A multinational building-products company which runs a concrete batching plant in the Tweed has been warned by the state government for exceeding production limits three years ago and failing to submit required reports.
The warning to Boral over its Tweed operation came during a swoop last month on a number of north coast infrastructure and development projects by Department of Planning and Environment compliance officers.
Boral, according to a departmental statement, was issued with an official letter of warning and the company then provided a consolidated report to address the reports that were not submitted, as well as putting in place an automated database to ensure production limits were not exceeded.
Departmental compliance officers inspected two quarries and 18 projects last month to check they were meeting conditions of their approval.
Projects inspected in Tweed shire were:
- 30-34 Marine Parade, Kingscliff
- Altitude Aspire Residential Subdivision
- Black Rocks Estate
- Casuarina Town Centre
- Cobaki Residential Development (two inspections)
- Cotton Beach Mixed Use Development
- Fraser Drive Residential Development (two inspections)
- Kings Forest Residential Development
- Peppers Tourist Resort
- Santai Resort, Casuarina Beach (two inspections)
- Sassafras Estate
- Tweed Coast and Hastings Road Commercial Building
- Tweed Ultima – Mixed Use Development (two inspections)
In Ballina shire:
- Pacific Highway Upgrade – Ballina Bypass
- Pacific Pines Estate (two inspections)
- Coastal Grove Residential Development
In Byron Shire:
- Brunswick Residential Development, Bayside Road (Byron Shire Council)
- Mullumbimby Supermarket (Byron Shire Council)
The compliance officers also inspected the Pacific Highway upgrade between Tintenbar to Ewingsdale and the Blakebrook and Champions quarries in Lismore.
A departmental spokesperson said ‘our compliance officers work closely with the community, local councils and other state and federal government agencies to educate proponents, investigate potential breaches and carry out enforcement where necessary’.
‘The department can issue the highest on-the-spot fines in the country for breaches of conditions,’ the spokesperson said.
‘Companies can also be prosecuted in court for breaching conditions, with the most severe breaches attracting fines of up to $5 million.’
The department gave a presentation to the NSW Roads and Maritime Services at the agency’s annual environment forum on 30 November.
‘RMS is the applicant for various major infrastructure projects across the state,’ the spokesperson said.
‘The forum provided an opportunity for the department to promote its strengthened compliance, monitoring and complaints management processes.’
For more information and to view the department’s November Compliance Report, visit http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/Compliance