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), which comprises 13 community members that meet every two to three months.

The purpose of developing the group was 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 get information about the operation of the quarry.

The CRG has developed its own community newsletter (PDF 2,058.9 kB), which is distributed to facility neighbours and the local community.

For information about how to join the Lysterfield Quarry CRG or for any enquiries about the quarry’s operations, please 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 during mid 2020 to address concerns raised by the community, notably truck movements and blasting vibration. Hanson was directed to stop truck movements occurring outside of approved operating hours and is complying with this requirement.

Hanson Lysterfield conducts blasting as part of its regular operations. Blasting is usually conducted one day per week and local residents can sign up for text message alerts by contacting the quarry directly.

To protect residents, blasting activity is highly regulated, and Hanson must record blast data from each blast. Earth Resources Regulation (ERR) regularly monitors this data to detect any breach of compliance.

Blast monitoring is conducted across six locations (including three residential properties) for the Lysterfield quarry site and ERR regularly reviews blast monitoring records. Results for both air blast and ground vibration are within acceptable limits based on the Australian Standard AS 2187.2-2006 Explosives Storage, Transport & Use - Pt2 Use of Explosives.

Recommended distance from the activity boundary of a quarry where blasting takes place and the nearest sensitive land use, including residences, are outlined in EPA guidelines 1518. These guidelines recommend a 500m buffer. 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.

Quarry operators must obtain land use planning approval from their local council (or other planning authority in some cases) and approval for a work plan from ERR before they can start a new quarry or expand an existing one.

Any substantial changes to Hanson’s work plan, including site expansion, require a planning permit to be issued by the City of Knox.  The process to consider the planning permit application involves advertising that application. At this point, enquiries can be raised with Council about the planning permit application.

Quarry operators may apply for a planning permit once ERR is satisfied that a proposed work plan can protect public safety and adjoining land, infrastructure and the environment, in accordance with the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990.

Page last updated: 26 Aug 2020