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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.

News
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 »
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 »
Defining your reserves is not that scary!

Geology
Need help defining your reserves?

A month after reviewing an article he wrote nearly two decades ago about the geologist’s role in the valuation of quarry reserves, Bill Langer describes how such reserves should be classified and defined today … 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 »
The NSW government's <em>Fatigue management evaluation manual</em>.

News
Coping with mental health issues in quarries

In 2015, suicides within the quarrying and mining industries convinced many industry people that more had to be done to address the specific mental health issues of workers. Kylie Newton discusses what quarry operators can do to support and assist workers in doubt. Read more »
Under Australian tax law, quarry operations are entitled to claim on depreciation related to a building’s structure and on various items of plant and equipment.

Management
Why properties can be less taxing for quarry owners

Quarry operators each year may be missing out on reclaiming thousands of dollars in property and asset depreciation from the tax office. Read more »
MC George Donikian with band at the Volvo Construction Equipment Welcome Function.

News
Premier industry conference comes full circle

In mid-September, CMIC12- the fourth Construction Materials Industry Conference- returned to the city where it first began six years ago- Melbourne. Damian Christie was a keen observer at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. Read more »
In the last decade, the cycle of extractive operation has been toward extensions of existing sites rather than greenfields proposals.

Education
Are we on an uphill road to approvals in the 21st century?

Government department approvals for projects, including the expansion of existing projects, are becoming more problematic for the extractive industry. Chris Prowse discusses why there are delays in the process and outlines how extractive operators can plan for some of the hurdles. Read more »
Dan Gregory is a popular panellist on the ABC’s Gruen Transfer.

Education
Quarrying an easier sell than most: Advertising guru

Having issues generating trust or improving your image in your local community? Advertising and sales maestro Dan Gregory says that these challenges are not insurmountable. Read more »
We should not assume that all women do not take risks in the workplace and can sort out issues related to gendered behaviours.

Education
Gendered behaviours and safety – the story so far

Dr Dean Laplonge has previously reported on the potential impact of hyper-masculinity on safety conduct on mine sites. What has happened since then? How far has this debate moved along? Dean updates his thoughts on gendered behaviours and safety in the mining industry. Read more »
IQA's Safety Management Plan blue book.

New Products
IQA’s Blue Book

IQA’s Blue Book, the revised Safety Management Plan Work Book, is available for sale. Read more »


 

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