Boral Quarries Teven
The Boral Teven Quarry has been supplying hard rock aggregates to the Northern Rivers and Far North Coast regions of NSW since the late 1950s.
348 North Teven Road
Teven NSW 2478
The Boral Teven Quarry has supplied the hard rock aggregates used for building and development in the Ballina, Byron Bay and Lismore regions of the NSW North Coast for more than 50 years.
Located on the slopes of the Teven Valley beside the Maguires Creek, the quarry provides a high-quality source of basalt and meta-argillite used in the production of items such as concrete and asphalt. The quarry is located approximately 12 kilometres from Ballina.
Quarrying originally started during 1959 at two separate sites on North Teven Road. The northern operation was known as Cookies Quarry, run by local businessman Barry Cook until 1972 to supply overburden, soft and rough shales.
The southern site was run by AB & PJ Trees Earth Moving Contractors, also until 1972, under Bruce Trees. It supplied similar products.
In 1972, a partnership of Fred Moy, Harry Law and Wally Strong purchased the southern quarry and introduced the first processing plant at the site. Boral acquired both quarries in 1985 and has operated them continuously since as a single operation.
The operations produce aggregate materials which have underpinned regional development since the acceleration of local growth during the 1980s. More recently, the quarry has been a major supplier to various Pacific Highway upgrade projects.
Today's operation supports 11 full time positions and provides work for around 15 other local trade and service businesses.
General Operating Approvals
The Boral Teven Quarry's origins are traced back to 1959, with the site becoming part of the Boral portfolio in 1985.
In 1995, a development application (DA) was lodged by Boral with Ballina Shire Council to extend the operations of the site. Specifically, the DA sought to:
- extend the existing quarry pits;
- increase the maximum annual production limit to 500 000 tonnes for a 20 year period;
- change some boundary positions with adjoining properties;
- realign a section of Beacon Road; and
- relocate two neighbouring residences away from the extended pit area.
Council approved the application on 7 November 1995. This approval was then challenged in the NSW Land and Environment Court. The Court ruled conditional approval for the quarry on 27 June 1996.
The Court's ruling (NSW Land & Environment Court Case Number 10966 of 1995) included conditions of consent which today serve as the quarry's operating approval.
On 24 November 2011, Council approved a modification to Condition 24 of the Court's ruling.
This condition relates to the requirement that Council 're-examine' the overall consent before a 20 year period (which ended in February 2017) from the original date the approval commenced.
The approved change allowed this process to be conducted at any time from 2011. Previously the condition only allowed the 're-examination' process to be conducted 12 months ahead of the consent's lapse.
During 2016, after several years of consultation with the quarry's neighbours, a further modification request was lodged with Council.
This modification sought to amend the end date of the planning consent, a change in operational hours, and to introduce conditions for use of mobile crushing plant at the quarry.
The modification was approved by Council on 24 November 2016. This resulted in 13 new conditions being added to the planning consent, with changes made to two existing requirements.
You can view the current planning approval for the quarry here.
To find out more about how Boral operates its quarries, you can visit our About Quarries page.
Site operating hours generally occur between 6am and 6pm, Monday to Saturday, however some site activities are restricted to particular hours:
- Excavation, loading and transportation - 7am-5pm Mon-Fri, 7am-3pm Sat.
- Processing by fixed and/or mobile crushing plant - 7am-6pm Mon-Fri.
- Blasting - 9am-4pm Mon-Fri.
- Maintenance outside the workshop - 6am-6pm Mon-Sat.
- Maintenance inside the workshop - 6am-10.30pm Mon-Fri, 6am-6pm Sat.
Teven Quarry Annual Report
Condition 4 of the Boral Teven Quarry's consent requires that an annual report be compiled about a number of activities conducted at the site.
These include the amount of tree and regenerative plantings undertaken, how each condition of the planning consent has been addressed throughout the year, and the results of all environmental monitoring.
You can read the various editions of the Annual Report below.
