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Asbestos in mulch: NSW Government Takes Action


The discovery of asbestos in mulch at several sites across New South Wales has prompted swift action from the state government. To address this critical issue, we have established an Asbestos Taskforce, working closely with the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to investigate and manage the situation. **What is the Asbestos Taskforce?** Comprising senior representatives from both government agencies and...
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Site Remediation of Former Asphalt Plant Pemulwuy


Another record delivery of a technically challenging and time constrained site, set for development in Sydney's booming property market.  RMA were presented with the challenge of delivering a tight program upon which the site divestment was relied upon and consistent with that providing a design and construct methodology for the onsite bioremediation of a significant volume of chlorinated ethene and...
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Employment Opportunity – Project Manager Site Remediation/Civil


RMA are seeking applicants for the role of Project Manager to join the successful Site Remediation/Civil Team. With opportunities to advance your career and contribute directly to the Division's success, this role suits applicants that are looking to take on new challenges and accelerate their skills.  You will have full ownership of assigned projects and the opportunity to participate in...
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Property hazards following a flood/storm damage


Workcover has published a fact sheet in relation to hazards following flood/storm damage, including the risk of asbestos exposure. http://www.workcover.nsw.gov.au/news/notice/property-hazards-post-stormsfloods Asbestos – cleaning and/or removing asbestos containing materials This information is for home owners, businesses and volunteers who are involved with the clean up and recovery of buildings damaged by the recent floods. Where are asbestos materials found? Buildings built...
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Employment Opportunity – Site Engineer Role


RMA Contracting is a leading remediation and demolition contracting services provider to the public and private sector market Australia wide. RMA is a hybrid company specialising in site remediation, waste management, civil works, hazardous material removal, demolition works and building construction works. Various roles being advertised. Please email your CV and a covering letter (optional) to RMA Contracting Attention: Miguel Canas (Remediation...
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Employment Opportunity – Accounts All Rounder


RMA Contracting is a leading remediation and demolition contracting services provider to the public and private sector market Australia wide. RMA is a hybrid company specialising in site remediation, waste management, civil works, hazardous material removal, demolition works and building construction works.  As the result of continued growth and increased workload we are seeking an Accounts All Rounder to join the team. Reporting...
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Longreach Mobil Fuel Depot-not so far away


Longreach is a small town situated 1200 km North West of Brisbane, almost in the middle of Queensland.  Known for its rugged outback terrain and long distance to, well..most things, it was also the birth place of Australia’s iconic airline Qantas, which also happens to be the best way to get there. RMA Group in its recent work with Cardno...
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Celebrating 15 Years in Construction Services- Highlight on Demolition Division


Since 1998, Ross Mitchell and Associates (now RMA Group) have been leaders in the construction industry; providing expert contracting services that include, waste management, asbestos and hazardous waste removal, demolition, site remediation, and construction. Now, as the company has reached its fifteenth anniversary, the employees at RMA Group share some of their highlights from the last fifteen years. When Phil...
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Work on North West Rail Link ramps up in Rouse Hill


Construction  work is under way in Rouse Hill, as work on the North West Rail Link ramps up. The green light for the flurry of activity was given with the approval of the project's second Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The early works have begun with demolition and site preparation at Cudgegong, Tallawong and Schofields roads in Rouse Hill. The EIS focused...
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Not just Telstra: illegal asbestos dumping on the rise nationally


Telstra isn’t the only one. The former telecoms monopoly is under fire for a recent surge in cases of unsafe disposal of asbestos from its underground communications pits, but illegal dumping is on the rise more generally as disposal costs have risen, the Master Builders Association of NSW says. “Over the last two years we’ve seen a marked increase in...
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Gaps in asbestos removal training, says Telstra


Contractors move in to clean up asbestos contamination caused by work on Telstra pits in Penrith, western Sydney. Picture: Stephen Cooper Source: The Australian TELSTRA has admitted that there were "gaps" in the way its contractors were trained to handle the removal of deadly asbestos fibres from the infrastructure used in the rollout of the National Broadband Network. Releasing the findings of...
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Earth Hour and saving energy everyday at RMA


Congratulations to everyone who participated in Earth Hour 2013! All businesses, homes and landmarks across the world turned off their lights and non-essential power for one hour to raise awareness of climate change. In line with our commitment to sustainability, RMA supports Earth Hour and encourage all our contractors across all of our projects to save power, both at work...
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New Logo for a new Era – Celebrating 15 Years in Construction Services


