Voting Members Survey 2015/16

By on November 30, 2016

DR ELIZABETH GIBSON, General Manager for CMPA provides a summary of the Voting Members survey 2015/16.

Voting member survey results 2015/16

The main drivers behind continuing with the survey (which is in its fifth year) were to gain an understanding of the future direction of the industry, to establish Member priorities and to direct the Association’s resources accordingly.  The response rate from Voting Members was 31%.

Future Work Authority intentions

The table below details Members’ intentions with respect to Work Authorities (WA).  As can be seen the majority of activity occurs with variations to WAs.  There appears to be very few new WAs being applied for which may be attributed to the costly and complex process to obtain a WA for a greenfield site.  This is compounded by the number of WA applications which end up in VCAT.  In the past 12 months there has been 6 VCAT hearings concerning quarries.  There are also more who have hearings coming up.  At the recent General Meeting held in Epping, Earth Resources Regulation DEDJTR (ERR) indicated that 10 WAs were being approved each year.  Which is much less than indicated by ERR (26 per annum) for when the increased fees were proposed for introduction in 2015.







According to the Supply and Demand Study completed recently by DEDJTR (reported in Sand & Stone 88), a new quarry equivalent to 1 million tonnes per annum is required every year to meet demand for construction materials into the future.

Business Activity 

The change in the level of business activity anticipated for 2016/16 reflects a more positive view of the extractive industry health compared to last year.  This may be due a number of factors such as the commencement of some infrastructure projects.  As shown in the chart below there has been an increase in anticipated business activity by 30 points for 2016/17 over 2015/16.  Note the CMPA was unable to compare this chart to annual production rates due to the data not having been released by DEDJTR for 2014/15 and 2015/16.



The chart below shows the change in activity in operational hours which shows there is an increase of 14 points from 2015/16 to 2016/17 and is consistent with the anticipated business activity chart.












It is anticipated for, extrapolating for all CMPA Voting Members, that $122 million will be spent in total on capital purchases in 2016/17.  This is almost double the figure for 2015/16.

The following chart depicts the most significant financial impacts of the extractive industry for 2015/16.   Market competition and reduction in sales had high importance together.  Regulatory compliance and the regulatory approval process were also important for impacting on business in 2015/16.














The respondents to the 2015/16 survey completed 131 ha rehabilitation, 2.71 km of face stabilisation and the planting of 5200 trees, the figures being similar to 2014/15.

Suggested Capital Works

An additional question was included this year with Voting Members being given the opportunity to nominate future capital works.  The list is as follows:

  • Upgrading / Maintenance on major roads around the area.
  • Greater Melbourne Ring Road.
  • Kilmore Bypass via Kilmore East.
  • Duplication or second interchange into Wallan. Kilmore bypass. O’Herns Road Epping ramp/run off Hume Freeway.
  • Local roads reconstruction – Shire of Pyrenees, Cogagamite, Golden Plains and maintenance.
  • Major roads expansion works.
  • Melbourne Ports upgrades.
  • Industrial development in Melbourne West.
  • Road Shoulders and edges.
  • Highway jobs.
  • Road Maintenance.
  • Sealing
  • Ring road access for Geelong east to west.
  • Sheeting of a few gravel roads in the area.
  • Road maintenance first then upgrades.
  • Upgrade of South Gippsland and Strezleki Highways.
  • Water storage improvements.
  • Improved road access/road safety.
  • Princes Highway from Orbost to Genoa needs major repairs and maintenance. Many roads and highways in this area need major attention.

The information gathered from this Survey will help the Secretariat to:

  • Effectively represent Members at all levels of Government;
  • Provide Government with a better understanding of the economic importance of our industry;
  • Provide relevant services to Members in education, training, business operations and management; and
  • Identify future capital spending to assist Associate Members in planning.

This completes the Voting Member Survey for 2015/16.  Thank you to all who participated.


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