This month we inform you of important happenings in the industry, announce the Awards of Excellence Finalists, update you on the conference happenings and update information about the 2015 Edition of the AustStab Guide.
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News from the Centre of Stabilisation Expertise in Australia

A monthly newsletter informing you of initiatives and happenings in the stabilisation industry in Australia

Dear <<First Name>>

In August 2015, AustStab:

  • Hosted the 20th AustStab Annual Conference,
  • Announced the winners of the 2015 Awards of Excellence
  • Released the 2015 Edition of the AustStab Guide
  • Presented training in Rockhampton and Perth with CPEE
  • We released the new 2015 - 2018 Strategic Plan
  • Appointed a new administrator - Belinda Munroe
  • Started work against the new strategic plan and revised pillars.
Some upcoming events:
  • 7th October 2015 - AustStab Council Meeting
  • 16th  October 2015 - Swinburne University AUGLP Visit
  • 21st October 2015 - Queensland Working Group Meeting
  • 12-14 November 2015 - ACE Expo Melbourne - AustStab Exhibition
Thankfully Spring will soon be upon us.

The Bureau of Metrologoy is predicting a neutral rainfall outlook for most of Australia, though drier conditions are favoured in the tropics and far southeast, with a wetter-than-average season more likely in the west. Warmer nights are very likely for most of Australia, along with warmer days for much of the east and the southern coastline this spring.

We are receiving information from the field that long term severe and serious rain fall deficiencies are being experienced in Victoria and parts of Queensland, which is causing difficulties in managing road assets, particularly the unsealed road network. We encourage local government asset managers to review the important study completed with DOTARS funding in 2010 on unsealed pavements to see ways that stabilisation can assist with unsealed pavement asset management.

Leah Fisher
CEO AustStab

AustStab Awards of Excellence 2015 Winners Announced

The AustStab council is pleased to announce this year's Award of Excellence winners:
Category One: Work Health and Safety

Stabilime Distributors Pty Ltd: :    Active Blind Spot Detection for ALL Mobile Plant

Category Two: Excellence in Research or Education

Austroads / ARRB:                        Continuing Research in Foamed Bitumen Stabilisation

Category Three: Innovation or Excellence in Sustainability in pavement stabilisation

Roads and Maritime services:     RMS Murrurundi (Highly Commended)
McMahons Ltd:                             Pakenham Racecourse Synthetic Track – Tynong

Category Four: Excellence in Recycling in stabilised pavements in local government

Flinders Shire Council:                 Hughenden Airport Rehabilitation Project

Category Five: Young Stabiliser of the Year

Stabilised Pavements of Australia:    Chris Cleaton (Highly Commended)
Downer EDI Ltd:                                Matthew Kovess (Highly Commended)
Dept of Transportation and Roads, QLD Govt:       Damien Volker

AustStab 4th Annual Gala Dinner and Awards of Excellence

The conference was hosted at the Yarra Valley Lodge in Victoria.

Guest speakers for the conference included ARRB's Richard Yeo and Michael Moffatt on topics including the TIPES program and research and development funded by Austroads in stabilisation, as well as VicRoad's Simon Renton speaking of Sustainable Procurement in Victoria and key challenges for VicRoads moving forward. Delegates from the conference will have received a copy of the presentations. For other members, who were not able to be present at the conference please contact Leah to arrange to receive a copy.

The AustStab Pavement Recycling and Stabilisation Guide 2015 edition was officially released at the Conference. Sponsor copies of the Guides are now available for distribution. Please contact Greg White to access copies of the Guides in Sydney. All other guides will shortly be distributed. Copies of the Guide are available for sale through the AustStab website. Information about the key changes to the Guide were highlighted in this month's edition of the Roads and Civil Works Australia magazine.

The AustStab Golf cup was hotly contested on the day, with six strong teams taking to the field. The winners on the day were:
Craig Pinson (Captain), Troy Carnovale, Martin Kinski and Wayne Douglass.

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