SA - CCAA Innovation Awards 2017 

On Friday 25th August, over 180 guests attended the CCAA Construction Materials Industry Dinner at the State Library.  Attendees heard from Hon Stephen Mullighan MP, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Right Honourable Martin Haese, Lord Mayor, City of Adelaide and our special guest presenter Chelsea Randall, the inaugural co-captain of the AFLW premiership-winning Adelaide Crows.

Both the Minister and the Lord Mayor reflected on the importance of heavy construction materials in building the necessary infrastructure that is the foundation of both the City of Adelaide and South Australia.

Chelsea spoke passionately about the importance of innovation in the work place and the fundamentals that inspire it – namely the right attitude, the power of diversity and the ability to take inspiration from criticism.

This was a great lead in to the CCAA Innovation Awards.  We had 17 excellent entries in 2017 across the 3 categories of Environmental Innovation, Health and Safety Innovation and Community Leadership.  All of these entries and many more from across the country can be viewed on our new online gallery here.

Congratulations to all entrants for their high calibre innovations.  The winners are detailed below.


Environmental Innovation

This award is for outstanding achievement in developing and successfully applying a new initiative or an original solution in one or more aspects of environmental management at a concrete, extractive, or cement operation.

WINNER - Boral Australia - Murray Bridge Quarry, Site Solar Electricity Installation & Reuse of Water

The Murray Bridge quarry has installed solar panels and a battery storage system to run the amenities for the site.  Additionally rain water is being captured and re-used to reduce the demand on mains water.  As a result of the holistic strategy the site is now completely self-sufficient and has substantially reduced the operational costs of the quarry.  The return on investment was just one year and has gone a long way to securing the viability of the quarry into the future.  Boral is now looking for further opportunities to invest in these successful, sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions.

David Loftus, Boral Australia, accepting the award from Hon Stephen Mullighan MP

Health & Safety Innovation

This award recognises excellence in developing and implementing an innovative solution to an identified health and safety issue. Entries for this award may include a product solution, engineering innovation, a training program, an awareness raising activity or other risk control measures that reduce the risk of work-related injury and illness.

WINNER - Boral Australia - Boral Concrete Plants, Safety Agi Wand

The risk of agitators colliding with power lines, when discharging is very real and potentially fatal.  Up until now, the agitator driver has needed to trust the estimation skill of his spotter to ensure he is a safe distance away from any power lines.  Not comfortable with this level of risk, Boral has innovatively solved this safety concern by manufacturing a ‘wand’ made of 900mm long nonconductive electrical conduit, which is attached to the highest point of the agitator with a magnet.  This simple tool is cost effective, has improved the speed of delivery and provided greater certainty of the safe distance required to continue discharging near power lines.

Bill Doherty, Boral Australia, accepting the award being presented by Brian Haller of South Central Trucks

Community Leadership

This award recognises an exceptional contribution a CCAA member has made in enhancing the public perception and standing of the heavy construction materials industry. 

WINNER - Hanson Australia, Creating a Sense of Community amongst Young Children
Over the past year, Hanson has engaged with the Victoria Park Childcare Centre to demonstrate the operation of concrete trucks and the role the broader industry plays in the community.  As a result of this excellent engagement, Hanson has been requested to extend this program to other early learning centres.  The program provides an opportunity for exposure to a vocation and industry and is consistent with the core themes of belonging, being and becoming, which is present in the Australian Government’s Early Years Learning Framework.  Drivers involved in this program have reported increased morale and job satisfaction. 

Leonie Caldarelli (L) and Les Allen (Far Right), MAQOHSC presenting Keith George and Rob Luccon from Hanson Australia with the award.  

HIGHLY COMMENDEDAdelaide Brighton Cement, Excellence in Supporting Communities
Adelaide Brighton Cement’s Community Liaison Group (CLG) was established 10 years ago to provide a better forum for local residents.  In that time, the CLG has gone from strength to strength and is now recognised by the EPA as one of the best in the State.  The CLG has ensured a number of important operational, environmental, safety and community improvements.  Currently, these projects include: a slag stockpile storage bunker and four noise abatement projects on the reclaimer, stack and Cement Mill 1.

Tim Radimissis, Adelaide Brighton, accepting the award from Leonie Caldarelli and Les Allen from MAQOHSC



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