The 2013 CMPA Annual Dinner

By on May 14, 2013

The CMPA Annual Dinner ventured west of Melbourne to the surf coast town of Torquay and the beautiful Peppers The Sands Resort, where guests networked with industry peers across the weekend. Gavin Moreira, CMPA Administration Officer reviews a fantastic weekend!

AN enjoyable weekend away of fun filled activities and a chance to catch up with old friends. The CMPA Annual Dinner weekend turned out to be the best ever with fine weather greeting guests to the surf coast and an amazing 260 guests in attendance. It was the biggest gathering for the association and is getting bigger and bigger each year.

The weekend commenced early Saturday morning with a group of 11 members out on the bay off Queenscliff for a four hour Sports Boat Fishing Charter. Not sure that a lot of fish was caught but a great time was had by all. Lunchtime at Peppers The Sands Resort saw a group of 20 members take to the greens for a fiercely contested round of nine holes of golf. Each hole provided its challenges but there were prizes on offer from the sponsors – Burdett Sands, CJD Equipment, Groeneveld Australia, Mead Partners, Oli Vibrators, TSP Group of Companies and WAM Australia making it all worthwhile. Great fun, networking and mutual respect of each player’s abilities made for an enjoyable afternoon. The runner up was Michael Hocking from CJ Ham & Murray and the overall winner for 2013 was Andrew Hagan from CJD Equipment who was presented with his trophy during the Annual Dinner.

The culmination of twelve months of planning and hard work by the Secretariat evolved into a wonderful night, where 260 Members and their guests gathered on Saturday August 24 at Peppers Th e Sands Resort, Torquay for the thirteenth Annual Dinner.

The evening commenced with pre-dinner drinks and canapés which allowed guests to meet and greet friends and peers over a beer or wine and to take in what was an outstanding venue as well as be entertained by Barry Govan a roving magician.

The CMPA Annual General Meeting was held in the Balmoral Bar prior to the commencement of the dinner. John Mawson, CMPA Chairperson opened the meeting and in his address spoke about the highlights of the past twelve months including the submission provided to the Productivity Commission on the Regulatory Impact Analysis: Benchmarking as well as various workshops held on the Blast Management Plan and Future Training in the Industry.

He also acknowledged the hard work of the Associate and Management Committees over the past year. A motion was raised to accept all presentations provided in the Annual Report: Chairperson, Associate Chairperson, Education Chairperson, Policy & Special Issues Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary which were duly passed (Th ese presentations provided in the Annual Report are available in the Members Only area of the CMPA website.). Also passed was a motion to make Changes to The CMPA Rule.

It was then time to open the doors to The Sands Ballroom where guests were welcomed by Legendary AFL identity Tom Hafey who was MC for the night and greeted by a very spacious room decorated with floral centre pieces and gift s by the Platinum Sponsors. An added bonus for the night was three electronic screens supplied by Platinum Sponsors Super Signs which showed Associate advertising on a large scale as well as images and photos of members quarries depicted in Sand & Stone for the last twelve months.

The night was officially opened by John Mawson the CMPA Chairperson who gave us an overview of the last twelve months. This was followed by the opening of the CMPA Silent Auction, which involved spirited bidding by guests throughout the night on nine items donated by Associate members. Thank you to Atlas Copco Mining and Rock Excavation Australia, ei engineering, Galesafe Weighing, Kinder & Co, Landair Surveys, Maxam Australia and Oli Vibrators the auction raised over $17,000 with proceeds going towards the CMPA Educational Fund to develop educational and training resources to improve safety in your workplaces.

The feature act of the evening was the band Beauty and the Beats who kept us all entertained with various musical numbers from different walks of life. Guests were also given the opportunity throughout the evening to have their pictures drawn by star caricaturist Tony Bramwell who worked non-stop all night.

The dinner was an overwhelming success with many new contacts made and old ones renewed.

Associates were once again overwhelmed by the opportunities they had during the night to network with fellow associates, but more importantly with quarry members.

One associate made the comment “It was a great venue, with great food and great company.”

“What a spectacular way to mix business and pleasure!”


Congratulations to everyone involved in organising the AGM and Dinner, it just keeps getting bigger and bigger. We will have to bring more employees along next year.”

“Thank you to the CMPA for a great night, sponsorship dollars was well spent.”
“Had a great time, happy with all facets of the night!”

“A great night and a good way to get a better understanding of the association and an insight into the industry they work in.”

“Thank you for a terrific weekend. It’s great we can bring the family along and enjoy the time away.”

“I had a great night and have made contact with enough quarry sites to make visits for the next few weeks, which is great.”

The night finished with guests who wanted to carry on the party, did so over quiet drinks and social conversation in the Balmoral and Hanners Bars.

At this point the weekend was only half over, Sunday morning brought more opportunities to mingle with fellow members and to reminisce on the night before.

With 95% of the hotel rooms booked by CMPA Members, a beautiful buff et breakfast was served up for 180 guests who braved the early morning in The Sands Ballroom to start another beautiful day.

We sincerely hope everyone enjoyed the weekend and as you can see from the photos it certainly appears that way!


On behalf of the guests at the 2013 Annual Dinner, we would like to thank all those who sponsored the evening:

Platinum sponsors:
Liebherr Australia Pty Ltd, Maxam Australia and Super Signs

Gold sponsors:
Atlas Copco Mining and Rock Excavation Australia, Bendigo Regional Institute of TAFE, Box Hill Institute of TAFE, Crushing Equipment, Finlay Screening & Crushing Systems, Galesafe Weighing, Gordyn & Palmer Pty Ltd, Lincom Group, Orica Australia (Quarry Services), Petromech Pty Ltd, Terex Jaques, Tutt Bryant Equipment and WAM Australia

Silver sponsors:
Astec Australia Pty Ltd, Belmont Diesel, ei engineering, Groeneveld Australia, Indeco Australia, Komatsu Australia, Landair Surveys, Oli Vibrators Pty Ltd, Onetrak Pty Ltd and William Adams

Bronze Sponsors:
Advanced Engineering Group and MSC Group

Door Prize Sponsor:
Crushing Equipment Pty Ltd

Early Bird Prize Sponsor:
Tutt Bryant Equipment

Name Tag & Lanyard Sponsor:
TSP Group of Companies

Silent Auction Sponsors:
Atlas Copco Mining and Rock Excavation Australia, ei engineering, Galesafe Weighing, Kinder & Co, Landair Surveys, Maxam Australia, and Oli Vibrators

It would be greatly appreciated if all Members could thank these companies if you are talking to them. Members are asked to consider these companies when you are next pricing a job.

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