TOP GONG: Mayor Tracy Dobie and Braeside Quarry Director Joanne Payne.
TOP GONG: Mayor Tracy Dobie and Braeside Quarry Director Joanne Payne. Contributed

Braeside takes out top prize

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

Braeside won the National CCAA award, beating competition from other companies, including Boral, Holcim, Hanson and Adelaide Brighton.

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.

Braeside Quarries is the only independent quarry to be nominated for and win both awards. The quarry was first established in 2007 and grown from there.

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.

"Braeside Quarries has set the benchmark for other local business in continuous improvement and being environmentally conscious,” Cr Dobie said.

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