|Dear <<First Name>>,
Welcome to the third edition of iStab, the new AustStab newsletter.
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A Night to remember - 21 August 2012
Award nominations are now closed for 2012.
The Award committee are now hard at work assessing all of the submissions.
Award winners will be announced in the September edition of the Roads magazine. Keep an eye out for it in your office.
Award winners will be notified on 1 August of their success. They will be awarded at the dinner on 21 August 2012 in Melbourne.
Carbon Gauge Assessment and Calculator
On 1 July 2012 the carbon tax was introduced in Australia. The impact of this will not be clearly understood for some time, though industry experts are predicting a rise in the cost of transport in the order of 10 - 15%.
In 2011 as an initiative of six Australian and New Zealand road agencies the Greenhouse Gas Assessment Workbook for Road Projects, Supporting Document and Carbon Gauge Greenhouse Gas Calculator Tool were released. They will assist in estimating whole of life greenhouse gas emissions for use in project approvals and/or environmental impact statements. They will also provide a more consistent platform for benchmarking for all road agencies.
AustStab have been working with the development team to ensure that the savings from stabilisation are incorporated into all calculations.
Information about the tools are available from each road agency.
Member Profile - Who are the Andrew Walters Construction?
Andrew Walters Construction are one of the largest civil contractors servicing Tasmania. In 2011 AWC celebrated 20 years in the industry.
AWC are committed to OH&S, Quality and Environmental management and have third party accreditation in these areas.
AWC have been active members of AustStab for over ten years, with Stewart Geeves currently serving on the AustStab executive committee.
What is the process for contractor certification?
AustStab has conducted contractor certification for interested organisations for many years.
The contractors are required to complete a three stage certification process:
1. Complete a desk top audit verifying suitable staff, equipment and systems of operation;
2. Complete a field audit to verify the availability of suitable staff, equipment and systems of operation; and
3. Submit to auditing every three years to confirm compliance with the certification requirements.
To be certified in accordance with ARRB/AustStab certification system an organisation agrees to be guided by the AustStab Guide, Tips and Specifications.
Organisations are not required to be members of the association to be eligible for certification under the accreditation scheme, however all members agree to be certified under the scheme as a condition of membership of the association.
We are continuing to work with individual road agencies to support their unique certification requirements. This will form one of the discussion items for the Training Working Group at the 2012 AustStab conference.
Until next month remember the best quarry is the one we drive over everyday - so why not recycle it?
Chief Executive Officer - AustStab
• Promote the stabilisation and road recycling industry • Educate and train people in the industry • Set national standards of performance • Assist and coordinate research