ECONOMIC ANALYSIS ADDS TO COMMUNITY BENEFIT

Barro Group General Manager

An initial analysis of direct economic benefit to flow to the Redland City community from the Barro Group’s planned Mount Cotton Quarry Extension Project has revealed a 50 year injection to the local community of over $ 400 hundred million dollars, excluding Government fees and charges.

The figure includes $12.5 million expected to be pumped into local businesses immediately construction on the 21 st century processing plant commences.

We have had the numbers prepared so that the community can better understand the advantages of a partnership approach to the Project.

We expect that over 50% of our initial construction budget will be spent locally, with the remainder going towards machinery that cannot be sourced locally. It will however be spent with Queensland based companies or Queensland distributors of overseas machinery and components.

Barro Group has always maintained a policy of spending local, where possible.

Local suppliers and local business are always given a priority, as is local labour. That is evidenced by our trading name, we brand ourselves as part of the local community, as Mount Cotton Quarry, because we are  a vital backbone to the community, providing much needed product  across the city and we therefore see our responsibility for community engagement, at every level, as extremely  important.

On-going the business, over its 50 year life, will require services and goods as follows:

•    Direct Labour-Full Time Jobs- $150 million
•    Industrial electricians
•    Plumbers
•    Fitters
•    Boiler makers
•    Auto electricians
•    Tyre fitters
•    Hydraulic hose servicemen
•    Earthmoving mechanics
•    Pest controllers
•    Windscreen replacers
•    Scale calibrators
•    Filter cleaners
•    Water, dust and noise monitoring specialists
•    Tree planting and weed management contractors
•    Fauna and flora reviewers and spotters
•    Two way radio repairers and installers
•    Drilling contractors
•    Surveyors

Local Services: approx. $120 million.

Locally sourced goods: approx. $90 million.

While the figures tell one story, the company’s environmental commitment is another huge community benefit.

The Mount Cotton Quarry Extension Project will see huge environmental positives for the area. The proposed project will see the dedication of over 170 ha of land for conservation and protection under a legally binding mechanism as well as the establishment of over 50,000 new trees. That increase to protected habitat areas for the city will bring significant benefit for the Redland Koala population as well as other wildlife in the region.

Then there is the  cost benefit for the community of sourcing materials locally.

There will only ever be two locally based quarries in Redland and Logan of any scale to meet local demand, and with other key projects  and the official predicted growth figures for our region, locally sourced product is vital to keep building and construction, renovation and  infrastructure costs under control.

Projects like Toondah Harbour development, the Weinam Creek project, ongoing road maintenance, electricity sub-stations, hospitals, schools, day care centres, houses and homes, shopping centres and marinas, service stations and swimming pools are all local and all in need of materials from a quarry. We are very lucky to have the resources locally.

The transportation of materials from outside the city would add thousands to the cost of a simple house construction and hundreds of thousands to Council budgets and big ticket developments.

Having a locally based source, local production and dispatch means local control. It means movements can be minimised. Otherwise there will be trucks crisscrossing the city to ship in materials from other areas of the state. Demand will dictate truck movements and where the resource comes from dictates the distance and the route.

The Mount Cotton Quarry Extension Project is about ensuring an ecological sustainable solution for the future. It is about providing the built environment we must have, and ensuring the wider environmental focus we need and demand. Most importantly, it’s about maximising the benefits for the community with a 21 st century approach to partnership quarrying.