Value of Membership

By on August 10, 2017
Value of Membership

GAVIN MOREIRA, Member Services Manager of CMPA reports on the value of being a CMPA Member.

CMPA is dedicated to the representation, advocacy and service of its Members in the Victorian earth resources extractive industry.

The purpose of CMPA is to ensure the continued presence of a viable broad spectrum of businesses that extract and process hard rock, gravel, sand, clay, lime, and soil. CMPA members also operate recycling businesses. CMPA members are typically small to medium sized family and private businesses; local government; and utilities within Victoria.

As a representative organisation, the CMPA is now regularly called upon to provide comment, submissions and direct assistance to members, government, regulatory bodies, industry and the wider community. We rely on our membership to ensure the continuation of these goals and endeavours, and to enable us to continue to represent all industry participants, regardless of size or status.

A Policy and Special Issues fund was set up at inception of the association back in 2000 which is made up of Gold membership contributions and a percentage of all Membership subscriptions for
each financial year. To date the fund has spent over $320K (see table below) which equates to about $20K a year on average being spent on supporting our members.

Without the CMPA and the intensive lobbying that it does on behalf of members, industry would be facing higher costs and burdens on their bottom line. To name a few:

Exposure DRAFT Mineral Resources Amendment Regulations and RIS – $12 million dollars removed from cost recovery. Resources Super profit Tax (RSPT), quarries became exempt.

The development of the Safety Documents has helped improve the standard of safety and compliance on members’ sites enabling members to get on with the operating side of their business knowing they are being kept up to date and informed of industry best practice.

The development of the Reference Manuals has enabled members to train their current and prospective employees to improve their knowledge and understanding of how their business operates on site.

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CMPA is well aware of the impact of continually increasing regulations to the industry hurting small to medium sized businesses in the construction materials industry.

Anticipated developments for 2017-18 includes issues such as:
• Development of various submissions for Government Policies, Regulations and Codes of Conduct that impact the future of the industry. This includes risk based work plans, Native Vegetation Clearing Regulations and Aboriginal Heritage;
• Lobbying for an improved, efficient and effective work plan approval process;
• Working with Government to develop mechanisms for identifying and protecting current and future extractive resource assets in planning mechanisms;
• Continued development of the following Training Manuals: Conduct Sand Wash Operations, Conduct Blending Plant Operations, Service and Maintain Screens and Service and Maintain Conveyors, Bins and Hoppers;
• Re-development of Guarding Guidelines to include mobile equipment;
• Development of Progressive Rehabilitation Management Plan template for Quarries;

• Project on sustainability of the extractive industry – Stage 1 VCAT analysis of decision (see page 19);
• Providing input to VicRoads on strategic and technical issues through the CMPA Technical Committee.

Benefits of Membership of CMPA

The success of CMPA, the peak body in Victoria for family, private, Council and State Government quarries; and recyclers; is due to its membership base: Voting, Associate and Workforce
members working together with one collective voice to State and Federal Governments.
The CMPA is overseen by an elected Management Committee as well as an Associate Committee which is guided by the CMPA Statement of Purpose.

CMPA communication

Communication with Members is through the CMPA bimonthly magazine (Sand & Stone), Preferred Suppliers Manual, the CMPA website, industry updates through email / Mail Chimp and in more recent times through social media such as news blogs on the CMPA website and posts and articles on LinkedIn.

CMPA events

Events include training workshops, general meetings and AGM/annual dinner are all discounted for members.

CMPA industry tools

Industry tools have been developed by CMPA with input from the extensive membership experience in the extractive industry to assist Members in their businesses which are all discounted for members:
• Development of reference manuals;
• Development of Guidelines;
• Preferred Suppliers and General Information Reference Manual; and
• Administration documents;
– Plant safety checklists;
– Personal Work Record and Employee Wage books;
– Hot Work Permits;
– Site Managers Report and Issue Resolution books;

The CMPA supports Members with issues concerning Work Authorities, OHS, Industry Best Practice and many other concerns.

To ensure better coverage and provide the best results possible for the industry, the CMPA needs you to renew or join the CMPA as a Member in 2017-18. No one is too big or too small. Fifty per cent of our Members report turnover of less than 30,000 tonnes per year, whilst several Members produce in excess of 1.3 million tonnes per year.

Please contact Gavin Moreira today for further information on CMPA Membership 

gavin.moreira@cmpavic.asn.au
P: (03) 5781 0655
M: 0409 328 261

About Gavin Moreira

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