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GATES OPEN Breakthrough on water discharges THE rate of water being pumped from Bowen Basin mines flooded last December is expected to increase in the wake of a review into the rules governing water discharges. The review has relaxed some of the rules regarding the pumping of water out of pits and dams back into the Fitzroy catchment, and is a major breakthrough for many miners still struggling with flooded operations. The fear among miners was that even a modest wet season this year could cause more flooding, major operational stoppages, and even the possibility of large uncontrolled releases. The changes stem from a major review conducted by the Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM). More than 80 per cent of the region’s coal mines were inundated during the December deluge and, since then, more 48 temporary permits or TEPs have been granted to pump out water. Despite the numbers, many mines are still holding huge volumes of water on site because - under the previous rules - they were not able to pump it back into the river catchment except at periods of high flow. That condition has now been overhauled. Now, the dewatering rules will vary depending on which part of the catchment each individual mine site is located. DERM’s director of mines in central Queensland, Andrew Connor, said it was all to do with the cumulative impacts continued page 4 on the catchment.

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PEOPLE who know me would agree that, by nature, I am a polite person. I am a journalist, but I prefer to do my job in a civil fashion. I hold the perhaps old-fashioned view that you should try and get the answers to your questions in a polite and professional way. But this fortnight, I have had a gutful. For 10 days I tried to politely find out the changes that had resulted from a DERM review into the water discharge rules for mines. I was acting on a tip off, so I knew the review had wrapped up and that there were significant changes. But five days of emails and phone calls to the Minister’s office resulted in nothing. Eventually I was sent a press release that literally told me nothing except the review had taken place (no, really?) and that it did not represent a compromise on environmental protection. Well, given the changes had still not been made clear to me - I wondered how they could possibly represent a compromise on environmental protection. How can a government go straight to being on the defensive about information they have not even released?

When I queried this (because let’s face it, if denial comes before fact there probably is a story in it) I was again hamstrung by my politeness - patiently waiting for my phone to ring or email to jump up with a response. Nothing. It was not until I threatened to run a story saying it seemed extremely dodgy that the state government was not releasing any information on the review that I finally had my request met. This time, with information and a rare interview with someone in a government department. There is no doubt the state government was not keen to have these details released because of the perception that the rules have been relaxed in favour of miners. But how is it that we have come to the point where the public can’t be allowed to form its own opinions on factual information? The debate surrounding the big issues in mining has become so hysterical that there seems no middle ground for sensible discussion about big policy items. That said, it is not for the state government or its advisers - to try and deliberately conceal information that should be publicly available just to avoid a backlash.

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Live local all spin: mining union THE powerful mining union the CFMEU has turned on the Bligh government, over its approval of a 100 per cent fly-in fly-out mine in the Bowen Basin. CFMEU state secretary Jim Valery has accused the state government of spin doctoring the facts about the conditions set out for

BMA’s Caval Ridge mine near Moranbah. “The government tried to bury this story from scrutiny by releasing it late on Friday afternoon and to muddy the waters with false claims and tough talk about project conditions,” he said. “But really it’s a sell-out of titanic proportions.” The much anticipated decision by the Coordinator General will allow the mine to run on a 100 per cent FIFO workforce, as long as it builds 160 houses in Moranbah, and another 240 throughout the Bowen Basin. That has outraged the union, given 150 houses were already guaranteed in a prior approval, and the 240 to be built elsewhere are not directly linked to the Caval Ridge workforce. In his decision, the Coordinator General Ken Davies outlines that 80 per cent of BMA’s operational workforce should continue to live locally - as it historically has done. But all parties - the union, community groups, local government leaders and BMA - agree that the condition is not legally enforced by the document. Mr Valery said the state government had deliberately mislead the public - and he

labelled the decision arrogant and out of touch. “It’s clear this government just isn’t listening to regional leaders and communities,” he said. “Many communities feel they are banging their heads up against a wall of Bligh government spin, and frankly I think they have every reason to feel that way.” Meanwhile, a federal enquiry has been launched into the economic and social impact of fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) and drive-in, drive-out (DIDO) rosters in mining. The hearings will be carried out by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Regional Australia and chaired by the independent member for New England Tony Windsor. Submissions close on October 7, and more information is available from www. aph.gov.au/ra or by calling 02 6277 4162.

WHAT THEY SAID: “Many communities feel they are banging their heads up against a wall of Bligh government spin, and frankly I think they have every reason to feel that way.” Jim Valery, CFMEU state secretary “The government has been caught out falsely claiming it will require BMA to keep 80% of its employment residentially located in the Bowen Basin, across all its operations – this just simply isn’t true and they know it.” Kelly Vea Vea, Moranbah Action Group “They could build these houses in Emerald, how is that going to help Moranbah?” Peter Maguire, Central Highlands mayor “We are not convinced this means more housing, that’s what we want confirmed.” Cedric Marshall, Isaac mayor “The Coordinator General’s conditions are contained in Appendix 1 of his report. These are the only workforce conditions for the project.” BMA statement

“The government tried to bury this story from scrutiny by releasing it late on Friday afternoon and to muddy the waters with false claims and tough talk about project conditions.”

