Rock Trade Industries was named the winner of the Environment and Sustainability Award at the Lockyer Valley Business, Training and Apprenticeship Awards on Saturday night gaining momentum of its national and world recognition for its leadership in developing, long term, sustainable, environmentally aware quarry operations.
Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor Tanya Milligan congratulated Rock Trade Industries for their long-term vision.
“Rock Trade Industries is focused on achieving long-term land rehabilitation, ultimately creating a revolutionary power generation waste cell process that breaks down waste and turns it into a renewable energy source.
“Their vision is complex and their dedication to achieving this goal can only be described as real.
“This award recognises this vision and commitment,” Mayor Milligan said.
Over the last 3 years, Rock Trade Industries has invested more than $5 million to undertake research and development that is now being recognised worldwide through international networks developed in collaboration with the University of Queensland Business School International Sustainability Program.
“Our investment has allowed us to develop innovative, high quality products in demand by our customers,” says Allan Payne, Managing Director. “To add, our philosophy of no waste has enabled us to revolutionise the production of road base and we have uncovered a new process to rehabilitate land. Right from the start our intention was to redefine the practices of mining and quarrying operations.
Rock Trade Industries is currently collaborating with Komatsu Mining Corporation (the newly merged entity of Komatsu and Joy Global Inc, now one of the world’s largest mining equipment manufacturers and operators) to trial revolutionary machinery prototypes designed to dramatically reduce the carbon emissions of mining equipment and increase productivity and product utilisation. Another collaboration recently announced is with Colas, one of the world’s largest road builders.
“Quarries and mines are typically located in areas where commercial development has a noticeable impact on vegetation and wildlife. Historically sandstone mining and extraction practices have left land in a state of disrepair and to a process that enables self – revegetation over decades,” says Payne. “If we can supply the best quality products to our customers, and if we can find better ways to restore mined land to its natural state, then this is a great thing not only for Australian innovation, but for ours and future generations.
Rock Trade Industries is a recognised leader in the mining and extraction of sandstone and has operated the Waterfall Quarry in Helidon since 2007. Over recent years, Rock Trade Industries has diversified its operations and now supplies some of Australia’s largest companies with high quality sandstone boulders, high quality dimensional sandstone to markets in China, United Kingdom and Japan, crushed stone, sand and gravel. Rock Trade Industries is a major producer of aggregates-based construction materials for the asphalt and concrete industry.