Sand venture in final stages

BARNBOUGLE'S sand farming venture has entered its final stages.

In February, the $3.7 million project between Barnbougle's Richard Sattler and North East Tasmanian Sand was announced, in an effort to remove excess sand from farmland and ship it to Sydney.

Barnbougle's Richard Sattler

Barnbougle's Richard Sattler

The process is expected to create 75 full-time positions and generate approximately $27 million each year for the next 30 years.

Yesterday, project facilitator Andrew MacGregor said essential testing had been carried out.

``We've done a heritage study, flora and fauna, transport, hydrology, just to name a few,'' Mr MacGregor said.

``That has all been done and has been submitted to the EPA [Environment Protection Authority].''

While the project has been hailed one of ``regional significance'' by Mr MacGregor, concerns remain over a stretch of council-owned road between the farmland and Bridport, where the sand will be shipped from.

Dorset Mayor Barry Jarvis said some of the road was not suitable for heavy vehicles and other alternatives had been discussed.

``It's a realisation that the movement of trucks with sand would not be good for council roads. We've talked about the possibilities of what we can do,'' Cr Jarvis said.

But Mr MacGregor was confident the road would not be problematic.

``There's a little bit of a concern on the impact of the roads from the farm to Bridport, because the road is not of a high standard,'' he said.

``We are negotiating with council on how to best maintain that road. The rest of the road is a state road and it is a standard heavy-vehicle road, so it's not an issue.''

North East Tasmanian Sand is waiting on a response from the EPA before the project can begin.

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