CMPA Update (Issue 12)

By on July 3, 2003

Have Your Tax & Finance Questions Answered!

New Effective Lives for Quarry plant came into effect on the 1st of July this year.  In lieu of the new lives the CMPA has been able to source representatives from the ATO to attend a meeting with members.

CMPA Members and their accountants will have an opportunity to attend the discussions and informal training to ensure the best outcome for future financing in their businesses.

Members can also pre-submit questions or issues they would like addressed in preparation for the meeting.  The ATO reps will prepare responses to issues raised and provide feedback and assistance for members. 

A representative from Regional Development Victoria will also be in attendance to outline possible funding opportunities for the CMPA and its members.

Show some initiative and send ideas (even if you don’t plan to go) to be raised with the speakers by 26th of September!


Who: Members and their Accountants
Where: Jaques, 90 Turner St, Port Melbourne
When: 9.30am—3.00pm 28 Nov 2003
Why: Good business value adding opportunity and it  supports the CMPA.
What: Learning and a Spit Roast
Cost: $20.00

IN summary

Small Business Satisfaction

A survey conducted by the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) has revealed that staff employed by a small business are less likely to leave their current employer than staff employed by larger companies.

The AIM survey concluded that higher levels of all cultural dimensions were recorded among smaller sized companies. Companies with fewer employees were considered by their leaders to be more internally supportive, to have more of a social conscience, to be more competitive, more rewarding, more stable, more performance-oriented and more innovative than their larger counterparts.

According to the survey smaller sized organisations reported higher levels in all job outcomes. The findings suggest that organisations with fewer employees tend to be recognised to a greater extent for their moderate to considerable levels of job satisfaction, commitment, trust, loyalty, and respect, and their competitive, performance-oriented cultures. (Key Findings Australian Business Leadership Survey, AIM, Melbourne, 2002.)

Advertising in the CMPA News

Since the first publication of the CMPA News, there have been over 200 advertisements placed in the Trading Guide section of the newsletter. This support is greatly appreciated and over the time, members have begun to use the CMPA Trading Guide as the first port of call for industry items of interest – be it an item for sale, an item sought or a position available.

The CMPA News is circulated to members and industry personnel directly involved with extractive industries, making it the perfect medium for marketing your goods.

Throughout the life of the newsletter, the CMPA has been able to maintain steady prices for advertising. As of this issue, advertising rates are to change due to account for future changes, an increase in printing costs and the employment of a journalist.  Revised rates are listed in the table attached. 

Take note of the new feature in advertising which is subscription.  This is an ideal cost saving mechanism for those members who regularly advertise.  Advertisement subscription is an ideal way to take the pain out of worrying about missing out on advertising.  

The content of subscription ads can be altered at any time.  If a product is sold out or you have a new item for sale, the ad can be easily changed to meet your requirements.

If your company would like to take advantage of any of these rates, please do not hesitate to contact the office to make arrangements

CMPA Helps Members Sell Product

The CMPA’s latest effort to improve services to members involves the development of a comprehensive quarry product database.  

To support the database, the CMPA has placed an advertisement in the Yellow Pages requesting potential buyers to contact the CMPA for  referral to members. 

Updated membership forms now have a section allocated to gathering the types, sizes, hardness and colours of the materials available from members’ businesses. 

The information is being entered into a centralised  database where CMPA employees can quickly identify which members  can supply material for a prospective purchaser.

According to CMPA Accounts Officer Jenelle Booth “It is good to see that many members have made the most of this opportunity when renewing their membership.”

Sadly,” reports Jenelle “some members have failed to exploit this  opportunity for increasing product sales.

If you have not returned your membership forms, please ensure that you complete all sections  before you do!

Yellow Pages Advert

As with previous years, the CMPA is encouraging members to be proud of their membership and include the CMPA logo within their company’s Yellow Page advertisement. Previous years have seen several members display their membership – are you one of these?

If you require the CMPA logo, please contact the office and we’ll get it out to you straight away.

Thank you to those members who publicly supported the CMPA last year and we hope that you continue to do so this year and into the future.

Brain Teaser:

Think of a balloon filled with air suspended under water by a weight, so that the balloon will neither rise or fall.  If you push the balloon deeper into the water, hold it steady, then release it, will the balloon rise, fall, or stay where it is? 

Solution at the bottom of the page.



A man is driving down a country road, when he spots a farmer standing in the middle of a huge field of grass. He pulls the car over to the side of the road and notices that the farmer is just standing there, doing nothing, looking at nothing.

The man gets out of the car, walks all the way out to the farmer and asks him, “Ah excuse me mister, but what are you doing?”

The farmer replies, “I’m trying to win a Nobel Prize.”
“How?” asks the man, puzzled.
“Well I heard they give the Nobel Prize to people who are out standing in their field.”

Irritations in Life

  1. People who point at their wrist while asking for the time. I know where my watch is pal, where is yours?
  2. People who are willing to get off their backside to search the entire room for the TV remote because they refuse to walk to the TV and change the channel manually.
  3. When people say “it’s always the last place you look”. Of course it is. Why would you keep looking after you’ve found it? Do people do this? Who and where are they?
  4. When people say while watching a film “did you see that?” No I paid $12 to come to the cinema and stare at the floor!!
  5. When people say “Oh you just want to have your cake and eat it too”. To right! What good is a cake if you can’t eat it?
  6. People who ask “Can I ask you a question?” Didn’t really give me a choice there, did you?
  7. When something is “new and improved“! Which is it? If it’s new, then there has never been anything before it. If it’s an improvement, then there must have been something before it.
  8. When people say “life is short.” Life is the longest thing anyone ever does!! What can you do that’s longer?
  9. When you are waiting for the bus and someone asks “Has the bus come yet?” If the bus came would I be standing here.

Brain teaser solution

The balloon will sink.  The further it goes under water, the greater the water pressure.  AS the water pressure increases, the volume and buoyancy of the balloon decreases. 

In fact, if the water pressure were great enough the balloon would sink without a weight attached.

If you know a good brain teaser please forward it to the CMPA!

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