The Boral Teven Quarry Environmental Management Plan (EMP) is used to guide site environmental management as part of the quarry's development consent. It is supported by associated management plans and the terms of the site's environment protection licence (EPL).
The EMP was updated during 2011 to align with modern environmental standards and community expectations. It was presented to the Boral Teven Quarry Community Consultative Committee (CCC) for review and finalisation.
You can view the EMP here.
The quarry also has reporting obligations under the NSW Protection of the Environment Legislation Amendment Act 2011. This Act applies to sites which operate under an Environmental Protection Licence (EPL), and requires the provision of public access to pollution reporting data. You can access this data here.
Communications and Community
Boral Teven Quarry Community Consultative Committee (CCC)
To help facilitate ongoing communication between Boral and local stakeholders, a Community Consultation Committee (CCC) operates at the Boral Teven Quarry.
The CCC membership is defined by the quarry's approval conditions. It includes:
• the Boral Teven Quarry site manager;
• a representative of the wider Boral business;
• at least two representatives of the local community; and
• a representative of the Ballina Environment Society (BES).
Following a general meeting of the quarry's neighbours on 18 July 2019, residents Peter Blackwood and Denis Perkins were endorsed to represent the community until 2021.
The next meeting of the CCC will be held from 5.30pm on Thursday, 21 November 2019 at the quarry offices.
The quarry also organises whole-of-community meetings every 18 to 24 months as a way of ensuring all local residents remain informed about the site. The first of these was held on 19 May 2011, with subsequent sessions held on 7 March 2013, 16 July 2015, 8 July 2017 and 18 July 2019.
You can view the meeting notes and presentations from CCC meetings held during the past three years below, as well as all of the whole-of-community meetings (note: no notes were kept for the 19 May 2011 meeting).
If you'd like to review any older documents, please send an email.
You can also read the CCC's Terms of Reference which were first accepted at the whole-of-community meeting on 7 March 2013 and re-endorsed in 2015, 2017 and 2019.
- Presentation: Boral Teven Quarry CCC meeting - 1 November 2018
- Meeting Notes: Boral Teven Quarry CCC meeting - 1 November 2018
- Presentation: Boral Teven Quarry CCC meeting - 17 May 2018
- Meeting Notes: Boral Teven Quarry CCC meeting - 17 May 2018
- Presentation: Boral Teven Quarry CCC meeting - 15 November 2017
- Meeting Notes: Boral Teven Quarry CCC meeting - 15 November 2017
Whole of Community meetings
- Presentation: Boral Teven Quarry WoC meeting - 18 July 2019
- Meeting Notes: Boral Teven Quarry WoC meeting - 18 July 2019
- Presentation: Boral Teven Quarry WoC meeting - 8 June 2017
- Meeting Notes: Boral Teven Quarry WoC meeting - 8 June 2017
- Presentation: Boral Teven Quarry WoC meeting - 16 July 2015
- Meeting Notes: Boral Teven Quarry WoC meeting - 16 July 2015
- Presentation: Boral Teven Quarry WoC meeting - 7 March 2013
- Meeting Notes: Boral Teven Quarry WoC meeting - 7 March 2013
- Presentation: Boral Teven Quarry WoC meeting - 19 May 2011
These are the latest newsletters and publications issued by the site. If you'd like access to older issues and information, please send us an email.
The Boral Teven Quarry has assisted and contributed to many local community projects and initiatives over many years. The most notable of these is the partnership between the quarry and the Tintenbar Community Aid Network (TinCAN), formed during 2013.
TinCAN focuses on providing support to local elderly, frail aged and socially isolated residents. The quarry's support has been mainly directed toward TinCAN's 'bus trip' program, which involves day trips to regional destinations for social connectivity and well-being, and TinCAN's Art Show fundraiser.
In 2018, the partnership was awarded the National and NSW/ACT Cement Concrete Aggregates Australia Community Leadership Awards.