Boral Quarries Stockton (Fullerton Cove)
Boral's Stockton Quarry at Fullerton Cove supplies critical fine sand for use in building and construction across the Hunter and Port Stephens regions and beyond. It is positioned within private land behind the world famous Stockton Beach and its extensive dune system.
Please note this site is not open to the public. All sales and product enquiries may only be directed to 1300 723 999, or you can send an online request.
32 Coxs Lane
Fullerton Cove NSW 2295
About Boral Quarries Stockton
The Boral Stockton Quarry, located off Coxs Lane at Fullerton Cove, is one of around 10 similar local operations permitted to remove and process dune sands from within private land.
Operated by Boral since 1996, the quarry occupies just under 250 hectares east of Nelson Bay Road, with the site’s boundary jutting out onto the edge of the dunes.
We currently extract and transport up to 500 000 tonnes of sand product per year at the quarry for use in the building, landscaping and construction markets around the greater Hunter and Port Stephens regions, and as far away as Sydney and the Mid North Coast.
Stockton Quarry State Significant Development (SSD) Proposal (Mar 2020)
Due to the current and expected future demand for sand, Boral is presently seeking approval for continued operations at the quarry via a State Significant Development (SSD) application. Through the SSD, we're proposing to extract sand from a former pit within our landholding by way of dredging.
***This application is now being exhibited for public comment by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE). Feedback is welcome up until 9 April 2020 - to view the application documents and find out more about how you can have your say, visit the DPIE Major Projects website.***
Existing Operations and Planning Consent
Currently the quarry is allowed to harvest up to 500 000 tonnes per year of fine sand from part of the Stockton Beach dune system which falls inside our private landholding. The sand is scooped up by front end loader and put directly onto trucks which transport it to customers via the regional road network.
The SSD application seeks approval to dredge an estimated nine million tonnes of sand still available in an area of the quarry which was extracted during the 1990s and 2000s. The proposed extraction rate is up to 500 000 tonnes per year - the equivalent of the current excavation-based activities.
If approved, large ponds will be created in order to float a dredge and accommodate fresh water pumping for a proposed washing plant. The dredge would then progressively extract the sand to be washed, processed and stockpiled before being transported off-site.
To create the dredging ponds, clearing of some rehabilitated areas of the former pit will be required. When an area of extraction is finished, topsoil and previously felled vegetation will be re-spread over areas as part of active management and rehabilitation. On average, three hectares of exhausted extraction area will be rehabilitated annually. Progress will be monitored and publicly reported each year.
Initially the SSD, if approved, would run concurrently with the quarry's existing approval to excavate sand from the dune system. Until this approval lapses in 2028, the two consents would operate in parallel with a maximum extraction and processing quantity of up to 750 000 tonnes per year.
Public exhibition of the application began on 13 March 2020 and will continue through until 9 April 2020. You can find out more by accessing the link to the DPIE Major Projects website at the top of this section.
The development of the SSD application has been accompanied by ongoing community engagement including a 'doorknock' of neighbouring properties in Fullerton Cove and Fern Bay, a community 'drop in' session at the Williamtown McDonalds, regular updating of this website, briefings for local elected officials, the use of Boral's social media channels, and community newsletters.
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