Boral Quarry Peppertree
841 Marulan S R
Marulan NSW 2579
Boral's Peppertree Quarry is located upon significant limestone and granodiorite deposits near the Southern Tablelands town of Marulan in NSW. With mining activities dating back to the 1870s, the operations play an essential role in supplying aggregate- and limestone-based building and construction materials to industry across NSW and the ACT. Reflecting the two distinct rock resources available, Boral's local operations consist of a limestone mine and processing plant, and a hard rock aggregates quarry.
Boral's Peppertree Quarry is the company's newest hard rock aggregate site. It began operations in early 2014 following a decade-long planning and construction process. The quarry has been designed as a replacement aggregate resource for the Penrith Lakes quarries at Emu Plains in western Sydney.
Located 10km to the south-east of the NSW Southern Tablelands town of Marulan, the quarry provides a major supply of aggregate material for the Sydney and wider NSW building and construction market. The quarry lands cover 650 hectares to the north of the Boral Marulan South Limestone operations. Under existing approvals, the granodiorite resource underlying 70 hectares of this land will be extracted.
Up to 3.5 million tonnes of aggregates per year is produced by the site at peak production. Materials are transported from the quarry via rail to terminals at Maldon, St Peters and Enmore, from which they are distributed to customers via road. With activity taking place 24 hours a day, seven days per week, the quarry supports 40 local jobs.
Despite its short history, Boral's customers are already placing great demand on the quarry due to the high quality of its output. These quarries, which supplied metropolitan Sydney with its need for aggregates for well over a century, completed extraction of rock in September 2015.
Marulan South State Significant Development / Peppertree Modification 5
The Marulan South Operations are not just key components of Boral’s NSW resource and production network – they are essential to ongoing building and construction right across the state.
The 149-year-old Limestone operations provide the rock from which up to 60 percent of all cement products consumed in NSW and the ACT are made. Peppertree Quarry generates a significant volume of the aggregates used to support the continued growth of Sydney.
With plentiful reserves available at both sites, we’re always looking at how the operations can be managed to ensure their contribution to the wider community is maintained. Accordingly, we regularly revise the needs of both operations from a planning approval perspective.
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To assist residents and other interested parties understand the reasons behind our upcoming State Significant Development (SSD) application for Marulan South Limestone, and the modification (MOD 5) of the Peppertree Quarry's planning consent, we've organised two 'community drop-in sessions'.
These are being held on Wednesday, 8 August 2018 between 2.30-5.30pm, and Thursday, 9 August 2018 between 9.30am-1pm at the Marulan Hall, George Street, Marulan. There is no need to book for these sessions - simply show up at your convenience.
Members of our team will be present to explain the initiatives, answer questions or record them for later follow up, and also to take your feedback. Any comments shared will assist us in creating applications which address both the site's needs and the community's expectations.
State Significant Development (SSD) approval and Modifications
The beginnings of mining at the Marulan South Limestone site can be traced back to 1869, when NSW was still a British colony. During the century-and-a-half since, mining has progressed through innumerable changes to both the political and regulatory landscape.
The legacy of the site’s length of operation is that in 2018, mining is guided via a combination of documents including a consolidated mine lease (CML), a mine operations plan (MOP), various development consents from Goulburn Mulwaree Council, and ‘continuing use rights’.
During the past 10 to 15 years, the NSW Government has been systematically working through sites operating with ‘continuing use rights’ in order to convert them to planning approvals consistent with today’s standards. Marulan South Limestone is one of these operations.
Given the site’s scale, volume of production and value, the process which we must follow to achieve a new approval is known as State Significant Development (SSD).
Essentially, SSD is a development application (DA) supported by a range of far more detailed studies than required for a DA made to a local Council. SSD applications are assessed by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DP&E) in consultation with key stakeholders.
The neighbouring Peppertree Quarry is also normally subject to SSD provisions in terms of planning. Originally approved in 2007, and operating since 2014, the quarry already has a ‘modern’ planning consent to guide its activities.
However, changes to operational methods and demand from customers has, from time to time, required modifications to be made to the 2007 consent. Modifying a consent involves its own process, and is also assessed by the DP&E.
The Peppertree Quarry consent has been successfully modified four times. You can read more about these modifications on the Peppertree Quarry General Approvals tab.
