Boral Quarries Teven
The Boral Quarry at Teven has been supplying hard rock aggregates to the Northern Rivers and Far North Coast regions of NSW since the late 1950s. These aggregates have been used in the building and construction materials underpinning the steady growth of the regions since then, including for the creation and upgrading of major infrastructure such as the Pacific Highway.
348 North Teven Road
Teven NSW 2478
The Boral Teven Quarry has been supplying the hard rock aggregates used for building and development in the Ballina, Byron Bay and Lismore regions 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 Boral Teven Quarry is located adjacent to the Maguires Creek approximately 12 kilometres from Ballina on the North Teven Road.
It is positioned in the foothills of the coastal range which runs between Tintenbar and Alstonville. The range consists of a high quality resource of both basalt and meta-argillite.
Quarrying originally started during 1959 at two separate sites on North Teven Road. The northen 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 site.
Boral acquired both quarries in 1985 and has operated them continuously since then as a single operation.
The operations produce aggregate material for a range of applications in building and construction, such as concrete and asphalt manufacture. These secondary products 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 including the Ballina bypass, Tintenbar to Ewingsdale section, the Devil's Pulpit and Pimlico Road.
Quarry resources were also used in the Bruxner Highway bypass of Alstonville. The Bunnings store in West Ballina, and the resurfacing of the Ballina Byron Airport car parks integrated concrete and asphalt made from quarry aggregates as well.
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 was commenced in 1959 and became 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 10966of 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 at its Ordinary Meeting of 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 updated planning approval for the quarry here.
Teven Quarry Annual Report
Condition 4 of the Boral Teven Quarry's current 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 planning consent has been addressed through the year, and the results of all environmental monitoring.
You can read the various editions of the Annual Report below.
There are two rock types quarried at the Boral Teven Quarry - a metamorphic rock called meta-argillite, and volcanic basalt.
Geologically, the main central ridge at Teven comprises meta-argillite belonging to the Neranleigh-Fernvale Group of Silurian Age at around 425 million years old.
It was derived from a carbonaceous, richly feldspathic, silty mudstone which, over time, was hardened and strengthened by fine recrystallisation attributable to low grade regional metamorphism, and by structural deformation which has tilted the beds at around 45 degrees to the north east.
The rock is dark grey, hard and durable and contains a network of fine quartz veining. The meta-argillite is deeply weathered, producing soft white/cream/grey partially ironstained rock near the surface, grading to moderately hard grey rock and hard fresh dark grey rock at depth.
Behind the main central ridge, on its northern side, an ancient valley and basin has been filled with multiple flows of basalt. The basalt belongs to the Lismore basalt of middle Tertiary Age - between 12 and 50 million years old.
The basalt is extracted from a separate quarry to the meta-argillite. It is hard and fresh below a weathered clay top and overlies meta-argillite. Individual basalt flows are separated by thin ash seams, now converted to plastic clays.
The basalt is dark grey – black, hard, durable, strong and partly glassy, fracturing in places with a sub-conchoidal fracture.
Tertiary sediments, essentially a colluvial dump of meta-argillite fragments in a sandy clay, representing the re-worked top of the weathered meta-argillite, lie directly below the first outpouring of volcanic ash which heralded the outpouring of the basalt from the north west.
The plastic clays on site are used to provide an impermeable lining or layer in applications which require water retention, such as in garbage tips where leakage through the floor into the water table must be prevented.
The main products of the Boral Teven Quarry are:
- Concrete aggregates;
- Road sealing (asphalt) aggregates;
- Drainage aggregates;
- Rip rap and gabion stone (restoration and retaining walls);
- Armour or breakwater rock;
- Fine crushed rock; and
- Various fill materials.
The Boral Teven Quarry offers a significant source of hard rock for building and construction across the Ballina, Byron Bay and Lismore regions.
To supply aggregates to the regional market, a number of activities are undertaken at site in common with other extractive operations. These are:
- Stripping - the removal of 'overburden' (soil, sub-soil and other material which sits on top of the hard rock resource);
- Drilling and blasting - use of controlled implosions to expose the hard rock for processing;
- Loading and hauling - transfer of rock to the processing plant;
- Crushing and screening - to produce the various grades of aggregate; and
- Stockpiling, sales and transportation - storage and movement of products to market.
On-site maintenance on plant and equipment is also carried out as part of daily operations.
Site Activities and Hours
Site operating hours generally occur between 6am and 6pm, Monday toSaturday, 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.
The movement of materials is a critical part of Boral's business. As with many large organisations, the ability to transfer volumes of raw resources and finished products is essential to the company's success.
To meet its needs, Boral operates a significant fleet of heavy vehicles and is a customer of a range of haulage contractors across Australia.
Boral recognises the safety obligations accompanying the large scale use of heavy vehicles on public roads. The business tries to ensure the highest standards of driving and vehicle maintenance are obtained to meet this objective.
We encourage all members of the community to give us feedback if they observe behaviour or incidents not aligning with this goal. Specifics such as time, location, vehicle registration and colour help us to further investigate and take appropriate action.
For vehicles associated with the Boral Teven Quarry, you can send us your thoughts via email or by phoning the site on 6687 8360.
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 today's environmental standards and community expectations. It was presented to the Boral Teven Quarry Community Consultative Committee (CCC) for review and finalisation and is now being implemented.
View the EMP here.
Protection of the Environment Legislation Amendment Act 2011
NSW sites which operate under an Environmental Protection Licence (EPL) must provide public access to pollution reporting data. Boral's Teven Quarry is included in these obligations.
Boral Teven Quarry Community Consultation 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 the general meeting of the quarry's neighbours on 8 June 2017 and subsequent correspondence, residents Peter Blackwood, Denis Perkins and Sam Henderson were endorsed to represent the community until 2019.
President of the BES, Fiona Folan, has been the environmental organisation's representative since 2011.
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 and 8 June 2017.
You can view the meeting notes and presentations from CCC meetings held during the past three years below, as well as all whole-of-community meetings.
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 and 2017.
- Presentation 17 May 2018
- Minutes 17 May 2018
- Presentation 15 November 2017
- Minutes 15 November 2017
- Presentation June 2017
- Minutes June 2017
- Presentation 2 November 2016
- Minutes 2 November 2016
- Presentation 19 May 2016
- Minutes 19 May 2016
- Presentation 15 October 2015
- Minutes 15 October 2015
- Presentation 16 July 2015
- Minutes 16 July 2015
- Presentation 7 March 2013
- Minutes 7 March 2013
- Presentation 19 May 2011
- CCC Terms of Reference