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Rules governing dewatering relaxed “If you are in the upper catchment then you are less likely to have another mine contributing to the water quality as opposed to those in the lower catchment,” he told Shift Miner Magazine. Mines can now release water from site at times of high, medium and low flow - but the quantity of water allowed to be released will depend on its quality. “The simple principle is the better the quality of water the greater the amount that can be released,” said Mr Connor. Some mines have chosen to invest in treatment technology that will allow them

to decrease salinity levels. By linking quality to volume, Mr Connor said more companies would be encouraged to do the same. “This is not a new concept, and provides incentives to companies to improve the quality of water held on site.” Mr Connor said the changes allowed flexibility for the mines without risking the health of the Fitzroy catchment. “Absolutely this does not compromise on environmental standards,” he said. “While this new package is probably more complicated than the last, it provides a greater

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level of flexibility for mines, and we have been able to achieve that because we now have a better base of information to work with.” Mr Connor said the department was currently in the process of amending the individual licence conditions of each mine. The Queensland Resources Council’s acting chief executive Greg Lane said mines could now start preparing for the next wet season. “While improvements to the system identified in the review are being final-

ised, the coal industry is looking at a range of ways to better manage site-bound water with a strong focus on treatment technologies,” said Mr Lane. “Meantime, a QRC-DERM sponsored consultancy to examine the feasibility of adopting a Hunter River-style salinity trading scheme is under way and workshops are being organised to ensure that everyone is prepared for the next major rainfall event in Queensland.”

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Mining towns turn on state government THE Bligh government is under increasing attack from mining communities who say their concerns are being ignored. The Moranbah Action Group president Kelly Vea Vea said the state government had completely mislead communities and the media over its decision to allow Caval Ridge mine to proceed with a 100 per cent fly-in fly-out workforce. “If you scratch the surface of the Bligh government’s spin on this decision, they have sold out our communities and worst of all they have tried to mislead the public into thinking otherwise,” she said. Her comments have been reiterated by CFMEU state secretary Jim Valery, who launched an unprecedented attack on the Bligh government’s handling of the issue (see page 4).

Central Queensland mayors also say they are being left out of the loop when it comes to important decisions regarding mining and communities. “The recent decision to put a two kilometre “no mining” buffer around towns came completely out of the blue,” said Central Highlands mayor Peter Maguire. “We now have to put our submissions in but there is very little time.” “It’s the haste with which these decisions are made, and the absolute lack of consultation.” Political scientist at Griffith University Dr Paul Williams said the Bligh government’s handling of key mining issues was troubling for a government that was facing a caning at the next election. “It’s all bad news for the government,” he said.

“Consultation is a big issue for voters and in fact was responsible for the fall of the last Labor government in Queensland - the Goss government.”

“Consultation is a big issue for voters and in fact was responsible for the fall of the last Labor government in Queensland the Goss government.” Dr Williams said the Bligh government was almost certainly cutting its losses in regional Queensland. “The thing that underpins all of this is that Labor doesn’t have many votes to win in the regions anyway.” “There is going to be a massive swing at the next election and Labor is going to lose seats in the city and the bush, there will be very few safe seats.” “The thing that is interesting about the FIFO issue is that it extends beyond the region.” “When you combine it with the asset sales there is a ground swell among those left of centre who think that Labor has lost its way.” He said the coal seam gas debate was also difficult for the government - given the unlikely alliance that has been formed between farmers and the Greens. “Labor has to back investment, because it is all Queensland has.” “But it’s why you have seen Campbell Newman - quite cleverly - jump on board and remind Queenslanders that agriculture is important and that is going to damage Labor too.”

Miners throw $440K behind CQ NRL bid CENTRAL Queensland miners have joined the push for a CQ team in the NRL, putting up $440,000 to develop the local bid. BMA, the region’s biggest employer, has announced it will throw $250,000 towards the bid. It joins the Jellinbah Group, Cockatoo Coal, QR National and the Gladstone Ports Corporation, which have all contributed foundation funding. With that initial support in place, CQ NRL bid CEO Denis Keeffe said he is now in discussions with a consortium of mining companies about a longer term partnership. “The talks are very much at their embry-

onic stage and we are working through a process,” Mr Keefe said. “I can’t say too much, but they are very, very encouraging.” In regards to BMA’s $250,000 donation, BMA asset president Stephen Dumble said the funding is aimed at giving the bid team the opportunity to put a comprehensive proposal together. “Rugby league has a strong following in the region and coal is the largest industry in the region,” he said.

“BMA is pleased to be playing a role in helping bring the National Rugby League competition to our region.” “The bid proposal is an initial step but it is a critical step.” “Central Queensland will be competing against several other proposals and so our aim is to ensure the bid is as strong as possible to give the team its best chance.” If the bid is successful, a local NRL team is expected to bring in $150 million to the central Queensland economy each year.

“I can’t say too much, but they are very, very encouraging.”

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Cougar in court? Cougar Energy is considering legal action over the state government’s decision to close down its underground coal gasification pilot project in Kingaroy. The Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) has confirmed to the company that it stands by its original decision to shut down the site, after minute traces of dangerous chemicals were detected in groundwater monitoring bores. In a statement to the stock exchange, the company said it was now deciding whether to appeal the decision in the Queensland Land Court. .....................................................................

Wide load warning A DVD has been developed by central Queensland road accident group RAAG to raise awareness about wide loads on roads in the Bowen Basin. The DVD is ideal for prestart inductions, toolbox meetings and training companies to show the correct procedure when an escort vehicle is encountered. It will also be shown continuously at tourist information centres, and advertised in caravanning magazines. It will soon be available for download on the RAAG website. .....................................................................

New QR National grants QR National has announced the establishment of a fund targeted at grassroots community projects in regional and rural Australia. Eligible organisations will be able to seek up to $20,000 for specific community-based projects. Eligible charities and community groups can apply online at www.qrnational.com.au Applications for the first round will close at 5pm Monday 31 October.

