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Russel Northe MLA:
The future of Latrobe Valley quarries raised in Parliament

Urgent concerns for Latrobe Valley quarries.

By Portal Admin - 31st December 2017 - Back to News

Member for Morwell, Russell Northe has this week in Parliament called upon the Minister for Resources, Tim Pallas to urgently meet with Latrobe Valley based quarry owners and managers.

Mr Northe has called upon the Minister to visit the Latrobe Valley and meet with local quarry owners so he can learn of the massive challenges currently facing these important local businesses as they endeavour to keep their businesses operating into the future.

Many local quarries including LV Blue Metal, Matthews Quarries and Latrobe Valley Sands have a limited life and despite attempts by these same businesses to expand or commence new productions they are being stifled at every turn and therefore this is a threat to local jobs and many Victorian industries who rely upon the extraction material they are producing.

The industry itself is greatly concerned that the rate of consumption of these materials is rapidly outstripping supply, with current data confirming that there are insufficient new or extended quarry reserves being made.

"We currently have the extraction materials sector facing a similar path to the energy and timber sectors unless the State Government is prepared to urgently resolve issues that are plaguing this important industry." Mr Northe said.

Our local quarries are not only critical to our local economy but they are so important to our State given their material is used for the purposes of the construction of roads, bridges, hospitals, homes, rail and other infrastructure projects.

However these same quarries are being severely compromised by a lack of common sense, a lack of departmental staff and the wall of non-practical and onerous red and green tape regulations.

"I implore the Treasurer in his capacity as Minister for Resources to not only meet with local quarry owners but to also fix the problems that are occurring in the quarry industry, otherwise we will see a further loss of jobs, we will see higher costs for consumers and we will see materials having to be imported from interstate." Mr Northe said

Source: www.gippsland.com

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