What is Quarrying?

Quarrying simply takes natural resources like rocks, sand and gravel to help create almost every structure in the built environment. These natural resources are known as aggregates. The stone, gravel and sand materials that come from quarries are the vital raw materials used by the construction industry to build necessary resources such as houses, roads, hospitals, schools and other structures.

Quarries produce a range of useful materials. In Australia, the most common materials extracted are construction aggregates such as crushed rock, sand or gravel. These abundant, yet essential raw materials, are the foundation of our homes, schools, hospitals, roads and almost all aspects of the built environment that we depend on.

In Australia, quarrying generates more that $160 billion in revenue, and creates thousands of jobs, often in rural and regional areas. The building and construction industry relies on the materials from quarries. This material builds our towns and cities.