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120th EDITION. 2011

Marine deaths not linked to dredging: ports chief

THE Gladstone Ports chief says dugong and turtle deaths along the Queensland coast are not linked to major dredging works in the harbour. In the first eight months of the year there had been 130 turtle strandings, with 11 of those surviving, eight dugong deaths and

five dolphin deaths in the Gladstone area. This had caused alarm among local residents and environmentalists. However, CEO Leo Zussino said the assessment from both the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and DERM indicated the majority of deaths are related to the

impact of last summer’s floods, including discharge and run-off, and extreme weather conditions which destroyed large tracts of the state’s seagrass beds. “We have been advised by the Gladstone Area Water Board that the overflow from the Awoonga Dam this year pushed an estimated 1,093,760 megalitres of fresh water into the harbour,� Mr Zussino added. “That is equivalent to over 220,000 Olympic sized swimming pools.� “As well the Calliope River discharged significantly more water this summer than in previous years.� Across the state, 843 turtles have either been stranded or died along the coast so far this year. There have also been 129 dugong strandings and 31 dolphin deaths recorded. Some environment groups have linked the dredging to the marine deaths but Mr Zussino said this is not the case. “Despite claims the dredging project has impacted the marine life in the harbour, these works have not made an identified

impact in the harbour,� he said. “Since 1996 maintenance dredging of 100,000 cubic metres each year has occurred in the harbour with no identified impact on marine life.� Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers has called on State Environment Minister Vicky Darling to visit the region and address community concerns over the deaths. The deaths are the subject of an official Queensland Government Scientific Advisory Committee report. The Gladstone region is one of three hot spots in which an increased number of marine animal deaths has been reported, along with Moreton Bay and Cairns. Mr Zussino acknowledged the significant loss of marine life in the Gladstone area has been of concern to many residents and harbour users. The organisation also uses Curtis the Turtle as its corporate mascot. Since May more than 394,187 cubic metres of material has been removed from the harbour.

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PURCHASING mining and construction machines outside authorised dealerships is risky business, according to the peak industry group. The Construction and Mining Equipment Group CEO John Reid said there was a large “grey market� for new, used and lowhour machines in Australia. But he has warned buying machines outside authorised channels can cause problems including no warranty, limit party availability and non-compliance with Australian safety and environmental standards. “Whether equipment buyers are purchasing direct from overseas over the internet, or at auction in Australia, it’s important to be aware of potential issues before making their final decision,� Mr Reid said. “Original equipment manufacturers have a number of different machine specifications, depending on which market a particular machine is destined for.� He said owners of such machines hoping to work on major projects may also find their equipment won’t comply with head contractor and client requirements – and therefore will no be allowed on site. “Increasingly large contractors and government sector clients are insisting on the latest low-emission engines, and – in the case

of excavators – hose-burst protection and cabs with rollover protection systems, which have only started to appear in the past couple of years.� He said CMEIG is in the process of developing a checklist for end-users who are thinking of purchasing unused, as-new or low-hour machines, either from offshore or at local auctions. This checklist will outline important questions potential buyers should be asking before they go ahead and purchase or bid for a particular machine.

CHECKLIST FOR BUYERS: Make, model number, serial number and year of manufacture What is the claimed warranty on the machine, and is there supporting documentation? What is local parts availability for this particular machine (the serial number and year of manufacture can be used to request this information from the local distributor)? Will the local distributor provide warranty coverage? What safety equipment is fitted to the machine? If it is an excavator, does it have a ROPS cab, and if so, is there an OEM compliance plate? What emissions standard is the engine built to?


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120th EDITION. 2011

Rail decision confirms major new coal province

QR National’s decision to invest nearly $1 billion in new rail infrastructure in the Bowen and Surat Basins is the final step in the opening up of one of Australia’s newest coal provinces.

The Wiggins Island Rail Project (WIRP) will see QR National undertake one of the biggest rail expansions in Australia’s history, and increase coal production from the southern Bowen Basin by 30 per cent.

It will also, for the first time, provide a major part of the infrastructure required to export coal out of the Surat Basin. A 13 kilometre rail loop will be built at Gladstone, as well as major track upgrades and duplications to the inland rail network that services planned and existing mines south-west of Gladstone. It will allow coal to be delivered to the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal (WICET), which is currently under construction. The decision by QR National to spend the money virtually guarantees the development of a suite of new coal mines, which have taken binding agreements to export coal through WICET. Most notable is Xstrata’s Wandoan coal project which is currently engaged in court action with Friends of the Earth over their expansion plans at Wandoan. Among the other mines now almost certain to move forward are Bandanna Energy’s so-called “Golden Triangle� projects near Springsure, Cockatoo Coal’s Baralaba

expansion, Wesfamers Curragh expansion and Aquila Resources Washpool coal project. The development of the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal (WICET) was delayed during the global financial crisis but the first stage should be built and exporting coal in two year’s time. Worley Parsons is the major contractor, and the ANZ Bank has been appointed to help organise finance. WICET will be built entirely through private company investment, with eight coal companies signing capacity commitment deeds (CCD) to pay for the cost depending on export volumes. Xstrata has taken 11 million tonnes of the port’s capacity and, therefore, will spend the most on its construction. Bandanna Energy and Caledon Resources have reportedly signed up for 4 million tonnes of coal a year; Aquila Resources has taken 1.6 million tonnes; and the remainder is shared between Cockatoo Coal, Northern Energy, Wesfarmers and Yancoal.

“The decision by QR National to spend the money virtually guarantees the development of a suite of new coal mines, which have taken binding agreements to export coal through WICET.�

Businesses battle GFC, floods and now growth BUSINESS confidence in the Central Highlands might be high, but cash flow is proving an issue for many small and medium businesses. The Central Highlands Development Corporation (CHDC) has launched a survey to gauge the economic impact of the floods on the region. “This is about quantifying the extent of the impact to be able to lobby for increased resources that might be needed for the region,� said CHDC regional development manager Sherry Smith. “This survey is for businesses across all sectors - farming, mining, retail, services -

whether you were impacted or not we are keen for your feedback.� A similar survey was carried out after the 2008 floods, and the CHDC hopes to make some useful comparisons. “There has definitely been a cumulative impact on businesses, we have been through two floods, a GFC, a period of dramatic growth and a high demand for skilled workers as well as a national decline in the retail section so not surprisingly some of our businesses are struggling.� Ms Smith said the real impact has not been felt in terms of job security but in terms of cash flow.

