Royalla-y ticked off: Quarrels over quarry

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Royalla residents are riled by a proposal to build a quarry nearby. They believe the possible environmental and social impacts – dust, illness, noise, environmental degradation, and water scarcity – outweigh the benefits, both for their village and for the wider region, including southern ACT suburbs.


“It’s not just a Royalla issue; it really does affect people in widespread ways and the communities for quite a decent distance around this quarry,” said Caroline Bradly, a member of the Royalla Quarry Opposition.


All images supplied by the Royalla Quarry Opposition.


Monaro Rock (a joint venture between Monaro Mix Specified Concrete and Pacific Formwork) plan to build a hard rock quarry 5km north of the Monaro Highway / Old Cooma Road intersection, and close to ACT suburbs in Tuggeranong, like Theodore and Calwell.


They say the quarry would provide aggregates and other products, at first for their own concrete batching operations (cheaper than buying aggregate elsewhere), but ultimately for local and regional infrastructure and construction projects.


The company also says it will hire 20 to 30 full-time workers.


But the opposition group is unconvinced. For a start, they believe the quarry is unnecessary. There are three other hard rock quarries within 10km, five quarries within 50km, none operating at capacity, and with an estimated 70 years’ worth of materials.




The opposition group said there are three other hard rock quarries within 10km, five quarries within 50km, none operating at capacity.