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A substantial day is planned for CMPA Members and other interested industry contributors in the west and northern suburbs of Melbourne.
The CMPA and a number of Associate members are holding this workshop to provide operators with an understanding of how to properly maintain
components of their fixed plant to ensure they are running to the best of their ability.

The one-day workshop is an interactive process which encourages the active involvement of the participants rather than a lecture session.

A provisional agenda is given below:

8.30 am — Registration

Presentations by:

AVWELD / Alloys International presentation on repairs and life extension to high wearing equipment. Welding and patch repair consumables.

HMA Flow & Industrial presentation on maintenance of drive systems (gear
boxes, belt drives, electric motors and bearings)

Oli Vibrators and ToThink Engineering (Aust) presentation on preventative
maintenance including vibrators and vibrating screens.

Site Visits:

12.30pm — Lunch at AVWELD, followed by site tour of the factory

1.30pm — HMA Flow, demonstration of a vibration analysis tool

2.00pm — William Adams, tour of workshop and presentation on
Contamination Control

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A big day is planned for CMPA Members and other interested industry players in Traralgon. Come to both events or just the one that interests you.

8:00am—4:00pm: Blast Management Workshop (includes site visit, to Matthews Quarries, Tyers, morning/afternoon tea and lunch at Century Inn, Traralgon)

The CMPA is holding this workshop to inform members on their responsibilities when it comes to Blasting on site and how to use the updated CMPA Blast Management Template as well as keeping in line with changes to regulations and legislation. Special guest speakers are:

  1. Tony Robinson (DJPR)
  2. Michael Terry (Worksafe Victoria)
  3. David McKelvie (Safemix)
  4. Orica
  5. Terrock
  6. Drilling Contractor

4:30pm—8:00pm:  Members General Meeting (includes dinner at Century Inn, Traralgon—Attendees to purchase their own alcoholic drinks). This is an opportunity to hear the latest industry news on:

  1. John Krbaleski, (DJPR) – Rehabilitation Bonds
  2. Ian Mond (DOT) – Heavy Vehicle Network access
  3. ADE Consulting Group

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The Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Ben Carroll announced the introduction of mandatory minimum passing distances to improve cyclist safety – this will make the passing distance rules clear and consistent across state lines for all road users. 

We know cyclists are some of our most vulnerable road users, and with the recent increase in cycling activity, cyclists are at risk of becoming overrepresented in our lives lost.  

People riding bicycles are some of our most vulnerable, unprotected road users, and we all have a responsibility to look out for each other and share the roads safely.

The Minimum Passing Distance rule defines safe passing distances and will make it clear to all motorists that giving cyclists space isn’t optional and will improve safety on our roads, particularly for people riding bicycles. 

The road rule change taking effect on 26 April 2021 will formalise the existing guidelines, making it mandatory for motorists to keep at least one metre distance when passing on roads with a speed limit of up to 60km/h and 1.5 metres on higher speed roads.  

We need to do everything we can to make our roads safer for everyone, including people riding bicycles, and this will reinforce the need for everyone to share the roads safely.  

Heavy Vehicles Campaign materials

We’ve attached a number of resources to help promote Minimum Passing Distances.  DoT and TAC have worked together to provide a consolidated pack to stakeholders

  • Messaging 
  • Digital tiles for eDM and social channels from TAC (VicRoads socials will be shared next week) 
  • FAQs 
  • Heavy Vehicle Fact Sheet

We all have a part to play when it comes to road safety and look forward to continuing working with you as we seek to make our roads safer for everyone.  

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There is a new law for truck drivers in Victoria. The blood-alcohol limit is now zero for drivers of heavy vehicles greater than (GVM) four point five tonnes and above.Visit the VicRoads website to learn more and if you if you employ heavy vehicle drivers, make sure you access the free online alcohol and other drugs policy builder. 

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Earth Resources Regulation has today taken key steps to support more active rehabilitation of Victoria’s mines and quarries by applying more accurate contingency costings to rehabilitate sites once resource extraction ends. 

Rehabilitation bonds held by the regulator provide financial assurance that site rehabilitation will occur with funds available to rehabilitate sites if an operator defaults on their statutory obligations. 

Bonds are required to cover 100 per cent of the estimated cost of site rehabilitation but the costing rates used have not been updated since 2010. The regulator has now updated its rehabilitation bond calculator to ensure contingency amounts reflect expected costs. 

An important change to the way bond amounts are calculated now recognises ongoing and completed rehabilitation works, this encourages site operators to complete rehabilitation work early rather than waiting until their projects are completed. 

This work is a key deliverable of the Regulatory Practice Strategy for the Rehabilitation of Earth Resources Sites, released in February 2020, to help improve the state’s rehabilitation provisions and address some of the issues highlighted by Auditor General’s August 2020 report.  

Earth Resources Regulation will work closely with site operators to progressively review estimated rehabilitation costs and bonds using the updated calculator. The highest risk sites will be prioritised including those nearing the end of their resource life or undergoing expansion. 

The regulator will adopt an education outreach approach for the majority of other mine and quarry sites to help operators reduce their rehabilitation liabilities and plan for future site rehabilitation. 

To assist with this transition, information sessions will be held for all mine and quarry operators. Details of these sessions are available at earthresources.vic.gov.au – where the bond calculator and key details are also be available. Click Here

Most quarry and mining operators take their responsibilities seriously. Bonds are in place as a last resort so funds are available funds to complete the required rehabilitation work, if operators default.  

Earth Resources Regulation accepts most rehabilitation bonds in the form of a bank guarantee. Bond values will increase and decrease over time, while the actual cost payable to service the bank guarantees will be substantially less, minimising the impact on site operators.  

Quotes attributable to Earth Resources Regulation Executive Director Anthony Hurst: 

“We are taking action to ensure more accurate rehabilitation bonds are in place to ensure quarries and mines get rehabilitated properly to underpin community confidence in the resources sector.” 

“Earth Resources Regulation is committed to working with mine and quarry operators, landholders and co-regulators to improve the progressive rehabilitation of sites.” 

“The regulator will step in to rehabilitate sites using the bonds if operators default on their obligations.”  

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The new Act will commence on 1 July 2021

The Governor in Council has proclaimed that the new Environment Protection Act will commence on 1 July 2021.

The formal process for making the subordinate legislation – the Environment Protection Regulations and Environment Reference Standard – will now proceed. 

Environment Protection Authority (EPA) will let you know when they are made as legislation and published. Until then we encourage you to continue to use the proposed final versions released by Government in December 2020 to prepare for the new laws. 

The new environment protection laws will come into effect on 1 July 2021. Until then you are required to continue operating under the Environment Protection Act 1970.

EPA will continue to work with you on preparing for the new laws.

The proposed final Regulations, ERS, supporting documents and guidance are available Click Here