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Ron Durrington has worked at the same site in Grafton for the same organisation – Boral and its predecessors – for more than 50 years.

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Ron Durrington: Five decades of dedication to business improvement

The IQA Sydenham Hill Industry Award, sponsored by Retracom, recognises the demonstrable achievements of a quarry professional, not only within the IQA but the quarrying industry at large. In 2016 the recipient of this illustrious award was Ron Durrington, who has tirelessly and enthusiastically worked in the same site for more than 50 years. Subscription required. Read more »
A new report has signalled the construction industry is back on track.

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Construction industry 'on road to recovery'

A recent industry report has forecast 'positive news' for Australia’s engineering and construction industries. Read more »
The Newnes Junction Project will utilise rail transport for cartage of end product off-site.

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Iconic sandstone quarries on the market

From this month, a sandstone quarry in Queensland is set to go under the hammer while expressions of interest are sought for investment in one of New South Wales’ largest sand mining projects. Read more »
Gunlake Quarries has been granted approval to increase its operations.

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Quarry granted right to significantly increase operations

Two years after a New South Wales operator applied to increase production by an additional 167 per cent, a court-sanctioned conciliation has granted consent to the operation. Read more »
Middle Creek Quarries has requested to increase its extraction site to a maximum of 15ha.

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Tourist garden with clout endangers quarry expansion

A New South Wales quarry is in dispute with a neighbouring, privately owned tourist attraction about its plans to expand its footprint and operations. Read more »
A rare bird species is being protected at an active UK quarry. Image courtesy: BBC News.

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Rare birds “under 24-hour guard” at UK quarry

A rare European bird species which has reportedly not been seen since 1970 has been spotted at a working quarry and is now under strict protection. Read more »
Komatsu’s recently launched online store allows consumers to access a wide range of used and second parts.

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Supplier launches used parts e-platform

Earthmoving equipment supplier Komatsu has opened a used parts e-commerce platform, giving consumers “immediate” access to used, discontinued and second hand parts for Komatsu and non-Komatsu machines. Read more »
Drill and blast specialists are currently one of Australia’s most sought after skills.

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Report highlights Australia’s skills trends

Geologists, drill and blast specialists and metallurgists are three of the skills in hot demand this quarter, according to a new report by recruiting firm Hays. Read more »
Scott Tipping will spend 12 days travelling 2000km by jet ski in a bid to raise up to $20,000 for the funding of mental health awareness initiatives.

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IQA member takes to water for mental health

In a bid to raise more awareness in the industry about mental health and suicide prevention, an IQA member will be riding 2000km from Melbourne to Brisbane – by jet ski. Read more »
A northern NSW quarry has been fined $15,000 for ‘inadequate’ erosion and sediment controls.

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Quarry fined for failed erosion controls

A New South Wales north coast quarry has been heavily fined after failing to satisfy the Environmental Protection Agency that it had implemented sufficient controls to protect the environment. Read more »
The Glen Innes quarry turned water project site has been renamed Eerindii Ponds. Image courtesy: Glen Innes Examiner.

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Name change for water-based storage project

A New South Wales quarry turned water storage project has been renamed to reflect its Aboriginal heritage. Read more »
An approved extractive site is located 400m from the road, causing concern for residents.

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Community expresses road concerns over approved quarry

Two years after its application, a proposed shale quarry has been given the go ahead, despite numerous public consultations and objections from local residents. Read more »

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