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A successful CMPA Noise Management Webinar was held a few weeks ago and two new Guidelines were produced.

  • Workplace Noise Management Guideline
  • Environmental Noise Management Guideline

These Guidelines, together with the CMPA’s Work Safely Reference Manual aims to support CMPA members in meeting the requirements of the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 and the Victorian Environment Protection Act 2017.

The CMPA endeavours to:

  • Provide members with appropriate management practices required to minimise potential health risks or environmental impacts associated with noise arising from construction materials industry operations; and
  • Assist members in establishing and maintaining a Work Plan that defines operational activity so as to obtain and sustain an Extractive Industry Work Authority.

Both documents can be downloaded


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Plant, materials and equipment will also come under pressure

Materials demand accounts for the second largest proportion of expenditure in the pipeline over the next five years. Demand for materials is projected to grow for three consecutive years, representing annual average growth of just over 30 per cent per annum between 2021 and 2023.

Demand for quarried material and cement are likely to produce the most significant challenges due to their reliance on local supply chains. Steel, bitumen and electrical control equipment are likely to be exposed to international demand and supply chain pressures.

The increasing and significant concentration of mega-projects, transport and rail investment drives unprecedented demand for materials. This includes an average annual growth rate for rock/bluestone approaching 60 per cent over the next three years. Demand for rail track will grow by 250 per cent over the three-year period.

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A new guide reveals the little-known history of some of Victoria’s best-known public spaces, with Fitzroy Gardens and Highpoint Shopping Centre among locations that were once quarries providing materials to build the state.

The Victorian Government’s New Lives of Old Quarries booklet details Victoria’s proud history of transforming former work sites for recreation, fishing, shopping and housing once the extraction stops and land rehabilitation is finished.

All Nations Park in Northcote produced clay for bricks from the 1870s and Valley Lake in Niddrie was a source for basalt between the 1940s and 1970s. Highpoint was a quarry for almost a century from the 1870s and provided basalt for roads.

The Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne produced sand for concrete and bricklaying before its transformation while Albert Park Lake and Princes Park were also once quarries, though little is known of the operations that took place there.

Perhaps the most stunning example is Fitzroy Gardens, situated on the edge of the CBD and a bluestone quarry for a decade from about 1839. Large holes left from the digging were reportedly filled with rubbish, creating an eyesore for the burgeoning city. In 1848 Governor Charles La Trobe responded to public demand and the site, then known as Fitzroy Square, was reserved for parkland.

At Quarries Park in Clifton Hill, small quarry operations were made available for leasing to the public from 1846 and it was declared that most of Melbourne’s “better warehouses and dwellings” were constructed from bluestone and basalt quarried at the site.

The park was used for landfill in the 1960s and ‘70s but is now home to sporting fields used year-round for cricket, soccer and football and it also connects to the Main Yarra and Merri Creek trails.

Coburg Lake Reserve, Quarry Reserve in Ferntree Gully and Plenty Gorge Parklands in South Morang also feature in the new guide.

Earth Resources Regulation is responsible for approving new quarries to provide the materials for Victoria’s new schools, hospitals, homes, road and rail – a work authority for a new quarry can only be granted once planning permission is in place.

Planning for the end of a quarry’s economic life begins before the first stone is extracted with a rehabilitation plan part of the work authority approval and bonds held by the State to cover liability.

New Lives of Old Quarries is available at

Quotes attributable to Minister for Resources Jaala Pulford

“Quarries are vital to build a state that provides for every person, regardless of where they live – and we know it’s just as important to plan for what happens when the extraction ends.”

“Old quarries have been transformed into some of our most-loved community assets and we’ll continue to make sure that’s the case.”

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Victoria’s PBS Industry Guide & New PBS Level 3A Networks

 The Department of Transport is excited to share the launch of Victoria’s PBS Industry Guide – Operating a Performance-Based Standards vehicle in Victoria.

 The Industry Guide has been developed in collaboration with current PBS assessors and operators, in an effort to simplify all steps throughout the PBS process. From vehicle design and approval, to network access and renewals – The Industry Guide highlights the considerations that must be made when determining if PBS is right for your business.

Operating a Performance-Based Standards vehicle in Victoria can be found on the Department of Transport’s Heavy vehicles page.

The Department of Transport also launched 7 new PBS Level 3A Gazetted networks. These new Level 3A maps will provide greater flexibility to operators moving different commodities such as liquid and general freight.

The new networks are published under the PBS Level 3 tab on the VicRoads PBS and HPFV Combinations page.

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A great day was had by all who attended the Water Management Workshop at Bendigo All Seasons Resort back on the 25th November 2021.
We started our day early with a site visit to Allstone Quarries, where Brad Carr and the team ran us through their Water Management systems followed by some great presentations by Valenza Engineering, All Stone Quarries, ERR, CMA & EPA.
The CMPA would also like to send a big thank you out to CDE Global & FUCHS Lubricants for sponsoring the event. It was a good day to catch up with fellow members, meet some new faces and enjoy some good food.
To stay up to date with the upcoming events visit our website


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Businesses working with engineered stone will require a licence by 15 November 2022 under new regulations to help protect workers from exposure to deadly silica dust.

From May next year, the Occupational Health and Safety Amendment (Crystalline Silica) Regulations 2021 also introduce new duties for businesses across a range of industries that work with other materials containing silica – including quarrying, construction and tunnelling.

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