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The final vision for the Hornsby Quarry spoil management project (pictured), off Sydney's upper north shore. The quarry was operational for most of the 20th century.

New trends in managing mining liability

Some jurisdictions have introduced reforms to manage the liability of resource projects in the remediation phase – but there are concerns these reforms may unduly impact quarries with traditionally lower risk profiles than mines. Michael Cramer discusses his work in this field. Read more »
A Brim’s Bulk Transport truck at work. Any quarry that sub-contracts the transport of its aggregates can be liable within the supply chain.

Better understanding of the chain of responsibility

The National Heavy Vehicle Law administers uniform laws for heavy vehicles exceeding 4.5 gross vehicle mass across most states and territories. Simone Reinertsen explains what recent changes to the laws could potentially mean for the quarrying industry. Read more »
Tegra Australia’s Jugiong Quarry during the 2011 New South Wales floods. Until now, climate risk has been largely viewed as a physical phenomenon – but it could well pose financial problems as well.

Addressing climate change risk in a resource context

Until now, climate change impacts have been largely described in physical terms. However, as Elisa de Wit argues, there are financial dimensions to climate risk, and if not suffi ciently addressed by industry over time, it could cause as much damage to an extractive business as the climate. Read more »

Improving the regulatory space for the extractive industry

In recent years, the Victorian Government has made a concerted effort to improve earth resources and approvals processes. Anna Cronin, the Victorian Commissioner for Better Regulation, explains what these reforms are and how industry members can assist the regulator to fast-track approvals. Read more »

The national economic forecast to 2024

Robert Mellor will bring out his barometer at the IQA conference to discuss the national outlook in construction activity to 2024. While it might all seem ‘doom and gloom’, he predicts the picture beyond the horizon is bright – if the industry plans ahead. Read more »
Sean Taylor says developing an operational interface to machines – whether through a cab operator or remotely – is the key to making machines “sing”.

Sean Taylor: A firm voice for inclusion and diversity

Ahead of his address at the IQA’s annual conference, Komatsu CEO and managing director Sean Taylor speaks about the significance of promoting and fostering diversity and higher gender representation in the extractive industry – and how technology advances can reduce the barriers. Read more »
New IQA CEO Kylie Fahey (second from right) with President Clayton Hill (far right) at the presentation of members' certificates at the Women in Quarrying conference in Perth on 26 October.

New CEO spells out education vision

Kylie Fahey, the new IQA CEO, says she is focused on enhancing member engagement, and broadening access to education within the Institute and connectivity in the extractive industry. Read more »

Promoting a simple safety culture

Well, it’s mid-winter in Tasmania, and that’s the time you think of warmer climates. Read more »
King Arthur Flour has cannily used the web and social media to boost sales of its product.

Social media, put your mind to it

So you think your company has boring products, do you? Well, it may not be your products that are boring, it might just be you!

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Sandra Brannan says the only similarities between her and her heroine are their mutual love for quarrying and beer!

Sandra Brannan: From rocks to words

A fourth generation quarry and mine operator has carved out a spectacular path as a crime author. Damian Christie spoke to Sandra Brannan about juggling rocks with words. Read more »
MC George Donikian with band at the Volvo Construction Equipment Welcome Function.

Premier industry conference comes full circle

In mid-September, CMIC12- the fourth Construction Materials Industry Conference- returned to the city where it first began six years ago- Melbourne. Damian Christie was a keen observer at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. Read more »
Delegates assemble for the Hitachi Welcome Function at the Pergola.

A seachange for IQA conference

The IQA’s 54th annual conference was hosted this year in the surrounds of Hunter Valley wine country from 12 to 15 October, 2011. Damian Christie reports. Read more »
Victoria’s stand at the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1867, showing bales of wool. Wool has always been a commodity in Australia’s “Magic Pudding”.

Value adding in Australia - the beginning of the end?

Australia’s historical reliance on the primary industries of mining and agriculture, and in turn the demand for commodities, lead to the rise of the mineral processing industry. Viv Forbes explains why a carbon tax could have a deleterious impact on all mineral processing plants in Australia. Read more »

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