AGGREGATE & QUARRY ASSOCIATION
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An announcement that the Opotiki harbour project is proceeding underscores the benefits that local quarries bring, says Aggregate and Quarries Association (AQA) Chief Executive, Wayne Scott. Funding of $79.4 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to help build the harbour, principally to support marine farms off the Opotiki coast, was announced by Infrastructure and Fisheries Ministers Shane Jones and Stuart Nash today. Earlier, the project was deferred after a huge cost blow-out, for which a major factor was the transport costs imposed by importing rock for the harbour development from 90km away.
Featured in the NZ Herald The Government has signalled that 2020 will see major announcements on infrastructure. Given this is an election year, there will no doubt be plenty of photo opportunities of Ministers in fluoro jackets wielding spades or sitting on diggers.
The Aggregate & Quarry Association (AQA) is celebrating its 50th anniversary. “it’s a milestone and demonstrates the stability of the industry and its importance for New Zealand,” says AQA CEO Wayne Scott.
The Rock our Future competition was run by the national Aggregate and Quarry Association (AQA) to mark their 50th anniversary. Schools were invited to have pupils design a quarry which could crush and load ten truckloads of aggregate an hour.
New continued professional development requirements for the extractive sector deserve praise for their content and the approach taken, says Wayne Scott, CEO of both the quarry industry national organisation and its health and safety council.
Pressure on the country’s quarries has sparked a warning that road workers and building makers may be forced to import heaps of aggregate.
Two South Island quarries entries proved too good to separate as winners in the annual MIMICO environment and community awards run by the Aggregate and Quarry Association. Canterbury quarries also featured in two other awards (details later in release.) Two South...
Rushed reforms threaten training for smaller industries raining opportunities for smaller industry sectors such as quarrying may be lost with the Government’s proposed changes to vocational education, says an industry leader who saw similar changes in Australia....
New Zealand’s national aggregates organisation says it fears new requirements for roading aggregate from the NZ Transport Agency will end up reducing the number of sites making basecourse and increase the cost of road building. New basecourse requirement will drive up...
ABOUT QUARRYING IN NEW ZEALAND
Aggregates are the most consumed bulk product in the world after water. New Zealand uses 9-10 tonnes of aggregate every year for each adult and child.
To build an average house, you need about 250 tonnes of aggregate - for use in concrete, asphalt, mortar and building products.
The quarry industry is committed to working alongside local communities and follows stringent planning, environmental and operating conditions.