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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).

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 »
More than 50 NSW members assemble at the entrance to WesTrac’s Tomago facility.

Mines inspector calls for quarries to get ‘houses’ in order

The New South Wales Chief Inspector of Mines has called for quarries to “ensure you have your house in order” at a recent IQA branch seminar. Read more »
The term "sustainable" is not normally associated with natural resources- eg minerals, construction materials- that are considered non-renewable.

Encouraging sustainable use of quarry resources

In an age when sustainability is a buzz word of corporations, environmentalists and governments, can the quarrying industry claim this moniker as an integral part of its operations? Geoff West argues the industry is involved in sustainability and it should be proud – and loud – about it! Read more »
Over a dozen environmental science students from around the world recently visited Hanson’s Lytton concrete plant.

‘Future industry leaders’ visit concrete plant

A national construction materials producer, in conjunction with a leading university, has hosted a site visit of Australian and international students at one of its concrete plants. Read more »
Tsurumi Pumps’ Bill Davidson relaxes beside the LH series dewatering pump, designed for the mining and quarrying industry.

North American visitor boosts pumps distributor

A prominent figure in the North American pump market has recently visited Australia to discuss the benefits of Tsurumi submersible pump systems. Read more »
Dust monitors are increasingly being used to ensure that quarries comply with dust control measures.

Sustaining environmental management through training

In line with requests from its members, the IQA later this month conducts two PDP workshops on environmental management. Facilitator Clayton Hill explains why environmental considerations are becoming ingrained in a quarry’s daily operations and why they cannot be ignored. Read more »
Participants can work the controls of backhoes or loaders with assistance from operators. Picture courtesy of Postcrescent.

Amusement park for a day

Michels Materials Quarry in Neenah, Wisconsin, US turns into a giant playground for a day but there’s much more to this event than just a playful experience. Read more »
Andrew Powell warns that company directors must take environmental responsibilities seriously.

Queensland quarry operator fined $75,000

The director of a Coominya sand quarry company in Queensland has been fined $75,000 for his role in poor water management at the quarry. Read more »
The Federal Government has lowered the amount of money manufacturers need to spend on clean technology projects.

Clean tech project grants reviewed

After consultations with industry, the Federal Government has further lowered the amount of money manufacturers need to spend on clean technology projects to receive grants. Read more »
Six companies are disputing the application of the carbon tax on alternative waste treatments.

Waste recovery operators hit by carbon tax

The waste management and recycling industry, which should be booming under the carbon tax, is perversely being hit hard, according to waste recovery operators.
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The IGC will feature new data and maps from a decade of geological and geophysical surveys conducted over Asia.

Geoscientists gather for landmark congress

Approximately 5000 delegates from 112 countries will converge on Brisbane next month for the largest geological event ever to be held in Australia. Read more »
Transitional assistance is available to offset the carbon tax.

Clean technology investments eligible for grants

With the arrival of the carbon tax, quarries and other extractive businesses have the opportunity to seek grants from the Federal Government for investments in energy efficient capital equipment and low emission technologies.

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