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Wallan Clay Quarry Proposal

In November 2017, Council resolved to refuse a planning permit for a Clay Quarry at 2330 Epping Kilmore Road in Wallan.

The Council considered that the proposal was premature given its location within the Urban Growth Boundary and would prejudice the intended use and development of the area for urban development purposes particularly in the absence of an approved strategic plan for the area, known as a Precinct Structure Plan. Council was also concerned abut the potential impact from a social and economic impact as it may compromise the ultimate delivery of the Beveridge Intermodal Freight Terminal.

The applicant, Austral Bricks Pty Ltd, now has sought a review of Council’s decision at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. A Hearing is scheduled for 7 days commencing on 28 May 2018.

Planning application: PLP027/16

Address: 2330 Epping-Kilmore Road, Wllan

An application has been received by Austral Bricks for a quarry at the above site including an upgrade to the site access from Epping Kilmore Road. The applicants have stated the site is to supplement their manufacturing site at Wollert.

The site is zoned Farming and affected by a number of planning overlays being heritage, salinity management, and land subject to inundation.

The quarry is proposed to be open to a maximum depth of 6.5m and remove a total of 4,130,000 cubic metres of clay. The quarry is proposed to be staged in such a manner that only a portion of the land will be quarried at any one time with rehabilitation works occurring concurrently with other areas being quarried. A sealed bitumen driveway is proposed to extend into the site for approximately 650m.

The clay quarried at this site is proposed to be transported to Wollert to be processed. A total of 140 vehicle movements per day are anticipated (70 in and 70 out) which translates to approximately 14 truck movements per hour.

A works authority was endorsed by DEDJTR (work Authority 1501) prior to the application for the planning permit.

The application has been advertised widely (An approximate 2km radius from the site boundaries) which finished on 29 November 2016. Submissions can however continue to be received by Council up until such time as a decision is made. Given the number and nature of objections received to date, the application shall be reported to Council for decision at the earliest opportunity.

A copy of the advertised application documents is available for download below, including various plans, reports and background material.

Contact

If you have any questions, please contact Nathan Aikman on (03) 5734 6200 or by email on statplan@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au.