Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion has congratulated Carbone Bros of Brunswick for their successful bid to establish an extraction facility for building materials essential to South-West property and industrial development.
The proposed 16-hectare extraction area is located within 130ha of land known as the McLarty site, a pine plantation between Harvey and Waroona.
Mr Marmion said he had been impressed by the quality of submissions from companies wanting to establish the sand extraction business.
"I understand the disappointment of companies that missed out, so I have instructed the Department of Mines and Petroleum to work with the Forest Products Commission, with the aim of releasing more South-West land to provide building materials," he said.
"The State Government wants to address a continuing shortage of basic raw materials such as sand and limestone, which is threatening to drive up South-West building costs.
"Giving the green light to the McLarty site is a strong start."
Land near the proposed sand extraction site will eventually accommodate a State explosive facility, which is scheduled to be relocated from its current site at Baldivis in Perth's southern metropolitan area by December 2017.
"The relocation will enable future housing development to help meet the needs of Western Australia's growing population," the Minister said.
"The main use of the current Baldivis facility, which has coexisted with neighbouring residential landowners for decades without incident, is to manufacture and store explosives and ammonium nitrate, including fireworks such as those used for Australia Day celebrations."
Mr Marmion said numerous sites had been investigated, but the McLarty site was considered the most suitable for the explosives facility.
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