Environment

Maroota holds a sand deposit in excess of 100 million tonnes. Dixons Maroota quarry is located in an area scheduled under the Sydney Regional Environmental Plan (SREP) no. 9, Extractive Industries (link). It has been declared to be of State Significant Development under the Environmental Planning and Assessment act 1979. The site is also located within the Hawkesbury River corridor and so takes into account the requirements of SREP no. 20 (link).

Local Biodiversity

Maroota is an environmentally extraordinary area, being home to an extremely high level of biological diversity, and unique underground springs that feed the Maroota forest spanning 40,000 hectares. The range of local plant communities in Maroota include:


Black Cockatoo

Long-nosed Bandicoot
 
  • Sydney sandstone gully forest
  • Maroota sands swamp forest
  • Freshwater wetlands
  • Wet heath & fernland / sedgeland
  • Maroota sandmass forest
  • Maroota sands transition scrub
  • Sydney sandstone ridgetop
  • Low open woodland
  • Coastal sandstone heath / open scrub

These unique environmental characteristics drive Dixons to strive for best environmental management, that appreciates the importance of evolving scientific knowledge as well as community expectations.


Environmental Management - Planning and Reporting

Old Northern Road Quarry (DA 250-09-01)

Incorporating Environmental plans for Lots 196 & 29, and 1 & 2.

The objectives of this SEMP are to:

  • satisfy the Department of Planning, Baulkham Hills Shire Council, stakeholders, and other relevant authorities of the environmental management and performance of the operation and compliance with the conditions of consent;
  • provide a system to manage the site to minimise potential environmental impacts;
  • ensure all site users are aware of the environmental protection measures and their own environmental responsibilities;
  • monitor site actions and environmental performance to determine compliance with required actions; and
  • provide a system to quickly identify and correct environmental degradation or non-compliance with consent requirements.

EPL 3916 Monitoring Data

Haerses Road Quarry (DA 165-7-2005) 


EPL 12513 Monitoring Data

Annual Environmental Management Reports

Dixon Sands environmental reporting period is 1st July to 30th June every year. The AEMRs aim to review the performance of the development against the Site Environmental Management Plan, Consent Conditions, and all other licences and approvals relating to the development.

Pollution Incident Response Management Plan

Environmental Compliance Audits


For information about our on-site environmental management, contact the Environmental Officer.