Ross Mitchell and Associates is changing its name, to RMA Group.  With 15 years history and a bright future ahead RMA Group has renamed the brand to show the depth and breadth of the company.  RMA Group is a group of companies made up of Contracting (Hazmat & Demolition), Construction, Facilities Maintenance and Waste Management, each with their own specialist...
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RMA Volunteers for Business Clean Up Australia Day at PCYC Bankstown


Bankstown PCYC, like most great PCYC centres, was in need of a little hand from the local community and we were more than happy to help.  When we first met Geoff, from Bankstown PCYC, he had a long list of work that he wanted to finish, however, was unable due to funding. With the great help and organisation of Business Clean...
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Flood victims urged to use licensed builders


Master Builders Queensland (MBQ) says flood-hit residents can visit its website to search for licensed contractors. There have been concerns about a possible shortage of builders in some areas. MBQ spokesman Michael Hopkins says it is important to ensure builders have the proper credentials. "What we'll see happening is that as well as the local builders obviously doing a lot...
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Demolition Company pays $12,530 for illegally transporting waste


Media Release: 1 February 2013 A Pitt Town based demolition and earthworks company, was ordered to pay $12,530 in fines and costs in Parramatta Local Court last week for illegally transporting waste to an unlicensed South Windsor site in February 2011. The EPA charged the company for the transport of about 16 loads of waste containing asbestos to a property...
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Workcover Warns Residents of Asbestos Dangers After Bushfires


WorkCoverNSW 18 January 2013 WORKCOVER WARNS RESIDENTS OF ASBESTOS DANGERS AFTER BUSHFIRES WorkCover NSW is waiving the five-day asbestos removal work notification timeframe to allow immediate clean-up of asbestos debris as the state experiences one of the worst fire seasons in recent years causing damage and destruction to properties, bushland and livestock. WorkCover NSW Work Health and Safety Division General...
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Albury Gas Works Remediation Setting Records


Albury Gas Works Remediation Setting Records Ross Mitchell and Associates (RMA) were engaged to undertake the remedial works required for the remediation of the Albury Former Gasworks site.  The project involved the excavation of approximately 6,500 m3 of gas works  contaminated soils classified as “ Hazardous Waste”  from the former gas site located at the town centre of Albury, the removal...
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Asbestos Awareness Week 26-30 November 2012


Asbestos Awareness Week starts today and the Asbestos Education Committee says it fears a third wave of deaths among home renovators, after those of miners and manufacturers of the deadly material. Committee member Peter Dunphy says almost every home built before 1987 contains asbestos and simple precautions should be taken in handling the material and ensuring its safe removal. As...
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Schools first in asbestos removal plan


AAP Schools are likely to be a top priority in a federal government plan for a nationwide reduction in the presence of asbestos. The federal government is setting up a new office of asbestos safety which will in turn create a national anti-asbestos agency to co-ordinate removal of the banned cancer-causing material from all types of buildings. Workplace Relations Minister...
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WWII Camouflage Fuel Tanks Georges Heights Remediation Project


The WWII Camouflage Fuel Tanks Site at Georges Heights is of a high significance to Sydney’s heritage landscape and as such the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust have scheduled upgrade work to the site. Works are currently underway and entail the remediation of existing tanks and surrounding grounds and the restoration of the building structure. For all enquiries Construction Project Manager Tony...
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Child lead poisoning warning


Yvonne Gardiner | 7th May 2012 6:05 AM- The Queensland Times THE frightening spectre of lead poisoning lingers over the lives of a flood-ravaged Ipswich couple. Unwittingly, Cathy Mason and Michael Vallance exposed their two young sons Jack and Lukah to the lead-laden dust that was released when they were repairing their North Ipswich home soon after the 2011 flood had...
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Town Hall restoration – what a picture


Sydney Town Hall's prominent sandstone façade will still preside over George Street while extensive heritage restoration works take place in coming weeks, thanks to a 20-metre-high mirror-image photograph wrapped around the scaffolding. The photographic images of Sydney Town Hall are presently being printed onto a custom-made mesh with a five-metre-wide printer, and will be installed over one day by abseiling...
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Lead alert facts: Lead in house paint


