The owners of the Kilmog Quarry, north of Dunedin, have been
granted the right to expand their operation more than first
permitted after an appeal to the Environment Court.
The couple, Geoff and Tracey Scurr, of Geoff Scurr
Contracting, turned to the Environment Court earlier this
year to appeal some of the 24 conditions imposed on the
quarry's operation by the Dunedin City Council.
In August, the council granted the Scurrs consent to expand
the quarry operation, but with new conditions designed to
protect neighbours from noise, dust and other problems.
Among them was one limiting rock extraction to 30,000cu m
each year; less than the maximum 45,000cu m the Scurrs wanted
in some years.
The couple launched an appeal in October and held mediation
talks with council staff and neighbours who had become
parties to the appeal.
Mrs Scurr said at the time the company wanted to reduce
rock-crushing, loading and transporting activities on
Saturdays, and in return start weekday rock-crushing
activities - when needed - one hour earlier than allowed, at
7am, not 8am.
The company also wanted to be allowed to carry over some
unused rock extraction capacity from one year to the next,
while remaining within the average 30,000cu m annual limit
''or thereabouts'' required by the council, she said. A
clarification to a condition defining ''crushing time'' was
An Environment Court ruling dated December 20 said the
couple's appeal had been granted, resulting in four council
conditions being amended, including one setting the amount
able to be extracted from the quarry.
The court decision said the couple could remove up to
30,000cu m of rock from the site in any calendar year, but
also carry over up to 50% of any unused amount from one
calendar year to the next.
The court's decision also tweaked the quarry's daily hours of
operation, requirements for bunds around the site, and set
limits on rock crushing at the quarry.