Foxdale Quarry is the Whitsunday region's premium blue rock quarry, owned and operated by the Whitsunday Regional Council (WRC). The Quarry is located approximately 5km north of Proserpine with direct access to and from the Bruce Highway, as well as a rail siding previously used for carting ballast, located 10km north of the quarry.
The Council has operated the quarry since 1978, originally developed from the recommendation from the State Government in recognition of the quantity and quality of the source geology and the locality of the quarry for access and transport.
Since 1978, the quarry has produced high quality rock materials from approximately 21.5 ha of leased land from the Department of Natural Resources (lot HR1745). In addition to the leased land, Foxdale Quarry has purchased further freehold land (SP137707) with existing permits, land use approvals and management and mine plans to provide sufficient blue rock materials to the region for the next 40 years (see Figure 1 below for a site map). In total, 7.4 million tonnes of material are in situ at the quarry.
Significant development has been completed on the quarry in recent years enabling the quarry to supply large projects, including in excess of 600,000 tonne of road base in 2012. Further investment made in 2013 to purchase more land to expand the quarry, increasing the stockpile capacity of the quarry.
Foxdale Quarry has a current Management and Development Plan which provides the management with comprehensive direction for operations and the future quarry development. Integral to the development plan are quality, technical, environmental, safety and planning considerations essential to the sustainable management.
The financial sustainability of the quarry is supported by the resources of the local government authority and the ability to access capital through Queensland Treasury Corporation as required for quarry development and equipment.
Contact - Quarry Manager, during business hours on 4945 2133.
View a Google Earth image of the Foxdale Quarry location here. Alternatively, there is a map below.