Value of Suppliers to the Extractive Industry

By on April 19, 2021

GAVIN MOREIRA, Member Services Manager of CMPA reports on the value of being a CMPA Associate Member.

The success of CMPA, the peak body in Victoria for family, private, Council and State Government quarries; and recyclers; is due to its membership base: Voting, Associate and Workforce members working together with one collective voice to State and Federal Governments.

The current COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the need for all members of CMPA to work together for a common cause: keep the extractive industry operating to support the economic recovery. It has also highlighted the importance of being a member of an industry association. At the start of this crisis, following advocating on behalf of CMPA members, the Victorian Government confirmed that “quarries can continue to operate and deliver resources at this time across Victoria, regardless of postcode, providing that they comply with the requirements of the Chief Health Officer’s directions and guidance from DHHS regarding physical distancing and hygiene”.

The CMPA is recognised by it’s members as the principal advocate for the Construction Material Processors Industry in Victoria.

Evolving from industry pressure for a peer network of independent quarrying companies the CMPA provides strong representation and advocacy in the best interests of its Members. In so doing, the CMPA will support the operating viability and foster the long-term sustainability of Members businesses and more generally, the construction materials industry in Victoria.

The CMPA is overseen by an elected Management Committee as well as an Associate Committee which is guided by the CMPA Statement of Purpose.

The purpose of CMPA is to ensure the continued presence of a viable broad spectrum of businesses that extract and process hard rock, gravel, sand, clay, lime, and soil. CMPA members also operate recycling businesses. CMPA members are typically small to medium sized family and private businesses; local government; and utilities within Victoria.

As a representative organisation, the CMPA is now regularly called upon to provide comment, submissions and direct assistance to members, government, regulatory bodies, industry and the wider community. We rely on our membership to ensure the continuation of these goals and endeavours, and to enable us to continue to represent all industry participants, regardless of size or status.

Without the CMPA and the intensive lobbying conducted on behalf of members, industry would be facing higher costs and burdens on their bottom line with little recognition by Government of the essential service provided by Members that support Victoria’s economic growth.

The CMPA would not be able to prosper and grow without the Associate members, who also play an important role in supporting extractive industry businesses in Victoria and the economy. In 2018/19 in Victoria, the sector supplied 63 million tonnes of construction materials to the market, at a value of approximately $1.1 billion. Small to medium quarries account for approximately half of this production.

However, there are current challenges from the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic on the construction industry, but Victoria’s economy is forecast to grow more than any other State.

“A new research report released by Deloitte Access Economics has confirmed what we already believed – Victoria is the greatest place for businesses to be in Australia in 2021.”

Deloitte Access Economics’ latest Business Outlook report predicts Victoria’s economy to grow by 5.3 per cent this calendar year.

The quarterly report, which was release on Monday (18 January 2021), details the ‘V-shaped’ decline and subsequent recovery of Victoria after having been the most severely affected from COVID-19 outbreaks, lockdowns, and restrictions.

Deloitte Access Economics’ partner Chris Richardson told The Age “overall, Victoria’s recovery to date has been remarkable.” “Few at the height of the second wave could have envisaged Victoria would begin 2021 in such a favorable position.

Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas also celebrated the positive outlook: “jobs will remain front and center in our recovery plans as we continue to invest in employment support across Victoria, together with our record pipeline of infrastructure projects.”

Benefits of Associate Membership of CMPA

The benefits Associate Members receive, specific to their membership, include:

  • An insight into Members’ businesses to focus product support and development
  • Access to owners and those in positions to make capital/ purchasing decisions, including a list of those willing to be contacted by Associate Members
  • Inclusion as a preferred supplier in the annual Associates Reference Manual and on our website
  • Ability to advertise within Sand & Stone magazine (exclusive to Associate Members)

Exclusive marketing ability through publications and events hosted by the CMPA:

  • Invitation to attend the Annual Dinner and other workshops and webinars
  • Ability to have technical papers published in Sand & Stone magazine
  • A voice with a voting right on the CMPA’s Management Committee
  • Representation on sub committees for Policy and Special Issues areas
  • Social contact with others with similar interests

CMPA communication.

CMPA bimonthly magazine Sand & Stone – is the primary means of keeping Members and associated businesses informed on the CMPA’s activities, regulatory and legislative impacts relevant to their businesses, and innovative solutions to business issues. Associate Members are encouraged to be involved by advertising, including flyer inserts and providing educational/technical articles.

Preferred Suppliers & General Information Reference Manual is distributed industry wide on an annual basis and categorises Associate Members into supplier groupings, providing a reliable source of preferred suppliers. All Associate Members receive a free full page listing of contact details and areas of expertise. Colour advertisements are also available.

CMPA website includes a comprehensive listing of all Associate Members, along with contact details, areas of expertise and websites links. The Members Map also provides details based on location. All Members receive a personal login and password to access Members Only information.

Industry updates also occur through email / Mail Chimp as well as through social media such as news blogs on the CMPA website and posts and articles on LinkedIn. An annual Wall planner is produced allowing members to promote their businesses all year round

In the second half of 2019 the CMPA developed brochures and posters for our members.

The “Quarries Build Communities” poster and brochure provide a simple explanation of quarrying encompassing the need for quarries and their role in the economy as well as addressing issues of concern to the community such as protection of the environment and aboriginal heritage. Information is also given on use of recycled construction material and examples of rehabilitated quarries.

CMPA events. Events include training webinars, workshops, general meetings and AGM/annual dinner are all discounted for members. Sponsorship opportunities are available for all such events. The information gained from the Workshops is used to compile OHS Support Documentation published free of charge and included in various training materials. This documentation also has associated sponsorship opportunities.

CMPA industry tools. Industry tools have been developed from significant funds by the CMPA with input from our very experienced membership base to assist Members in their businesses. These tools include the;

  • Blast Management Plan and Bushfire Response & Readiness Plan Templates
  • Dust, Guarding, Noise, Traffic & Slimes Management and the Working with Geotechnical Risk in Quarries Guidelines

to name a few which are all discounted for members and are available on our website for the community to access. Associate Members are encouraged to participate in the development of high quality industry specific training materials developed by the CMPA to accompany CMPA facilitated training.

Membership provides industry suppliers with a clear advantage in accessing the Victorian construction materials industry. At the same time, the CMPA encourages Members to support those businesses that are committed to the industry’s success – businesses that are willing to financially support the Association.

If you are interested in becoming a Member of the CMPA, and enjoying direct advertising access to CMPA Members, please contact the CMPA Secretariat.

Please contact Gavin Moreira, today, on or 03 5781 0655 for further information on CMPA Membership.

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