Proposed changes for Marulan South Limestone: 2015-16
Work toward gaining a new SSD approval for the Limestone site originally began during 2015. At that time, we began compiling an application which sought to:
- Continue mining operations for a further 30 year period (standard for SSD mining applications);
- Set an annual production limit of four million tonnes per annum;
- Achieve approval for the design of the mine to both widen and deepen as mining progressed; and
- Allow the use of overburden generated through mining for filling in the most southern (Bungonia) part of the existing mine pit, as well as creating new emplacements on Boral-owned land around both sites, including across the route of Marulan South Road.
Overburden is the material, like topsoil and vegetation, which sits between the surface and the rock to be mined. An emplacement is a contoured mound built to hold unwanted overburden, designed to blend with the surrounding landscape.
Specialist consultants were engaged to gather data, compile studies and write the necessary reports. A community information program was implemented which included, among other things, an overview and feedback session held at the Marulan South site during July 2015.
Not long into 2016, this work took a new direction and the public information campaign was wound down.
While work was carried out across 2015-16, further exploration of the limestone resource was also being conducted. Through this work, it was discovered there is much more limestone available at Marulan South than previously considered.
Accordingly, in 2016 the site’s concentration shifted toward better understanding the quantity and quality of the newly discovered limestone, and how it could be integrated into a better SSD application.
At the same time, several changes were made to planning and other legislation in NSW which had the effect of requiring new or different studies and data gathering to be undertaken. This meant the original documents from 2015-16 needed adjustment.
With the breadth of information required, completing these adjustments has taken some time. However, in 2018, we are now ready to proceed with the SSD process again.
Marulan South SSD 2018
The updated version of our SSD application for Marulan South Limestone will contain virtually the same components as the original. Apart from those mentioned above, no other changes to the existing operations are planned.
As a consequence of being framed today, the SSD application will capture a full range of production and environmental controls which meet the current standards for ensuring site activities don’t interfere with those living and working around the mine.
The commitments we made as part of our original preparations for the SSD also have not changed, particularly when it comes to Marulan South Road.
This includes funding and building a new route for the road around the proposed overburden emplacement at its southern (Boral) end, and paying for an upgrade along the full length of the road from the Hume Highway to this new overburden emplacement.
We’ve also reached agreement with Council on an ongoing maintenance levy to pay for the upkeep of Marulan South Road into the future.
Peppertree Quarry MOD 5
In tandem with the 2015-16 work on the Limestone SSD, we also undertook a modification process for the Peppertree Quarry – MOD 4. This modification related to the quarry’s ‘in pit’ operations and additional overburden emplacements, and was approved during 2016.
In the time since, the development of the quarry has advanced rapidly in line with the high demand for its products in Sydney and across NSW. Consequently, this means overburden is being generated at a high rate, meaning we need to find new places on our property to put it.
When the original Limestone SSD was being developed, one idea we had was to transfer Peppertree’s overburden to the Limestone mine’s southern end. This would assist with filling the mine pit after limestone extraction has finished.
However, as the quarry’s need is more immediate, we’ve decided one of the overburden emplacement areas set aside for the Limestone site should become part of Peppertree. This requires a further change to the quarry’s consent, and so Modification (MOD) 5 is being prepared.
Simply, MOD 5 will seek to have one of the already earmarked Limestone areas ‘transferred’ to Peppertree. All other rules and practices relating to overburden management will remain the same.
What is next?
With our new direction set, we’re working swiftly to lodge both the Limestone SSD and Peppertree MOD 5 as soon as we can with the DP&E. This will trigger a formal planning process which includes the normal public consultation and feedback provisions.
As with our original work in 2015-16, we’ll start to raise awareness about both applications within the community, and gather questions and feedback about our proposals. We’ll manage this through written and online information, in-person opportunities, and media items.
We encourage any interested Marulan region locals to connect with us throughout the process. It’s important we understand the needs of our local community early, especially given the past relationship between our sites and residents, and the benefits they’ll bring for years to come.
Keep an eye on this page for detail about opportunities to learn more and become involved. You can also send an email to email@example.com with your comments and questions.
General Approvals - Boral Peppertree Quarry
The Boral Peppertree Quarry is operated to an approval which was granted by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment in February 2007. The Project Approval (06_0074) sets out the operating, environmental and reporting conditions the quarry must comply with throughout its operational life.
