Bid for second basalt quarry

MOYNE councillors will decide whether to allow another business to tap into Port Fairy’s unique bluestone.

An application for a 12.5-hectare quarry has been lodged with the shire by Woolsthorpe-based company Elonchrome. 

According to the application, the site will be 18 kilometres north of the township on the Port Fairy-Hamilton Road. 

“The quarry will supply high quality bluestone (basalt) — for the construction of the service roads within the wind farm and also to the wider market place,” the application says. 

Developers also want to use explosives but emphasises “no explosives will be used within 500m of the neighbouring house number 1507.”

Moyne Shire acting director of sustainable development Michelle Grainger said the permit was likely to be decided in July or August. 

She said the council would examine issues around dust, noise, fauna and flora and traffic impacts.


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