Boral Quarries Stockton (Fullerton Cove)
The Boral Stockton Quarry has been operated since 1996 in order to supply critical sand resources to building and construction in the greater Hunter region and beyond. Positioned at the back of the world famous Stockton Bight and its extensive sand dune system, the site harvests sand deposited within the boundary of Boral's adjoining private landholding.
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 situated 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 500000 tonnes of sand product per year for use in the building, landscaping and construction markets around the greater Hunter region, and as far away as Sydney and the Mid North Coast.
Stockton Quarry State Significant Development (SSD) Proposal
Due to the current and expected future demand for sand in the Hunter and Sydney markets, Boral is presently seeking approval for continued operations at the quarry through 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.
Existing Operations and Planning Consent
Currently the quarry is allowed to harvest up to 500 000 tonnes per year of sand from a part of the Stockton Beach dune system which falls within our private landholding. The sand is extracted by excavator and screened in order to remove vegetation and other unwanted material. A front-end loader or excavator loads trucks with the screened 'raw' sand for transport to customers via the regional road network.
The SSD application will seek approval to dredge the estimated eight million tonnes of sand still available in an area of the quarry which was extracted during the 1990s and early 2000s. Extraction would take place at the rate of up to 500 000 tonnes per year.
Large ponds would be created to float a dredge and accommodate fresh water pumping for a proposed washing plant. A 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 would be required. When an area of extraction is finished, topsoil and previously felled vegetation would be re-spread over finished areas as part of active management and rehabilitation. On average, three hectares of exhausted extraction area would be rehabilitated annually. Progress would be monitored and public reported each year.
Initially the SSD, if approved, would run concurrently with the quarry's existing approval to harvest sand from the dune system. Until the existing development approval lapses, the two consents would operate in parallel with a maximum extraction and processing quantity of up to 750 000 tonnes per year.
In order to reduce heavy vehicle movements on the local road network, the SSD application will propose to limit the total exportation of sand via road to 750 000 tonnes per year until the existing planning approval lapses. SSD operations would continue to use the same transport routes as the existing operations.
In order to continue the conversations we started last year with stakeholders about our proposal, we've organised some 'drop in' sessions on Thursday, 14 February 2019 at the Williamtown McDonalds, corner of Nelson Bay Road and Lavis Lane, Williamtown. The sessions will be held between 9-11am and 3-6pm. There is no need to register - simply stop by the restaurant and follow the Boral signage to the session. All feedback and questions are very welcome.
You can review the newsletters previously issued to the community about the proposal and operations below: