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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 »
Greg Baumgart (left, Boral Australia) is the winner of the CCAA Health & Safety Innovation Award, presented by Chris Whiting MP (centre) with Peter Ambrose (Holcim Australia).

News
Holcim, Boral Shine at Gala Awards Ceremony

Holcim Australia has bagged two of the three 2018 Queensland CCAA Innovation Awards to celebrate outstanding achievements across the construction materials industry. Read more »
Franklin’s owner Frank Beyette plans to transform a quarry (pictured) opposite his restaurant into an outdoor music venue. Photo by Robert Layman, Rutland Herald.

News
Idle quarry mooted as a live music venue

An old marble quarry could become home to rock of a very different kind if plans by a restaurateur to transform it into an outdoor music venue succeed. Read more »
Young Members Network delegates on international study tour of New Zealand with co-ordinator Carl Morandy and host quarry manager Tom Jowsey (extreme left).

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Young Members complete NZ study tour

Young industry professionals from the Australian mainland have recently enjoyed a week of education and networking on New Zealand’s North Island. Read more »
Alasdair Webb at the entrance to Dubbo Quarry & Transport, which was Holcim Australia’s business of the year in 2016.

Case Studies
Alasdair Webb: Thinking 'outside the box'

In 2017 Alasdair Webb won the inaugural Quarry Manager of the Year Award for managing a site with fewer than 10 full-time employees. But in a highly impressive and productive career spanning more than 30 years, it’s almost a footnote. Damian Christie reports. Read more »

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 »
A geological map of Australia, at 1:1 million scale.

Geology
The many stories in a map - V2.0

Geological maps indicate by colour or symbols where strata are exposed at the surface, and its age and sediments. However, as Bill Langer explains, even with the assistance of modern technology, the task of identifying potential sources for crushed rock within the strata is a challenge … Read more »
The disused Bridge Street Quarry in Toowoomba was on the list of trade opportunities discussed on a week-long trade mission to New Zealand by a 70-strong Toowoomba Regional Council delegation.

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Trade mission highlights gardens project

Converting a century-old disused quarry into a botanical gardens modelled on a New Zealand tourist attraction has figured prominently in an international trade mission. Read more »
The Hornsby Quarry spoil management project (pictured) was recently in danger of collapse after boundary changes put the local council into deficit.

News
Transformation project salvaged after hiccup

A project to transform a historic disused New South Wales quarry into a premier parkland is back on track, after state funds “compensated” for the shrinking of a local council. Read more »
A fragment of smectite.

Geology
Smectite clay - a dog's best friend!

As we all know, aggregate can be used in a multitude of daily applications – from paving roads to the production of personal hygiene and make-up products. It is also employed in some medications – and for one little dog, a little bit of clay can go along way, as Bill Langer explains … 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 »
More than 50 NSW members assemble at the entrance to WesTrac’s Tomago facility.

News
Mines inspector calls for quarries to get ‘houses’ in order

The New South Wales Chief Inspector of Mines has called for quarries to “ensure you have your house in order” at a recent IQA branch seminar. Read more »


 


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