$4m basalt quarry approved for Bajool

A $4MILLION quarry, which is likely to export up to 500,000 tonnes of basalt material, will go ahead at Bajool.

And although it's not likely to start off with a bang, things will pick up several months into production.

Gracemere quarry company owner David Hills is the man who submitted the development application, which Gladstone Regional Council approved last week.

His company, HME Quarry Pty Ltd, had the development approvals to operate from Bajool.

The quarry was likely to create about 10 jobs.

Mr Hills yesterday said the 20.23ha site would be developed over the next couple of months, before any operations started.

Operational equipment at the site included a mobile crushing machine.

Operations were expected to get off to a slow start.

The quarry was likely to process and export about 100,000 tonnes to 150,000 tonnes of basalt material in its first year.

However, the company had approvals for an operational production output of 500,000 tonnes a year.

Operations were expected to increase over the next few months.

Mr Hills hoped the company would pick up major infrastructure developments.



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