Mixing with the Gladstone community
Since the Fisherman’s Landing plant began production in 1981, Cement Australia has become one of the major employers of the Gladstone region. Through Fisherman’s Landing and the nearby East End Mine at Mt Larcom, Cement Australia plays an important role in the local community.
Cement Australia’s Fisherman’s Landing and East End operations work closely with local interest groups and are committed to actively supporting the communities in which they operate.
At the East End Mine, a Community Consultative Forum was formed in 2002 to represent the broader stakeholders of the local community. The forum enables mine management to better communicate with local landowners and neighbours.
Cement Australia also sponsors various local sporting, educational and community projects and participates in GILG (Gladstone Industry Leadership Group). Cement Australia also continually supports large infrastructure projects within the Gladstone and Mt Larcom areas.
Fisherman’s Landing employs the most energy efficient and environmentally sound methods of cement and lime manufacture. Fuel consumption at the plant has been cut by 36% resulting in considerable reductions of greenhouse gas emissions.
Demonstrating Cement Australia’s environmental leadership, Cement Australia was the first to introduce bag filters to Australia, resulting in a large reduction of dust emissions. The plant’s clinker cooler is also considered the most energy efficient in the industry because of its heat recuperation capabilities.
To further conserve resources, the Gladstone plant uses by-product materials from industry and the wider community as a source of fuel and raw materials for the cement making process. A solvent-based liquid fuel is used to substitute up to 5% of the coal needed for cement production, which in turn reduces the amount of waste being transported to landfill. Solid by-products from the aluminium, steel and power generation industries are also used in the cement production process, adding value to material that would otherwise have been classified as waste product.