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According to the The Mining Matrix, the image of mining is one of the four core trends that can help restore pride in the industry.

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Report urges mining to ditch its ‘dirty’ image

A think tank has called for the overhauling of the ‘dirty image’ in mining – and by extension quarrying – as a way out of the social impasse that is stifling growth and productivity. Read more »
Greg Baumgart (left, Boral Australia) is the winner of the CCAA Health & Safety Innovation Award, presented by Chris Whiting MP (centre) with Peter Ambrose (Holcim Australia).

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Holcim, Boral Shine at Gala Awards Ceremony

Holcim Australia has bagged two of the three 2018 Queensland CCAA Innovation Awards to celebrate outstanding achievements across the construction materials industry. Read more »
Alasdair Webb at the entrance to Dubbo Quarry & Transport, which was Holcim Australia’s business of the year in 2016.

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Alasdair Webb: Thinking 'outside the box'

In 2017 Alasdair Webb won the inaugural Quarry Manager of the Year Award for managing a site with fewer than 10 full-time employees. But in a highly impressive and productive career spanning more than 30 years, it’s almost a footnote. Damian Christie reports. Read more »

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How 'resetting' worker mindsets clinched safety prize

A Western Australian site has taken safety to a new level through an innovative, inexpensive program that earned it one of the IQA’s highest honours. Keith Noyahr spoke to Boral’s Andrew Hales about Orange Grove Quarry’s RESET program. Read more »
Natasha Reifschneider (left) in the field.

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Pre-empting the challenges of the dual approvals process

In Victoria, and other jurisdictions around Australia, there is a dual approvals process that quarries must satisfy before they can begin works. Natasha Reifschneider explains how operators can pre-empt delays and mitigate the unnecessary duplication that can arise in council consent conditions. Read more »
Alec Northover finalists Chris Cooke (left) and Simon Ashman (right) with AIQEF chairman David Cilento.

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Award recognises today's and tomorrow's brightest, best

The Alec Northover Training Award honours the achievements of quarrying professionals that undertake vocational education. The award’s 2017 finalists – Chris Cooke, Simon Ashman and Jolin Evans – discuss how further education has assisted them in the field. Read more »
The letterbox-like ERSS (centre) provides a significantly safer, more portable alternative in combating small fires on mobile crushing and screening plants.

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“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 »
Hy-Tec’s maintenance team at Yarrabee Road Quarry.

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A better way to loosen the nut: Liner changes made simple

Changing liners on a static crusher has in the past been a hazardous manual task for quarry workers. It was therefore a shock for participatory ergonomics trainer Kylie Newton when she observed that some workers still perform physically demanding tasks that can result in serious, sometimes career-ending injuries. Fortunately, there was a viable solution … Read more »
Gary Bashford at the site of an active volcano in Antarctica.

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Gary Basford: Between two worlds

Gary Basford’s working life was almost equally divided between first the public service and then private enterprise. In doing so, Gary became a successful, respected representative of both spheres. Doug Prosser delves into the background of this Queensland Fellow. Read more »
Gour Sen: From “mutinous” youth to esteemed mining professor.

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A narrative of perserverance

Major Miner, by Gour Sen (ISBN 978-81-8274-618-3). Available to download on iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch with iBooks and iTunes. RRP $USD29.95. Read more »
Geoff West: Mumbo-jumbo or not, hard-bitten quarry people will react just like everyone else.

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Neuroplasticity in the quarry

Can the latest brain research be applied in a basic industry like quarrying? Geoff West argues that the application of neuroscience research leadership is as relevant to quarrying as it is to any other profession. Read more »
In her youth, Miriam went on a safari to the Olduvai Gorge, which is recognised by some as the “cradle of civilisation”.

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Miriam Watters: The Lass from Tanganyika

When Doug Prosser first approached Miriam Watters for an interview, her immediate reaction was surprise, peppered with modest protests that there were many others in the quarry industry more worthy and interesting. Yet, as Doug explains, Miriam is herself a woman with a very worldly story. Read more »


 

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