CMPA Annual Report

By on October 4, 2017

CMPA Annual Report 

GAVIN MOREIRA, CMPA Member Services Manager, provides a summary of the CMPA Annual Report. 

Chairperson’s Report – Garry Cranny

The Association has continued to produce and make available to Members, educative materials to assist with industry best practice training, in conjunction with improvements in the vital area of occupational health and safety.
In so doing, the CMPA, has simultaneously sought to improve not only the performance, but also the public perception of the Extractive Industries sector to a wide range of interested stakeholders in Victoria.
The CMPA continues to regularly meet with relevant Ministers from the State Government and their opposition Shadows. In this regard, the CMPA has and will continue its policy of being non-partisan and taking an even-handed approach to consultation with Minister’s, Shadow Minister’s and politicians more generally. This policy has enabled the CMPA to establish effective relations, whereby we are afforded adequate access to key Minister’s and parliamentarians within both the major political parties in Victoria.
The single most important issue confronting the Extractive Industries sector is around the identification, security, sustainability, and access to Victoria’s extractive resources.

Plan Melbourne 2017-2050 was released in March 2017. One of the policies is to “Identify and protect extractive resources (such as stone and sand) important for Melbourne’s future needs” which is as a result of CMPA’s submission.

Additionally, the CMPA continues to seek evidence from Earth Resources Regulation (ERR) and Government of a reduction in proponent (industry sector) time and costs associated with use of the Risk-based Work Plan system. ERR appears to be struggling with reforms that are in place from a restructure that led to a decrease in capability and experience in areas such as Work Authority approvals and the introduction of risk based Work Plans (8 December 2015) despite our deepseated reservations about its purported benefits. This has been substantiated through very few (and
generally small quarries) proceeding to the approval stage.

This is of concern due to DEDJTR’s ‘Extractive Resources in Victoria: Demand and Supply Study 2015-2050 – Final Report, May 2016’ indicating that there needs to be an additional 1 million tonnes of extractive resources each year in order to keep up with infrastructure demands created by the influx of approximately 100,000 people into Victoria each year.

As such the CMPA is undertaking a research program to quantify and underpin industry concerns. The first project of the program will be to conduct a review of decisions made at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) on extractive industry applications. CMPA has concerns that there have been a number of adverse decisions for quarries in VCAT, this includes decisions in the quarry’s favour that may be accompanied by conditions that subsequently make the project commercially unviable. CMPA believes that it is necessary to take a proactive approach to ensure continued supply of construction material into the market and, hence, future economic growth in Victoria.

Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) remains a vital component to sustainability and the risk profile attached to the extractive industries. All industry sector participants, be they business colleagues, employees and in numerous instances, friends and relatives, should rightly have the expectation they will return safely home from their day’s work.
The CMPA will strengthen its endeavours to work hand-in-hand with Members, their employees and WorkSafe to continually improve safety in our work-places through the development of necessary educative tools, training, consultation and guidance. Guidelines produced by the CMPA are aimed at supporting Members to meet industry best practice and thereby improve both OHS practices and business sustainability.

The CMPA Secretariat continues to tirelessly represent Members’ interests to State and Federal Government on a broad range of industry related issues. They will continue to support responsible, balanced legislation and community engagement which is in the best interests of the State while also appropriately acknowledging Victoria’s Aboriginal communities and cultural heritage.

The CMPA was founded by and continues to rely on a sustained level of interest and participation across its various membership categories. I look forward to this continued growth to ensure the CMPA maintains its position as the successful peak Association in Victoria that it is today and into the future.

I am also particularly pleased this year to make mention of a new initiative, whereby those Voting Members that have supported the CMPA continuously over the past 15 years, will each be recognised by a ‘Certificate of Appreciation’ at the 2017 Annual Dinner.

Associate Chairperson’s Report – Tej Panesar

Refer to page 5 for extracted report.

Education Committee Report – Elizabeth Gibson

CMPA has continued to maintain its representation of members’ education and training requirements to government, peak training bodies, RTOs and other industry organisations.

