Published on 29 June 2022
Key investments at the Mount Shadwell Quarry will ensure long term supply of quality materials as the Great Moyne Build gets underway.
Council’s 2022/23 Budget includes $1.5 million to purchase a new mobile crusher/screening plant for the quarry as well as other initiatives to ensure the quarry remains one of Council’s key business units.
In the 2021-22 financial year the quarry produced 118,232 cubic meters of scoria products including crushed rock for roadworks, fine aggregate, dust for pipe bedding and coarse aggregate for filters and landscaping.
Mayor Cr Ian Smith said the quarry brings in around $2 million a year in revenue and has a strong customer base for its products across the region.
“Council sources a large amount of material for our road building program from the quarry – so this investment in new plant will ensure it is able to meet the demand of the huge road works component of the capital works program we have in front of us,” Cr Smith said.
“Having a quarry Council owns that is able to provide product we need to complete our road works program is invaluable, especially as we embark on the Great Moyne Build and in consideration of the well publicised shortages of construction materials.
“The budget also includes an allocation to provide a cover over the onsite earthmoving fleet and tree planting. These investments build on recent works at the quarry including a new pit entry road.
“The quarry is a good news story for council, a strong business unit that provides employment and flow on benefits for the Mortlake and wider Moyne community.”
Mount Shadwell Quarry was first established in 1920 to provide source material for railway ballast and road construction and had continued production under the former Shire of Mortlake and now Moyne Shire Council.