HERRON QUARRY WORKS APPLICATION

Hi Everyone

Recently PMR Quarries (WA Limestone) put an application in for Works such as Screening and Crushing for the Herron Quarry.

If this affects you in any way, please read the information below and reply as soon as possible as we only have about.  Individuals can send information as well.  You only have until the 6th January 2012. The more people the better, let your neighbours and friends know.

This is the postal address that you send your individual submission too.

 

 

Works Approval Application
Pt Lot 5 Old Coast Road, Lake Clifton
October 2011
W.A. LIMESTONE
41 Spearwood Avenue
Bibra Lake 6163
PO Box 1404
Bibra Lake 6965
A.C.N 008 866 448
A.B.N 67 478 411 404
Telephone : (08) 9434 2299
Fax : (08) 9434 1513
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CONTENTS
1.0 BACKGROUND ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 3
1.1 Location ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 3
1.2 Ownership …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 3
1.3 Company Overview ………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 4
2.0 PROPOSAL DESCRIPTION …………………………………………………………………………………………….. 6
2.1 Project Objectives …………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 6
2.2 Mining Operations ………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 6
2.3 Ore Processing ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 7
2.4 Tailings Storage ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 7
2.5 Transportation Corridors ………………………………………………………………………………………………… 7
2.6 Crushing and Screening Plant …………………………………………………………………………………………. 7
2.7 Additional Plant & Equipment ………………………………………………………………………………………… 8
3.0 STAKEHOLDER AND COMMUNITY CONSULTATION …………………………………………………. 9
3.1 Local Government Authority ………………………………………………………………………………………….. 9
4.0 EMISSIONS …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 10
4.1 Air Emissions ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 10
4.2 Dust Emissions ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 10
4.3 Odour Emissions …………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 10
4.4 Noise Emissions ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 10
4.5 Light Emissions ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 11
4.7 Discharges to Land ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 11
4.8 Solid/Liquid Waste ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 11
4.9 Hydrocarbon/Chemical Storage …………………………………………………………………………………….. 11
4.10 Native Vegetation ……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 12
4.11 Rights in Water Irrigation Act 1914 …………………………………………………………………………… 12
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1.0 BACKGROUND
1.1 Location
Pt Lot 5 Old Coast Road, Lake Clifton is located approximately 25km south of Mandurah at approximately 375673E, 6374035N (GDA94 MGA 50) within the City of Mandurah jurisdiction.
Address: Part Lot 5, Old Coast Road, Lake Clifton
Volume: 2144
Folio: 135
Diagram: 12441
Area: 90.7332ha
The site contains an existing limestone quarry, which has operated since 1981. The remainder of the site has historically been used for agriculture however is considered low value due to the widespread presence of limestone rock.
The site and project has been comprehensively assessed by independent consultants:
• Flora and Vegetation Survey, Landform Research (2005)
• Fauna and Tree Habitat Survey, Western Wildlife (2006)
• Noise Assessment, Herring Storer Acoustics (2006, 2007 & 2008)
• Peer review of Noise Assessment, Lloyd George Acoustics (2008)
• Kart Assessment, Lex Bastian (2007)
• Hydrology and Water Balance Assessment, Landform Research (2007)
• Black Cockatoo Habitat Survey, Tony Kirkby (2010)
The consultant reports and extensive community and stakeholder consultation were considered in the development of a site specific Excavation and Rehabilitation Management Plan. This plan was further subject to extensive independent review and revision during the previous approvals processes.
1.2 Ownership
The property is owned by PMR Quarries Pty. Ltd T/A WA Limestone.
Their contact details are:
41 Spearwood Avenue
BIBRA LAKE WA 6163
Phone: 08 9434 2299
Fax: 08 9434 1513
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1.3 Company Overview
The WA Limestone group of companies, which includes WA Limestone, WA Bluemetal, and WA Premix, is a local (Perth based) family business which has been operating for more than 30 years.
WA Limestone is the largest limestone company in Western Australia. The WA Limestone group of companies currently has 9 operating and 10 dormant sites predominantly around the Greater Perth Metropolitan Area.
The Western Australian Government recognizes the experience and environmental credentials of WA Limestone and has awarded many large contracts and tenders including:
• New Perth Bunbury Highway
• Perth Mandurah Railway Line
• Reid Highway extension (West Swan Road and Great Northern Highway)
• Great Northern Highway extension – Bullsbrook
• Kwinana Bulk Terminal project
• Perth Airport redevelopment
• Mitchell Freeway extension
• Kwinana-Bunbury Rail Line re-laying project
• Fremantle-Perth Rail Line re-laying project