“One of the questions we ask is what resources have been used to assist your recovery,� she said. “Whether businesses have absorbed their losses, used personal savings or loans from family and friends, bank loans or government schemes.� “The concern we have is that in the short term they might be OK, but the recovery could be more difficult in the long term.�

Ms Smith said some businesses had actually benefited from the floods. “One survey we’ve had back already said their business actually picked up 400 per cent because of the floods.� Businesses have until Friday 16 September to complete the survey, which can be found online at chdc.com.au For any questions please call the CHDC office on 4982 4386.

“This is about quantifying the extent of the impact to be able to lobby for increased resources that might be needed for the region.�

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Industry campaign timely after rough few weeks

AFTER several weeks of harsh public criticism through the media the coal seam gas (CSG) industry is fighting back. A new print and television advertising campaign has been launched to promote the industry’s positives and is supported by a dedicated website. Produced by the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA), the We Want CSG campaign shares similarities in look and feel with the This is our Story promotion used by the wider mining industry in past months. APPEA’s Rick Wilkinson said the advertisements were necessary because the industry had many supporters whose voices were

not being heard. “Our strong community feedback is that people want CSG and they’re increasingly frustrated that until now, the loudest voices in Australia’s energy debate have largely been alarmist and their claims unsubstantiated,” he said. “This campaign marks the re-emergence of a fact-based energy security debate in Australia and gives voice to the many Australians who want new jobs, cleaner energy, and the revitalisation of regional communities that comes with the gas industry’s expansion.” Some of Australia’s largest energy companies including AGL, Santos, and Origin Energy are members of the APPEA along

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Billionaire miner and Queensland’s richest man Clive Palmer even waded into the debate while a guest of the National Party’s federal council in Canberra recently. He took a swipe at CSG and its environmental management practices. “The risk if they don’t get that right is the contamination of the water table with things like arsenic and other carcinogens,” Mr Palmer said. “We don’t want that to happen because that affects stock and it could affect human life when we’re eating the stock and drinking the water.” Mr Palmer was then forced to clarify his comments, and in a statement said he did support the CSG industry. “It is good for this country, and particularly good for Queensland,” he said. “However, the Queensland government and participating mining companies must commit to the best technologies and practices to ensure there is no risk to the environment or human health.” “I have no doubt the majority of CSG operators will be responsible in this space. “The government needs to ensure there are clear safety and environmental plans in place.” Meanwhile, a Senate inquiry into the management of the Murray-Darling basin is examining the impact of CSG on the economy, society and environment. It is due to release its report and recommendation to the public on November 30.

“We’ve taken this action to ensure local communities and individuals get the help they need to negotiate complex land access issues.” Mr Hinchliffe said negotiating legal agreements for conduct and compensation can be costly. “That’s why the government is providing central Queensland rural landholders with free legal assistance,” he said. However, the lawyer cannot provide representation in court or carry out conveyance work. Landholders are advised to engage their own solicitor before they sign agreements.

Free legals for CQ landholders CENTRAL QUEENSLAND landholders negotiating land access and compensation with mining companies now have use of a free legal service. The state government has allocated $300,000 to fund a legal officer for the region and mirrors a position, based in Toowoomba, that has been running for landholders in the Surat Basin since 2009. “It’s a free, non-means tested service and the lawyer will be able to travel throughout central Queensland,” said the Mines Minister Sterling Hinchliffe.

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with major foreign investors such as BG, PetroChina, Shell and ConocoPhillips. The advertising campaign has drawn stern criticism from farm lobby group AgForce which shows one advertising campaign may not be enough to turn around public sentiment. AgForce CEO Robert Walker said his organisation and its members aren’t anti-CSG but are opposed to the expansion-at-all-costs approach taken by gas companies with the encouragement of the Queensland government. “This campaign is an attempt to deflect attention from the real issue - that there is no scientific evidence to suggest CSG exploration and extraction won’t harm water reserves, boost salinity levels or threaten the longer term viability of some of our best food-producing land,” Mr Walker said. Mr Walker said the companies that paid for the advertising should have used the money for research instead. The new campaign is aimed at balancing the debate that is being led by industry opponents who have generated widespread media coverage. Murwillumbah man Michael McNamara is calling for a Royal Commission into the industry and its environmental impacts. Last month, Lobby group GetUp delivered an anti-CSG petition to the federal government, signed by more than 50,000 people. The group and its supporters are demanding a moratorium on the industry.

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Calls for CSG Royal Commission AN anti-CSG campaigner believes a Royal Commission is needed to establish facts around the industry and its impact on the environment. Michael McNamara and wife Julie are visiting 60 regional and rural centres on their Defend Our Water tour that started on July 29 and ends on October 16. The tour aims to raise awareness and opposition to the CSG industry. Mr McNamara said a Royal Commission would allow for technical information to be provided and witnesses to be protected. “If we get it wrong on this issue then the consequences will be immense in terms of the impacts on local communities and

industries, on water supplies and quality and on public and individual health,” he said. He is also calling for a national day of action on October 16, with towns to stage rallies at 12 noon. “This issue has united communities in defence of the values that define us as a community,” he said. “Communities across the country are saying to government that there needs to be a significant pause while the impacts of this industry are examined and assessed.” The Lock The Gate Alliance and Northern Rivers Guardians are backing the day of action. Mr McNamara said the tour is self-funded but they have received some donations.


