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The Brisbane YMN group was given a guided tour of Boral’s Ormeau Quarry.
The Brisbane YMN group was given a guided tour of Boral’s Ormeau Quarry.

Young quarry workers observe best practice at site visits

A number of young quarry professionals have gained insight into best practice site operation after visiting two quarries owned by major industry players.

The first stop for the Gold Coast-based event – which was hosted by the Brisbane chapter of the IQA’s Young Members Network (YMN) on 25 September – was at Boral’s Ormeau Quarry, where the 17 attendees learned about the quarry’s history and its future plans.

Through a guided bus tour, the group was able to observe the different aspects of the quarry site and its operations. This included the quarry’s new expansion area, which will allow Boral to significantly ramp up production in the coming years.

The visit also included a presentation from an Orica representative on innovative blast planning work that is currently being undertaken at the quarry, which Brisbane YMN member and River Sands sales support officer Gemma Johnson found fascinating.

“As an internal sales support person at River Sands, I wasn’t sure what to expect on a quarry tour,” Johnson said. “It was extremely informative to learn about the different aspects of a working quarry, and it was a great opportunity to interact with some very passionate people in different parts of the industry, particularly the ones who are responsible for blasting.” 

The Brisbane YMN group at Fulton Hogan’s Blue Rock Quarry.
The Brisbane YMN group at Fulton Hogan’s Blue Rock Quarry.

“As an internal sales support person at River Sands, I wasn’t sure what to expect on a quarry tour,” Johnson said. “It was extremely informative to learn about the different aspects of a working quarry, and it was a great opportunity to interact with some very passionate people in different parts of the industry, particularly the ones who are responsible for blasting.” 

The second stop was at Fulton Hogan’s Blue Rock Quarry in Cedar Creek. Attendees were given a glimpse of the quarry’s processing and laboratory facilities, as well as of a number of major improvements that were underway at the site, including the incorporation of a highly efficient stormwater management system said to represent environmental best practice.

Yoland Dowling, another attendee, told Quarry, “As an environmental consultant with Groundwork Plus, I found it particularly positive to see companies taking a proactive approach to tackling environmental management on their sites, which is prudent considering the recent shift by the regulatory authorities towards compliance.”

Professional development for young quarry workers
When asked to share her thoughts on the entire YMN event, Dowling responded, “The site visits provide an invaluable opportunity for early career professionals in the extractive industry to see theory being put into practice and to meet with the people driving the industry.”

Johnson also found the experience valuable, stating that it had helped her broaden her knowledge of quarrying.

Brisbane YMN co-ordinator Carl Morandy, who is a mining engineer with Ausrocks, said that in addition to offering young quarry professionals a firsthand look at the best practice management techniques employed at the quarries, the site visits also allowed attendees to discuss the techniques directly with the quarry managers and site supervisors involved in implementing them.

“Every YMN event provides the opportunity for young members to network with industry contacts, which I see as essential to professional development within the industry,” Morandy said. “It also raises a










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