Subsequent to 2007, Boral has received consent for four modifications to the Project Approval. These have included:
- Development of an exploratory test pit within the quarry's approved footprint (2009 - MOD 1);
- Construction of a new rail loop; relocation of the loading facilities and processing plant; a new overburden emplacement; reduction in the size of the on-site water storage dam; and a new residential receptor (2011 - MOD 2);
- Provision of a high voltage (HV) power line and extension of the rail passing line at Medway Junction (2012 - MOD 3);
- Extension of hours in which operations can be carried out within the quarry pit each day, and a further overburden emplacement (2016 -MOD 4).
As an assurance the conditions of the Project Approval continue to be met, independent auditing of the quarry's compliance with the Approval is undertaken. You can view the latest reports generated as a result of this auditing here, as well as the response to the audit outcomes.
Water Act Licences - Boral Peppertree Quarry
As per the quarry's Project Approval, a water storage dam was built with allowances for environmental flows to Tangarang Creek. A license was issued by the NSW Office of Water for the dam's development and operation.
Resources - Boral Peppertree Quarry
The Boral Peppertree Quarry extracts a hard rock called granodiorite. This is an igneous rock similar to granite.
Granodiorite is pale to medium grey in colour, and extremely hard, making it ideal for producing concrete and road sealing aggregates.
The granodiorite resource at the quarry is approximately 20 metres below the surface. Sitting above this material is an average of 10 metres of partially weathered rock, which in turn is overlain with an average 10 metres of overburden (including mostly fully weathered rock and soil).
The overburden material is removed as part of the extraction process and used to create noise bunds surrounding quarrying activities.
Products - Boral Peppertree Quarry
Products from the Boral Peppertree Quarry include a range of aggregates, shaped and sized for different purposes.
The main production items are concrete and asphalt aggregates, although larger aggregates for 'armour' or 'gabion baskets' can be produced, along with railway ballast. For more information about these products click here
In May 2012, Boral received approval for the construction of a plant which produces 'manufactured sand'. This plant has been built in the grounds of Boral Marulan South Limestone. It combines the 'fines' produced by quarry crushing with limestone to produce a marketable 'manufactured sand'. This type of product has significant environmental benefits, as the production of 'manufactured sand' reduces the need to otherwise dispose of the waste fines, and reduces the demand for 'natural sand'.
Operations - Boral Peppertree Quarry
The Boral Peppertree Quarry began as a 'greenfield' site requiring construction of new infrastructure and the development of a new quarry pit. The construction program began during July 2011 and was finished in late 2013. Commercial operations commenced early in 2014.
Extraction at the Boral Peppertree Quarry involves four main stages:
- topsoil and overburden removal and emplacement
- blasting and crushing of raw feed in-pit;
- final crushing, screening and stockpiling out-of-pit; and
- loading, transport and distribution.
Layers of soil and overburden are stripped in progressive stages and hauled to emplacement areas.
After overburden stripping, rock is drilled, blasted and loaded directly into the in-pit primary crushing plant. The primary crusher is located in the pit itself to reduce the need for transport of material in trucks, in turn assisting in the abatement of noise.
From here, the crushed rock is conveyed to the out-of-pit processing plant for final crushing, screening, blending and stockpiling. The processing plant has been fully enclosed to control noise and dust. See a diagram of the process here.
The plant was designed to Boral's specifications by specialist firm Metso. It integrates the most-up-to-date technology currently available in Australia - you can read more about it here.
Due to the potential for noise to be created during activities, a range of operating hours have been permitted. These are:
- Topsoil/overburden removal/emplacement - Any day, 7am to 7pm
- Blasting - Monday-Saturday: 9am to 5pm, Sunday and public holidays: Nil
- In-pit activities (drilling, extraction, processing and transfers of material out of the pit) - Any day, 5am to 11pm
- Out-of-pit activities (including processing, stockpiling, train loading and distribution, and maintenance) - Any day, 24 hours.
Noise and Blast Monitoring - Boral Peppertree Quarry
Quarry activities create a degree of noise and therefore can potentially affect neighbouring properties.
The Boral Peppertree Quarry Project Approval conditions outline noise criteria which must be complied with as recorded at a number of neighbouring properties.
