THE Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) will determine the fate of a development application to establish a $30 million grain-handling facility near Narrabri.
Narrabri Shire Council development and planning services manager Nick Wilton said the panel was expected to consider the application, along with another regarding the extension of a quarry, possibly in early March.
The $30 million grain-handling facility has been proposed by Queensland Cotton.
Mr Wilton said if the facility was approved it would be located 20km south of Narrabri, near the Narrabri Coal Project.
The other application is for the expansion of a gravel quarry proposed by Johnson’s Concrete and which is opposite Boral Concrete’s quarry.
“The expansion of the quarry is a result of increased demand on concrete and aggregate materials, following substantial increases in development activity, including within the mining industry in the Narrabri shire,” Mr Wilton said.
“Johnson’s Concrete had reached its capacity with respect to mining of aggregates in Moree shire and has strategically moved its quarry operations to Narrabri, due to sustained and strengthened demand.”
The expansion of the Wavehill Quarry on Wavehill Rd, about 15km south-east of town, would allow for 200,000 tonnes of materials per year to be extracted overall.
“The environmental impact statement for the quarry has to be assessed in a report prepared by the council to be submitted to the JRPP prior to the meeting date,” Mr Wilton said.
“Council has received a large number of submissions from concerned residents regarding the development, generally relating to dust on Wavehill Rd.
“The company will be required to demonstrate that there will be no additional cumulative impacts within the area of its operation and, further, will need to demonstrate acceptable levels of dust mitigation on local roads within the area.
“It would be council’s preference that a section 94 contribution be levied on the operation, to ensure future ongoing maintenance of the road and to enable sealing of the sections of road that are currently a gravel surface.”