Southern Downs business Braeside Quarries has won the the national award for Environmental Innovation, beating 12 other national entrant including prominent publicly listed companies, announced at the National CCAA Innovation Conference at Sydney International Convention Centre from Wednesday 19 to Friday 21 September.

The business won the Gold Environmental Award through the Institute of Quarrying Australia in 2017, as well as the Cement Concrete Aggregates Australia State Award. In September, Braeside won the National CCAA award among 12 other national entrants, including publicly listed companies Boral, Holcim, Hanson and Adelaide Brighton.

Braeside Quarries is the only independent quarry to be nominated for and win both awards. The 12-year-old granite quarry is located south of Warwick and employs no more than 10 staff. This award was presented to them in recognition of their innovative use of recycled tires which are crumbed and used as an alternative to diesel fuel in explosives.

Southern Downs Mayor, Tracy Dobie said the award was a testament to creative solutions and forward thinking.  “Braeside Quarries has set the benchmark for other local business in continuous improvement and being environmentally conscious.”

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