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Moranbah’s working parents left in the lurch A childcare centre in Moranbah will remain open for the short term, after a backlash from the community over the sudden announcement of its closure. More than 150 working families in the town rely on Altitude Kids for day care, and parents were told 10 days ago the centre would shut. But that decision was reversed by its owners, after a protest by parents and carers who were left with no options. The centre is one of only two in Moranbah (the other centre is not-for-profit), and is heavily relied on by mine, council, and local business workers. Last week, during a teleconference between mining companies, the council and local traders, Altitude Kids owner Chris Doolan said the centre was on the market. Mr Doolan has told Shift Miner Maga-

zine that there is no definite news on a buyer at this stage. “We hope to have an indication of how things are going early this week,� he said. “In the meantime, the centre remains open, the fees are back to normal, and it will continue to run as a child care centre until the interested parties work out the next step.� Isaac mayor Cedric Marshall said the whole situation had caused a great deal of stress for many locals. “This centre is vital for our community and many parents who work in local businesses rely on it,� he said. “There are also many council workers and mining families who need the service and it is vital to everyone that the centre remain open.� “This certainly could have been handled better.�

“The centre remains open, the fees are back to normal, and it will continue to run as a childcare centre until the interested parties work out the next step.�

Blackwater rail project powers ahead QR National has announced it will complete the $195 million Blackwater Power Project six months early. The project will nearly double the electrical capacity on the Blackwater rail system in central Queensland, and will now be completed by June next year. The announcement was made after QR National Network Services finished building the Bluff Feeder Station site six months ahead of schedule. It is now connected to power supply. Feeder station sites at Wycarbah and Duaringa have also been handed over to Powerlink, with a fourth feeder station at Raglan under construction and on target for commissioning in November. QR National Network Services CEO Michael Carter said accelerating the project was significant for Queensland’s coal sector as it would provide coal customers with greater flexibility for rail haulage on the Blackwater rail system sooner than originally planned. “This electrification project adds to an extensive program of works along the Blackwater system in recent years to expand the coal haulage capacity for our customers,� he said.

“We’ve duplicated approximately 80 percent of the track on the system, providing our customers with greater supply-chain flexibility to meet growing export demand.� QR National Network Services is working with the TrackPower Alliance and energy provider Powerlink to deliver the power project. “We’ve had to overcome some difficult challenges to reach this milestone, particularly with construction impacted by the extraordinary wet weather in the region earlier this year,� said Mr Carter. “This project is the largest electrical upgrade since the initial electrification in the 1980s.� “It is a credit to all involved that we’re delivering a project of this magnitude with substantial time and cost savings.� Approximately 1000 jobs were created during the construction phase of the project, including those directly involved in construction as well as equipment and material suppliers, hospitality workers and others in associated industries such as manufacturing. The Blackwater rail network connects coal mines west of Rockhampton to the export terminals at Gladstone.

Project delivers stronger floors and safer workers FINDING the safest, most cost effective way to stop objects penetrating light vehicle floors has won a team from BHP Billiton’s Cannington mine a highly commended in the Innovation Awards at the 2011 Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference. The increase in rigid objects penetrating the floor pans of light vehicles on site was the catalyst for the team being formed to find a solution. The mine then invested $235,000 into the project, believed to be a world first. Lead by Mechanical Engineer, Adrian Bush, the workers developed the Light

Vehicle Penetration Protection System. One example photo of the problem provided for the nomination showed a tree branch that had pierced the floor and passenger seat of a vehicle in 2008. Rock bolts are also common hazards. The initial part of the design project was to determine the material most resilient to penetration and it was found to be moulded composite sheeting. Kevlar, polyethylene and steel were also tested. Through the assistance of contractors that specialised in the impact and hazard reduction technology, and the work

of the staff, a solution was discovered that delivered an increase in energy absorption 13.6 times greater than a brand new steel floor pan. The designed composite panel will even outlast the lifetime of a particular vehicle and the panel can easily be transferred to another vehicle. Workers are now safer, damage to vehicles is reduced and the technology can be transferred to other industries. DANGEROUS OBJECTS: The sort of damage that was happening to light vehicles

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Free training for women to get in - or move up ROCKHAMPTON and Gladstone women who want to work in mining - or progress up the ladder - will have access to free training programs next month. Last year, TNT Training Solutions’ Tash Fee ran the free workshops for women in Mackay, Moranbah and Bowen, and was overwhelmed by the response. “We had so many inquiries from far and wide that I decided to give women further south a go at it this year,� she said. She said the cost of training is one obstacle preventing more women from entering mining, or moving up the ranks. “A generic induction course used to cost about $380, but now it can be anything from $700 to $900.� “Working at heights and confined spaces courses cost about $250 depending on the provider.� Ms Fee is someone with plenty of industry know-how, she is a qualified motor mechanic and former fitter who has worked at a coal handling wash plant in Middlemount. “My advice would be if you haven’t considered an apprenticeship you should, a trade can be the foundation of your career.�

Sarah Duguid is a woman looking for a new career in mining. She currently working as a landscaper in Rockhampton, but has begun trying to

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“There is the chance not just to have a job, but a career.� She said it was hard to find independent advice, but industry workers often told her that paying for tickets was pointless because people are retrained when they are hired in a specific area. “It’s hard to know, because you want to show the initiative and look keen, but it could end up being a waste of time and money.� “I’m the sort of person that thinks spending $10,000 to land a $100,000 a year job is worth it, I’m prepared to pay if I need to do it.� For those wanting to sign up for the free training workshops, you can go to tnttrainingsolutions.com.au Ms Fee is offering free courses in: safe working at heights; enter and work in confined space; and confine small workplace emergencies.

