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The Damon Memorial building today. The Oxblood red of the sandstone has faded over time.

News
The granite mine that failed to strike gold

A mystery about the possible presence of gold veins in granite used for a memorial building in the 19th century may have been solved 130 years later. Read more »
The Broken Head Quarry (pictured) in Byron Bay has agreed to rehabilitate and revegetate its exhausted site.

News
Site’s environmental role in landmark outcome

Collaboration between a quarry owner and a state planning and environment agency has led to a conservation breakthrough. Read more »
The Tarlo River was diverted to prevent the Chatsbury Slate Quarry from filling. Today, the river’s steep edges are still lined with slate.

News
Slate site steeped in history

A slate quarry near Goulburn, NSW is replete with history - and several cities across the country share a piece of its legacy. Read more »
Franklin’s owner Frank Beyette plans to transform a quarry (pictured) opposite his restaurant into an outdoor music venue. Photo by Robert Layman, Rutland Herald.

News
Idle quarry mooted as a live music venue

An old marble quarry could become home to rock of a very different kind if plans by a restaurateur to transform it into an outdoor music venue succeed. Read more »
Alasdair Webb at the entrance to Dubbo Quarry & Transport, which was Holcim Australia’s business of the year in 2016.

Case Studies
Alasdair Webb: Thinking 'outside the box'

In 2017 Alasdair Webb won the inaugural Quarry Manager of the Year Award for managing a site with fewer than 10 full-time employees. But in a highly impressive and productive career spanning more than 30 years, it’s almost a footnote. Damian Christie reports. Read more »

Case Studies
How 'resetting' worker mindsets clinched safety prize

A Western Australian site has taken safety to a new level through an innovative, inexpensive program that earned it one of the IQA’s highest honours. Keith Noyahr spoke to Boral’s Andrew Hales about Orange Grove Quarry’s RESET program. Read more »
IQA CEO Paul Sutton (left) announces the induction of the late Tony Ingram as an Honorary Fellow of the Institute on 6 October, 2017, in the art deco surroundings of the Empire Theatre, Toowoomba.

Education
Tony Ingram: Repaying the Institute's faith

As a champion of professional development, efficiencies and safety within the quarrying industry, and with an innate commitment to the IQA’s values, Tony Ingram demonstrated why he was so deserving of the Institute’s Honorary Fellowship. Damian Christie reports. Read more »
At Albion Park, Darren Essex manages 30 employee operators and 15 contractors.

Education
Darren Essex: A stalwart of workplace safety

In 2017 Darren Essex was announced as the winner of the inaugural Quarry Manager of the Year Award (>10 FTE). Essex – who was nominated by his peers in the industry – tells Talia Paz why receiving the award was a team effort. Read more »
A Blondin carrying workers in Rubislaw Quarry, Aberdeen, Scotland.

Then & Now
The inspiring heights of yesteryear

Before modern day quarries conceived of loaders to carry tonnes of crushed rock from place to place, there was the Blondin. Read more »
Two workers scale the cliffs of the quarry to remove any clutter that could harm quarry workers. Image courtesy: The New York Times.

News
History of marble brought to light

The demand for marble currently fuelled by the Middle East has brought the rich back story of the marble-producing quarries of Italy back into the spotlight. Read more »
The Aveling-Barford SY shuttle dumper, which Rock Products workers have nicknamed a ‘pie cart’.

Load & Haul
Keep on keeping on: in praise of old gear

While a number of well-loved, classic machines are stored or displayed around Australia and New Zealand today, there can’t be many quarries where they are still operated alongside modern equipment. Alan Titchall reports. Read more »
Villa Maria’s award-winning McDiarmid Hill vineyard, as pictured from the entrance to Patutahi Quarry.

News
Good neighbours: A story of fine wine and lime

It’s not often you come across a situation in which the quarry neighbour gratefully appreciates any dust coming their way. Alan Titchall explains. Read more »


 

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