Boral site closes

YALLOURN North’s Boral Quarries closed its doors on Friday as its owner company battles to find a buyer for the operation.

Last week Boral media spokesperson Kylie FitzGerald told The Express most of the quarry’s previous workforce of nine had already found other jobs, been transferred internally or would work through a “transition” process with the company.

The quarry’s closure loomed following a mass restructure of Boral in past months which flagged the nationwide loss of 700 jobs.

While most of those jobs were expected to be “managerial and back-office staff” and “generally not operational”, Ms FitzGerald said the Latrobe Valley-based operation was “unique” in that “it is not really our core business”.

The Yallourn North quarry produced concrete and asphalt aggregates.

The business has been for sale and while Boral was “still working through opportunities” to secure a future buyer, Ms FitzGerald said “sales out of the quarry are slowing and we will close operations by the end of the week”.

She said if the quarry received “significant orders” it could re-open with a skeleton staff on a short-term basis.

Of the 700 jobs to be cut as part of Boral’s wider restructure, 200 have already gone and it is expected the remainder will be shed by March.

The restructure has been reported as a major signal of the building industry’s slowdown.