“There is so much talk about all these jobs - and opportunities for women - but getting one is not as easy as you might think.�

Demand pushes mining wage up IT won’t be news to human resources professionals, but there’s increased competition for workers in the mining industry and that is leading to a rise in wages. In its latest Economic Roundup the Federal Treasury said some companies are paying increases of up to five per cent to attract and retain workers. This is particularly the case in Queensland and Western Australia where companies are experiencing a jump in staff turnover and a gap in filling the vacant positions. “A number of firms in the mining sector have reviewed remuneration packages, or changed rosters, in an attempt to retain workers,� the report said.

“Firms are increasingly utilising fly-in-flyout arrangements from other states as another measure to attract and retain skilled staff.� In the best position to cash in on the shortfall of workers are specialised professions where shortages are more acute. The report noted the last mining boom saw greater demand for workers. Outside the mining industry increases of three to five per cent were recorded, the report said. It also said Queensland had not fully recovered from the floods and Cyclone Yasi, with some resources companies still pumping water from mines and some projects yet to return to full capacity.

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crack the resources industry as a greenskin. “There is so much talk about all these jobs - and opportunities for women - but getting one is not as easy as you might think,� she said. So far, Ms Duguid has obtained her GI and medical, and has begun applying for advertised traineeships. “In the last few months I have probably applied for 10 jobs, and have had two rejections and heard nothing back from the others.� “I have heard that cold canvassing actually works against you, so I am not calling people directly, but going through the proper channels.� Ms Duguid said she wanted to get into mining because she believed the opportunities it presented for women were enormous. “I think it is a really exciting time, and a really exciting industry.�

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Seeking adult talent THE hunt is on for skilled workers who are just a hair’s breadth from being a qualified tradesman. “There is a great untapped source of talented Australians out there that might have thought trade training had passed them by,” said Alan Sparks the director of the National Apprenticeships Program. Mr Sparks is currently recruiting for an adult apprenticeship program that can be completed in just 18 months. “This is an advanced entry level program, it’s about launching people who are already skilled and experienced by allowing gap training for those competencies they need to complete their trade.” The new national program will pair up 1000 adults to carry out 18-month apprenticeships in areas of acute shortage, and is being supported by the federal government. Mr Sparks said at least 500 of those places will be based in mining and industry in central Queensland - and he expects more are likely. The big question is: who fits the bill? The program targets five main groups of Australian workers: those who have part completed an apprenticeship; resident Australians who have overseas qualifications; ex members of the defence force with aligned skills such as electronics or avionics; people

with an aligned trade - for example, small engine mechanics who want to move up to heavy diesel fitting; and leading hands who have worked for years assisting a tradesman. “Given the discussions I have had with industry, I think this will end up being being more than 1000, I think we are now more likely to have 2000 places.” “Interest in this program is growing daily, and we are geared up to cater for more.” Since the program went live four months ago, there have been more 10,000 hits to the website. So far, 547 people have successfully been through the initial vetting process and are now waiting to hear about employer places. Anglo American was the first company to come on and trial the program, with their first round of apprentices starting last month. Mr Sparks said he was now in discussions with more than 30 other companies about running places. “We are in final discussions with a good half dozen companies, and they are big players,” he said. “We should have some big announcements about placements shortly.” If you think you might be eligible for an adult accelerated apprenticeship you can apply through the website at www.nationalapprenticeships.com.au

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Mt Mulligan disaster remembered in Mt Isa MINERS will gather in Mount Isa next week for the Queensland Miners Memorial day service. The service will be held on Monday 19 September, and falls on the 90th anniversary of the state’s worst mining disaster, when a coal dust explosion at Mount Mulligan mine in north Queensland killed 75 miners. The Member for Mount Isa Betty Kiernan said the event was one of the most

important days on the mining calendar and a big turnout was expected. “Each year on 19 September, we hold a memorial service to commemorate the more than 1450 miners who have lost their lives in Queensland since the start of mining during the 1800s,” she said. “This event offers the opportunity for mine workers and relatives of those who

have lost their lives to gather and remember friends and loved ones.” Ms Kiernan said it was fitting for this year’s memorial service to be held in Mt Isa, which had a long history of mining. Two years after the Mount Mulligan disaster, silver and lead was discovered in the area. “And since that discovery Mount Isa has built an international reputation on the global mining stage as a base metals mining city that has also provided significant return PAUSE FOR THOUGHT: Miners remember those who have lose their lives in mining at last year’s service in Moranbah

of copper and zinc.” “Mount Isa is also home to one of the world’s largest underground mines.” Mrs Kiernan said the service would also remember those miners who lost their lives at Collinsville, Box Flat, Kianga and Moura No. 4 and Moura No. 2 mines. The service will be multi-denominational and attended by the Mines Minister, civic leaders, industry executives, union representatives and mine workers and their families.

“This event offers the opportunity for mine workers and relatives of those who have lost their lives to gather and remember friends and loved ones.”

Canary to computer - technology the key to safety COAL mining is an industry in which risks will always be prevalent, and as such safety will always be of paramount concern. Queensland Mines Rescue Service (QMRS) state director Wayne Hartley says that while Australia has one of the best safety records in the world when it comes to mining, most of the significant safety milestones have been borne out of tragedy. “I think safety in the coal mining industry in Queensland has made enormous progress over the years,” he said. Unfortunately, they’ve come out of major mine tragedies, which have resulted in changes in legislation, changes in practices, and

generally a huge improvement in attitudes.” Mining tragedies, such as those which occurred in Moura in the late 80s and early 90s serve as a constant reminder to those in the industry of the importance of maintaining vigilance when it comes to safety. “The goal really is that every miner that goes to work finishes their shift and there’s been no accidents, and then we can concentrate on no near misses,” said Mr Hartley. “Reporting on near misses gives us an indication of the potential major accidents that have occurred, and allows us to concentrate on fixing other processes, training, engineering equipment, and the application of technology

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to improve our work environment.” Mr Hartley said that advances in technology and training are key to ensuring that miners remain safe on the job. “A significant effort by all companies goes towards training their workforce and improving their knowledge and safety.” The application of technology has also expanded, and Mr Hartley said simulation

training will have huge benefits in the future. “The bigger corporations are already investing huge amounts of money in simulation training of operators, particularly in heavy equipment.” “The bottom line is we should never be complacent in relation to what we’ve achieved, we should always strive for better and improved outcomes.”

