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Victoria’s earth resources regulator has released its strategy to drive better rehabilitation of mine, quarry and other resources sites, to build public confidence in the sector and the jobs it supports.

Earth Resources Regulation is responsible for ensuring that sites are rehabilitated to protect people, land, infrastructure and the environment.

The Regulatory Practice Strategy for the Rehabilitation of Earth Resources Sites aims to help operators plan and rehabilitate sites over the full life cycle of a mine or quarry project, rather than after extraction is complete.

It also sets out how the regulator will do more to improve site rehabilitation by approving better rehabilitation plans, estimating rehabilitation liabilities and undertaking education and enforcement.

The strategy will give landholders and communities confidence that the final landform will be safe and stable when operations cease.

Rehabilitating sites can provide communities with valuable long-term assets. The Royal Botanic Gardens in Cranbourne, and Niddrie’s Newport Lakes and Valley Lake are all former quarries.

Operators want to do the right thing and Earth Resources Regulation wants to support them by making things clearer and easier.

Delivering the strategy is consistent with the regulator continuing to provide clearer processes to increase certainty for operators, local government and community.

The strategy will be refined over time based on practical experience and feedback from industry and communities.

The Regulatory Strategy for the Rehabilitation of Earth Resources Sites is available at earthresources.vic.gov.au.

Quotes attributable to Earth Resources Regulation’s Executive Director Anthony Hurst:

“Effective site rehabilitation underpins confidence in both the resources industry and the regulator – the commitments made upon approval of a project must be fulfilled when it is finished.”

“We will work with operators to help them consider the range of site rehabilitation options, engage with local communities and work progressively towards the preferred rehabilitated landform.”

“We’ll ensure rehabilitation is completed to protect communities and the environment, if an operator fails to meet their obligations.”

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The Andrews Labor Government is warning employers not to become complacent about the dangers of working from heights, warning they will be held accountable for putting workers lives at risk.

WorkSafe Victoria inspectors have been targeting work sites since November, with a focus on fall prevention, scaffolding safety and ladder use in the construction industry, after two fall-related fatalities and a number of serious incidents last year.

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Heat and air pollution from bushfires can be hazardous and can cause harm to people working in both indoor and outdoor work environments.

Employers have duties under work health and safety laws to manage these risks and protect worker health and safety.

See the resources and guidelines available on the Safe Work Australia website for information about the potential hazards and risks associated with working in heat and air pollution.

For more information go to the SafeWork Australia website

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Several VicRoads Test Methods were re-issued, and a new issue of a calculator for RC 316.10, and up-loaded on VicRoads website on 31 January 2020, as listed in the extract from the new Index. 

Note to use the calculator RC 316.10B, you will need to “enable editing”.

Other VicRoads Test Methods, and Codes of Practice, can be found on the VicRoads website. https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/

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Every business and industry is affected to some degree by fatigue. However, some types of work and some sectors have an inherently higher risk of fatigue, particularly when shift work is part of their business model.

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Dear Members,

A reminder that the CMPA has been able to obtain a Group deal offer with the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI). Please find attached information on the deal between CMPA and VCCI as well as information on what the VCCI – Complete membership can provide your business.

Complete membership with the Victorian Chamber is $1200 plus GST per annum but as an exclusive offer through the CONSTRUCTION MATERIAL PROCESSORS ASSOCIATION (CMPA) Association members can join for only $600+gst!

As a Complete member some of the advice through our HELPLINE includes,

  • Dismissals – Unfair and unlawful dismissal application process
  • Long Service – Entitlements, calculations
  • Awards – Entitlements, interpretation and wage rates, transitional provisions
  • Agreements – Interpretation of agreement and agreement making process
  • Superannuation – When super is payable or not payable
  • Workers Compensation – Claim process, leave and super entitlements, termination process
  • Unions – Right of entry provisions
  • Occupational Health and Safety – General advice such as first aid officers, health and safety reps, working in office environments
  • HR – Bullying and harassment claims by employees – process for investigation of matter

Plus you’ll also receive……

  • Invites to complimentary member only functions
  • A library of over 300 tools and customisable templates to assist businesses in putting policy and procedure in place.
  • Regular communication about compliance issues and changes to legislation, and what they mean for you and your business.
  • Information about government programs and funding opportunities that may help your business.

We also offer our COMPLETE members a FREE visit from one of our OHS Consultants. This includes an initial site visit of 3 hours and then a follow up site visit of 2 hours which can be beneficial for your business.

Plus you’ll receive a $400 credit that can be used for VCCI Training courses or consulting services!

COMPLETE membership also offers members the opportunity to have an Intern come into your work place to complete a short term project for your business and the Victorian Chamber will contribute $3000 to cover the cost.

CMPA members who are currently COMPLETE members of VCCI will be able to renew their membership at 50% off, a saving of $600.

CMPA members who are NOT currently COMPLETE members of VCCI can complete an membership application to also receive their membership at 50% off, a saving of $600.

Any queries regarding the deal from a VCCI perspective please contact Craig Neylon, 0447 776 677 or cneylon@victorianchamber.com.au