The Boundary Road Project is a formal investigation into the re-establishment of the quarry site at Boundary Road and access the stone reserves.
This site, and the current operational quarry site owned by the RE Ross Trust on Hillview Quarry Drive, are both located at Dromana on the Mornington Peninsula.
For nearly 50 years, the RE Ross Trust, which was set up by Victorian-born businessman and World War One veteran Roy Everard Ross, has donated all of the profits it earns from quarrying to the Victorian community. To-date, almost $110 million has been donated to children-at-risk, education, arts, culture and natural environment; some $10 million of this has been shared among community projects on the Peninsula.
These funds have been generated by the sale of construction materials from the Trust’s Hillview Quarries business, but with rock reserves diminishing, the future of the RE Ross Trust is at risk.
Re-establishing the Boundary Road quarry operations and gaining access to the stone reserves will allow Hillview Quarries – and its 35 plus staff – to operate well into this century; it will help meet growing demand for the materials we need to build the homes and roads our children will need; and perhaps most importantly, it will allow the philanthropic commitment to supporting fellow Victorians envisioned by Mr Ross to continue.
Government will decide whether continuing quarrying and access new reserve will be approved.
The first step in that process is for the Minister for Planning to decide to refer the site for an Environment Effects Statement (EES) – a stringent investigation into potential environmental and community impacts of a proposed development and the management and protection during quarrying activities.
The Minister for Planning determined on the 28th May 2018 that an EES will be required for the project.
Hillview Quarries believes an EES is the best approach.