Mount Isa quarry revived

 The former CEC quarry near Mount Isa will begin production within days.

Boral has taken over the former quarry, after it was forced to get its building materials from Townsville after the quarry’s closure last year, the North West Star reports.

Greyson Russell, Boral’s concrete manager, explained.

"We were sourcing our stone from Cloncurry but they’ve been having major issues with their crushing plant for a while," he said.

"Transporting material from Townsville cut significantly into profits. It’s costing us on top of the material price, $90 a tonne in cartage."

According to Russell last month alone the company spent around $250 000 on transport.

Aggregates will now be available early next week.

"Hopefully this will be the answer to my problems," he said.

"We’ve had fairly significant problems in the last 18 months with suppliers."

The closure of the former CEC quarry and the Mount Isa Civil Construction quarries last year has impacted civil works in the region.

A worker at the quarry was fined last year after he stored detonators in an unsafe manner.

Stephen Proctor was fined $10 000 for storing the detonators in a tyre for five months at the quarry, with no warning signs nor indiction of blasting equipment hidden within.

According to the Star the CEC quarry was forced to close after the CEC Group went into administration last year, with debts of $135 million.


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