“The goal really is that every miner that goes to work finishes their shift and there’s been no accidents, and then we can concentrate on no near misses.”

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Dogs make it but Drovers just misses out It’s been the best of times and the worst of times for rugby players across the Coalfields in the last fortnight. The Tieri-based Capella Cattle Dogs beat the Moranbah Bulls 41 to 7 in the grand-final of the Central Highlands Rugby Union (CHRU) competition. While the Dawson Valley Drovers - who base themselves in Moura - lost by just 1 point in the Central Queensland Rugby Union (CQRU) A Grade competition. Both Capella and Moura had gone into their respective finals as minor premiers, however only the Capella Cattle dogs went into it as favourites. Despite an outstanding season for the Moura side - they were up against the mighty Colts club who has won the competition three years in a row, and was hungry for a fourth. Prior to the CHRU grand final in Tieri, there had been speculation that the Moranbah Bulls could be the dark horse of the final series - hingeing on the ability of their huge forward pack to dominate. However, the Moranbah side was unable to use near gale force winds to close the game down. Captain Coach and BMA miner Kristian Paul told local media fitness was an issue. “At half time I thought we were still in it, we were only a couple of tries down and we were running into pretty strong wind in the first half,� Paul said. “We probably could have utilised the wind a lot better but we didn’t.� “Another thing that let us down was our fitness, we didn’t quite meet expectations.� Meanwhile coach of the Drovers in the CQRU Grand final Jack Wright said they just couldn’t capitalise on the other teams mistakes. “I suppose they were able to capitalise on our mistakes, and we were not quite as good at capitalising on theirs, “ he said. “But all credit to Colts, we got away to an early lead and they just worked their way back into the game.� “However we have still got a young team, and we will learn from it, and hopefully most of us will be back next year.�

Junior league talent picked for development Two up and coming junior rugby league players from the coal fields have been picked in a 20 man development squad. Gabriel Kapano from the Moranbah State School and Thomas Skinner from the Middlemount Community School were both selected in the inaugural Stanwell junior development team. As the name suggests, financial sponsorship of the team is coming from local power generator Stanwell Corporation, however the day-to-day operations are being handled by the CQ NRL Bid.

BIG FORTNIGHT FOR DYSART Not only were the Dysart Bulls Rugby league side in the final of the Central Highlands Rugby league competition against the Tieri Pirates over the weekend (results not available at time of print) bu the long awaited official opening of the New Recreation centre took place. Pictured L - R: Saraji Mine Manager Steve Johnston, Norwich Park Mine Manager Jen Mackenzie, Kirsten Livermore MP and Mayor Cedric Marshall

GONE FISHING: The Saratoga Spectacular is coming up in Blackwater The Stanwell team is one of two grassroots rugby league development programs that the CQNRL bid is running. The Stanwell program will focus on the development of junior rugby league players through improving fitness, skills, and knowledge of the game. CQ NRL Bid development manager Walson Carlos said parents and players had been notified last week of their child’s selection. “Lionel Harbin (Coach) spoke with the parents and the excitement level from both the parents and players is very high,� Mr Carlos said. “We have put together an outstanding staff for this team and I know the players will certainly get a lot out of the program. � The program will begin with a camp in Yeppoon at the end of the school holidays, followed by games in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Townsville.

One metre Saratoga a good sign for Blackwater Spectacular After five years of floods and other distractions the Saratoga Spectacular is back on in Blackwater. The re-launch and revamp comes after months of hard work by members of the Mackenzie River Fish Stocking Association. The fishing competition is a natural extension of their primary role of restocking the river with native fish species - a job they have been doing for over a decade. President of the group and local miner Shane Currie says while the event will be targeting saratoga, anglers will be competing for other fish species as well. “There are lots of categories, but the main one will be the biggest fish, and there are separate categories for barramundi, saratoga, sleepy cod, yellow belly, red claw and catfish,� he said. “I think the big summer flows have had a really good effect on the fishing at the moment.�

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Toolkit for Girls This initiative is providing pathways towards careers in mining for female students at Pioneer State High School. More than 20 students from years 10, 11, and 12 recently heard from Hail Creek Mine professionals, visited a simulated underground coal mine facility, and tried their hand at practical mining activities. Five students are completing a Certificate I in Resource and Infrastructure Operations, and have undertaken a three-day work placement at Hail Creek Mine.

“The water has been really clear and we have been getting red claw by the thousands and the saratoga are really on the bite.� “Someone caught one last week nearly a metre long.� “I suppose things can change between now and then, but it’s looking really good for the competition.� Registered competition anglers can enjoy free camping facilities at Bedford Weir for the duration of the competition, and access to food and drinks on site.

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High fashion race wear, feather boas, fish nets and even the odd pair of frilly hot pants were on display at Moranbah East State School’s recent Garden Party.  The annual fundraiser is a highlight on Moranbah’s social calendar and this year’s event proved to be more popular than ever.  More than 350 ladies attended the Burlesque themed event, held in the school’s playground. Many attendees chose more traditional ‘race day’ outfits, however a large number of ladies relished the opportunity to pop on their false eye lashes and dress in a style reminiscent of 1940s/1950s movie stars.

Tanya Burns, Chavarn Nankervis and Lauren Cahill

Sue Zealey

Jilice Bell, Tania Webb, Jo Coldrey and Katherine Lynch

Duo Rob and Talia Cookson wowed the crowd with their vocal talent.