The quarry's Noise and Blasting Management Plan includes objectives to:
- ensure contributed noise emissions from quarrying operations comply with the noise impact assessment criteria in the Project Approval;
- identify potential noise sources and their relative contribution to noise impacts from the development; and
- outline the methodologies to be used, including justification for monitoring intervals, weather conditions, seasonal variations, monitoring locations, periods and times of measurements, and the means for determining the noise levels emitted by the development.
Monitoring is undertaken by an independent consultant at nominated locations on a quarterly basis. The results are collated in the site's quarterly environmental monitoring reports.
Blasting forms part of the production of aggregates at the quarry. Vibration and noise emitted from blasting needs to be managed to ensure no effects on either the operation or neighbouring properties.
To do this, the size of the blast is planned and weather conditions noted. Monitoring is also conducted at a number of sites for overpressure (noise) and peak particle velocity (vibration).
The results for each blast are published within the site quarterly environmental monitoring reports.
The operation offers pre-notification of blasting events to any neighbour who would like to receive them.
Air Quality - Boral Peppertree Quarry
The nature of quarry operations brings with them the potential for dust emissions. Sources include vehicle movements, digging, crushing and screening of rock in production, and the management of overburden.
The potential for such emissions and their consequent management was accounted for in the development of the Boral Peppertree Quarry. Sections of the processing plant which normally emit dust have been enclosed, such as conveyors and screens. Water misting systems have been applied to other areas and stockpiles.
The quarry is one of the first in Australia to contain aggregate in silos for both quality control and dust suppression.
The primary crusher is located within the quarry pit, with material transported to the processing plant by conveyor. This reduces the amount of heavy vehicle movements on site, and consequent noise, dust generation and greenhouse gas emissions through fuel use.
A program of topsoiling and hydro-mulching overburden areas is also in place. Embankments will eventually be rehabilitated with native plant species. A mobile water tanker also operates on site to manage fugitive dust emissions.
A weather station has also been established so forecasts for winds can be monitored. The operations are prepared for high wind situations through wetting of materials and the shut down of particular activities as required.
Air monitoring is conducted at three sites. Monitoring is undertaken for coarse particulates, particulate matter less than 10 microns (PM10), and Total Suspended Particulates (TSP).
Coarse particulates are monitored over a 30 day period, with TSP and PM10 monitored on a 24 hour-six day cycle. The results of the monitoring are contained within quarterly monitoring reports.
Water Management - Boral Peppertree Quarry
Water is a key component of the Boral Peppertree Quarry operations, mainly due to the need for it in processing and dust suppression.
The quarry does not have a piped fresh water supply and therefore the management of water is critical.
During the quarry's development, a 112 megalitre dam was built. A number of other ponds to capture stormwater runoff are also located on site, while the quarry also has a licence to extract bore water should it be necessary.
Stormwater runoff from the site is collected in a series of sediment ponds located on the perimeter of the boundary. As areas of the noise bund are rehabilitated, these ponds will also be rehabilitated to provide habitat for frogs and water for native wildlife.
To ensure there is no impact on the surrounding environment, water sampling of the surface waters and groundwater is undertaken. This is outlined in the Water Management Plan, with the results included in quarterly reports.
The quarry's approach to water management received a Highly Commended acknowledgement in 2014 from Cement Concrete Aggreagtes Australia (CCAA) as Environmental Best Performance.
Landscape and Rehabilitation - Boral Peppertree Quarry
The development and operation of a quarry invariably affects the existing environment, making management of the surrounding landscape and its rehabilitation important.
Most of the Boral Peppertree Quarry site was cleared many decades ago for agriculture, and only scattered native trees and isolated patches of woodland were left.
One Endangered Ecological Community (EEC), White Box Yellow Box Blakely’s Red Gum Woodland, and one threatened plant, Solunam Celatum, have been identified on the site.
The development of the on-site dam resulted in some of the EEC being impacted. Accordingly, there is now a requirement for offset plantings, and management of a habitat area is being undertaken.
The area of the EEC and a designated Habitat Management Area has been fenced to ensure no further disturbance.
The area containing Solunam Celatum is located to the north of the site and is away from the active quarry operations. The area has, however, been fenced to ensure the protection of this threatened plant.
A rehabilitation company has been commissioned to undertake flora surveys, collection of native seeds, and the development of detailed rehabilitation plans.
Tubestock has been propagated and planting commenced following the completion of civil works early in 2013.
