CMPA News (Issue 91)

By on March 31, 2017

2017 David Barro Fellowship

The Barro Group and the International Specialised Skills Institute (ISS Institute) are offering one international Fellowship in the amount of $12,500.

This Fellowship provides an opportunity for individuals working within the area of the heavy construction materials industry, specifically in the manufacture of concrete or in quarrying, to enhance their current skills through an international applied research program.

This Fellowship is intended to support individuals in their own career development as well as provide an opportunity to drive leading practice and innovation within the Australian industry. It is expected that the applicant is currently engaged in the concrete or quarrying industry in Australia.

About this Fellowship

ISS Institute is seeking candidates for this Fellowship who are interested in exploring new and leading practice, innovation and leadership opportunities in one or more of the following Skill Enhancement categories and areas within the heavy construction materials industry (these are listed as examples only):

  • Leadership around sustainability and community engagement
  • Developing and enabling technology; creative and effective use of technology
  • Improving best practice and increasing operational effectiveness
  • Reliable and cost effective plant maintenance
  • Promoting the use of heavy construction materials
  • Innovation – technologies in plant, and design and delivery of product
  • Regulatory, economic, societal, technological, environmental variables
  • Customer service and strengthening interaction
  • Workforce skills required to creatively and effectively interpret and use knowledge
  • Industry safety
  • Effective use of resources
  • Product quality
  • Materials recycling

The Fellowship Guidelines and Application Form can also be accessed via the following website –


Annual Dinner 2017 – The Pier, Geelong

A brilliant event is being planned down in the south of the state, as we move to Geelong for this year’s CMPA Annual Dinner. This year Voting Members who have been Members of the CMPA for 15+ years will be presented with a certificate on the night. A four piece band has been booked and arrangements are being made for a Bellarine winery tour on the Saturday and a cruise around Corio Bay on the Sunday.

With less than six months to go it’s very important to book your weekend away early and avoid missing out on the accommodation of your choice. These include: Rydges Geelong, Novotel Geelong, Vue Apartments and Quality Hotel Bayside Geelong.

Sponsorship opportunities are open, 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:

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EPA Inquiry – good news for quarries

The Victorian Government committed to a major public inquiry into EPA in 2014. The Inquiry was completed over ten months by an independent Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) and the final report was publicly released on 16 May 2016. CMPA was concerned that recommendation 17.1 of the report “Strengthening Mining Regulation” would also apply to the extractive industry:  strengthen and formalise the EPA’s role in mining regulation under the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990. The CMPA concerns were communicated to the Government around this issue.

The Government response to the EPA Inquiry recommendations was released on 17 January 2017. The Government response supported in principal the recommendation which would see EPA having a greater role in the mining industry through changes in the Environment Protection Act 1970 (EP Act) around environmental conditions and rehabilitation bonds. On CMPA contacting the EPA over what this meant for the extractive industry the response was that the industry had a lower risk profile than the mining industry and so would not be impacted by the strengthening of the EP Act.

It is good to see that Government is now finally differentiating between the extractive industries (due to its lower risk profile) and mines.


Site Visits

Dr Elizabeth Gibson undertook site visits to CMPA Members in South Gippsland from 15-17 February 2017. The first stop was Maryvale Sands and then next door to Latrobe Valley Sands, Traralgon. There was information sharing such as on CMPA’s workshop on Progressive Rehabilitation Management, education and training requirements and developments within Government. The next stop was to visit ERR’s Acting Regional Manager Andrew Marshall and then to Kellie Heyne, a local inspector from WorkSafe.

The following day saw a trip out to Nerrena to visit Rob Knox at South Gippsland Quarries where a site tour was given with an interesting historical focus on the family in the area (third generation). The final visit of the day was to David O’Brien of Prosper Valley Enterprises in Boolarra.

The last day was spent visiting De Merlo Contractors at Middle Tarwin and then to Evans Quarries on Phillip Island. A number of potential members were also visited.

Thank you to all CMPA Members for their time and productive discussions around the Extractive Industry.


Management Committee Meeting

The CMPA Management Committee meeting was held in Kilmore on 8 March 2017. Garry Cranny (Chairperson), John Mawson, John Pititto (Treasurer) and Andrew Burdett were in attendance. The Minutes of the previous meeting were accepted. The Financial Report was given by John Pititto to the end February 2017. A report was given by Gavin Moreira (Member Services Manager) on progress with the AGM/Annual Dinner 2017 at Geelong “The Pier” and the 2018 AGM/Annual Dinner location was selected as The Australian Events Centre, Essendon Fields.

Discussion was led by Elizabeth Gibson around CMPA submissions:

a. Native Vegetation Clearing Regulations

b. Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act

c. Risk based work plan guidelines

d. Cost Recovery for Earth Resources Regulation

The Management Committee approved use of LinkedIn and Facebook CMPA social media marketing strategies which will be implemented once the appointment of the Administration Support Officer is approved.

Discussion was held around the elections at the 2017 AGM with four positions becoming vacant including that of Chairperson. Those Voting Members that are interested in nominating for the positions (nominations will be called for in July 2017) are most welcome to attend the Management Committee meetings to have an understanding of how the Committee operates.


Recent Events

  • Meeting with ERR (DEDJTR) Risk based work plans working group, Melbourne, G. Cranny and E. Gibson.
  • Meeting with ERR (DEDJTR) RRAM and Work plan approval process working groups, Melbourne, E. Gibson.
  • ERRSRG Risk based work plans working group workshop, Melbourne, G. Cranny and E. Gibson.
  • Meeting with Joe Manariti and Layla Stanton from SWIM Communications to look at ways to further grow the CMPA website and social media networks.
  • VCCIA meeting with Parliamentary Secretary to The Treasurer, Daniel Mulino – Reforming Public Construction and AGM, Melbourne, E. Gibson.
  • Meeting with The Hon Matthew Guy, MP; Melbourne, Garry Cranny, Ron Kerr, E. Gibson
  • ERR (DEDJTR) Stakeholder engagement working group, Melbourne, E. Gibson
  • Industry Reference Committee meeting, Federal Department of Education and Training Tullamarine, E. Gibson
  • VicRoads / CMPA technical committee meeting: C. James (E. B. Mawson & Sons), W. Payne Quarrycrete) and M. Wagner (Conundrum Holdings)
  • Earth Resources Ministerial Advisory Council meeting, Melbourne, E. Gibson

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