Fri 20 Apr 2018

Ensuring a sustainable and competitive supply of quarried construction materials to underpin the delivery of affordable civil infrastructure:

CCF Victoria are working with the Victorian Civil Construction Industry Alliance (VCCIA) to ensure a sustainable and competitive supply of quarry materials for the delivery of affordable infrastructure in Victoria.

A recent report in the Herald Sun indicated that major infrastructure projects could soon run out of materials as the states construction boom pushes Victoria towards an unprecedented shortage of concrete and cement.

The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources also released a study in 2016 finding that Victoria’s construction materials demand would almost double by 2050. Of this demand, the report found that 34% of the materials will need to come from new quarries that have not yet been planned.

In addition to this welcome doubling of infrastructure growth by the government, we are also seeing unprecedented population growth across the country as well.

Add to this escalating cost pressures and the findings from the November 2017 Commissioner for Better Regulation’s report where lengthy approvals times are further strangling supply, the state faces a massive challenge to ensure planned works are able to be completed.

CCF has added its voice to this issue in recent representations made to both sides of Government, and in our publications and with the Alliance welcomes the urgent implementation of the recommendations and actions in the government’s ‘Helping Victoria Grow; Extractive Resources Strategy’.

With construction materials contributing an estimated 32% of the cost of infrastructure, Victoria is well placed to secure its competitive advantage by delivering a competitive supply of construction materials to meet demand.