In the long-term, monitoring of the success of rehabilitation will take place and appropriate actions undertaken should it prove to have been unsuccessful.
A number of habitat boxes have also been installed throughout the remaining vegetation.
As with any property, the management of weeds is important. A certified weed management company is contracted to control the serrated tussock, blackberries and thistles which occur on the quarry site and surrounding Boral properties.
This ensures we do not impact on the quality of rural pastures surrounding the operations.
Traffic Management - Boral Peppertree Quarry
Access to the Boral Peppertree Quarry site is via Marulan South Road from the Hume Highway.
This road has a number of users including rural and residential property owners, school buses, and trucks accessing other industries located along the road.
Boral required additional vehicles to use the road during the quarry construction period. A Construction Traffic Management Plan was implemented to account for this. Training is conducted for contractors and drivers accessing the site, and ongoing communication had with road users to ensure they are aware of Boral-related traffic movements and contacts for any related issues.
Boral Marulan South Limestone
The beginnings of the Boral Marulan South Limestone operations date back as far as 1871 when the first mining activities took place in the location of today's mine site.
Positioned atop a significant limestone deposit directly to the south of the Boral Peppertree Quarry, today's operations produce up to three million tonnes of limestone per year.
The majority of this limestone is sent by rail to the Boral Berrima Cement Works where it is used in the production of cement.
The Berrima site produces around 60 percent of all cement sold in NSW and the ACT using Marulan South limestone.
The limestone is also used to make lime based products for industrial uses (such as flux in BlueScope Steel's Port Kembla mills) and agriculture.
As with the neighbouring quarry, Marulan South Limestone is a 24-hour per day, seven day per week operation.
A workforce of around 105 is supported by the operations, with these workers the latest of several generations of Marulan region residents employed by the site.
The operation is often referred to as 'Blue Circle' by long-term Marulan locals in reference to the site's former owners, Blue Circle Southern Cement (BCSC).
Boral purchased BCSC in 1987 but chose to allow the 'Blue Circle' name to remain in place until 2010.
Marulan South Limestone is bordered by spectacular gorges which are very popular with locals and visitors.
Most notable of these is the unique 'slot canyon' of the Bungonia National Park. Limestone operations are accordingly managed with respect to the presence of these environmental assets.
General Approvals - Boral Marulan South Limestone
Mining at the Boral Marulan South Limestone site dates back as far as the 1870s and has been continuous since this time.
During the course of the 140-year period, various mining leases and land titles have been applied to the operations. In 2004, these were consolidated to form Consolidated Mining Lease (CML) 16 which now provides guidance on mining and prospecting at the site.
As part of CML16, a Mining Operations Plan (MOP) has been prepared which sets out how the mine will be developed as the limestone is mined.
The operations are also reliant on 'continuous use rights' which recognise the long-standing use of the land for mining.
A number of local development consents additionally exist for parts of the site which permit emplacements of waste materials, clay and shale extraction, and several of the operations' buildings and structures.
In 2015, Boral commenced work to secure a State Significant Development (SSD) approval through the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.
This work has continued in 2016. Once achieved, the approval will offer an overarching set of conditions to which the limestone site will be operated into the future.
Water Act Licences - Boral Marulan South Limestone
The limestone site has a number of surface and bore water access licences in place to support ongoing operations. These include:
- Water Access Licence 10BL602078;
- Surface Water Licences 10SL012214 and 10SL025561; and
- Bore Licences 10BL605442, 10BL605443, 10BL605444, 10BL605445, 10BL605449 and 10BL605440.
Resources - Boral Marulan South Limestone
The mining of limestone at Boral Marulan South Limestone dates back to the 1870s, however the limestone resource itself is thought to be up to 500 million years old.
Around 65 million years ago, the area experienced uplift which saw the limestone tipped almost to vertical. This presents challenges for today's mining, however the operations have developed processes to account for this.
There are several limestone beds which lay generally parallel to each other around Marulan South. These are known geologically as the Bungonia Limestone Group.
The site of the operations is at the eastern end of this Group and was selected because the limestone at this point has the highest grade.
The granodioritie 'intrusion' which the Boral Peppertree Quarry extracts from forms the northern border of the limestone resource.
Products - Boral Marulan South Limestone
There are three main product lines which make use of the limestone mined at Boral Marulan South Limestone. They are:
- Cement - the majority of limestone produced at Marulan South is transported by train to the Boral Berrima Cement Works where it forms the key 'ingredient' of cement products.
