Following submission of a mine operations plan (MOP) on 23 December 2020, the Department for Energy and Mining has carefully assessed the MOP. Government has determined that alterations are required and additional information necessary to enable further assessment of the proposed future operations of the White Rock Quarry.

Hanson are now required to revise the MOP and re-submit within six months. The revised MOP will then undergo another comprehensive assessment, resulting in either a requirement to make further alterations, or an approval. This process will determine the environmental objectives and criteria that the proposed operations will be regulated against.

A summary document highlighting the alterations required has been prepared. The matters raised reflect both Hanson’s obligations under the Mining Act 1971, and expectations of contemporary quarrying practice in South Australia. The comprehensive list of the matters requiring alteration by Hanson is also available, which is the official request for additional information letter.