Quarry hotline keeps residents informed

THE East Guyong Quarry east of Orange may still be under construction, but a hotline has already been set up to keep locals informed of any blasting work. 

The quarry has previously faced opposition from neighbouring residents worried about health problems from the site, which had been found to contain asbestos.

Hanson Construction Materials has approval to conduct blasting at the basalt quarry on weekdays between 9am and 3pm. 

No blasting is permitted on Saturdays, Sundays or public holidays.

Compliance officer Pere Riini said Hanson was required to inform the public whenever blasting was set to occur.

Mr Riini said that before the start of every month, a blasting schedule would be loaded on the Hanson website.

"At the end of each month, we put the schedule up for the next month," he said.

He added that a blasting information hotline had also been set up for people who had any questions or queries.

Mr Riini said there were no plans to conduct further blasting until the quarry became operational later in the year.

"Once we become operational and go into production, it [the blasting] will ramp up." 

Mr Riini said the East Guyong Quarry was allowed to carry out two blasts a day and a maximum yearly average of five blasts per week.

He said two weeks notice had to be given for all blasting activity.

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