- Flux - limestone is also sent by rail to Port Kembla where it is blended into a flux used as part of the steel making process.
- Lime - an on-site lime plant uses the limestone to generate products used throughout the agricultural industry.
Operations - Boral Marulan South Limestone
The Boral Marulan South Limestone site produces between 3 and 3.5 million tonnes of limestone each year. In addition, up to 200 000 tonnes of shale is extracted for use in Boral's manufacturing.
Mining is conducted using modern open-cut hard rock drill-and-blast techniques. Material is conveyed from the mine to stockpiling and processing areas via haul truck.
The on-site limestone processing plant includes both a primary and secondary crusher. There is also a rotary kiln adjacent for use in lime production.
Overburden removed from the mine is emplaced to the west of the mine pit. This area is being progressively rehabilitated as the emplacements are brought to final form.
Activity takes place at the Limestone operation 24 hours a day, seven days per week however blasting in the mine pit is generally kept to daylight hours on weekdays, excluding public holidays.
Safety at Boral
Safety is a paramount priority at Boral. Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) protocols have been established for both sites and are continuously monitored by Boral specialists.
Activities vary from site observations, training and reporting through to the analysis of potential risks both at the sites and within their immediate environs.
During construction at the Boral Peppertree Quarry, a process called ’safety in design’ was used where design drawings were reviewed for all potential hazards, such as the use of ladders, confined spaces, access to heights and so on.
Where possible, such issues were ‘designed out’ of the construction, or appropriate controls put into place.
Boral was awarded the 2012 Safety Performance Award by Cement Concrete Aggregates Australia (CCAA) for ’Safety in Design’ at the Boral Peppertree Quarry.
This was followed in 2014 by a further CCAA award - Best Performance for Health & Safety Management Systems.
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.
All material from the Boral Peppertree Quarry, and most of those from the Boral Marulan South Limestone site, is transported by rail.
Trains connect with the Main Southern Railway and travel to the Boral Maldon Rail Terminal for offloading before trucking to required locations across Sydney.
In addition, 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 maintained to meet this objective.
We encourage all members of the community to give us feedback if they observe behaviour not aligning with this goal.
Specifics such as time, location, vehicle registration and colour help us to further investigate and take appropriate action.
Under the Boral Peppertree Quarry's planning and environmental obligations, the site is required to file a number of reports with regulators such as the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.
Relevant reports can be viewed below:
The Boral Peppertree Quarry Environmental Management Strategy (EMS) has been developed to ensure the quarry can comply with its legislative and social obligations.
The EMS outlines a range of monitoring programs and mitigation measures. It is supported by six management plans covering various operational aspects.
The management plans were submitted to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment for approval following reviews by the Boral Peppertree Quarry Community Consultative Committee (CCC) and relevant Government agencies.
- Environmental Management Strategy
- Noise and Blasting Monitoring Plan
- Air Quality Monitoring Plan
- Water Management Plan
- Landscape and Rehabilitation Management Plan
- Aboriginal Heritage Management Plan
The EMS was prepared in alignment with Schedule 5, Condition 1 of the quarry's Project Approval and is the overarching strategy for site environmental management.
It outlines requirements for the operation and, most importantly, drives the management and reporting of the performance of the operation.
One requirement is that an annual review is prepared for the site by the end of March each year.
As well as the annual review, an independent environmental audit is required to be conducted within three years of the date of commencement of construction (2011), and then every five years thereafter.
The audit must be conducted by a suitably qualified, experienced and independent person whose appointment is approved by the Director General of the Department of Planning and Environment. The first audit was required to be undertaken prior to July 2014.
Both the Environment Protection Licence (EPL) and EMS for the operation require a process for management and reporting of environmental incidents to both the Department and the NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).
Boral has standard procedures in place for incidents and initiate these as required. Details of any environmental incident can be found within the site's quarterly monitoring reports.
Environmental Monitoring Program
The site's Environment Monitoring Program consolidates the monitoring requirements from all other management plans governing the Boral Peppertree Quarry.
Monitoring is undertaken of air emissions, surface water, ground water, operational noise, blasting overpressure and vibration and, in future, success of rehabilitation.
A weather station is located on-site. Monitoring results are collated and reviewed as they become available.
