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The SA Women in Quarrying group visited Adelaide Brighton’s Penrice Quarry.
The SA Women in Quarrying group visited Adelaide Brighton’s Penrice Quarry.

Tour provides ‘two-pronged approach’ to education

A recent IQA Women in Quarrying tour gave ten attendees an opportunity to mix education with networking and wine tasting.

The day-long activity, organised by the Women in Quarrying (WIQ) division of the South Australian IQA branch, began at the Gawler Direct Mix Concrete (DMC) site. Attendees were guided around the concrete plant by Mark Elliott, DMC’s concrete operations manager.

From there, the group headed out to Penrice Quarry. Attendees were treated to a presentation and site tour with Adelaide Brighton’s SA/NT quarry operations manager Michael Close and Penrice Quarry & Mineral’s manager Lane Collins. The tour concluded with afternoon wine tastings in the Barossa Valley – first at Artisans of Barossa and then at Tscharke’s Place.


”This was a great opportunity for members and non-members to network whilst learning about our premier wine region and enjoying some responsible formal tastings.”
Cathy Giblin, SA WIQ branch co-ordinator

Feedback from the participants was positive, with those in attendance making note of the tour’s ‘behind the scenes’ aspects and networking opportunities.

“I can personally say that the tours of Direct Mix Concrete plant and the Penrice Quarry were some of the most interesting and informative tours I have had the opportunity to be a part of,” Mitra Karimi, a Boral graduate structural engineer said.

“The tour of Penrice Quarry was most thought-provoking, especially since the quarry is able to expand its product line and source customers for all of its quarry materials by incorporating new technology in crushing,” she added.

Cathy Giblin, the co-ordinator of the SA WIQ branch, said the aim of the visit was to provide members with a “two-pronged approach” to education and informal networking.

“The visit aimed to promote WIQ to non-members and to expose members to different supply locations,” Giblin continued.

“Travelling to both Gawler DMC and Penrice Quarry gave our guests the opportunity to listen to knowledgeable managers share their passion for manufacture and supply. The afternoon tours were a great opportunity for members and non-members to network whilst learning about our premier wine region and enjoying some responsible formal tastings.”

WIQ promotes networking amongst women and men in the quarrying and extractive industry. It also encourages and creates opportunities for personal and professional development.

TOUR GALLERY

Mark Elliott explains the technicalities of loading concrete.
Mark Elliott explains the technicalities of loading concrete.
The tour included a wine tasting at Artisans of Barossa.
The tour included a wine tasting at Artisans of Barossa.


 

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