CMPA News (Issue 96)

By on February 7, 2018

Associate Committee Meeting

On 20th November, 2017 the CMPA Associate Committee held its final meeting for the year at the office of Galesafe Weighing in Thomastown. Thank you to Rowena and James Cairns for their hospitality and hosting of the meeting.

Discussions were held about last year’s AGM and Annual Dinner and this year’s event to be held on Saturday 25th August 2018 at The Australian Events Centre, Essendon Fields. Items brought to the table included, concerns about the low numbers of Voting Members attending the event and how this can be addressed as well as entertainment and activities to make the event an enjoyable weekend.A mini trade show prior to the AGM is currently being investigated as the venue has the space to hold one.

The growth and development of Sand & Stone was discussed and so too was the importance of Associate member contributions in the form of editorials, advertorials and staff profiles. 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. A special edition of the magazine will be printed in Aug / Sep 2018 to celebrate the 100th issue of Sand & Stone.

Associates see the CMPA website and social media site LinkedIn as being pivotal tools in the coming year to increase brand awareness for their businesses. The website NEWS section is now being updated weekly by the Secretariat and includes past meetings, safety updates and Associate or Voting Member information. Google analytics and reporting are also a high priority for the Secretariat to enable us to identify the usage, by members and public, of the website.

Increased online presence this year

The re-development of the CMPA website was completed last year and is a fantastic tool to find whatever you are looking for with regards to the industry. The following new initiatives are now in place to ensure better communication and a wider spread of information amongst members:

  • The website is able to be viewed on different mediums (mobiles, ipads, laptops and desktops)
  • News Blog updated weekly with meetings, safety updates and member information
  • Sand & Stone can be viewed as a pdf or as an online magazine with article search capability
  • CMPA is now utilising social media with a developing LinkedIn account and YouTube channel for videos
  • Electronic Direct Mail via Mail Chimp is being used to provide monthly Safety Updates and other updates as required
  • The Preferred Suppliers search has been enhanced with greater ways to find Associates and Voting Members
  • Memberships and publications can be ordered through the online store

At present the Secretariat is finalising the ability to make credit card payments through the websites online store as well booking and paying for events.

2018 CMPA Wall Planner

The 2018 CMPA Wall Planner was inserted into the last issue of Sand & Stone. This is the seventh year the Planner has been put together and it is bigger and better than ever. Your feedback on its usefulness in the office or the lunchroom would be greatly appreciated. The CMPA is looking to improve on this tool for the years ahead. If you require any more copies of the wall planner please contact the Secretariat and we will be more than happy to send them to you.

Thank you to the twenty Members who have taken ads, your support is greatly appreciated.

Remember to Support the Suppliers who support you.

AGM & Dinner 2018

The CMPA AGM and Dinner is one of the best industry events of the year – definitely not one to miss. This year we move to the north west of Melbourne at The Australian Events Centre, Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields and it’s shaping up to be another spectacular event.

Arrangements and bookings are presently being made for the evening’s entertainment and for dinner. Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning activities being considered include, a DFO shopping tour by mini bus, a mini trade show and an Essendon Airport site tour to name just a few.

New sponsorship opportunities have commenced, Associates are moving quickly and are already committing to the event. Remember, this is an exceptional opportunity to promote your business, support your fellow CMPA members and network in a hassle-free atmosphere.

Thank you to the following Associates for their early sponsorship:

Platinum: Crushing Equipment,Onetrak

Gold: Finlease, Gordyn & Palmer, MSC Group, Terex Jaques

Silver: Epiroc, Flexco, Roylance’s

Bronze: Advanced Engineering Group, Safemix

With only eight months to go it’s very important to book your weekend away early and avoid missing out on the accommodation of your choice. Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields is on the same site as the dinner venue and can be contacted on 03 9190 1247.

Don’t risk missing all the fun. If you haven’t already put this date in your diary – do so NOW.

Further details will be revealed in the next issue of Sand & Stone.

Date:             Saturday, 25th August, 2018

Location:      The Australian Events Centre, Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields

Time:             5.00pm for AGM, 5.30pm for Pre-Dinner drinks 6.30pm for Dinner

Cost:              $160 per person

To register your interest please contact the Secretariat 03 5781 0655.


Management Committee Meeting

The CMPA Management Committee meeting (2017-4) was held in Kilmore on 22 November 2017. The meeting was attended by Garry Cranny (Chairperson), Basil Natoli, John Mawson, Drew Phillips, John Pititto (Treasurer) and Jason Comben.

The meeting covered a debrief from the successful 2017 Annual General Meeting/Annual Dinner. Discussion was then held around submissions:

  • Victorian Planning Provisions discussion paper draft submission: The draft CMPA submission was discussed and emailed to all Management Committee Members for comment. John Mawson accepted the submission in its current form.
  • Water use by the extractive industry: Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications (Federal).
  • Draft ERR compliance strategy. A submission is being developed by E. Gibson.
  • Submissions to the review of the Aboriginal Heritage Regulations 2007.

A decision was made by the Management Committee to commence part 3 of the CMPA project “Review of VCAT decisions for the Extractive Industry”. The CMPA is in the process of developing the draft 2018-2021 Strategic Plan to be put to the AGM for ratification at the Annual General Meeting in 2018.

The 100th Issue of Sand & Stone will be in Aug/Sept 2018. It was suggested that the Secretariat make this a larger issue. This could be a good opportunity to increase the readership base. It could cover the history of some of the companies who have been with CMPA for some time. A copywriter is to be contracted to conduct interviews and take photos.

The next Management Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday 7 March 2018.

Recent Events

  • Earth Resources Stakeholder Reference Group meeting (DEDJTR), Melbourne, E. Gibson receive an update and comment on policy and regulation in earth resources. Items discussed included progress with the ERR-Continuous Improvement Project; draft ERR compliance strategy 2018; Native Vegetation Clearing Regulations; Minister’s Statement of Expectations for ERR.
  • Extractive Industry Taskforce meeting (DEDJTR), Melbourne, E. Gibson. The meeting focused on possible planning mechanisms for protection/identification of extractive resources in Victoria.
  • Earth Resources Stakeholder Reference Group Workshop (DEDJTR), Melbourne, E. Gibson. The Workshop focused on ERR’s draft compliance strategy.
  • Meeting with Martin Oakley, Niskin Enterprises on the VCAT Project Part 3 (Analysis of ERR data on work plan approvals), Kilmore, R. Kerr and E. Gibson
  • Meeting with Noel Pickering.
  • Earth Resources Ministerial Advisory Council meeting by teleconference, E. Gibson. The meeting focused on the ERR-Continuous Improvement Project.
  • Earth Resources Stakeholder Reference Group Workshop, Melbourne, E. Gibson. The Workshop concerned the best mechanisms for the interaction of Stakeholders including industry with ERR; ERR-Continuous Improvement Project and ERR performance.


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