Boral's Marulan South Operations are sited on land belonging to several traditional ownership groups.
Boral would like to acknowledge and offer respect to the elders and peoples past and present of each group connected to the land.
Marulan South is sited on land which holds significance for many Aboriginal people including the Ngunawal and Gundungarra. It is also within the boundaries of the Pejar Aboriginal Land Council.
Aboriginal Heritage Management Committee (AHMC)
An Aboriginal Heritage Management Committee has been established with representatives from the Ngunawal people and Pejar Local Aboriginal Land Council.
The AHMC was involved in the development of an Aboriginal Heritage Management Plan for the Boral Peppertree Quarry.
The Committee continues to participate in sub-surface salvage and topsoil monitoring, as well as be involved in Aboriginal heritage matters of concern to the quarry.
Aboriginal Heritage Management Plan (AHMP)
As part of the Peppertree Quarry's Project Approval, Boral is subject to conditions and requirements in respect to Aboriginal heritage.
Schedule 3, Condition 32 of the Project Approval states the Proponent (Boral) shall prepare and implement an Aboriginal Heritage Management Plan for the project to the satisfaction of the Director-General.
The plan must:
- be submitted to the Director-General for approval prior to the commencement of construction;
- be prepared in consultation with the Office of Environment and Heritage (now Environment Protection Authority) and relevant Aboriginal communities; and
- include a description of the measures that would be implemented for the mapping, and salvage or relocation of the archaeological relics in the Tangarang Creek Dam 1 area; a description of the measures that would be implemented if any new Aboriginal objects or relics are discovered during the project; and protocols for the ongoing consultation and involvement of the Aboriginal communities in the conservation and management of Aboriginal cultural heritage on the site.
In line with the requirement, a Plan was prepared and issued to the Department of Planning and Environment.
Heritage Work on the Project
During 2006, an initial Aboriginal heritage study was conducted to inform the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the original Project Application.
Following the study, a number of significant areas were identified where additional excavations were required to determine the extent of potential artefacts.
During 2010, with the assistance of representatives from the AHMC, excavations were undertaken by consultants ERM.
An estimated 22000 artefacts were salvaged from a number of sites, primarily located on the surrounds of Tangarang Creek.
When geotechnical works were also undertaken in 2010, further opportunity to investigate the potential for artefacts arose. Other scrapings and salvages at areas identified as having the potential for artefacts were undertaken by AHMC representatives in 2011.
As the cultural importance of the area became clear, the AHMC were invited back to site to undertake topsoil monitoring during the excavation of the rail embankment on the western area of the site, and other areas associated with the civil works.
All artefacts are being returned to country within the quarry site under the direction of the AHMC.
Boral's Marulan South operations have a shared history with the people of the Marulan region which extends back over a century.
During this time, generations of local families have been employed at Boral Marulan South Limestone. Today, further opportunities are available for locals at the Boral Peppertree Quarry.
Beyond jobs, however, Boral's operations have made a sustained contribution to the economic and social life of the area.
Whether through buildings and materials, or participation in local events and projects, Boral has long been proud to be a corporate citizen of the Marulan region.
Today our community contribution takes many and varied forms.
Boral Marulan South Operations Community Plan
Boral's participation in community life through the Marulan South Operations is guided by a Community Plan.
The Plan, developed with input from a wide range of stakeholders across the Marulan region, outlines Boral's key areas of focus for engaging with locals, as well as a number of activities supported by the sites.
The current Plan was updated for implementation during 2015-17, and follows on from the successful original Plan which was put in place for 2012-14.
Heritage and Sustainability Park Project (HASP)
One important local initiative which Boral helped to establish is the HASP.
The HASP was originally formed out of a community workshop hosted by Boral in May 2013. Consisting of a range of community groups from Marulan and surrounds, the HASP is developing a shared heritage precinct linking a number of sites at Tallong, Marulan, Bungonia and Towrang.
The project amalgamates plans from the various member community groups. Boral continues to be part of the HASP, facilitating meetings and participating in working groups.
You can view the Goulburn Mulwaree Council Strategic Plan here.
Tallong Apple Day Festival
Boral has been involved with the annual Tallong Apple Day Festival, held each May, since 2011.
Originally starting out as a stallholder, Boral has proudly been the major sponsor of the festival between 2012-16.
