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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 »
Natasha Reifschneider (left) in the field.

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

News
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 »
Even once a quarry is active after planning and environmental approvals, mining lease compliance presents a new lot of challenges.

Geology
A broader view of compliance obligations

Compliance never stops in the quarrying industry. As Simon Ball explains, even when operators have satisfied their planning and environmental approvals, there are numerous, ongoing compliance issues that require attention. Read more »
The international presidents attended the opening of the IQ’s Quarry Garden at the National Memorial Arboretum. From left: IQ CEO James Thorne, Ir Lee Kam Fatt (IQ Malaysia), Miles Watkins (IQUK), Clayton Hill (IQA), Peter Morgan (IQNZ) and Alfred Chan (Hong Kong).

Education
'No one size solution ...' The International Presidents Round Table

In late 2017, Clayton Hill flew the flag for the IQA and Australia at a Round Table meeting of the International Presidents of the Institute of Quarrying. The meeting provided fascinating insights into the challenges and the opportunities for the extractive sector worldwide. Read more »
The Newnes Junction Project will utilise rail transport for cartage of end product off-site.

News
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 »
Sixty per cent of NZ quarry supervisors have not updated their certificates of competence.

News
Supervisors fail verbal safety exam

According to industry groups, 60 per cent of New Zealand quarry supervisors are failing an exam that certifies them to safely run a site. Read more »
Australian Standard AS 5062-2016 applies to the excavators, bulldozers, loaders and trucks used on quarry sites.

News
Personnel urged to familiarise with changes to fire safety standards

Australian Standard AS 5062-2016 Fire protection for mobile and transportable equipment has recently been revised to promote improved fire safety. Read more »
Site managers in NZ without current Certificates of Competency could be jobless by 31 December.

News
Quarry jobs at risk over OHS requirements

Time is running out for a nation’s quarrying, mining and contracting site managers to meet new health and safety requirements, according to industry groups. Read more »
Queensland recorded six mining fatalities within an 11-month period, according to the report.

News
Report shows mining fatalities, disabling injuries on the rise

A state’s annual mining health and safety performance report has indicated that lost time injuries are down, disabling injuries are up, and an increase in fatalities is “very concerning”. Read more »

Education
Upskill your maintenance team to reduce downtime

Do you know how much your quarry plant costs you to maintain? Do you know the costs of downtime? Do you have an economical solution for maintenance repair and operations (MRO)? Read more »
The report stated that there were 16 fatalities across the Australian mining industry in 2013–14.

News
Better training, support key to safety improvements

A state body has identified that better training and support are needed to improve Australia’s “distressing” mining fatality statistics of 2013–14. Read more »


 

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