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Editor's Desk
Mill stalemate suggests it’s time to rein in the bureaucrats

It seems easily forgotten that Australia was born off the proverbial ‘sheep’s back’, Damian Christie discovers. Read more »

President's Desk
Educating, connecting our extractive industry

Strategic planning is critical for the success of any organisation, including not-for-profit organisations like the IQA, according to John Mitas.  Read more »
A permeable paver demonstration, in Austin’s Ferry, Tasmania. Image courtesy: JJ Harrison.

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 »

Editor's Desk
Could things be looking up for the quarrying industry?

Is a 'construction boom' around the corner for the industry? Damian Christie ponders...  Read more »

President's Desk
Managing safer blasting under community scrutiny

IQA President John Mitas discusses his experience in how to manage blasting in your quarry alongside the local community.   Read more »
Example of faster shingle failure along a roof eave where more water is channelled and which accelerates the washing away of the asphalt, saturating the paper fibre of the shingles. Image courtesy: Dale Mahalko.

Really cool roofing!

In the second part of his new series of articles exploring environmentally friendly, sustainable aggregate applications, Bill Langer this month recommends you look no further than above your head! Read more »
Growing plants in aggregates is preferred to the hydroponic method because the aggregate helps to support the roots.

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 »

Editor's Desk
Does the industry need mascots to refine its message?

Damian Christie considers the potential role of mascots in the quarrying industry. Read more »

President's Desk
Toowoomba meeting to highlight the importance of our regions

IQA President John Mitas discusses the upcoming annual conference in Toowoomba. Read more »

Editor's Desk
Business as usual approach won’t cut it long-term

Damian Christie discusses how quarrying operators need to be looking towards the future to ensure their survival. Read more »
Figure 1. Giant gravel “batteries” can convert excess energy to thermal energy.

Geology Talk
Gravel batteries and renewable energy

In this third chapter on environmentally sustainable aggregate applications, Bill Langer discusses the merits of renewable energy – and how in terms of supply chain, handling and construction, few materials are as environmentally friendly and simple to use as gravel. Read more »
A fossilised dinosaur skeleton was recently discovered in a quarry factory in the UK. Image courtesy: Express Digest.

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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