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The Capricorn Sandstone Quarries team at the awards ceremony.
The Capricorn Sandstone Quarries team at the awards ceremony.
 










Sandstone quarry picks up business award

A family-owned quarry has picked up an award in its local community that it hopes will help it to expand into the local market.

Queensland-based business Capricorn Sandstone Quarries picked up the Local Product Excellence prize at the Capricornia Business Awards on 11 November.

Capricorn owner Reece Gough told Quarry it was encouraging for a product of the quarrying industry to be recognised.

“The award was for the best local product which was great because there are a lot of great products in the Capricorn region so for the quarry to be recognised for its stone, that was really good,” he commented.

“We have an international and interstate market but winning this award gives us more of a local presence. It captures a bit more of the local market, which we see as a growing, market over the years. It gets us working with local councils and developers.”

Capricorn has previously received awards for its sandstone export business located at Stanwell, west of Rockhampton.

It exports sandstone all over the world and its product has been used for commercial projects across Australia including the Alexandra Canal and Barangaroo Reserve, both in Sydney, Parliament House in Brisbane, the Australian War Memorial in Canberra and the $30 million Rockhampton riverbank redevelopment project in Queensland.

Its quarry reserve, which was first established by a different operator in the 1800s, is said to be one of the largest dimensional sandstone quarries in Australia.

Capricorn’s pit is said to be one of the largest dimensional sandstone quarries in Australia.
Capricorn’s pit is said to be one of the largest dimensional sandstone quarries in Australia.

Its quarry reserve, which was first established by a different operator in the 1800s, is said to be one of the largest dimensional sandstone quarries in Australia.

Capricorn’s owners have also previously operated quarries in New South Wales and Western Australia. 

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