrete batching plants, and 18 asphalt plants, with operations in major centres from the Gold Coast to Cairns and west to Barcaldine. Boral has held a key position supplying construction materials in the South-East Qld market for over 25 years.
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. Boral’s sustainability initiatives are prioritised to direct resources where the greatest value can be delivered for our shareholders, customers, employees and communities. Focus is on delivering best practice 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:
- Boral Construction Materials took out the CCAA Environmental Innovation Award 2013 for the introduction of a concrete plant treatment system to neutralise alkaline water. We developed an inexpensive, safe and reliable water treatment system that effectively neutralises alkaline-contaminated run-off water by ‘dosing’ it with carbon dioxide (CO2) gas in the first flush settling pit. This process makes the water safe for release or reuse in concrete batching, and is far safer than the alternative treatment option of liquid acids.
- Boral received the Environmental Innovation - Highly Commended award in the 2012 CCAA Environment, Health and Safety Awards in the category of Environmental Innovation (Extractive) with their quarry rehabilitation strategies including increasing fauna habitat and land management at Petrie and Narangba quarries.
- Boral won the Overall Environment Initiative Award for changing community perceptions in relation to quarrying at the Construction Materials Industry Awards 2011, jointly hosted by Cement Concrete and Aggregates Australia (CCAA) and the Institute of Quarrying Australia (IQA).
- The Boral Property Group Qld & NT won the Environment & Community category and Competitive Advantage category at the 2006 and 2008 Boral Awards for Excellence respectively, and were finalists in the 2007 & 2008 EPA Sustainable Industries Awards for this sustainable approach to its Queensland operations.
The Narangba Quarry is located on Raynbird Road, Narangba, 37km north of Brisbane and northwest of the Narangba Township. Boral's landholdings cover an area of 469.8 hectares. Approximately 50ha are occupied by quarry operations and 420ha are buffer land. The Narangba Quarry is managed and operated by Boral since 1995, however the site has been operational since 1969. An existing town planning and environmental approval along with a Local Law Permit are in place for the operations.
The existing operation is contained within Lot 139 on SL10320 and Lot 1 on RP167435 with the other parcels owned by Boral acting as a buffer to the quarry's operation.
The site is identified as a Key Resource Area (KRA46) under the State Planning Policy for the Protection of Extractive Resources. Access for vehicles transporting materials to and from the quarry is via the haulage route of Raynbird Road, Oakey Flat Road and New Settlement Road to the Bruce Highway.
Narangba quarry produces a range of sealing, asphalt and concrete aggregates as well as road base.
There are four main rock types:
- Blue Hornfels
- Phylite; and
The site is dominated by the NE-SW trending ridge of hornfelsed greenstone. The north-western corner of the Boral property is granite. The north-eastern corner is dominated by blue hornfels and phyllite. These rocks were originally a sequence of basalt, volcanic ash and mudstone, which were folded and faulted and subjected to regional metamorphism:
- Volcanic Ash - Phylite
- Mudstone - Shale
- Basalt - Greenstone.
A second phase of heating occurred with the intrusion of the Dayboro granite (tonalite). The molten granite melted the shale and greenstone it came into contact with. When these beds cooled they formed to:
- Shale-Blue Hornfels and/or
Boral's Narangba Quarry is operated under approvals from the Moreton Bay Regional Council (Council), Department of Environment and Science (DES) and Department of the Environment and Energy (DOEE). These approvals include:
- Town Planning Consent issued by Council
- Environmental Authority issued by DES
- EBPC Act Approval issued by DOEE (refer to link below for documentation associated with this Approval)
State Planning - Protection of Extractive Resources
A State Planning Policy (SPP) is a statutory planning instrument prepared under the Sustainable Planning Act (SPA). An SPP outlines the state's policy on matters of state interest in planning and development. It nominates the state's interests in planning and development and these are to be dealt with in planning instruments, council, development assessment proceessees and in designating land for community infrastructure.
At present, a single state planning policy is being developed to replace the multiple policies (http://www.dsdip.qld.gov.au/codes-policies-and-regulatory-provisions/state-planning-policies.html ) that are in existence.
The significance of the quarry site to the State has been established by its designation as a key Resource Area under the State Planning Policy 2/07 – Protection of Extractive Resources. Key Resource Areas (KRAs) are locations across Queensland that have been found to contain important extractive materials such as sand, gravel and rock. These materials are the major ingredients used for building our homes, hospitals, schools and factories, as well as the supporting infrastructure of roads, railways, ports, and water supply systems.
