What is the Innovative Quarry End Land Use Grant?
The Innovative Quarry End Land Use Grant Project (also known as the Quarry Transformation Grants) is a program that provides grants to promote innovation in land uses for quarries as they reach the end of their operational life.
The Innovative Quarry End Land Use Grant Project will assist quarry operators by providing opportunities to develop and test ideas and options for repurposing land after quarrying stops.
Through these grants, the Victorian Government is assisting the extractives sector to identify new opportunities, build on emerging capabilities and adopt new technologies to ensure it continues to grow and prosper into the future.
The total grant amount available under this project is $550,000.
Allocation of funding will be available in two streams. A stream for small/medium quarries and another for large quarries—those that produced more than 0.5 million tonnes in the 2021 financial year. Funding will vary depending on the quality of the applications that meet the assessment criteria.
This project offers grants to quarry operators to advance innovative ideas for quarry site rehabilitation that go beyond the safe and stable and sustainable minimum requirements under the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990.
This may include projects and initiatives that:
- provide ongoing local community access and critical local services, e.g., power generation, water management
- generate employment opportunities,
e.g., residential construction
- have a direct and tangible positive impact on surrounding land and property values, and/or
- improve the overall liveability of an area, e.g., open space/recreation.
The Innovative Quarry End Land Use Grant project will not fund the following activities:
- the purchase of land
- routine or ongoing maintenance activities
- activities that have already started
- where duplicate services are in operation or planned for in a targeted community
- recurrent operating costs, for example rent and utility costs, and/or
- activities establishing expectations of ongoing funding
Any extractive industry Work Authority (WA) holder under the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990 is eligible to apply for funding under the Innovative Quarry End Land Use Project.
Applications close 14 April 2022.
22 March 2022 – New Grants To Extract Bold Ideas For Victoria’s Quarries
The Andrews Labor Government is making new grants available to encourage innovative ideas to transform quarries into more parks and community spaces across Victoria. Quarries provide raw materials for some of the state’s best-known public spaces such as Fitzroy Gardens and Cranbourne Botanic Gardens.
Minister for Resources Jaala Pulford announced the Quarry Transformation Grants for quarry operators to begin the groundwork on how current sites can benefit local communities long after production ends.