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Many of the delegates signed-up for IQA membership on the day.

Education
Quarrying women look "Beyond The Bench" to the future

The Boral-sponsored Queensland Women in Quarrying (WIQ) annual conference was held at Glen Hotel, Eight Mile Plains, on 22 March. About 100 delegates from Queensland and interstate attended. With an overriding theme of “Beyond the bench”, the conference provided an overview of industry developments, with one eye on the future and a consideration of the social licences within which quarries operate. Read more »
The International Convention Centre will host this year’s Construction Materials Industry Conference.

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Registration opens for CMIC18

Registrations for the biennial Construction Materials Industry Conference (CMIC) have officially commenced, with this year’s program focusing on how the industry can capitalise on the latest infrastructure boom. 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 SA Women in Quarrying group visited Adelaide Brighton’s Penrice Quarry.

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Tour provides ‘two-pronged approach’ to education

A recent IQA Women in Quarrying tour gave ten attendees an opportunity to mix education with networking and wine tasting. Read more »
The number of quarry professionals commencing courses in surface extraction operations rose 1.4 per cent.

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Increase in extractive industry apprentices, trainees

The latest insights into how apprentice and trainee activity is faring across Australia shows an increase in trade commencements. Read more »
IQA members visited the pour house, where they watched three operators fill the ‘tea pot moulds with red liquid fire’.

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Site visit provides ‘lava-type’ thrill

A recent IQA tour allowed members to become acquainted with Weir Minerals’ foundry in Sydney. Read more »
A new report states the extractive industries need to continue focusing on gender gap initiatives.

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Gender equality progress mapped in new report

A new report challenges quarrying and mining employers to evaluate whether they are “leading, lagging or losing out” in workplace gender diversity progress. Read more »
Alec Northover finalists Chris Cooke (left) and Simon Ashman (right) with AIQEF chairman David Cilento.

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Award recognises today's and tomorrow's brightest, best

The Alec Northover Training Award honours the achievements of quarrying professionals that undertake vocational education. The award’s 2017 finalists – Chris Cooke, Simon Ashman and Jolin Evans – discuss how further education has assisted them in the field. Read more »
Quarry operators are currently one of the most sought after skills, particularly in Victoria. Image courtesy: <a href="https://www.hays.com.au/mining/index.htm" target="_blank">Hays</a>

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Operators in hot demand, new report states

A shortage of machinery operators in Victoria is just one employment trend in the resources industry that is set to dominate the first half of 2018, a report by recruiting firm Hays suggests. Read more »
Stephen Raines (left) receives the IQA’s Excellence in Innovative Practice Award from Dale Cameron.

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Production rates on night shift driven by bright green thinking

Under the guidance of IQA member Stephen Raines, Hanson’s Kulnura Quarry has developed a solution to improving its loadout practices in dim light and at night. Raines discusses the impact a laser module has had on the quarry’s productivity and its implications for earthmoving equipment. Read more »

Drill & Blast
'Mohr' muscle, fragmentation, less emissions in Braeside trials

Blast trials at a southern Queensland quarry have delivered encouraging results for a potentially safer, environmentally friendlier explosive. Braeside Quarries owner Joanne Payne discusses the possible benefits of the award-winning crumbed rubber product for the extractive industry. Read more »
Young Members Network’ members take in MQG’s Nyora Quarry in South Gippsland, Victoria.

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Pit to product tour provides valuable networking opportunities

A recent event hosted by the IQA offered young quarry professionals a full pit to product sand tour, from extraction at a quarry to its use at two well known facilities. Read more »


 


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