A number of educational events by CMPA were conducted throughout 2016/17:

• Training in Working Safely with Geotechnical Risk in Quarries
• Training in Progressive Rehabilitation Management in Quarries
• Noise Management training
• Critical incident management

The Future

The Secretariat is in the process of finalising the Conduct Blending Reference Manual and is planning to hold workshops in:
• November 2017 on Guarding of mobile crushers and screens
• November 2017 General Meeting: Review of VCAT decisions for the extractive industry and Earth Resources Regulation: Continuous Improvement Program

• February 2018 and May 2018 to be determined in consultation with Members: Water Management Plan template; Environmental Management Plan Template; Electricity Safety in Quarries; Heavy Vehicles and Legislation

Treasurer’s Report – John Pititto

With the 2016/17 financial year coming to an end I am pleased to present my Treasurer’s report on the Audited Financial Statements for the CMPA.

The association has seen a decrease in total operating costs for the year, below our budget. The reduction in expenses were mainly related to reduced employment and consultants expenditure. Whilst employment expenses were lower we do not expect them to remain at these levels due to a replacement administration assistant being required.

Total Income was down on last year, below our budget expecations. This variance has been reviewed and discussed at the management committee meetings and based on these discussions revenue drivers have been reviewed to ensure that future revenue targets are in line with our budget expectations. But with all this in mind the CMPA was able to acheive an even greater operating profit before income tax expense then last year.

The major source of income was membership subscriptions, with contributions from meetings and events, newsletter advertising and operator document sales. Revenue was effectively at the same level as the previous year but down on budget.

Employment expenses were the largest expense in the period. This covered one full time employee and two part time employees. Other expenses included publications, consultants and the cost
of holding meetings and events. Total expenditure was lower than last year.

We continue to see our members face challenging times with the everchanging legislative landscape. The CMPA is continuing to assist our members buy allocating significant funds to provide support and legislative guidence to hopefully ease some of these burdens going forward. These funds will be used to continue to support members of the CMPA and to be a vocal voice in the indusrty.

We would also like to recoginise all the asscociate members who continue to be part of the CMPA and are still willing to support the association through membership renewals for the upcoming year.

Secretariat’s Report – Sarah Andrew

This year has seen the CMPA run many very successful events including four workshops with over 113 people participating in these activities. We would like to thank all participants for their contribution. Elizabeth has invested considerable time and energy representing the CMPA on the following committees:
• Earth Resources Regulation Stakeholder Reference Group Steering Committee and associated working groups that have focused on resolving issues arising from the introduction of the risk based work plan, RRAMs, Public Reporting and a restructure in ERR that has led to a dramatic decrease in expertise and capability (especially in the approvals area).
• The Extractive Industries Taskforce (Security of access to construction materials).
• The Earth Resources Ministerial Advisory Committee.

Elizabeth has been supported in these duties by a number of Voting Members – their assistance is, as always, greatly appreciated. Who will no doubt be of continued assistance this year.

Ensuring our Members remain in contact with the CMPA and their voice is heard has again been a priority this year. We would like to thank all our Members for their time and effort in hosting us and ensuring we have a better appreciation of your needs.

Information Flow

Sand & Stone continues to be the primary source together with the CMPA website of keeping Members informed on the CMPA’s activities throughout 2016/17. Newspaper House in Kilmore have continued to design Sand & Stone whist Enviroprintgroup now publish the magazine. We of course extend our sincerest thanks to Newspaper House; Sand & Stone’s many contributors, especially those who present articles for every edition, and the advertisers without whom the magazine would not be possible.

CMPA Updates via Mail chimp have been distributed throughout the year keeping recipients informed of recent industry specific accidents and incidents, along with information on upcoming
events. The purpose of the updates is primarily to provide its readers with a summary of the incidents which have occurred across the state, nation and internationally to improve the state
of knowledge in the industry.

Membership

Membership over the last financial year has remained relatively stable in numbers although already we have welcomed a number of new members for the current financial year. We thank all our Members for their continued support and look forward to working with them over the coming year.

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