Barossa Quarries

By on January 18, 2016
Front Cover Photo of Issue 82

STEVE FALLAND, Managing Director of Barossa Quarries reports on the history of this diverse family business.

In 2003 Barossa Quarries was born out of Howard Quarries, established c1938 in South Australia at Angaston in the Barossa Valley, as a result of a family buy out of the specialised decorative aggregate producer which has a history of involvement in central Victoria since the 1970’s.

South Australian based Rob and Carol Howard purchased Basil Johnsons Harcourt Granite quarry, at the foot of Mt Alexander near Faraday, in 1989 to provide a reliable supply of Harcourt Granite for crushing and screening into premium aggregates for use in their broad range of products which are used in the architectural pre-cast and monumental industries. Previously
a dimensional stone quarry supplying an insatiable demand for memorials and monuments in the mid 1900’s, it set aside a part of the quarry for blasting and crushing decorative aggregates.

A small semi-mobile crushing plant was built at Angaston and set up at the quarry to produce tightly specified aggregates and dusts from selected clean granite. As well as bulk aggregates, 40kg bags of aggregates and dusts were bagged and distributed around Australia to monumental masons and is still a popular aggregate for this use. This area of the business has declined considerably over the years but has been replaced by other customers with many different uses.

The business has quarries and sources in SA, NSW and Victoria to draw on for its specialised range of premium granite, marble, quartz and feldspar aggregates and dusts in sizes from 250 micron up to 350mm. It has become Australia’s go-to suppliers for reliable small run premium stone products for use in high quality masonry and engineered building products. The Harcourt quarry has been an important part of the multi-facetted business as an important strategic site in the eastern states and is poised to take a bigger part of the business in the growth areas of Australia.

SITE PHOTO: At Barossa Quarry in Angaston, SA.

SITE PHOTO: At Barossa Quarry in Angaston, SA.

Stephen and Rebecca Falland (Howard) purchased the business in 2003 and have built strongly on the customer and quality focused approach, to increase turn over and open new markets across Australia and internationally. We have a plan to increase our tonnage and penetration nationally, in partnership with other CMPA members Allstone Quarries and DE Quarry Solutions, to provide bulk crushing and distribution in tonnages greater than we have previously been capable of.

Both Howard Quarries and Barossa Quarries have been members of CMPA for many years and have valued the role the CMPA plays advocating to Government and others in the interests of the extractive industries, family business and the wider community. We look forward to more involvement with CMPA as we grow further into the Victorian market.

SITE PHOTO: Decorative Stone and Breaking the Toe at Harcourt Quarry in Victoria.

SITE PHOTO: Decorative Stone and Breaking the Toe at Harcourt Quarry in Victoria.

60 Seconds with a voting member . . . 

What is your name? Steve Falland.

Photo of Steve Falland, Managing Director

Steve Falland

Who do you work for? Barossa Quarries Pty Ltd.

How many years have you worked for this business? Including Howard Quarries about 30 years.

How many years have you been involved in the industry? 30 Years

What is your role at the company? Managing Director .

What does your job involve? Overall business management, strategy and raw materials supply to our production staff..

What is the best part of your job? Solving difficult logistic problems to supply something special for our
industries customers..

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