The underlying view of our industry stalwarts was that that the magazine has played a vital role in educating IQA members and the industry at large and could yet play a larger role in informing broader stakeholders.
“It communicates exactly what we are doing and it has terrific technical articles,” Greg Goodsir said. “I believe one of its roles is to keep the industry together, to keep that camaraderie of our proud industry so that we don’t get gobbled up by civil construction. Concrete seems to be sexy because you see all the new buildings it produces. Yet quarries are the basis for it and if you don’t have quarries you don’t have anything!”
“It has never been more important to have a flagship of the industry as a conduit for the transfer and dispersal of information,” Dayne Steggles remarked.
“We’re a large country and to read about what’s happening in every corner with regard to quarrying is magnificent. I think that it is a great advertisement for our industry to have something like Quarry – it reflects the best of us as an industry. For that reason, I think it’s indispensable and it will continue to be a key resource and a greatly loved part of our industry.”
The last word belonged to Mike Cameron, one of the publication’s instigators. “Quarry has been an invaluable resource in educating the quarry industry, particularly on technical and scientific issues, I’d like to see a focus on legislative issues that could hurt the hip pocket of operating companies and give regulators a medium to communicate messages to the industry.
"It would also be great for the magazine to be seen by a broader range of people than just the quarry manager or supervisor, for example, people operating at the corporate level of the industry or the head bureaucrat of a mines department who will become aware of the important work we do on the ground. I think Quarry has the potential for great things.”