THERE will soon be a new sand quarry at Grantville to help deliver new homes, roads, rail and schools, Bass MP Jordan Crugnale announced last week.
On Friday morning, Ms Crugnale visited the site of the new quarry on the Bass Coast, where 20 new jobs will be created and enough sand produced each year to fill 80 Olympic swimming pools.
The sand will go to Hanson’s Yannathan plant to produce concrete for the booming Melbourne and Gippsland construction markets and will likely be used for the foundations of houses in the growing south-eastern suburbs, new schools, road projects and the State Government’s $500 million Gippsland Rail Upgrade.
“With an average of eight tonnes of stone, gravel and sand per Victorian required every year to deliver the government’s huge infrastructure agenda, the Victorian Budget 2019/20 provided $13.2 million to ensure the state’s quarry resources continue to grow in vital areas, reducing the costs of infrastructure and new housing,” Ms Crugnale said.
“The new funding is helping to deliver Victoria’s first Extractive Resources Strategy, which focuses on ensuring that the state has new and expanding quarries close to where materials are needed.
“Raw building materials make up 35 per cent of construction costs and up to 40 per cent of major road expenditure.
“Transporting heavy materials is expensive and if the distance between quarries and build sites increases, infrastructure will be less affordable.”
Ms Crugnale said quarry approvals are on the rise to help meet the demand from the infrastructure boom with 11 quarries approved across Victoria in the last year.
“The Andrews Labor Government is building more than ever – so we need new quarries to help deliver our new schools, better infrastructure and affordable housing.
“Productive quarries help create jobs and provide the raw materials we need to build and make improvements to our suburbs and regions.”
Hanson’s divisional manager Daniel Fyfe said: “We’re really pleased to receive the Grantville approval so we can get on with hiring new staff and ensure we have the raw materials for continued concrete production.”