CSR Quarries & Brickmaking Facilities
PGH Bricks a CSR company
PGH Bricks owns and operates both the Badgerys Creek and Bringelly quarries and brickmaking facilities on Martin Road, Badgerys Creek and on Greendale Road, Bringelly. Combined, these two facilities are the largest manufactures of bricks in the Sydney basin.
PGH required various modifications to their State significant development (SSD) consents at both these facilities including expansion of quarrying operations, increase in brick production, construction of a new brickmaking factory building and brick production plant and backfilling of exhausted quarry pits with imported material.
Element’s engagement included:
- Strategic environmental advice
- Project management of multiple modification applications and associated technical studies
- Preparation of four scoping reports
- Preparation of four environmental assessments
- Preparation of four response to submissions reports
- Preparation of 10+ environmental management plans to meet conditions of consent
- Stakeholder and community engagement
- Independent environmental audits
Element obtained approval from DPE for the various modifications to both the Badgerys Creek and Bringelly SSD consents and successfully negotiated changes to a number of conditions of consent to be more practical and allow PGH more flexibility in operations.
As there are a number of rural residential properties in the vicinity of the Badgerys Creek site, owned by people where English is their second language, adopting a letterbox drop style approach to community notification was not appropriate. Also due to the recent acquisition of the site from the long standing owner, the neighbours hadn’t formed a relationship with PGH. Element therefore recommended that PGH took the time to personally doorknock every property in the vicinity and talk to the community about their experience with the site operations to date and any concerns they had about the proposed development. This approach made the community feel like they were really being heard, allowed issues to be identified early and included in the scope of the technical assessments and mitigated, and resulted in only one minor submission being made on the project.