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Some of the event speakers (l-r): Amanda Croker, Linda MacDonald, Wayne Scott, Leanne Parker, Megan Davis, Michelle Connelly and Paul Sutton.

News
Women in quarrying conference provides new insights

More than 85 women and men attended Brisbane’s Women in Quarrying (WIQ) conference, to promote and acknowledge women’s contributions to the aggregates industry. Read more »
The letterbox-like ERSS (centre) provides a significantly safer, more portable alternative in combating small fires on mobile crushing and screening plants.

Case Studies
“Smallest of quarries” devises innovative, award-winning solution

A small quarry operation run by a medium-sized Australian aggregate company has received one of the IQA’s highest honours after it devised an innovative solution to a critical safety dilemma. IQA member Daniel Reed discusses the evolution of the Emergency Response and Safety Station. Read more »
Darren Zanow (left) receives his certificate for the Alex Northover Award from AIQEF chairman David Cilento.

Education
Award recipient praised for outstanding leadership

A south-east Queensland family business operator greatly impressed his program facilitators before being nominated for the 2016 Alex Northover Award. Darren Zanow speaks about the benefits of undertaking further education and winning one of the IQA’s highest honours. Subscription required. Read more »
Growing plants in aggregates is preferred to the hydroponic method because the aggregate helps to support the roots.

Geology
Grown in gravel

In the second feature of a series on environmentally friendly, sustainable aggregate applications, Bill Langer explains how plants can not only survive – but thrive – in gravel beds. Subscription required. Read more »
The IQA tour gathered delegates from all over Australia to visit numerous supplier factories, including CDE headquarters.

News
Centenary study tour provides new insights

Following a tour of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland to mark the centenary anniversary of the Institute of Quarrying, IQA delegates have hailed the tour a “great success”. Read more »
The children were able to view a concrete agitator truck in full swing.

Education
Promoting the quarrying industry in our schools

One of the challenges for extractive operations is to inform local communities about the value and benefits of quarrying. Part of this challenge is to communicate the message early – and what better place to start than in the classroom? Paul Sutton reports. Subscription required. Read more »
(L-R) John Stark (Wagners), Paul Sutton (IQA), André Henare and Gearoid Connolly (Wagners, André’s mentor) on-site at the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport quarry.

Education
André Henare and Wagners: Linking university with industry

André Henare is a 20-year-old university student studying engineering at The University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba. By day, he is a barista at one of the best cafés in town. By night, he is a student struggling to decide the best course of action to ensure a happy and successful future. Subscription required. Read more »
The Newnes Junction Project will utilise rail transport for cartage of end product off-site.

News
Iconic sandstone quarries on the market

From this month, a sandstone quarry in Queensland is set to go under the hammer while expressions of interest are sought for investment in one of New South Wales’ largest sand mining projects. Read more »
Middle Creek Quarries has requested to increase its extraction site to a maximum of 15ha.

News
Tourist garden with clout endangers quarry expansion

A New South Wales quarry is in dispute with a neighbouring, privately owned tourist attraction about its plans to expand its footprint and operations. Read more »
Drill and blast specialists are currently one of Australia’s most sought after skills.

News
Report highlights Australia’s skills trends

Geologists, drill and blast specialists and metallurgists are three of the skills in hot demand this quarter, according to a new report by recruiting firm Hays. Read more »
A northern NSW quarry has been fined $15,000 for ‘inadequate’ erosion and sediment controls.

News
Quarry fined for failed erosion controls

A New South Wales north coast quarry has been heavily fined after failing to satisfy the Environmental Protection Agency that it had implemented sufficient controls to protect the environment. Read more »
A fossilised dinosaur skeleton was recently discovered in a quarry factory in the UK. Image courtesy: Express Digest.

News
Routine factory visit digs up dinosaur bones

Fossils of an ‘extremely rare’ dinosaur skeleton believed to be up to 132 million years old have recently been unearthed at a building materials factory in the UK. Read more »

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