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IQA CEO Paul Sutton (left) announces the induction of the late Tony Ingram as an Honorary Fellow of the Institute on 6 October, 2017, in the art deco surroundings of the Empire Theatre, Toowoomba.

Education
Tony Ingram: Repaying the Institute's faith

As a champion of professional development, efficiencies and safety within the quarrying industry, and with an innate commitment to the IQA’s values, Tony Ingram demonstrated why he was so deserving of the Institute’s Honorary Fellowship. Damian Christie reports. Read more »
At Albion Park, Darren Essex manages 30 employee operators and 15 contractors.

Education
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 »
Vest has shown that older quarry workers have much to offer. Source: The Roanoke Times.

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Quarry worker calls it a day – in his 90s

A retiring quarry worker has proven that work ethic matters more than age after continuing to contribute to the industry well into his twilight years. Read more »
Gary Bashford at the site of an active volcano in Antarctica.

News
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 »
Don Reed at Hassans Wall Lookout, the highest lookout in the Blue Mountains at 1100m above sea level.

Case Studies
Know your rock and travel: The Don Reed story

Don Reed is a well known figure in the quarrying industry. He has spent half of his career to date working for major companies and the other half as a consultant. Doug Prosser spoke to Don at length about his work in the extractive industry, which spans nearly 40 years and numerous continents. Read more »
Jim Playsted: “We don’t lack for an agenda!”

HR
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 »

Case Studies
Little known hero

Beaconsfield is now forever embedded in Australia's mining history – a tale of triumph and tragedy. However, little has been recorded about the man whose skills were critical in rescuing the two survivors. Read more »


 

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