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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 »

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The Digital Quarry: An integrated technical approach

Is a 20 per cent overall productivity improvement possible in a quarry, and if so how could it be brought about? Steve Franklin outlines how a Queensland quarry operation successfully implemented a series of technological advances that dramatically raised its productivity. Read more »

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Latest washing advances launched at Hillhead

Terex Washing Systems (TWS) used the recent Hillhead outdoor quarry exhibition in Buxton, UK, to showcase two new products: the AggWash 300, a screening, scrubbing, sizing and sand recovery system for recyclable aggregates, all on one modular chassis; and AquaClear, Terex’s first water management treatment system. Read more »

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Heavy equipment hire helps avoid capital risk, project delays

With demand for specialist machines outstripping supply globally, and with construction materials at a premium locally, quarries are feeling the “pinch” of the infrastructure boom. As Delta Rent’s Richard Khan explains, plant and equipment rental could be part of the solution to this “squeeze”. Read more »

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Equipment hire: Extracting long-term benefits from short-term solutions

As the extractive industry grapples with the dual challenges of meeting construction materials demand and maintaining modern fleets of plant and equipment, Damian Christie speaks with four industry suppliers about the merits of plant hire. 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 »

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Producer hails new era in recycling of glass fines

Alex Fraser Group, one of the largest recycled aggregates producers in Australia, has announced it is taking its glass recycling one step further by building an improved processing plant at its Laverton facility. Adam Somerscales discusses the company’s plans and vision. Read more »

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Tramp metal removal system cleans up dolomite reserves

Heavy-duty metal detectors and a suspended electromagnet, used to clean up aggregates, have been instrumental in removing ferrous and non-ferrous tramp metals from one of the world’s largest dolomite operations. Read more »
The processing plant for clayey shell limestone at the Mönsheim quarry.

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Twin-shaft mixer increases yield by 25 per cent

Raw materials from a quarry that were previously sent to landfill are now being sold after a twin-shaft mixer was employed to add quicklime to clay-contaminated pre-screened material. This ‘dry process’ has made it possible to completely separate the clay from the rock for processing. 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 »


 

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