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Southern Downs business outshines major national companies to take out prestigious award

Southern Downs business Braeside Quarries has outshone 12 other national entrants, including prominent publicly listed companies to win a national award for Environmental Innovation.

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 10 staff.

The award comes in recognition of their innovative use of recycled tyres, 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.

“It’s wonderful to see this sort of innovation from a local business and very pleasing to see them hold their own against major national companies,” Cr Dobie said.

“Braeside Quarries has set the benchmark for other local business in continuous improvement and being environmentally conscious.”

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Mayor Tracy Dobie with Joanne Payne October 2018 (2) Resized

Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie with Braeside Quarry Director Joanne Payne. 

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