By on October 30, 2004

Off The Back Of The Truck…

Potential banning the sales of quarry materials seems to have become a new role for the DPI with the introduction of the noxious weed control plan in the North East and Goulburn Broken catchment area as mooted by the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994 and received in writing by a concerned member. The best bit is that the DPI’s Mineral and Petroleum branch did not know of this plan!

With the impending release of the Maxwell Report on the OHS Act, it has been foreshadowed that officer liabilities and union right of entry will be increasing. Depending on who wins the federal election is the next question one has to consider.

Members of the Foundations for Safety must enjoy meetings – the CMPA’s Work Safely unit of competency request for RPL is now with a sub committee of a sub committee of the main committee!

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Membership Renewals

As all CMPA members would be aware the 2004-2005 CMPA Membership renewals were recently posted out. It would be greatly appreciated if these forms could be completed and returned to the CMPA as soon as possible.

Please note the inclusion this year of Gold Membership. These contributions will be directed towards the Special Works Fund. This fund allows the CMPA to continually support projects of the Policy and Special Issues Committee, further adding value to the association in representing your business. Over the upcoming financial year, the Special Works Fund will be utilised to support a number of the CMPA’s activities which, with an average cost of $10,000, are unsustainable.

Brain Teaser
Taken from

If I were in Hawaii and dropped a bowling ball in a bucket of water which is 45 degrees F, and dropped another ball of the same weight, mass, and size in a bucket at 30 degrees F, both of them at the same time, which ball would hit the bottom of the bucket first?

Same question, but the location is in Canada?

See answer at bottom of page.

Best Drinking Story Every Told!

Recently a routine police patrol was parked outside a local neighbourhood bar in Minnesota. Late in the evening, the officer noticed a man leaving the bar so intoxicated that he could barely walk. The man stumbled around the parking lot for a few minutes with the officer quietly watching.

After what seemed an eternity and tying his keys on five different vehicles, the man managed to find his own car which he fell into. He was there for a few minutes as a number of other patrons left the bar and drove off.

Finally, he started his car, switched the wipers on and off (it was a dry night), flicked the hazard flasher on and off, tooted the horn and then switched on the lights. He moved the vehicle forward a few inches, reversed a little and then remained stationary for a few more minutes as more patrons left in their vehicles.

At last he pulled out of the parking lot and started to drive slowly down the street. The police officer having patiently waited all this time, now started up his patrol car, put on the flashing lights, promptly pulled the man over and carried out a breathalyser test.

To his amazement the breathalyser indicated no evidence that the man had consumed any alcohol at all!

Dumbfounded the officer said, “I’ll have to ask you to accompany me to the police station. This breathalyser equipment must be broken.”

“I doubt it,” said the man. “Tonight I’m the designated decoy.”

State of Play

Please see Mr Langlands’ comments in this edition under the Wimmera Crushing & Processing article.

As we are a part of the mobile equipment field, business has picked up considerably over the past month or so. If the weather continues to dry up we will be expecting business to pick up even more.

Business at this point in time has quietened down quite a bit, possibly because of the wet weather and also the upcoming election which has caused people to back off a little as they are unsure of what is currently coming up. Work has not been coming along as quick as over the past few months,we seem to be doing workday-to-day.

It is fairly quite around Northern Victoria at the moment. Sales for sealing aggregates are going reasonably well which is typical for this time of year. ROD NORTH

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Brain Teaser Solution

Both questions, same answer: the ball in the bucket of 45-degree F water hits the bottom of the bucket last.

Did you think that the water in the 30-degree F bucket was frozen? Think again. The question said nothing about that bucket having anything in it! Therefore, there is no water (or ice) to slow the ball down…

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