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A permeable paver demonstration, in Austin’s Ferry, Tasmania. Image courtesy: JJ Harrison.

Geology
Aggregate and the environment

Some fortuitous breakfast conversation, courtesy of his wife Pam, has Bill Langer now chomping at the bit (in horseracing parlance!) to vent about the benefits of aggregate for the environment … Read more >>
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The Gold Coast’s largest quarry will potentially be turned into a landfill site. Image courtesy: Gold Coast Bulletin.

News
Gold Coast quarry to become landfill site

The Gold Coast’s largest quarry will potentially be turned into a privately operated landfill site after a development application was filed with the city council. Read more >>
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The David Barro heavy construction materials fellowship enables individuals to enhance their skills through an international research program.

News
‘Heavy construction’ fellowship to encourage innovation

Two leading construction companies have joined forces and launched the David Barro heavy construction materials fellowship. Read more >>
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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 >>
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Just your average, common or garden, boring quarry pit … Bill Langer begs to differ!

Geology
Is your quarry an unappreciated geologic wonderland?

From the Škocjan Caves to the Mendenhall Glacier, from the Egerszalók Travertine to our very own Glass Mountains, Bill Langer has discussed some fascinating geological wonders in the past 12 months. Now he turns his attention to one last wonder – and it may actually be in your own backyard … Read more >>
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Dannielle Weston enjoys the challenges of bringing earthmoving vehicles back to speed.

Education
From bank teller to diesel fitter

Rockhampton’s Dannielle Weston has become the face of large machinery apprentices, after swapping life as a Commonwealth Bank teller to become a diesel fitter. Subscription required. Read more >>
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Studying provides an opportunity for quarry professionals to network with other operators and learn from visits to worksites.

Education
“Never say never”: education is a “must” for industry professionals

Katrina Myers reflects on why education, training and professional development is important for all quarry professionals – even for the grizzled veteran who probably thinks he/she has seen it all! Subscription required. Read more >>
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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 >>
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The disused quarry site lies underneath the city of Paris. Image courtesy: The Guardian.

News
New life in ‘dead’ underground quarries

According to reports, 300km of underground tunnels and disused quarries could play a significant role in Paris’s re-development plans. Read more >>
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The proposed sand extraction site at Forest Glen, Sunshine Coast. Image courtesy: <em>The Queensland Times News</em>.

News
Denied sand operator lodges appeal

An extractive operator has announced it is appealing a decision by the Sunshine Coast Council that rejected its application to build a sand quarry operation. Read more >>
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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 >>
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A view of the Milky Way towards the constellation Sagittarius (including the galactic centre), as seen from the Black Rock Desert, Nevada. Image courtesy: Steve Jurvetson.

Geology
The Milky Way: A galactic wonder

After charting many of the world’s geological curiosities in the past year, Bill Langer turns his attention this month to the heavens – and heartily recommends you get out into the great outdoors this summer … Read more >>
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