CMPA News (Issue 106)

By on October 16, 2019

Membership Renewals

All Members have received their renewals for 2019/20. We have had a fantastic response to date, for those who haven’t responded as, yet it would be greatly appreciated if the application form can be completed and sent back via email, fax or post. We do require the form to be completed for our records. Once the paperwork has been received a tax invoice will be issued.

Thank you to the CMPA members who have already renewed for the 2019/20 financial year.

Wall Planner

As we approach the final quarter of 2019, the Secretariat is now preparing the 2020 CMPA Wall Planner. This will be the ninth year it has been printed and distributed.

An email was sent to all Members requesting advertising for the planner. We have had a fantastic response, but there are still a few spots available to be taken up.

Please email the Secretariat at your ads ASAP. It will be folded and inserted in the October / November issue of Sand & Stone, but unfolded copies can be ordered and printed as well.

Management Committee Meeting

The CMPA Management Committee met on 28 August 2019 in Kilmore. In attendance was Basil Natoli (Deputy Chair), Jason Comben, Tim Bird, John Pititto (Treasurer), Jason Rudge (Associate Chairperson), Andrew Burdett, Drew Phillips and John Mawson. There were apologies from Garry Cranny and Ant Bateup.

The Audited financial report for the year ending 30 June 2019 was reviewed and financial accounts 31 July 2019 summary report were accepted. The Business Plan 2019/20 was accepted subsequent to the addition of 4 projects:

  • Rehabilitation Bonds
  • Draft Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) (Extractive Industry) Regulations 2020
  • Respirable Crystalline Silica
  • Face Stability and geotechnical risk

Earth Resources Regulation (ERR) have indicated an increase in rehabilitation bonds by 17% CPI due to not having been applied since 2014. It was the view that the bond calculator rates were overestimated and there needs to be a review on the data so that the pricing is realistic.

A demonstration was given on the online members maps and the updates made. All members who gave permission to be on the map have been added. The map is now live on the CMPA website

The draft CMPA Poster and Brochure “Quarries build communities” was reviewed. There was a suggestion made to change some of the photographs and John Mawson volunteered to simplify the words through editing the document. The comments made by the Associate Committee were also discussed.

Associate Committee Meeting

On 28th August 2019 the CMPA Associate Committee held its third meeting for the year at the Kilmore Tennis Club. Associate Chairperson Jason Rudge (William Adams) opened the meeting.

The 2019-20 Associate Committee comprises:

An update was provided on the upcoming Annual Dinner held on Saturday 14th September 2019 at The VIBE Hotel, Marysville. The biggest discussion point was the attendance by The Hon. Jaclyn Symes MP to the dinner and the trade display. We also looked forward to the 2020 Annual Dinner to be held on Saturday 12th September 2020 back at The Australian Events Centre, Essendon Fields.

Future issues of Sand & Stone were discussed and so too was the importance of Associate member contributions in the form of editorials, advertorials and staff profiles. Associates to provide articles that look at new technologies, innovations or products or services that reduce costs and improve efficiencies for the quarries. This will not only help keep the content interesting for all readers but publicly advertise your business.

An integral part of being a member of an association is to be able to communicate to other members what you are all about and what you can offer to help grow each other’s businesses. Successful businesses can only benefit the industry in the long run.

The CMPA online presence continues to grow both on the website and our social media site LinkedIn, both are pivotal tools to increase brand awareness for Associate businesses. The website NEWS section is being updated weekly by the Secretariat and includes past meetings, safety updates and Associate or Voting Member information. The new CMPA YouTube channel will also be updated to include videos on our members and suppliers.

Future marketing of the CMPA include the development of a poster and brochure with the focus on “Quarries Build Communities”. They are being distributed to members to utilise for their own businesses.

Recent Events

  • Construction Materials Testing Working Group involving NATA, PwC Skills for Australia, C. James (rep: E. B. Mawson & Sons) and E. Gibson in Melbourne
  • ERR Stakeholder Reference Group Meeting, DJPR Melbourne, E. Gibson
  • Extractive Industry Taskforce, Helen Foard, DJPR, Melbourne, E. Gibson
  • Extractive IRC meeting (Federal, education) Sydney (Federal Government funding), E. Gibson
  • Preparation of work plans Guideline in Melbourne with Michelle Delaire DJPR, E. Gibson
  • Hanson Paddock and Dandy Premix Quarry site tours with Ms Jordan Crugnale (Member for Bass) and John Krbaleski in Grantville, E. Gibson
  • Discussion re: Draft CMPA Blast Management Plan in Kilmore with Ian McLeod, ERR, E. Gibson, G. Moreira, D. McKelvie (Safemix), R. Kerr, D. Kerr (Conundrum Holdings)
  • Dr Sharann Johnson (OHS Consultant), John Kilgour CCF, Brian Hauser CCAA discussing Silica Dust in Notting Hill, E. Gibson
  • WorkSafe Workshop Silicosis – A Medical Approach, Melbourne, E. Gibson
  • Meeting with Victorian Auditor General’s Office re: rehabilitating mines audit, Melbourne, E. Gibson

Upcoming Events

A substantial day is planned for CMPA Members and other interested industry contributors in the East Gippsland area of Victoria.

Water Management Workshop

The CMPA is holding this workshop to develop a Guideline/Template on Water Management Plans necessary, in the first instance, for the Work Plan approval process.

This will enable Quarry Owners/Managers and other interested parties to gain an understanding (and impart knowledge) of how to manage water on and surrounding a quarry site through the life of a quarry ensuring compliance with relevant legislation.

The one-day workshop is an interactive process which encourages the active involvement of the participants rather than a lecture session.

Date: Thursday 21st November 2019
Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm (includes morning tea and lunch)
Location: Drouin Golf & Country Club, McGlone Road, Drouin

Special guest speakers (TBC) from:
Water authorities, EPA, ERR and Valenza Engineering

The workshop will be followed by a Site Visit by bus to Casacir’s Neerim North Quarry.

The tour will involve inspection of onsite safety aspects in particular water management.

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