Boral Quarries Narangba
485 Raynbird Road
Narangba QLD 4504
About Narangba Quarry
In Queensland, Boral Construction Materials operates more than 114 sites including 30 quarries, 68 concrete batching plants, and 16 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 20 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
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.
Boral's Narangba Quarry is operated under approvals from the Moreton Bay Regional Council and Environmental Heritage Protection (EHP). These approvals include:
- Town Planning Consent issued by Council
- Local Law Extractive Industries Permit issued by Council
- Environmental Development Approval and Operators Registration Certificate issued by EHP.
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.
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 in the quarry and or over neighbouring land were invited 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;
- identify opportunities to partner with Boral on community projects: builds relationships between Boral, the community and stakeholders to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.
Narangba Quarry Liaison Group
The Narangba Quarry Liaison Group is one of the veterans of Boral's community liaison groups established in 2002. Quarterly meetings are held at at the Caboolture Regional Environmental Education Centre (CREEC). Liaison group members have developed valuable relationships. The group has successfully addressed concerns and issues relating to the quarry operation including installation of speed radar signs, operational issues, and road maintenance.
Narangba Community Liaison Group Meeting Minutes
- 2 July 2015
- 10 March 2015
- Meeting Schedule for 2015
- 4 December 2014
- 4 September 2014
- 3 April 2014
- Meeting Schedule for 2014
Key Initiatives and Major achievements
Key initiatives and major achievements of the Narangba Community Liaison Group include:
- On road placement of signage 'Reduce Exhaust Brake Noise' sponsored by Boral
- Placement of permanent road counters on Raynbird Road to monitor vehicle speed and numbers
- Additional speed signs on Raynbird Road sponsored by Boral to make drivers aware of the speed limit
- Placement of a mobile speed notification trailer, which measures and displays the approaching vehicles speed
- Blasting notification sign to notify residents of upcoming blasts
- Improved relationships and communication between the quarry and local residents
- Identification of local community projects where Boral may assist or provide support.
- Implementation of Transport Code of Conduct
Transport Code of Conduct
Boral has been actively 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 Pine Rivers the Moreton Bay Koala Rescue) who look after injured and orphaned koalas.
Boral is a long-term supporter of the Caboolture Region Environmental Education Centre (CREEC), a community facility built by Council to provide environmental education in the shire.
The Centre is set on an 18-hectare reserve next to Burpengary Creek, a rare lowland rainforest riparian ecosystem. The facility is jointly operated and managed by the Friends of CREEC Association, a volunteer body made up of representatives of local community groups and individuals, and the Moreton Bay Regional Council. The Boral Narangba Quarry Liaison Group holds their meetings at CREEC on a regular basis.
Sustainable Living Fair
Regular events are organised throughout the year by the Friends of CREEC Association and by other environmental groups. Their premier event is the annual Sustainable Living Fair. The Fair presents environmentally sustainable ideas and solutions including: solar power, water conservation, revegetation, native animal rescue and care. This year guest speakers focused on climate change and what plans are in place to manage the potential for sea level rises. On the day, live demonstrations, workshops and guest speakers combined fun and education to explain and demonstrate the principles of sustainable development.
Boral has supported the Sustainable Living Fair since 2006 with 'in kind' and monetary donations.
Boral supports local community groups such as the Narangba Sports and Recreation Assoc., and the Sport Aeromodellers Assoc. Projects need to be considered beneficial to the Narangba community and are vetted by Boral and the community representatives of the Narangba quarry liaison group.
Sustainable Management & 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.
The Objectives of Boral's Construction Materials (Qld/NT) Regional Environmental Action Plan are:
- Compliance and Management Ensure all sites are managed and maintained in accordance with statutory environmental and planning requirements.
- Stakeholder Perception Committed to open, constructive engagement with communities surrounding our operations in enhancing local community relationships by proactively managing environmental impacts and improving operational image. Build mutually beneficial relationships with the local community and other interested community members, groups and organisations. This objective also aims to improve relationships with other external bodies including political, regulators and customers.
- Land Management Manage vegetation on all sites to statutory requirements ensuring land and resources are not sterilised. Ensure extractive industry sites are rehabilitated to industry best practice.
- Eco Efficiency & Carbon Emission Reduction Improve efficiency through implementation and promotion of sustainable work practices. The objective targets are the key areas of energy, greenhouse, and water, and meeting our mandatory reporting requirements.
To manage our Environmental responsibilities in Queensland and NT, Boral has developed an Environmental Management System (EMS), providing a framework to assist operational teams to comply with Industry Best Practice and environmental standards. This system elates to issues around air and water quality, as well as waste, land and spill management. The EMS is reviewed each year to align with Boral's Regional Business Units Environmental Action Plans (EAP).
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 established a Community Liaison Group for the Narangba Quarry in 2002. Members include representatives of government agencies, Council, community groups, residents and neighbours. It creates a forum for open communication, to raise issues, influence operations, and foster a good relationship with our stakeholders.
- 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 has been untertaken including a cultural heritage induction as part of the agreement so that on-site staff 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. 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.
- 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 Regional General Manager and reiterates expectations Boral has of their drivers carting to and from their quarries. The code was rolled out first in 2009 and again in 2011 throughout Queensland.