• Roe Highway Stage Seven
Some of the larger WA Limestone breakwater and seawall projects include:
• Australian Marine Complex: Jervoise Bay Island Breakwater and Seawalls
• Dawesville Cut
• Mindarie Keys Marina
• Hillarys Boat Harbour Marina
• Ocean Reef Marina
• Exmouth Boat Harbour
• Geraldton: Batavia Coast Marina, Northern Breakwater, Eastern Breakwater and Reclamation Bunds
• Jurien Bay Marina
• Fremantle: Fishing Boat Harbour, Success Harbour, Challenger Harbour, Rous Head Harbour
• Onslow Foreshore Protection
• Ledge Point
• Finucane Island revetment
• Bandy Creek
• Port Dennison
• HMAS Stirling: Submarine Base
WA Limestone is ISO 9001 certified for quality management. WA Limestone utilize ISO 14001 certified environmental consultants for the preparation and compliance of site specific environmental management plans. Given the variety of sites and operations, a site specific model to environmental management has been adopted. All sites and operations are conducted to the relevant industry and national codes of practice.
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WA Limestone does not actively seek out awards or recognition however our operations are recognized as industry leading in environmental management. The Department of Minerals and Petroleum (DMP) consider WA Limestone’s Pickering Brook operations to be a showcase of best practice. The site is regularly used by the DMP as an example to other mining companies in sequential mining and rehabilitation practices.
In September 2011 WA Limestone was awarded the Cement Concrete and Aggregates Association’s (CCAA) WA Environmental Health and Safety 2011, Environmental Best Performance Extractive Award. This award was in recognition of WA Limestone’s innovative environmental management of their Flynn Drive limestone quarry, at Neerabup.
The Southern Gateway Alliance of which WA Limestone is a member received the 2010 Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) National Earth Award (Category 5).
WA Limestone is a member of the following industry organizations:
• Chamber of Commerce & Industry,
• Civil Contractors Federation
• Quarrying Institute of Australia
• Cement Concrete and Aggregates Association
• Sand Producers Association of Western Australia
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2.0 PROPOSAL DESCRIPTION
WA Limestone is seeking works approval to operate a Parker 30”x42” Mobile Jaw Crusher within the subject site.
Based on anticipated production levels, approval is sought for the following Premises Component Classifications:
Category
Capacity
70 – Screening, etc. of material
More than 5,000 but less than 50,000 tonnes per year
2.1 Project Objectives
Quarrying for limestone has occurred at the subject site since 1981 on an intermittent basis. The quarry has been dormant since 2004. WA Limestone intends to re-open the quarry to provide a resource of strategically located limestone suited to a variety of end products. The crushing and screening of limestone will produce various sized aggregates, used for a variety of purposes.
WA Limestone has more than 30 years experience in limestone excavation and operating crushing and screening plants.
Production levels are dependent on market demand. It is anticipated that annual production will be in the order of 10,000-15,000 tonnes of crushed material.
There will be no waste rock produced, only overburden, which will be stockpiled for later use in rehabilitation. Historically the subject site was considered low value agricultural land due to the widespread presence of limestone rock.
Following the completion of excavation and in accordance with the approved Excavation and Rehabilitation Management Plan, the land surface will be reformed and soils improved to a condition suitable for parkland pasture.
2.2 Mining Operations
Mining operations will be conducted in accordance with the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994 and Regulations 1995, and the approved Excavation and Rehabilitation Management Plan. Section 5.1 of the approved management plan describes the excavation process in detail.
Limestone will be extracted by bulldozer. No blasting will be used. The extracted raw material is then fed into the crushing and screening plant by front end loader.
The crushing and screening plant will crush and screen the raw material into a variety of sized aggregates, which are stored in stockpiles as final products. When required the final product is loaded into trucks by front end loader and dispatched to the client.
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The quantity and specification of aggregates produced is dependent on project and market demands. Crushing operations are anticipated to be campaign based. I.e. the crusher will be operated periodically to maintain stockpiles or to supply for a specific project. Between campaigns the crushing plant and supporting equipment will be relocated to one of WA Limestone’s other appropriately licensed operations.
2.3 Ore Processing
This will consist of crushing and screening only. There will be no waste products or emissions.
2.4 Tailings Storage
There will be no tailings.
2.5 Transportation Corridors
