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Why can't quarries be recyclers too?

With some exciting projects now under way in the recycled aggregates sector, Damian Christie considers whether governments should be encouraging quarries to diversify their materials handling operations in a bid to ease the issue of supply and counter delays to the approval of new reserves. Read more »

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'Fishing' for solutions to the environmental conundrum

Damian Christie discusses the release of a UN report into global biodiversity and ecosystems that got lost in all the 'noise' of the recent federal election. Can the quarrying industry realistically live up to some of the lofty goals outlined in the report - or is the industry already doing its part to replenish the diminishing environment? Read more »

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The 'quiet' drive towards a smarter, electric future

With Australia now in election overdrive, Damian Christie discusses the recent fulminations by some politicians against electric vehicles - and discusses where the quarrying industry is placed in relation to the development and eventual take-up of electric vehicles and other non-diesel replacements. Read more »

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Why pollies could learn from a future, inspirational vision

As election season descends upon Australia, Damian Christie discusses the lack of a long-term vision by our politicians for the nation's future infrastructure needs - not just in one or two decades, but for the long haul ... Read more »

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Are you prepared for the fourth industrial revolution?

The Internet of Things is becoming an all-pervasive part of business systems yet various industries seem unprepared for it - or understand how to use it. Damian Christie reflects on where the quarrying industry currently sits in relation to the IoT - fortunately it's not all that far behind, and it's not a platform to be feared or dismissed ... Read more »

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Will the good ships of quarrying encounter stormy weather?

The crystal ball is back! Damian Christie discusses which states and territories are getting the most out of our current infrastructure boom - and as a result whether the quarrying industry is equipped to leverage off this activity ... Read more »

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Why quarrying makes a great stocking filler

Are you stumped about presents for your loved ones this festive season? Damian Christie recommends gifts that educate, as well as entertain, them about the quarrying industry. Read more »

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'Scratching the surface' of legacy sites

An ongoing construction project shows that quarries need not be just holes in the ground after their working lives cease. As Damian Christie explains, there are quite innovative and imaginative ways in which quarries can be repurposed - for the benefits of their neighbouring communities. Read more »

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Why the extractive industry can lead in the energy policy vaccum

CMIC 18 was notable for industry members' expression of dissatisfaction with our national government and Canberra politics in general. Damian Christie argues that the time is right for the industry to show leadership on energy policy - in spite of the Federal Government. Read more »

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Gearing up, being equipped for a demanding decade

The Construction Materials Industry Conference (CMIC 18) this month will examine the challenges for the extractive industry in the decade ahead. Damian Christie says that industry delegates are in for a treat. Read more »

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Navigating the four stages of crisis management

Why extractive producers should take notice of the lessons learnt in the recent rescue of a junior soccer team in Thailand, says Damian Christie. Read more »

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Is recycling a solution to the infrastructure conundrum?

As construction activity ramps up across the nation, and demand for aggregates increases, Damian Christie calls out the mainstream media on the suggestion that there is a "shortage" of resources. He also advocates the use of recycled materials as a means of conserving reserves and allaying the fears of agitated communities in the face of increased demand ... Read more »

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Harnessing the passion of tomorrow's leaders - today

Damian Christie says that the quarrying sector has a fantastic opportunity to “unbottle” the talents of a new generation of young workers.  Read more »

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The 10-year musings of a quarry "veteran"

Damian Christie reflects on 10 years at the helm of Quarry, commenting on the industry's evolution in education and training opportunities and its engagement with young, female and elderly workers. Read more »

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Forget the Greens - Keep the grass roots 'in sight, in mind'

Following the spectacular collapse in votes for populist minor parties in recent state elections and a federal by-election, Damian Christie argues that it is the power of grass roots movements that the quarrying industry should take more seriously. Read more »

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