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Further Information

Our application for North Central Quarry has been in the pipeline for 15 years. Having refined our planning permit application, which can viewed on the Council’s website, this section does not attempt to duplicate that work – rather it aims to provide downloads and links with information for your use.


Media Statements

Conundrum has prepared this 4 page handout to give you a quick overview of the project, addresses several common myths, and considers site selection. High resolution images can be supplied upon request.
Conundrum’s one page response to the local council’s continuation of its shameful advertising campaign.
Conundrum’s two page statement to the Minister for Planning’s exhibition of Amendment C158 and the local council’s shameful advertising campaign.
A brief initial response to the ministerial call-in of North Central Quarry’s VCAT application.
Conundrum’s one page statement in response to the Mitchell Shire Council’s decision to not support our application, and choosing to disregard the independent Planning Panel.
This two page statement consists of Conundrum’s presentation to the Mitchell Shire Council’s Community Questions and Hearings Committee held on February 8th.
Conundrum prepared this one-page statement to provide an overview of the application for use by the media.

Official Documentation

Planning Panels Victoria in early October released their report for Amendment C106. The recommendation in chief of the Planning Panel is to revise the Beveridge North West PSP to explicitly include precinct level planning for resource extraction from Work Authority 1473. Appendix B of the report details the 13 parties to the Panel Hearing. Of those, only the VPA, Gilbo Family, Mitchell Shire Council and Yarra Valley Water called expert evidence objecting to our application.
VCAT varied the notice of PLP268/19 to all of the land within Beveridge North West PSP and Wallan South PSP. The applicant did not dispute and carried out advertising onsite, in the local paper and on the Council’s website.

Victoria’s Rehabilitated Quarries

New Epping includes the redevelopment of a former Epping quarry into a $2 billion mixed-use precinct providing health, commercial and residential opportunities.
Quarry Reserve, in Ferntree Gully, provides a unique opportunity for connection to nature and is a much loved public space. The rehabilitation of this site was planned by FG Kerr in the 1970s, with housing forming part of the rehabilitation plan.
Highpoint Shopping Center is located within a former quarry hole. This clipping from The Age in 1974 ‘Shop centre site was once a hole’ discuss that transition.
Development of the Cardinia Lakes estate in Pakenham includes a lake precinct resulting from the transformation of a disused quarry and play a role in the treatment and detention of the site’s stormwater runoff.
The City of Casey’s Wilson Botanic Park in Berwick was a former basalt quarry. This basalt was used in the construction of the railway line to Gippsland, between Oakleigh to Bunyip. In 1973, prior to closing, it was gifted to the people of Casey to be retained in perpetuity as a public park.
Prior to becoming a reserve, the Coburg Lake Reserve in Coburg North had its history as a bluestone quarry where Melbourne prisoners of the early 1900’s were forced into hard labour, digging out the rocks. Many of those were used for the construction of Pentridge Prison. In the reserve, one wall of semi-quarried stone has been left exposed to demonstrates the park’s former purpose.
Carlton Gardens were developed by Reed and Sangster, with improvements made to the gardens prior to the 1880 exhibition opening, included an eastern pond as a feature developed to accommodate a pre-existing quarry.

What is Quarrying?

This website includes a video which explains how stone, gravel and sand are vital raw ingredients for Australia’s construction industry – they literally make the foundations for a stronger economy.
“If the Aggregates Industry is Doing Well, America is Doing Well”

A video by the USA based National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association which, although in American units of measure, explains the importance of local quarries and their benefit to the community.

This website has been developed in the European Union, specifically Belgium, investigating how a quarry’s activities enable the appearance and development of populations of pioneer species with a high biological value.
“Quarries Build Communities”

This poster and brochure provide a simple explanation of quarrying encompassing the need for quarries and their role in the economy as well as addressing issues of concern to the community such as protection of the environment and aboriginal heritage. Information is also given on use of recycled construction material and examples of rehabilitated quarries.

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