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Subcontractor accountability for defective work


From 1 June 2015, all subcontractors will be held accountable for any defective building work they perform.The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) has consulted extensively with building associations on subcontractor accountability. The Accountability for Subcontractor Defects Policy will ensure all licensees are accountable for their performance. We review the policy and its implications.

Get the edge for your civil construction business


Australia's demand for infrastructure is skyrocketing. With an anticipated national population of 30.5 billion in 2031, our four biggest cities will grow by 45%. We are moving towards enormous urban communities and Infrastructure Australia urged "it's crucial to act now, before productivity and living standards are impacted."

How hire companies are at risk of losing machinery


The hire industry is vital to the framework of our economy, representing a $6.6 billion industry and employing over 18,000 people across a range of businesses. The industry is driven by large numbers of construction and mining firms preferring to hire equipment, based on a desire to remain flexible, reduce capital and maintenance expenditure and gain access to the latest technology. In short, rental allows the most efficient use of assets by moving them to where they are most needed.

PlantMiner rewards plant and equipment hirers


With an item requested for hire every minute, nine million hours of work quoted and over 10,000 searching companies, PlantMiner today announce our rewards program, PM RewardsFor any user of our quote request function, we provide an effortless transaction, simplifying the plant and equipment hire process. For years to come, we want to provide a rewarding and personalised relationship between PlantMiner and equipment hirers, made of real loyalty.

Badgerys Creek: earthmoving project takes flight

News, Projects

After decades of doubt and delayed development, the second Sydney airport is on the way. Badgerys Creek is going to be one gigantic, nationally transformative operation that "easily rivals the Snowy Mountains scheme, not only in terms of the sheer volume of excavation works but its significance to the economy."

Gridlocked capital cities: the potential cost of inaction


Infrastructure Australia warns that congestion in our largest capital cities threatens to cost $53 billion by 2031, unless measures are taken to boost capacity and curb demand.

Why collaborate? PlantMiner supplier shares hundreds-of-thousands of dollars worth of reasons


We've recently delved into the world of movers, shakers and technology makers. Our 'Competitive Advantages with Technology' event, held in conjunction with Vertical Matters, questioned the value of collaboration in the Australian business scene.

Why earth stabilisation should be re-thought, reinforced and retained


A commercial and infrastructure project has one unpredictable nemesis: heavy rainfall. Unluckily, 2015 has ushered in some torrential rainfall events for job sites lining the South East coast of Australia. For earth stabilisation projects, engineered retaining walls have never been more important.

National Stronger Regions Fund: up to $10 million for successful candidate


Local councils and incorporated not-for-profit organisations can now apply for funding of between $20,000 and $10 million for capital infrastructure projects under Round Two of the $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund.

2015 WA State Budget: investing in infrastructure


For the first time in 15 years, Western Australia's State budget is in deficit. WA's financial position has been hit hard by the combined effect of falling GST and dramatic dives in iron ore royalties. Treasurer Mike Nahan announced the state would fall into a deficit of $1.287 billion this financial year, $2.7 billion in 2015-16, before hopefully returning to a surplus of $874 million in 2017.

Improve your listing to win more work


Our resident SEO guru dishes the dirt on how to increase your visibility through PlantMiner and boost your chances of winning work. Your PlantMiner company profile gives you the opportunity to showcase your business and fleet on a site visited by thousands each day. Within a few clicks, our procurement platform allows renters searching for equipment to easily discover more about you and your machinery.

SA Construction Underway


Substantial and exciting work is imminent in Adelaide. In what’s been termed ‘a massive infrastructure investment phase’, the South Australian capital will present numerous opportunities for plant and equipment hire companies to win work. These projects are predicted to amass billions of dollars in value, and a few smaller building construction projects have caught our eye. 

2015 Federal Budget: Infrastructure highlights


"This is a budget that unleashes our nation's potential" claimed the Treasurer Joe Hockey. The 2015 Federal Budget committed to "sensible savings, prudent spending and redirected funding to small business, child care, infrastructure" in order to boost growth and jobs.

Survival of the fittest - rise of the dot coms


It’s true, shift happens! Today’s business environment is ruthless and ever changing – businesses can’t thrive without collaboration, and nowadays won’t survive if they don’t adapt to technology.

Project spotlight: Kingsford Smith Drive

News, Projects

Kingsford Smith Drive has regularly been identified as the Brisbane City Council's 'next priority'. The major road links the Brisbane CBD to the Brisbane Airport, Port of Brisbane, Northshore Hamilton and the Australia TradeCoast area. Traffic congestion is nothing new for this major road and has been a talking point in Brisbane for decades.

Winning the mind games of interoffice sport


May the best player win! There’s nothing wrong with a bit of healthy interoffice competition – and here at PlantMiner, we have Friday Afternoon activities to satisfy our competitive itch. While our new offices have been kitted out with Air Hockey, Basketball Shoot Out and Golf Putty, our Ping Pong table has become a clear sporting favourite.

Safeguarding Queensland's future through infrastructure investment

News, Projects

The Federal Government's Budget will next week deliver the second portion of the $50 billion Infrastructure Investment Programme. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss, said protecting Queensland's future through infrastructure investment was vital to a prosperous state and nation.

The earthmoving scoop: five financial reasons to buy local


Our industry constantly debates the benefits of local vs imported pieces of equipment. So with almost half (46%) of Australians saying that making local purchases will be the most important thing we can do to strengthen the economy, we have to consider what imported pieces truly cost.

How OCM Equipment won half-a-million dollars in plant hire work

Testimonials, News

We're always excited to see successful transactions between renters searching on PlantMiner and our plant hire suppliers!  So when Central Queensland based hire company OCM (Open Cut Mining) Equipment secured half-a-million dollars worth of plant hire through PlantMiner leads in the last six months, we thought we'd share with you how they capitalised on our procurement platform.

New job opportunities with Bruce Highway upgrade


Cry me a river no more! News just in from our friends at the Queensland Government confirms progress towards a more flood resistant Bruce Highway is continuing, with Aurecon Australasia selected to commence the detailed design phase of the $57 million Sandy Gully Bridge upgrade project.

Passing the baton: the third leg of the resources boom


Some eight years ago, the 'Resources Boom' race began. It had no defined parameters but numerous competitors lined up. The first leg was the price boom, peaking in 2011. The second runner, the investment boom, overlapped with the first, lasted about six years, was worth $400 billion worth of resources projects and saw business investment spending peak in the last quarter of 2012 (with 19 per cent of gross domestic product). But now, in May 2015, we're in the early stages of the third phase, the production boom.

How Aussies can score on New Zealand’s construction boom

News, Projects

In February 2011, New Zealand experienced an earthquake that shocked the world and left Christchurch in tatters. Four years on, the rebuild of this once beautiful place has fuelled a massive construction sector boom – and it just might be the perfect solution for Australian civil companies feeling the impact of the recent economic downturn.

April Employees of the Month


PlantMiner.com.au has rapidly grown since launching in 2013 and one of the biggest indicators is our ever increasing workforce. Starting with a handful of members in 2012, we have developed to a team of over 70 in April 2015.

Victorian Government improves commute time

News, Projects

It's missing the first part of your favourite show, the eleventh-hour rush before your big quarterly meeting, or even running to make check-in time at the airport - we've all been hit by the curse of the modern commuter.The good news is that Melbourne roads will soon protect you a little more.