Former North Queensland IQA Branch chairperson John Fahey has announced his retirement from the quarry industry after more than four decades.
Fahey is considered as a key figure of Queensland’s quarrying industry, especially in Northern Queensland, with his decades of experience and involvement at BQC Quarries.
“I have been transitioning to retirement for a couple of years now and the time has come to formally announce my retirement from BQC Quarries,” he wrote in a letter to workers.
“After much consideration, I have decided that it is time for me to embark on the next chapter of my life and explore the opportunities that retirement has to offer.
“It has been an incredible journey helping to build and grow BQC Quarries over the last 46 plus years, and I am proud of what we have achieved.”
John’s legacy in Queensland quarrying is undoubted. He served as the chairperson of the North Queensland Branch in the early 1990s and is a fellow of the IQA.
His son, Lawrence Fahey, is also part of the IQA and was the chairperson of the North Queensland Branch until last year but remains on the committee. Lawrie has been the managing director of BQC Quarries for the past five years.
“For the last five or so years the business has been in the very capable hands of my son Lawrence Fahey as Operations Manager,” John said.
“Lawrence has a wealth of knowledge and experience and has shown great dedication and passion in ensuring the business continues to thrive and be successful.”
BQC Quarries farewelled the quarrying stalwart who officially departed in December last year.
“Everyone at BQC Quarries would like to congratulate John and wish him all the happiness in his retirement with his wife Elizabeth,” they wrote.
“Congratulations John, you will be missed.”