- the extractive resource and on-site processing area;
- the associated transport route, usually a road haulage route;
- a separation area around the resource and processing area and the transport route
KRAs will be protected from incompatible land uses through the development assessment by ensuring development in the KRA is compatible with the extraction, processing and transport of extractive materials to markets.
Narangba Key Resource Area - KRA46
Boral's Narangba Quarry is located within Key Resource Area - KRA46 as defined under the State Planning Policy.
Narangba quarry produces a range of sealing, asphalt and concrete aggregates as well as road base. The deposit is a resource of regional significance for the Brisbane region and as such is recognised as a Key Resource Area under the State Planning Policy 2/07: Protection of Extractive Resources. The site is designated as Regional Landscape and Rural Production Area in the South East Queensland Regional Plan 2005-2026.
The site secures a long term supply of quarry materials within the local communities in the Northern Brisbane region for the next 60+ years at the current rate of production.
A 500 metre wide separation distance has been adopted from the outermost boundary of the available resource, which is defined as the edge of land parcels currently zoned for extractive industry. Access for vehicles transporting materials to and from the quarry is via the haulage route of Raynbird Road, Oakey Flat Road, and New Settlement Road to the Bruce Highway.
Public Road Safety
Boral Property Group Northern Region originally produced a Road Transport Code of Conduct in 2009 for their Extractive Materials Fleet, and has continually improved and updated new editions of the Code. Our last update occurred in 2011 with the arrival of a new Executive General Manager, who commits and signs off on the Code for the business. The Road Transport Code of Conduct spells out the expectations Boral has of their drivers.
Our Logistics Team conducts ad-hoc controls on Queensland roads, especially when carting materials for major projects, to ensure our truck drivers comply with the Code. In the last 23 months (2019-2020), since we kicked off the idea of driver behaviour monitoring, we have conducted 34 reviews that recorded the driver conduct of 508 individual vehicles. This adds up to one review every three weeks, each usually taking approximately 6 hours including travel time. This service is provided by the Queensland Logistics Team in addition to their normal duties.
The checks have been conducted at our major transport routes including the Narangba quarry haul roads, as well as access roads to main highways and major projects.
These checks and statistics also assist during investigations of community complaints. Since the introduction of the Code, community complaints have significantly reduced.
The combination of the Code and associated drivers training, resulted in Boral’s truck drivers developing a greater understanding and sense of inclusion.
Outcome: The Road Transport Code of Conduct gained the acknowledgement by Government, road users, and the community of the professional and responsible approach to road haulage adopted by Boral and its drivers.
Boral has been engaging with the Narangba local community since 2002.
Koala Fodder Plantation
Boral has established a Koala fodder plantation within the buffer land of the quarry, which supplies food to koalas at Australia Zoo, their wildlife hospital, and supports local koala carers (Koala Action Inc and the Moreton Bay Koala Rescue) who look after injured and orphaned koalas.
Sustainability Management & Industry Best Practice
Our commitment and approach to sustainability is embedded in our business strategy and all that we do. We strive to deliver returns above our cost of capital through the cycle for our shareholders and to create value for all our stakeholders. We recognise that delivering sustainable outcomes is vital to our long-term success.
Narangba Quarry Sustainable Practices
- Site water management is a key component of quarry operations. The site utilises on-site catchment dams to capture and treat water. Water is recycled for on-site uses such as dust suppression.
- Boral has been engaging with the Narangba local community since 2002 and is offering support to the local Koala population via Koala fodder plantations within quarry buffer land, which supplies food to koalas at Australia Zoo, their wildlife hospital, and supports local koala carers (Koala Action Inc and the Moreton Bay Koala Rescue) who look after injured and orphaned koalas.
- Boral signed a Cultural Heritage Agreement with the Gubbi Gubbi people for the Narangba Quarry on 5 October 2007. This agreement ensures that Boral will be able to discharge its ‘Duty of Care’ under the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2003. On-site training and cultural heritage inductions are undertaken as part of the agreement so that staff and contractors are aware of what to do in the event that an item of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage is found. Boral appointed a staff member as the Cultural Heritage Coordinator (CHC) for the site who is in charge of the ongoing training and management of the site. The CHC is responsible for communicating any issues of cultural heritage to the appointed representative from the Gubbi Gubbi. Boral believe these Agreements are a significant commitment to an important issue in our community.
- Road Transport Code of Conduct - in response to increased community concerns regarding truck driver behaviour at some of our sites, Boral responded with a state-wide initiative, the Extractive Industry – Road Transport Code of Conduct (RTCC). The Code of Conduct is supported by the Excecutive General Manager who commits and signs off on the Code for the busines. The Code spells out the expectations Boral has of their drivers carting to and from their quarries. The code was rolled out first in 2009 and was updated in 2011 throughout Queensland.