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Building the West but when?

Building the West but when?

The Infrastructure Coalition in Western Australia has recently released a paper titled “Building the West”, which shows how the strong growth rate in WA over the past decade has contributed to an infrastructure gap in many sectors, producing extreme competition for infrastructure funding. According to the Infrastructure Coalition, it is unclear why the current state …

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Growth in the face of adversity

Growth in the face of adversity

Indonesia is the fifth most populous country globally with a landmass about a quarter of Australia (according to the CIA World Factbook). It is a nation with a long history, including a bloody and at times highly controversial modern one. But like most other countries, it continues to grow with the aid of cranes. In …

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A fine solution

A fine solution

One construction and demolition recycling company is increasing its tonnages and with its eye fixed firmly on the future, it has embarked on a million-dollar project to upgrade its crushing plant in Belrose, NSW. Benedict Industries, which processes C&D waste, celebrated its 50th anniversary last year and five decades on, the company is going from strength …

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(Not) a rubbish solution

(Not) a rubbish solution

CORRECTION: In February, when Inside Construction published this story, we quoted Konecranes’ director of industrial cranes for the Pacific region, Peter Monagahan as saying the crane is capable of anywhere between manual to fully un-manual automation. This should in fact be, manual to fully un-manned automation. Amidst the discussions about the end of the mining …

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Small Business and Unfair Contract Terms within the Construction Sector: are your contracts compliant?

Small Business and Unfair Contract Terms within the Construction Sector: are your contracts compliant?

The Treasury Legislation Amendment (Small Business and Unfair Contract Terms) Act 2015 (Cth) (‘SBUCTA’) commenced on 12 November 2016. This law extends the existing unfair contract term regime that applied to consumer, to a new category of ‘small business contracts.’ What Contracts Are Regulated This new law makes unfair terms in small business contracts void.  …

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UOW and Hong Kong's MTR celebrate 25 years of collaboration

UOW and Hong Kong’s MTR celebrate 25 years of collaboration

This year marks the 25th anniversary of an ongoing collaboration between the Mass Transit Railway Corporation (MTR) in Hong Kong and the University of Wollongong’s engineering asset management team. In an interview with Inside Construction, Associate Professor and industry program director at UOW, Richard Dwight, discusses how the program began as a trial of a …

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Book review: Be a good crane operator one day at a time

Book review: Be a good crane operator one day at a time

Stephen Holmes, director of GTK Training and has worked for CICA on safety issues for a number of years. Based in South Australia, Holmes told Cranes and Lifting magazine in the November edition, that he sees on the job training as not only important, but critical. “To get a licence, a trainee needs to attend …

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The challenge of finding the right solution

The challenge of finding the right solution

Holding a long-term interest in a defined career path is a rare thing these days. People move in and out of industries, change careers a number of times and reinvent their skill set annually. But for ADE general managing director Clive Gray, his interest in engineering has remained so strong that 30 years on he …

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Recycled materials from aquaculture can be used in place of concrete and asphalt

Recycled materials from aquaculture can be used in place of concrete and asphalt

A Tasmanian-based recycling firm has set its sights on end-of-life fishing lines and nets – difficult to recycle materials given the number of polymers they’re made of – and will soon install “very expensive” technology to divert these problem wastes from landfill. Environex specialise in the collection of waste from the aquaculture industry and the …

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How the revised Commonwealth Procurement Rules may help you win Commonwealth Government work

How the revised Commonwealth Procurement Rules may help you win Commonwealth Government work

Revised Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs) come into effect on 1 March 2017. The changes were negotiated by Senator Nick Xenophon, who labeled the amendments a “sea change” and “unambiguously good for Australian industry”. This is an exciting time for Australian suppliers to the Commonwealth Government who are well placed to take advantage of the opportunities …

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