Access, transportation corridors and traffic management will be undertaken in accordance with the approved Excavation and Rehabilitation Management Plan. Section 5.5 of the plan describes the approved access and transport management.
Access to the site is from Old Coast Road. The existing entrance and access road for the quarry will be upgraded to Main Roads requirements prior to the recommencement of operations.
The primary transportation corridor will be Old Coast Road.
The rate of excavation and required traffic are expected to be approximately 20 truck cycles per day when the site is actively working. Based on current market demand these active periods are anticipated to be intermittent and infrequent. For the majority of the time, little or no traffic is anticipated.
2.6 Crushing and Screening Plant
The mobile crushing plant will only be located at the premises periodically. When not required to produce material at the subject site, the plant will be relocated and utilised at one of WA Limestone’s other quarries, which are appropriately licensed to operate crushing plant.
2.6.1 Maximum Plant Design Capacity
The crushing plant to be operated at the premises is a Parker 30”x42” Jaw Mobile Crusher. It has a design capacity of 150 tonnes per hour.
2.6.2 Expected Plant Operating Capacity
Based on anticipated market demand the expected operating capacity of the plant will be 10,000-15,000 tonnes per year.
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2.7 Additional Plant & Equipment
Additional plant and equipment will be used to support the crushing and screening plant. This will consist of a front end loader, bulldozer, service/fuel truck, water truck and associated light vehicles.
All plant and equipment will be maintained to a high quality to ensure efficient, safe and environmentally conscious operation of the site.
The ancillary plant and equipment will only be located on the premises periodically on an as-required basis. When not located at the subject site the equipment will be utilised at WA Limestone’s other operations.
Figure 1: Parker Mobile Jaw Crusher
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3.0 STAKEHOLDER AND COMMUNITY CONSULTATION
Extensive stakeholder and community consultation has occurred.
Through the planning approvals process the excavation plan, which includes the operation of a crushing plant was advertised to local residents. Following extensive consultation with local and state government, planning approval was granted.
The project was further advertised during the clearing permit application process. The clearing permit was approved in 2010 however was the subject of an appeal by local conservation groups. This appeal was dismissed by the Minister for the Environment although further conditions were imposed upon WA Limestone.
Through the approvals processes, the project has received considerable community interest. Significant time and resources has been invested by WA Limestone to develop an Excavation and Rehabilitation Management Plan that considers both the interests of the local community and WA Limestone.
WA Limestone maintains a complaints management system for all its operations as part of an ISO 9001 certified quality management system. All complaints received are thoroughly investigated. If a complaint is found to be substantiated, appropriate and immediate measures are undertaken to address the issue.
3.1 Local Government Authority
The subject site is within the jurisdiction of the City of Mandurah. WA Limestone has extensively consulted with the local authority in relation to this project.
Following a comprehensive approvals process, the local authority granted planning approval and an extractive industry licence.
The planning approval places 37 conditions on the operation regulating the operations, environmental management and reporting requirements. WA Limestone is required to provide an annual report to the local authority on the progress of the excavation and compliance.
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4.0 EMISSIONS
4.1 Air Emissions
Diesel fuel is burnt and released into the atmosphere through approved exhaust systems fitted to all plant and equipment, including the crushing and screening plant.
No other atmospheric emissions are produced.
4.2 Dust Emissions
A site specific dust management plan has been prepared by independent consultants for the project. The plan is described in section 6.4 of the approved Excavation and Rehabilitation Management Plan.
Stringent conditions have been imposed on the project relating to dust management by the planning approval. Given the comprehensive dust prevention and management measures to be implemented, and experience of the operator, no significant dust emissions are anticipated as a result of the operation of the plant.
4.3 Odour Emissions
The operation of crushing and screening plants do not produce any significant or discernable odour.
The quarry location and distance to sensitive receptors was considered during the project design and planning approval process and found to be sufficient for all potential emissions. It is highly unlikely that any odours produced will be noticeable by neighbours or passing public.
4.4 Noise Emissions
