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Prospectivity - Extractive

Extractive Industry Sites and Interest Areas

 Photo: Ferntree Gully dacite quarry.
Transport is a significant cost factor in the price of most stone products, and therefore companies prefer to locate quarries as close as possible to the market within the constraints of the geology and environmental and community values.

The Geological Survey of Victoria has identified areas around major centres in Victoria where it is possible that a quarry could be placed within the above constraints. These areas are called Extractive Industry Interest Areas and are referenced in Victoria’s planning scheme to be used in future strategic planning.

Extractive Industry Interest Areas are described in the following reports:

Melbourne Supply Area - Extractive Industry Interest Areas Review - Geological Survey of Victoria Technical Record 2003/2
Ballarat Supply Area - Extractive Industry Interest Areas - Geological Survey of Victoria Technical Record 1997/3
Bendigo Supply Area - Extractive Industry Interest Areas - Geological Survey of Victoria Technical Record 1998/6
Geelong Supply Area - Extractive Industry Interest Areas - Geological Survey of Victoria Technical Record 1999/2
La Trobe Supply Area - Extractive Industry Interest Areas - Geological Survey of Victoria Technical Record 1999/4

Extractive Industry Interest Areas can be viewed in the Earth Resources web mapping application, GeoVic.

Stone Resources

Photo: Core library.
Victoria's stone resources are described in the following reports:

Dimension Stone in Victoria. King, R.L. & Weston, K.S., 1997 - Geological Survey of Victoria Report 112
Industrial Minerals and Rocks of Victoria. McHaffie, I.W. & Buckley, R.W., 1995. - Geological Survey of Victoria Report 102
Limestone Resources in Victoria. Inan, K., Summons, T.G. & King, R.K., 1992. - Geological Survey of Victoria Report 97
Scoria & Tuff Quarrying in Victoria. Guerin, B., 1992. - Geological Survey of Victoria Report 96

Statistics

Extractive Industry producers must report production, sales and value of stone annually. The individual reports are confidential, but Earth Resources Branch provides statistics collated by rock type and in certain cases, by region.

See the Statistical Review for more information.