Hanson Lysterfield Quarry

Hanson Construction Materials Pty Ltd (Hanson) has operated the hard rock quarry in Lysterfield since it took over from Pioneer Concrete (VIC) Pty Ltd in 2000.

The quarry has been in operation since 1979.

The Lysterfield quarry site is approximately 35 kms south east of Melbourne and is situated on private land owned by Hanson. The total area of the work authority is 76.51 ha.

Annual production of rock from the extractive site is approximately 1.2 million tonnes and is primarily used for concrete.

Community Engagement

In April 2016 Hanson established the Lysterfield Quarry Community Reference Group (CRG).

The purpose of the group is to expand the community’s knowledge of quarry operations and provide an opportunity for the community to contribute to future planning at the site. The CRG gives residents an opportunity to ask questions and access information about the operation of the quarry.

For more information about how to join the Lysterfield Quarry CRG or any enquiries, please visit the Hanson website or contact Hanson directly:

Lachlan McRae - Quarry Manager
Telephone: 0428 917 538
Email: lachlan.mcrae@hanson.com.au

Or

Rob Francis - Development Manager
Telephone: 0407 530 262
Email: robert.francis@hanson.com.au

Matters of Public Interest

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Earth Resources Regulation inspectors have attended the quarry several times in mid-2020 to address concerns raised by the community, notably truck movements and blasting noise and vibration. Hanson was directed to stop truck movements occurring outside of approved operating hours and complied with this requirement.

There may be other activities onsite that are allowed under the current work plan conditions that nearby residents may be able to hear outside of operation hours.

Blasting is sometimes a necessary part of quarry operations. Hanson Lysterfield conducts blasting as part of its regular operations. Blasting is usually conducted once or twice a week and local residents can sign up for text message alerts for blasting events by contacting the quarry.

Blasting activity is highly regulated, and Hanson must comply with these regulations. Earth Resources Regulation regularly checks blast monitoring data, collected by consultants, for compliance.

Blast monitoring is conducted across multiple locations (including three residential properties) around the Lysterfield quarry site.

A blast monitoring data review during 2020 shows Hanson Lysterfield blasting to be within the regulated limits. Nearby residents are likely to experience the noise and vibration from blasting, even though they are within the prescribed limits. The work plan conditions only allow for blasting from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm Monday to Friday.

To manage offsite dust, recommended distance from the activity boundary of a quarry to the nearest sensitive land use, including residences, are outlined in EPA guidelines 1518; Recommended Separation Distances for Industrial Residual Air Emissions.

These guidelines recommend a buffer of at least 500 m. If a quarry wishes to operate within the buffer, they must adequately demonstrate that all risks are appropriately managed. In the case of Hanson, the extraction operation is separated from the residences by a prominent range of hills.

Major changes to a work plan, such as an expansion to a site, generally requires a planning permit to be approved by the local council or in some cases, the Minister for Planning. The community has an opportunity to express their views in relation to the application as part of this process.

Prior to this step, Earth Resources Regulation assess and provide statutory endorsement of quarry expansion plans only when satisfied that the measures contained in the proposed work plan to be adopted by the operator can adequately protect public safety, adjoining land, infrastructure and the environment in line with requirements of the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990. Information provided as part of the statutory endorsement process is confidential and, as highlighted above, community input occurs as part of the planning permit process before any decision is made.

As part of Earth Resources Regulation’s endorsement process, other regulatory bodies and agencies review the application and may request changes or apply conditions to the work plan or variation application. For example, the Department of Transport may review an application to determine the traffic impact. Other agencies include the EPA, WorkSafe Victoria and local council.

Page last updated: 20 Oct 2020