The heavy construction materials industry produces concrete and its constituent parts – sand, aggregate and cement – which are quite literally the foundations upon which our modern lives are built. Without concrete we would not have our roads, footpaths, schools, hospitals, workplaces and our homes.
There are approximately 2,200 quarries operating around Australia that produce some 150 million tones of rock, limestone, gravel and sand. The industry produces 8.9 million tonnes of cement and 24 million m3 of pre-mixed concrete per year. In fact, without these materials life would be unimaginable. Next to water, concrete is the most consumed material on the planet.
In Australia, the heavy construction materials industry is worth $7 billion in revenues to the economy and contributes $11.7 billion to GDP. It underpins the massive building and construction industry and is therefore critical to the health of our economy.
The reliable and cost-effective supply to these markets is fundamental to sustainable growth and it is CCAA’s aim to promote policies and planning frameworks that recognise the importance of these materials to Australia’s sustainable future.