Noise generated on site has been found to comply with the Environmental Protection (Noise) Regulations 1997 through an independent and peer-reviewed assessment conducted by Herring Storer Acoustics. The assessment confirmed that the quarry operations, including the operation of a crushing and screening plant will comply with the noise regulations. The report recommended the construction of screening bunds around the quarry. The recommendations of this report have been adopted in the approved Excavation and Rehabilitation Management Plan. The screening bunds will be constructed prior to the commencement of operations.
Stringent conditions have been imposed on the project relating to noise management by the planning approval.
Operations will be conducted in accordance with the approved Excavation and Rehabilitation Management Plan to ensure compliance with the regulations and approvals. Section 6.3 of this plan details the premises compliance with noise requirements.
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4.5 Light Emissions
The approved operating hours of the quarry are 7:00am – 7:00pm Monday to Saturday inclusive. However no crushing operations are to be carried out on Saturdays.
Therefore the plant will be operated predominantly during daylight hours, on a single shift basis. The crushing and screening plant will be located below natural ground level within the quarry pit. This combined with the surrounding topography, native vegetation and perimeter bunds will completely screen the plant from nearby properties.
It is highly unlikely that any light emitted will be visible to nearby properties or the passing public.
4.6 Discharges to Water
The crushing and screening plant will not discharge any emissions to water.
Water quality and separation to groundwater has been considered and is discussed in section 6.5 of the approved Excavation and Rehabilitation Management Plan. The approved excavation plan and final ground surface levels are designed to maintain the required separation to groundwater.
4.7 Discharges to Land
The crushing and screening plant will not discharge any emissions to the land.
4.8 Solid/Liquid Waste
The operation of the crushing and screening plant will not generate any significant quantities of solid or liquid waste.
Small quantities of oil, fluids, and solid waste will be generated from the maintenance of the plant. This waste will be handled and removed from site by a service truck and disposed of at appropriate licensed waste disposal facilities.
4.9 Hydrocarbon/Chemical Storage
Fuel is not proposed to be stored on site. A fuel/service truck will be used to provide fuel and servicing. All oils are removed from vehicles by a sealed E-vac system and stored on the service truck. A fuel spill system is carried on the truck for minor spills during re-fuelling. The service truck will dispose of all used fluids at an appropriate licensed facility.
Fuel management and servicing is addressed in section 6.5 of the approved Excavation and Rehabilitation Management Plan. All operations will be conducted in accordance with the approved management plan.
Only routine servicing of plant and equipment will occur on site. All major mechanical work will be undertaken off site as required.
No chemicals or dangerous goods will be stored on site.
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4.10 Native Vegetation
Comprehensive flora and fauna habitat surveys have been conducted by independent consultants.
The crushing and screening plant will be located within the existing quarry, which is already cleared. As quarrying operations progress some native vegetation will be required to be cleared. The mining operations will be staged and sequential. The site will be progressively rehabilitated as the quarry progresses in accordance with the approved Excavation and Rehabilitation Management plan.
The native vegetation within the subject site and the potential impact of the project was assessed by the Department of Environment and Conservation and subsequently approved. A clearing permit (CPS 3956/1) was granted for the clearing required for the quarry operations. The clearing permit was subject to an appeal by local conservation groups. The appeal (Appeal number C006-C009 of 2011) was dismissed by the Minister for Environment although further conditions were imposed on the project.
In accordance with the approved Excavation and Rehabilitation Management Plan a significant tree planting program will be undertaken to improve the quality of vegetation along the southern and eastern boundaries of the site prior to the commencement of operations.
4.11 Rights in Water Irrigation Act 1914
Historically a bore and windmill were used to supply water to the subject site for agricultural use (cattle grazing). This bore is now disused.
An application to construct a new well and a water allocation is currently under consideration by the Department of Water (DoW).
A search of the DoW Water Register identifies the subject site as being within the South West Coastal – Island Point Subarea, above the Perth – Leederville aquifer, and that further allocations are available.
The primary purpose of the water allocation is for dust suppression.

 

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