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The quarry industry provides raw materials for construction (i.e. rock, sand, soil and clay).

The industry is deeply concerned that the rate of consumption of these materials is rapidly outstripping supply and future availability. Current data confirms there are insufficient new, or extended quarry reserves being made available for extraction.

Disruption to the construction industry supply chain is inevitable, unless the issue is promptly addressed by Government.

We need construction materials to build new housing, roads, hospitals, schools, to upgrade rail networks and for other key infrastructure projects. This is well recognised by all stakeholders.” Dr Elizabeth Gibson, General Manager CMPA

It is essential to our Members and the wider industry that we continue to manage and protect our key quarry resource areas to ensure a steady flow of unhindered residential and infrastructure work across Victoria.” John Kilgour CEO of Civil Construction Federation Victoria.”

In 2016, the net rate of population growth in Victoria reached ~140,000 per annum; 40% more than previously forecast. This unprecedented growth demands a requisite investment in major public infrastructure, which highlights the critical need to review the current quarry approval process.

Melbourne is experiencing demand pressures which will soon begin to impact upon supply reliability, price and the cost to build. It will also result in the early closure of some quarries, further exacerbating the supply problem.

The CMPA decided to review the existing quarry approval process. The objective was to identify responsible ways of restoring Victoria’s construction material reserves to a more sustainable level as quickly as possible.

The first such independent investigation is titled: “Review of Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) Decisions for the Extractive Industry” (see www.cmpavic.asn.au).

The review of Extractive Industry VCAT decisions has found:

  • Over the last four years, of the nine (9) quarry development cases heard only four (4), or 44% were approved;
  • Of the four approved only two (2) proceeded to production (less than 25%) due to onerous (non-viable) approval conditions.

(In the interim four years, 150 million tonne of raw materials have been consumed from the approved reserves.);

  • A perception that VCAT has become the Government’s approval agency;
  • Practical limits must be placed upon the proof demanded by Objectors where amenity buffer distances to sensitive receptors in the vicinity of a quarry are equal to, or exceed minimum (Regulatory or SEPP) requirements.
  • Compliance to industry best practice and codes must be recognised and accepted.
  • Tribunal outcomes should be consistent with other, like-type quarry approvals.
  • Issues raised by Objectors must be substantiated.

Investigations to support these findings have been contained to matters specific to the VCAT appeals process review only.

In conclusion, the CMPA believes Government must move now, to preserve Victoria’s finite construction material reserves. Government also needs to urgently set in place mechanisms to protect and facilitate strategic resource applications as they navigate the complex planning process.

These measures would not only alleviate our current forecast supply shortages, but also greatly benefit future generations. The availability of supply and choice of construction materials, within affordable proximity of their use are fundamental needs of a rapidly expanding Melbourne and to our regional communities.

This can and should be the reality for Melbourne and throughout a resource rich Victoria.

The CMPA is committed to working with the Minister for Resources to address these issues.

For further information please Contact:

Dr Elizabeth Gibson, General Manager CMPA

Mob: 0434 692 618

Email: elizabeth.gibson@cmpavic.asn.au

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Thanks to CMPA for an informative Guarding Workshop held at The Stamford Hotel, Rowville last Thursday 16.11.17.

Lincom Group are proud to support these activities and the industry. Site Visit was to the Hanson, Lysterfield Quarry.

 

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The Andrews Labor Government has responded to Victoria’s historic independent infrastructure blueprint, releasing the first five-year Victorian Infrastructure Plan, laying out the government’s infrastructure priorities over the coming years. The Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings released the Labor Government’s response to Infrastructure Victoria’s inaugural 30-year infrastructure strategy that was presented to government in December 2016.

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Treasurer, Minister Tim Pallas MP, has been announced as the new Minister for Resources, following the resignation of Wade Noonan MP on 4 October 2017 .

Minister Pallas brings a wealth of experience to the position, and will continue his responsibilities as Treasurer. The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources will commence supporting Minister Pallas immediately, and the Minister welcomes the opportunity to work with you over the coming weeks and months.

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  • 19.10.17 ERR Stakeholder Reference Group meeting, Melbourne, E. Gibson
  • 19.10.17 Tony Ferrazza, WorkSafe re; Guarding Workshop and General Meeting, Melbourne, E. Gibson
  • 20.10.17 Peter Betson and Ross McGowan, DEDJTR, Northern Quarries Epping, R. Kerr, E. Gibson

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The CMPA would like to extend an invitation to all Members and interested industry parties to attend a Guarding workshop.

We are holding this workshop to update the CMPA’s Guarding Guideline and include guarding of mobile crushers, screens and conveyors. This will enable you to gain an understanding of how to improve guarding on your site and ensuring you are compliant with safety regulations.

 

Details

Thursday 16 November 2017

Guarding Workshop

9.00am – 2.30pm

Site Visit to Hanson Quarry in Lysterfield

2.30pm – 4.30pm

 

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Can’t make it to Health and Safety Month? There are still plenty of ways to get involved – how about hosting your own workplace health and safety event?

Your event doesn’t have to be big. Keep it simple! The aim is to get everyone together to talk about health, safety and wellbeing. It’s a chance to demonstrate your commitment to creating a positive and safe environment.

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Minister for Finance

The Andrews Labor Government is keeping Victorians safe at work and improving compensation for those who are injured.

The WorkSafe Legislation Amendment Act 2017 was passed by Parliament on 21 September and strengthens the compliance and enforcement tools that WorkSafe can use to prosecute offenders as well as deter offending.

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The CMPA Annual Dinner 2017 back on Saturday 16th September was a great success. This year held at The Pier, Geelong. Over 265 members and guests were treated to a wonderful venue, beautiful food and fantastic music.