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Connecting infrastructure with the extractive industry

John Mitas announces that the IQA conference in Toowoomba will focus on Regional Australia's role in our economy.

We are fortunate in Australia to have a pipeline of major transport projects being funded by the federal and state governments.

However, supply constraints, coupled with a population growth of 1.4 per cent annually, has the potential to put considerable pressures on the delivery of quarry materials which are a large component of infrastructure.

Governments and industry will need to work together to remove or reduce supply constraints to ensure the industry is in a position to supply the materials required if infrastructure projects are to be built on time and at reasonable costs.

Removing these constraints will require governments to streamline approvals for expansions of current and new quarry applications. It is not unusual for the majority of applications to take between two and five years to be approved.

The other key strategy to remove supply constraints requires governments and industry to work together on infrastructure plans that include the identification and planning protection of significant resources from sterilisation and encroachment.

The IQA conference in Toowoomba, Queensland this year will focus on infrastructure and highlight the key role regional Australia plays in our economy and the importance of infrastructure projects in connecting our regions to Australian cities and world markets.

Toowoomba, with its road, rail and air connectivity through the Wellcamp Airport, the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing and the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail Project, is a great example of how our regions can be transformed, generate jobs and help grow the economy.

I am looking forward to the sessions contemplating the future of our industry.

In particular, you shouldn’t miss the couch chat with industry legends Bruce Neumann, Henry Wagner and Rodney O’Neil – a collective of lifetimes of experience will be on show!

Their views on the issues facing our industry today, and their thoughts on how we will manage the wave of new projects heading our way, will be fascinating.

If you have not registered for our conference in Toowoomba yet, there is still plenty of time join us.

The conference commences on Wednesday 4 October and concludes on Friday, 6 October.

For further information about the annual conference, visit the conference website at

The IQA Board and I look forward to catching up with you at the Toowoomba conference.

John Mitas
Managing Director • John Mitas Consulting

John Mitas is the immediate Past President of the Institute of Quarrying Australia, and a regular contributor to Quarry. He is an inaugural member of the IQA's Quarry Manager Certification System (QMCS) board. To email John, click here.
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