A quarry near Millmerran could change hands.
A quarry near Millmerran could change hands. Contributed

Massive quarry near Millmerran could change hands

A MASSIVE basalt quarry on land owned by Toowoomba Mayor Paul Antonio could change hands within weeks.

The Captains Mountain Quarry near Millmerran, which has potentially 53 million tonnes of hard rock material, has had its lease put up for sale by leaseholder and quarry manager GLB Quarrying.

According to the online listing, the quarry isn't operational.

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"A proven quarry resource with the highest rock strength in the region, and a fully certified Main Roads supplier, the Millmerran Quarry is ideally positioned to supply the materials for upcoming projects (like) the Inland Railway Line, Gore Highway upgrades (and) future coal and gas projects," the listing said.

Agent Graham Messer said the expressions of interest period that closed last month had drawn considerable interest.

"It will take some time to work through," he said.

"There's a broad cross-section of potential buyers, from the major operators to the privately-owned.

"They haven't operated it there for some time, so they've decided to move on."

Cr Antonio's superannuation fund owns the freehold land, which has been in his possession for several decades.

The quarry became a subject of controversy last year when Cr Antonio revealed in a television interview he had commissioned a map for an alternative route of the Inland Rail, which brought the line closer to the site.

He is now battling a misconduct allegation over the map, which he said was to move the 1700km project away from "good agricultural land".

When asked by The Chronicle about the sale, Cr Antonio said it was a private matter for the leaseholder.

"It means that I'm not financially involved, other than my superannuation fund," he said.

"I bought that property the day the man landed on the moon (and) I'm entitled to own what I want to own."