Hazell Bros in Tasmania have opened their $3 million expansion of Long Hill Quarry in the state’s north-west.
The Stage 2 expansion of the includes a fixed crushing plant, control room, weighbridge, roads and amenities block.
The newly opened Long Hill Quarry produces high-quality hard rock dolerite.
Premier Lara Giddings joined the company in opening the expansion and said the project would support the creation of jobs and construction in the state.
"The opening of Stage 2 of the Long Hill Quarry underscores Hazell Bros' continuing confidence in Tasmania's construction sector," Giddings said.
"The construction industry in the north of the state will benefit from a major increase in the supply of construction material following today's announcement.
"This development will help to support further jobs and opportunities in the Tasmanian economy.
"Six people are directly employed on this site daily, with more based on increased workloads, including sub-contractors for cartage. A crew of 12 have been involved in the building of the infrastructure over the past six months."
Hazell Bros managing director, Geoffrey Hazell said the expansion would allow the business to grow in Northern Tasmania and add value to its existing concrete and construction operations.
"Jurassic Dolerite is unique in this region and allows us to supply a high quality differentiated product to the market," Hazell said.
"Based on projected volumes, this quarry has a life of 50 plus years, making it a long term economic benefit for the North of the state and a vote of confidence in the future of Tasmania.
"Initially we plan to employ 6-8 people and produce 250,000 tonnes per annum, with scope for further expansion."