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Quarry operators are currently one of the most sought after skills, particularly in Victoria. Image courtesy: <a href="https://www.hays.com.au/mining/index.htm" target="_blank">Hays</a>

News
Operators in hot demand, new report states

A shortage of machinery operators in Victoria is just one employment trend in the resources industry that is set to dominate the first half of 2018, a report by recruiting firm Hays suggests. Read more »

Drill & Blast
'Mohr' muscle, fragmentation, less emissions in Braeside trials

Blast trials at a southern Queensland quarry have delivered encouraging results for a potentially safer, environmentally friendlier explosive. Braeside Quarries owner Joanne Payne discusses the possible benefits of the award-winning crumbed rubber product for the extractive industry. Read more »
Young Members Network’ members take in MQG’s Nyora Quarry in South Gippsland, Victoria.

News
Pit to product tour provides valuable networking opportunities

A recent event hosted by the IQA offered young quarry professionals a full pit to product sand tour, from extraction at a quarry to its use at two well known facilities. Read more »
A Tas Fire snorkel truck (left) is used to rescue an ‘injured party’ from an elevated walkway at Boral’s Remount Road Quarry.

News
Industry seminar highlights safety strategies

A recent construction materials industry seminar has discussed best practice safety management approaches, followed by a demonstration of effective critical incident responses at an extractive plant. Read more »
The art deco Empire Theatre, in Toowoomba, was a “welcome change from the usual cold and uninviting convention centres”.

News
Toowoomba meeting showcases growth, new talent

IQA has hailed its 60th annual conference in Toowoomba as a great success that showcased the region’s infrastructure growth and utilised local support and talent. Damian Christie highlights the key moments. Subscription required. Read more »
'Green' Bremenger Quarry in Norway (pictured) will be one of the overseas destinations for Barro Fellowship recipient Dylan Treadwell.

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First recipient of Barro Fellowship announced

Dylan Treadwell, a quarry supervisor who has been in the industry for three years, has become the first recipient of the inaugural David Barro Heavy Construction Materials Fellowship. Read more »
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, pictured with Deborah Woodrup (Caterpillar) and Michael Benic (Hanson), happily posed for pictures.

News
Toowoomba meeting showcases growth, new talent

The IQA has hailed its 60th annual conference in Toowoomba as a great success that showcased the region’s infrastructure growth and utilised local support and talent. Read more »
Jenny Krasny (pictured in a session with Hastings Deering personnel) says her role is to foster a teaching environment for customers where opinions are valued and where every person feels their efforts are recognised and make a difference.

Education
The impact of cultural stigmas on safety

Jenny Krasny will be highlighting the cultural stigmas that exist in the workplace, how they affect organisations striving for zero incidents, and strategies for an effective culture of risk minimisation. Ahead of her presentation, Jenny kindly shares some of her insights. 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 »
(L-R) John Stark (Wagners), Paul Sutton (IQA), André Henare and Gearoid Connolly (Wagners, André’s mentor) on-site at the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport quarry.

Education
André Henare and Wagners: Linking university with industry

André Henare is a 20-year-old university student studying engineering at The University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba. By day, he is a barista at one of the best cafés in town. By night, he is a student struggling to decide the best course of action to ensure a happy and successful future. Subscription required. Read more »
The IQA tour gathered delegates from all over Australia to visit numerous supplier factories, including CDE headquarters.

News
Centenary study tour provides new insights

Following a tour of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland to mark the centenary anniversary of the Institute of Quarrying, IQA delegates have hailed the tour a “great success”. Read more »
The letterbox-like ERSS (centre) provides a significantly safer, more portable alternative in combating small fires on mobile crushing and screening plants.

Case Studies
“Smallest of quarries” devises innovative, award-winning solution

A small quarry operation run by a medium-sized Australian aggregate company has received one of the IQA’s highest honours after it devised an innovative solution to a critical safety dilemma. IQA member Daniel Reed discusses the evolution of the Emergency Response and Safety Station. Read more »


 


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