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Toowoomba meeting showcases growth, new talent

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The art deco Empire Theatre, in Toowoomba, was a “welcome change from the usual cold and uninviting convention centres”.

The Bell B45E articulated dump truck greeted delegates at registration.

MC Steve Davis (left) interviews Wagner Group managing director Denis Wagner (second from left) about the development of Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport.

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, pictured with Deborah Woodrup (Caterpillar) and Michael Benic (Hanson), happily posed for pictures.

Senator Pauline Hanson was a “surprise” speaker at the IQA’s 60th annual conference.

The four industry legends (l-r): Fred Reid, Henry Wagner, Rodney O’Neil and Bruce Neumann.

Precisionscreen’s general manager Paul Kerr and wife Erin don masks for the Caterpillar Gala Dinner.

Senator Hanson’s presence attracted considerable local media attention to the conference.

Ben Yong, the IQA’s marketing/communications officer, provided exciting insights into the IQA’s work to make the industry more appealing to young people.

Chandelier Girl was the feature act at the Caterpillar Gala Dinner.

Alasdair Webb (Hanson, right), pictured with Shaun Fanning (Metso), was a recipient of the Metso-sponsored Quarry Manager of the Year.

Chris Cooke (left) accepts the Alex Northover Training Award from AIQEF chairman David Cilento.

Joanne Payne (Sequel Drill & Blast) receives the Groundwork Plus Gold Environmental Award from Tegan Smith.

Tegan Smith (left) receives the IQA Supplier of the Year Award from past president John Stanton.


John Mitas congratulates Graham Smith (left) on his elevation to Honorary Fellow.

Clayton Hill presents the Gold Hard Hat Award to Boral Orange Grove general manager Jeff Post.

Jenny Krasny discusses the impact of cultural stigmas on safety behaviour.

Peter McComb (left) receives the Retracom Quarry Operator of the Year Award from Paul Sutton.

John Hagan, chief executive of Nexus Infrastructure, used drone footage to highlight works on the $1.6 billion, 41km Toowoomba Second Range Crossing project.

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce takes the podium at the Hitachi reception.

Stephen Raines receives the Trimble Loadrite Excellence in Innovation Award from Dale Cameron.

Lincoln Eldridge argues why humans are still the strongest link in the safety chain.


Toowoomba’s mayor Paul Antonio thanks the industry for its role in supplying materials for the city’s infrastructure projects.

The Caterpillar Gala Dinner was held on the back stage of the Empire Theatre.

The trade exhibition was hosted across two parts of the venue, including the interior of the Empire Church Theatre.

Home-grown duo the Beamish Boys perform at the opening ceremony.

Senator Pauline Hanson chats to delegates at the first morning tea break.

Other exhibitors were located in the Heritage Bank Auditorium of the Empire Theatre’s Armitage Centre.

Outgoing IQA President John Mitas (left) congratulates Jim Hankins with the President’s Medal.

Dr Luke van der Laan discusses why the industry needs to embrace futures thinking.

Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport’s apron and 2.8km long runway is composed of The Wagner Group’s innovative Earth Friendly Concrete.

Clayton Hill is inducted as the new IQA President.

IQA CEO Paul Sutton pays tribute to the late Tony Ingram who was inducted as an Honorary Fellow.

Steve Davis and Danny Duke (right) auction an Atlas Copco T45 drill rig.



Tuesday, 19 June, 2018 10:42pm
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