An estimated $80 million will be injected into the Southern Highlands economy after the New Berrima Brickworks facility received planning approval from the NSW Government this week.
Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said the facility would have capacity to process more than 50 million standard bricks each year – 15 million more than its existing Bowral facility – to ensure the ongoing supply of bricks for the state’s building industry.
“This is a win for the Berrima community. It not only retains the existing workforce but creates 70 new job opportunities and continued investment in the Southern Highlands region,” Mr Stokes said.
Member for Goulburn, Wendy Tuckerman said it would replace the existing brickworks in Bowral.
“The existing brickworks is more than 96 years old and is getting to the end of its life. As well the Bowral quarry is due to be finished by 2022,” Mrs Tuckerman said.
“It will mean better resources, better technology and better support for the construction industry and an $80 million boost into the regional NSW economy.”
The new facility will be built next to the new Berrima quarry, reducing the number of trucks on residential roads.
The future of the Bowral brickworks site is yet to be determined.
This project will create 65 new construction jobs and five new operational jobs while retaining the 35 existing jobs.