Screenings Transport, Direct Mix Concrete, Peninsula Quarries, Penrice Quarry and Mineral, and Southern Quarries are subsidiaries of Adelaide Brighton Limited (ABL), a leading Australian construction materials company with operations Australia wide, employing approximately 1,500 people nationally and are ranked three in ‘Indaily’s, SA Top 100 Companies’ list for 2017. The South Australian division of ABL covers several sectors of the concrete and quarrying operations and currently employs approximately 250 local employees and contractors.
Proudly operating in South Australia we are committed to sustainable business partnerships and are dedicated to continuous improvement projects, developing relationships with all stakeholders to build and sustain our states resources. We aim to create a mutually beneficial relationship with local communities, achieving economic profitability, whilst maintaining a sustainable environmental future for our community.
Quarries are open pit mines and are required for the extraction of essential aggregates for the construction industry. Once mined, aggregates are processed through crushing plants and sorted into different material grades; crushed stone, sands and gravels. These materials are necessary in the construction and maintenance to enable modern living; almost all houses, roads and infrastructure rely on materials supplied through quarries. Therefore, quarries are required for the continued growth, development and maintenance of the Australian economy. Australia has agencies dedicated to the continuous regulating, monitoring, redevelopment, rehabilitation and education of the industry: securing the future of mining and reducing environmental repercussions.
As a company, we are committed to lowering impact on the environment and effects to local residents. Both the Department of Energy and Mines (DEM) and the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) regulate our quarry sites. The sites operates under approved Mine Operations Plans (MOP’s), Programs for Environment Protection and Rehabilitation (PEPR’s), Dust Management Plans (DMP’s) and EPA licences. The MOP and PEPR documents have approved environmental objectives and criteria that must be adhered to.
We aim to continually reduce the carbon footprint within our processes, operations and facilities. This includes innovation, use of energy efficient machinery and the use of alternative fuels such as Adblue. Working with the EPA and other agencies, we aim to exceed our expected requirements.
Key areas of environmental management for all sites are:
- Air Quality (dust)
- Visual impact
- Site rehabilitation
- Blasting- Noise/Vibration
- Weed management
- Surface Water/Ground Water