Environmental Management

The industry takes responsibility for managing the environment. 

Environmental management can be improved through the adoption of regulatory frameworks that are:

  • Proportionate and risk-based
  • Not retrospective 
  • Consistent application 
  • Sound linkages with the planning system
  • No perverse environmental outcomes or negative unintended consequences
  • Competent, credible and accountable decision-making bodies
  • Provides incentives and rewards good environmental practices
  • Scientifically rigorous
  • Equitable, obtainable and effective offsets 

The industry is committed to work with governments and communities to protect the environment and minimise our environmental impacts.

 
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Dec 18, 2020 – The proposed framework is positive and will provide greater certainty around the use of waste derived materials, but additional refinements will increase the likelihood that the promised environmental and commercial benefits will be delivered.
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Nov 25, 2020 – CCAA supports the establishment of a commercially viable circular economy where the regulatory barriers to reuse/recycle material are removed and the system incentivizes innovation and the commercial application of previously classified waste streams
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Jul 15, 2020 – CCAA supports the establishment of a commercially viable circular economy where the incentive to recycle material by the removal of regulatory barriers is supported at the right time b the application of appropriate waste levies.
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Apr 17, 2020 – Our submission makes seven recommendations which aim to streamline and simplify how the Act operates and interacts with state/territory legislations. while maintaining a balanced approach for the environment and biodiversity.
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Jan 29, 2020 – This submission provides additional comment on the overall provisions of the Draft SEQ Koala Conservation Strategy following CCAA's submission dated 18 December 2019.
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Dec 18, 2019 – CCAA raised eight of concerns regarding the mapping. In reviewing the mapping for quarry sites, the mapping appears significantly incorrect with extensive areas of quarry, infrastructure and water bodies mapped as Koala Habitat areas.
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Dec 6, 2019 – CCAA provides a submission, supportive of efforts to improve waste and resource management and increase recycling in the state and taking an integrated approach under a circular economy policy regime to this issue.
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Dec 4, 2019 – CCAA WA recommends that there should be no extraction volume limit for small BRM mining proposals and mine closure plans, they should only be defined by environmental risk considerations.
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Oct 31, 2019 – CCAA welcomes the positive engagement to date with the EPA. This submission covers recommendations on - concrete waste, permissioning, declaration of use, waste classifications, noise and education.
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Sep 2, 2019 – CCAA members are committed to responsible recycling and new legislation needs to recognise that recycled products produced by the extractive and concrete industries are generally benign and should be exempt from Waste Legislation.
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Aug 23, 2019 – CCAA is supportive of efforts to improve waste and resource management and increase recycling in the state and taking an integrated approach to this issue. However, in regards to the draft paper CCAA members have provided feedback as outlined.
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Aug 8, 2019 – This CCAA submission recommend that DWER’s approach to regulatory reform should be refocused onto the removal of barriers to recycling as opposed to the application of levies.
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Jul 19, 2019 – CCAA supports improved waste and resource management and increased recycling; especially in supporting market pull through of product through improved performance based specifications using fit for purpose materials.
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Apr 12, 2019 – CCAA welcome the opportunity to provide feedback on A review of Queensland’s environmental offsets framework – a discussion paper. CCAA has a set of six core principles for best practice environmental offset policy as outlined.
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Apr 10, 2019 – CCAA supports efforts to improve waste management and increase recycling, especially in the areas of innovation, fit for purpose use of materials and performance based specifications.
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Apr 5, 2019 – The industries represented by CCAA have a significant stake in relation to waste resource recovery. As a major consumer of other industries' waste and by-products which can be used a fuel and supplementary materials in the production process.
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Mar 14, 2019 – CCAA understands that the legislation is focussed on reducing run-off from agriculture and direct sources of pollution from intensive land uses. The heavy construction materials industry should not be captured under the proposed legislation.
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Dec 13, 2018 – CCAA welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback on the Draft Accepted Development Vegetation Clearing Code. We are concerned that the draft Code has significant restrictions that would result in limited usage and lack of flexibility for industry.
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Aug 9, 2018 – Cement and quarry sites regularly report on their emissions through NPI. The system however required improvement, as it provides inaccurate data that does not capture all pollutants in an area.
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Dec 15, 2017 – While recognising the benefits unmanned aircraft provide to understanding activities at quarries, the interim guidelines are too vague. CCAA recommends changes on issues of safety and liability to develop a policy that is sensible and practical.
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Jul 21, 2017 – CCAA proposes that the waste regulations place a greater emphasis on beneficial reuse of recyclable construction materials to assist with resource recovery and minimising disposal of material into landfill.
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Jul 7, 2017 – CCAA is continuing to work constructively with the Department of Premier and Cabinet to develop Air Quality Guidelines, which will improve the way air quality issues are dealt with during the quarry assessment and approval process.
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Jun 28, 2017 – CCAA has submitted a number of comments on the Biodiversity Conservation Regulation 2017 and Draft Local Land Services Amendment Regulation 2017 and the associated policies and tools.
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May 26, 2017 – CCAA is working with the EPA in SA on a redeveloped noise policy. Due in 2018, CCAA has sought greater flexibility in the hours of operation and an effective temporary process to extend working hours for a short period of time.
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Mar 28, 2017 – CCAA welcomes efforts to increase transparency, avoid duplication and streamline red tape. CCAA remains concerned on introducing greater enforcement powers without also providing tools that allow a flexible compliance approach.