Between 2013-15, Boral also supported the Apple Day Sculpture Competition for local primary schools.
For more information, visit the festival website.
Marulan Kite Festival
Boral has also been officially involved with the Marulan Kite Festival since 2011.
The Kite Festival is a community organised event which includes an arts and music component and a street festival.
Boral also originally attended as a stallholder, however in 2012 took on the role of major sponsor for both the festival and children's kite decorating competition.
To find out more about the festival, visit their website here.
Other Local Projects
As a long-standing presence in the Marulan community, Boral is often sought for assistance with a range of local projects and initiatives.
Some of our recent contributions include:
- representing local business as part of the Right Now In Goulburnmedia promotional night in Sydney (2015);
- supporting Cooper's Earthmoving in raising funds for the McGrath Foundation through their pink grader (2014);
- providing $1000 toward the 'Time For Kids' fundraiser held by the Goulburn Police Citizens Youth Club. During the activity, the Mayor of Goulburn Mulwaree, Cr Geoff Kettle, was chained to a quarry rock while awaiting payment of a 'ransom' (2014);
- participating in the Marulan Region Chamber of Commerce's inaugural 'Mining Expo' (2014);
- supporting Goulburn Mulwaree Council's Cycle Safe program (2014-15);
- supply of materials for the new Marulan (2013) and Bungonia (2015) town entrance statement walls; and
- minor sponsorship at the Mayoral Charity Golf Day (2012-15).
Boral Peppertree Quarry Community Consultatie Committee (CCC)
As part of the Project Approval for the Boral Peppertree Quarry, Boral was required to establish a community consultative committee (CCC) for the operation.
The CCC is an advisory group which consists of a representative of Goulburn Mulwaree Council and at least three local residents. Boral also supplies two representatives to the Committee.
Independently chaired, the role of the CCC is to offer Boral input from the community perspective on matters of environmental performance and community relations.
Meetings include the review of environmental data and any feedback provided to the site from local community members. Issues of concern can be raised with the site by the CCC representatives.
The CCC first met during 2008 and has continued to meet at least twice a year since. You can review the meeting minutes and presentations from the past three years below.
- 23 November 2016 - Minutes
- 23 November 2016 - Presentation
- 10 August 2016 - Minutes
- 10 August 2016 - Presentation
- 1 June 2016 - Minutes
- 1 June 2016 - Presentation
- 3 February 2016 - Minutes
- 3 February 2016 - Presentation
- 9 April 2015 - Minutes
- 9 April 2015 - Presentation
- 27 November 2014 - Minutes
- 10 July 2014 - Presentation
- 10 July 2014 - Minutes
Community updates are issued by Boral's Marulan South operations to keep the broader community informed. You can read copies from the last three years below.
If you are interested in earlier newsletters, you can request a copy by clicking here. You can also read the latest about the two operations each month in the Discover Marulan town newsletter. View these issues below.
Listening to our Community
Receiving feedback is an important part of maintaining successful operations.
Under the terms of the Boral Peppertree Quarry Project Approval, a register of complaints and their resolution is required to be made available for public review. You'll find the latest version of this register here.
Proudly Goulburn Mulwaree
Boral's Marulan South operations have been a proud part of the Goulburn Mulwaree region for more than a century.
The area has much to offer people looking for a new place to live, to do business, or simply looking for somewhere different to take a break.
You can learn more about what the Goulburn Mulwaree area can offer you by clicking here.
Both operations are also proud supporters of the Marulan Region Chamber of Commerce - find out more about the Chamber by visiting their website.
We welcome your comments and feedback about any topic relating to the Boral Peppertree Quarry or Boral Marulan South Limestone operations. For general enquiries, please contact:
Boral Peppertree Quarry
843 Marulan South Road, Marulan South NSW 2579
Ph: 02 4841 1701
Boral Marulan South Limestone
Hume Street, Marulan South NSW 2579
Ph: 02 4820 3003
Quarry Manager - Peppertree
Ph: 02 4841 1701
Mine Manager - Marulan South Limestone
Ph: 02 4820 3003
Environment & Community Advisor
Ph: 0401 894 185
Blasting 'hotline' - Boral Peppertree Quarry
The Boral Peppertree Quarry operates a 'hotline' for neighbours who wish to be notified ahead of blasting events. To register for notification, please contact the site via the above and leave your preferred details.