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Case Studies
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 »
At Albion Park, Darren Essex manages 30 employee operators and 15 contractors.

Darren Essex: A stalwart of workplace safety

In 2017 Darren Essex was announced as the winner of the inaugural Quarry Manager of the Year Award (>10 FTE). Essex – who was nominated by his peers in the industry – tells Talia Paz why receiving the award was a team effort. Read more »
The Aveling-Barford SY shuttle dumper, which Rock Products workers have nicknamed a ‘pie cart’.

Load & Haul
Keep on keeping on: in praise of old gear

While a number of well-loved, classic machines are stored or displayed around Australia and New Zealand today, there can’t be many quarries where they are still operated alongside modern equipment. Alan Titchall reports. Read more »
The original Barmac crusher on permanent display at the entrance to the Kiwi Point Quarry, Ngauranga Gorge, Wellington. (Source: Louise Foord, History New Zealand)

Crushing stone with stone: Bryan Bartley, Jim Macdonald and the Barmac crusher

The Barmac crusher – the first of the industry’s vertical shaft impact crushers – is today a mainstay of the quarrying industry. But who were the extraordinary men behind the Barmac? Louise Foord and Neil Clayton pay tribute to two of the New Zealand quarrying industry’s legends, including Bryan Bartley, who passed away earlier this year. Read more »
The Sundew cab will be restored thanks to a heritage grant. Image copyright Michael Trolove and licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons License.

Historic excavator cab to be restored

An ironstone quarry and railway museum has received a grant that will allow it to restore the last surviving piece of a historically significant excavating machine. Read more »
Doug Prosser at the Pushkar Camel Fair in Rajasthan, India.

Doug Prosser: A humble man doing extraordinary things

Over the years Doug Prosser has written for Quarry about many talented individuals in the quarry industry. When he was invited to tell his own story, Doug himself was a reluctant participant – much like the subjects of his interviews. However, at the urging of IQA members, Doug has finally relented – and here is his story, as told to Jim Hankins. Read more »
Lake Illawarra covers a catchment area of 238km2.

The Conservation of Lake Illawara

Lake Illawarra is situated on the NSW south coast, within the Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas. Read more »
Richard Sharp’s grandfather William Sharp working on one of New Zealand’s early roads, circa 1866.

Family’s quarrying history runs in the blood

There are some families in the quarry industry whose history runs deep. For one family, its involvement spans two growing countries and more than 100 years. Richard Sharp spoke to Mandy Parry-Jones about his family’s contribution to quarrying and the development of the industry in that time. Read more »
A young Danny in field dress in (to quote Danny) “a not so regimental pose” at the Officer Cadet School in Portsea, Victoria.

Danny Duke: From serviceman to quarryman

Danny Duke is an ever popular member of the quarrying industry and has left an indelible mark on the IQA over many years. He spoke with Doug Prosser about how he found his way into the industry and how the military mindset is just as applicable to quarrying as it is to the Army. Read more »
Gary Bashford at the site of an active volcano in Antarctica.

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 »
In her youth, Miriam went on a safari to the Olduvai Gorge, which is recognised by some as the “cradle of civilisation”.

Case Studies
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 »
Jim Playsted: “We don’t lack for an agenda!”

Jim Playsted: The Master of Ceremonies

Although Jim Playsted’s career was in many ways determined by his willingness to learn from several industry leaders, there is also no doubting his tenacity, ambition to succeed and boundless energy. Doug Prosser tells Jim’s story. Read more »


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