Now here’s something you may not know. In south east Queensland this year and every year, we require about 11 tonnes of quarry materials for each and every one of us, just to ensure we have roads, schools, hospitals and housing and other infrastructure that is essential to the lifestyle we desire.
That is almost ten times more than the amount of food we require, per person, each year.
The State has previously recognised the economic need for the future development of Burrum Quarry by declaring the Burrum Quarry site as a Key Resource Area (KRA).
That provides the quarry site with legislative protections. KRAs are locations across Queensland that are identified as containing important extractive resources of state or regional significance which the state considers worthy of protection for future use.
SEQ is a fast growing vibrant area and locally the continued development along the Bruce Highway and North Coast Rail corridors requires essential raw materials to support that new infrastructure, roads, houses, hospitals, airports and rail lines for the local community.
Low cost raw materials are essential for this developing area to ensure housing affordability and infrastructure is delivered economically to benefit the local community and its needs.
In some other states of Australia aggregate prices are now almost 3 times those of similar market locations in Queensland as a result of not having raw materials available close to their end markets.
The extension to Burrum Quarry will assist the local community to meet the future demand for affordable raw materials that will support continued growth and prosperity in the local area.