VIC - CCAA Innovation Awards 2017 

The Victorian heavy construction materials industry came together for the premier event of the year, the presentation of the CCAA Innovation Awards at the 40th CCAA Construction Materials Industry Dinner on Thursday 17th August.

The Minister for Resources, Hon Wade Noonan presented the awards which recognise innovation in environmental management, health and safety performance and exceptional community leadership. They also demonstrate the commitment of the industry to continually improve its performance in these areas, to a range of stakeholders, including government, industry peers and the broader community.

“I am pleased to report that the judges were impressed by the high standard and innovation exhibited in the record 30 entries submitted across the three award categories’ said Brian Hauser, CCAA State Director Vic/Tas.

A summary of all Victorian entries is available here

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: Holcim (Australia) Pty Ltd – Jeeralang Quarry In-Pit Overburden Storage
A new staged quarry development plan was created that allowed access to deeper resources and in-pit overburden storage. New approvals were obtained, laws changed and a broad stakeholder consultation program was executed to enable this solution. Backfilling of the pit void with overburden material enabled a permanent, safe and stable location for the overburden, avoiding double handling, reducing geotechnical risks, visual amenity, drainage discharge, dust and noise impacts which would otherwise have resulted from a traditional ‘out of pit’ overburden storage location.  

The Hon Wade Noonan MP, Minister for Resources, presenting Reece Morehu of Holcim with the Environmental Innovation Award

Health & Safety Innovation

This award recognises excellence in developing and implementing an innovative solution to an identified health and safety issue.

Winner: Boral Australia – Concrete North Melbourne - Mobile Silica Silo
A mobile silo was manufactured to automate the storage of bulk silica fume and its delivery into the back of agitators. This replaced the use of bagged silica, eliminating the need for manual handling involved in storing the 20 kg bags and adding the bags into the agitator as well as removing the risk of exposure to fugitive dust. Using bulk silica also increased fleet productivity and allowed more accurate dosing of each concrete load.  

The Hon Wade Noonan MP, Minister for Resources, presenting Michael Suddes of Boral with the Health & Safety Innovation Award

Highly Commended: Hanson Australia Pty Ltd - ME" Looking after "ME" Driver Safety Program
This is a visual aid for agitator drivers which depict the top 20 most common hazards they can expect to find on a customer site so drivers can easily identify these hazards and avoid injury. 

Holcim (Australia) Pty Ltd – Articulated Dump Truck Body Raise Disable

The raise disable has been retro fitted to the Articulated Dump Truck at Leongatha Quarry and prevents the body raising to the dump position when on a hazardous slope.

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: Boral Australia – Deer Park Quarry Partnership with the Dame Phillis Frost Centre
Women inmates from the adjacent correctional centre propagated and planted 8000 tube stock to vegetate a new earth bund that was built to shield a new processing plant. This partnership project provides practical application of the horticultural skills developed by inmates as part of their in-house Horticulture Certificate 3 training. There is also potential to extend the scope of the initial project works to include general garden maintenance, weed management and future planting campaigns.    

The Hon Wade Noonan MP, Minister for Resources, presenting Luke Brown of Boral with the Community Leadership Award  

Highly Commended: Hanson Australia Pty Ltd - Lysterfield Quarry - Rehabilitation Review
The out-dated site rehabilitation plan was reviewed in partnership with the Community Reference Group and the site was also used as a living classroom for local community education groups.

Holcim (Australia) Pty Ltd – Oaklands Junction Quarry Community Engagement
Holcim has undertaken a comprehensive range of stakeholder relation activities to keep stakeholders informed of development plans and to enhance ongoing relationships.


Thank you to the Construction Materials Industry Dinner sponsors for helping to make the event such a success. 

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For further information about the awards, please contact Roger Buckley on (03) 9825 0202 or email