Before 1970, paints containing high levels of lead were used in many Australian houses. Exposure to lead is a health hazard. Even small amounts of dust or chips of paint containing lead, generated during minor home repairs, can be a health risk. Anyone painting a house or doing maintenance that could disturb paint containing lead should avoid exposing themselves and...
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Asbestos: a perennial threat


Asbestos is not a situation of the past. What is being called the 'third wave' describes victims of asbestos who do not work in the industry. There are concerns that non professional home renovators are not exercising proper amounts of caution.   http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2011/s3372459.htm  
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Asbestos, the outlawed fibre with a licence to kill


Ignorance, negligence and cover-ups led to the deaths of tens of thousands of Australians from asbestos-related diseases. When the building material was finally banned in Australia in 2003, too many people assumed it was a receding nightmare – that the real threat had died with one of its victims, the tireless campaigner Bernie Banton. They could not have been more...
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Emergency Flood Recovery Response


In light of the extensive flooding across NSW and QLD, we would like to highlight we have on call all staff, 24 hours, 7 days per week to help deal with the emergency. We will have available our Hazmat Response mobile decontamination units and full personal protective suits and respirators capable of safely dealing with a full range of hazardous...
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Asbestos health fears from demolished boatshed


Church Point resident Collyn Rivers at the demolition site of Bennett's boatshed today. A Church Point resident has complained of asbestos dust after a 100-year-old boatshed was torn down opposite his home this morning. Warning letters from Pittwater Council about the impending demolition of Bennett’s Boatshed and removal of the dangerous mineral were sent to neighbouring properties at the eastern...
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Builders gloomy about year ahead: MBA


Larry Schlesinger, Smart Company Builders surveyed by Master Builders Australia expect overall residential and commercial construction activ­ity to be lower over the next six months, in line with a bleak forecast released earlier by the Housing Industry Association. In MBA's December quarter survey, builder sentiment sits below the neutral or satisfactory 50 mark with both residential and non-residential sectors experiencing poor...
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Seeking Environmental Project Engineers and Supervisors


Company Background Ross Mitchell & Associates is a leading environmental and civil contracting services provider to the public and private sector market Australia wide. RMA is a hybrid company specialising in site remediation, waste management, civil works, hazardous material removal, demolition works and building construction works. Duties & Responsibilities The key function of the role will be to provide support to...
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Happy New Year: Are you ready for the new Workplace Health and Safety Laws?


As you may be aware the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000 and Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 2001 will be repealed on 1 January 2012 and replaced with the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (the WHS Act) and Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (the WHS Regulation).  The WHS Act and WHS Regulation are now available on the WorkCover website at the following link http://www.workcover.nsw.gov.au/newlegislation2012/WHSlawandpolicy/Pages/WorkHealthandSafetyRegulations.aspx While...
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Asbestos Awareness Week – Ross Mitchell, Founder, contributes his years of experience to help spread the message


"Next week is National Asbestos Awareness Week. After the natural disasters that have swept through our region over the last few years, there has been a focus on the dangers of asbestos as people began cleaning up there homes and businesses. This needs to be continued and will be something that is talked about nationally during the week, however, when Chris Coleman...
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Manly Hospital Upgrade is Open for Business


RMA Group’s upgrade of the Emergency Department, PECC and Decant areas at Manly hospital has been received well and is now open for business. In fact, all works were carried out while the hospital operated, which meant important coordination with the hospital, its staff and the patients. Having expanded the capacity and functionality of the departments, RMA Group has been...
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3 Cheers


RMA Group renews its certification and achieves an integrated management system, for quality, environment and safety. This reflects our intense focus on maintaining high standards on all our projects. Well done to the team and to everyone for living and breathing these standards every day.
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Housing finance rise no cause for rate rise


The headline rise in housing finance in July is no cause for the Reserve Bank to raise rates, according to peak building and construction organization, Master Builders Australia “The key finance indicators show that demand remains flat.” Mr Jones said, “Loans for construction of dwellings and purchase of new dwellings, combined, fell back in July but are almost on par...
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National asbestos management review must not increase risks to workers


“Master Builders’ Board has, as an aspirational goal, the removal of asbestos from Australia’s built environment in the long term. The way to achieve this aim is for asbestos to be removed when it has deteriorated or where the building is undergoing renovation or alteration that might disturb asbestos.” “The recent University of Western Australia research on asbestos disease indicates...
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