Hanging in the balance
Welcome to the 27th edition of Discovering Stone. David West writes about new ASTM Standards, Jim Mann focuses on external paving issues, Carl Strautins examines the important subject of slip resistance and Jasper Swann reviews restoration works which are currently underway at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney. Peter Halliday presents the latest imports statistics gleaned from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and David Stock looks at the historical use of bluestone in Melbourne.
We include the first batch of entries in a fresh round of the ASAA Architectural Stone Awards. Readers with a particular interest in the practice of sealing, cleaning and maintaining natural stone will be delighted with the inclusion of our updated Sealer Selection Guide and news about the launch of ASAA’s free ‘Sealing and maintaining natural stone’ guide, which can be downloaded from a link on the homepage of www.asaa.com.au.
Turn to page 8 to discover the latest developments at the Australian Stone Advisory Association, including two seminars which will be held at DesignBUILD on 28 April in Sydney, following the ASAA AGM on the same day.
Imports of stone are rising and local producers are seemingly content, however, the industry’s continued growth and stability relies heavily on the availability of a young, well trained, flexible and skilful workforce. Natural stone does not change but the processes used to extract, process and install these time-honoured materials certainly do. At the moment, our long term future remains in the balance.
I hope you enjoy this important edition!
Tony Stock, Managing Editor