Back: Leonie Toohey, Fiona Carleton and Liz Bates. Front: Janita Skennar, Renee Smith and Hanna Lovi

Kim Hardy and Kristy Worth

Anita Moore and Melinda Stitt

Deb Channell, Melinda Lynch, Gayle Smith, Back: Jodi Walker and Lena Modraynski Front: Alicia White, Helen Worsley & Janice Foster Andie Stepney and Pauline Bosnjak

Chelsea King, Melissa Kyle and Demi Johnson

Sondrelle Kovarik and Gill Blake

Helen Giacomiai and Megan Hoban

Jackie Wood, Jaqui Hiron and Christine Gilbert

Back: Krysten Hayes, Kristy Cooper, Amie Goltz and Smitha Rallipalli. Front: Chrysanthe Pilcher and Melina Cabassi

Holding a social event you want photographed?  Call the Shift Miner office on 4921 4333 to let us know.  You can also give our office a bell if you’d like a copy of any of the photos in this edition.

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around town 120th EDITION. 2011

A FETE-FUL DAY

Taja and Lainee Ingram

Mitchell Williams on the mini golf

Ian Healy trying his hand at mini golf

Bryce Cracknell, Isaac Orreal and Thomas Mackenzie

Shania Sanderson and Brooke Jurd

Jackson Broom

Alysia Busk and Anika Bartley

Tyson Latchford

Blackwater North School Principal Landon Dare cooking the popcorn

Kev Cracknell and Wayne Vesey cooking up a storm

Kayley McDonald and Noah Connolly fishing for ducks

Tiffany and Luke Pitt

Tarni Anderson with cricket legend Ian Healy

Laureen Fenner and Caitlin Renn with the balloon bursting

Leanne Fitzgerald looking the part for a school fete

Sophie Lee James

Nadia, Mia and Liam Kronk

Leah and Deb Burchard

Blackwater North State School held their annual fete recently... and a great time was had by all!

Ali, Campbell, Kenneth and Fergus MacKellar

Olivia Windon, Kelsea Anderson and Natalie Robertson on the rides

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stuff to the editor 120th EDITION. 2011

Stuff to the Editor This is the final instalment of the letters and text messages we have received regarding a possible roster change at Dawson mine. The issue has been played out in this column for the past three editions: Shift Miner, not sure if I have missed something, but I have only heard from the pro-change crowd. I already have 18 extra days with my family. Maybe you should move your family closer to your job and put some of the money you earn back into the local community. There are lots of fly-in fly-out mines, go work at one of those. I could find just as many medical studies supporting the current roster. Here at Shift Miner, we love hearing from our readers. Talking to you is our best chance of knowing what issues are effecting you at work, and at home. We recently received this email about insomnia: 0400. Awaken. Shower in my ensuited mine accom room. 0425. Uniform and boots on, out my door. Drive 2km to mess. Breakfast and pack lunch. Depart mess. 0500. Drive to mine (35km). Sign on at electronic swipe card access point. Daily breath test and random drug screen. 0545. Head to maintenance workshop, receive handover from night shift. 0555. Daily safety meeting (daily apology for hijacking safety meeting !) 1755. Hand over to night shift, sign out & drive back to village. 1915. Shower and head up to mess. Meal. Back to village. 2015. Done. That is a QLD coal worker’s day - very little variation state wide. My day shared with many other oranged clothed zombies. It was after one such day, my fourth shift of a five day swing that I was too tired to sleep, not worn out but tired maybe too bored to sleep? I was greying my way thru a few of the stupid hours. The

hours from 2030-2330 are stupid hours. No recreation or industrial pursuit are conducted with any depth or good result during these stupid hours. I despise them. 1800-2000 are amenity hours. Useful, bright and trustworthy hours. Any passion or energy spent during amenity hours are rewarded. Getting clean, cleaning and a meal. 2330-0400 are good-natured and friendly hours. They are made pleasant by the fact that no effort or planning is needed. You are worn, agreeable and sleeping during their occurrence. I was in my mine bed, or maybe I was laying on the ironing board (little difference) attempting to sleep 2030.....2230....0130... My pillow is wrapped tightly in surgical grade razor wire as I rest my head on pillow the wire cuts thin, deep, rich plum red slices into my cheeks and quickly slices the eye lid and then destroys my eye. I can not lift my head, only move it from left to right as I panic... THIS... PILLOW IS KILLING ME. IT NOT FOR SLEEP, IT’S A SLEEP ZERO. This is the panic and dread that gripped me. This is not a dream nor imagination. It’s a man, badly cut on a bed. Insomnia. I can’t sleep, I need to block the windows my thoughts are pumping thru. Booze can be used, to take away the glare, but it also takes away the shine as well. Draw the blinds on thought, turn off. Leave it all were it is. Leave the whole messy lot behind the blinds. Be pointless. This night I did not want booze, just a rest from my (by this stage delusional, paranoid, biblical) thoughts. I wanted some one to talk AT me. Something interesting , not luke-warm recycled third rate pseudo-safety drivel. To cram my head with something that would allow me to coax my thoughts down from their lofty (brackets) perch thus allowing the ceiling to collapse into the floor of sleep. I attempted to read but I wanted a painter not paint. I briefly doze and as I barge bad mannered and menacing into a dream the magic fades and my eyes open... I cannot concentrate on sleep or focus on being awake. How long can a man mine?

“The new digger wash at Hay Point” sent in anonymously

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Fair Dinkum!

IN THE USA - A New York man has been arrested after breaking into his father’s house to steal money for drugs to ease pain caused by constant erections. The would-be burglar allegedly developed an addiction to painkillers because of his excruciating erections. The condition, known as priaprism, can causes painful erections lasting up to five or six hours. Hard up (get it?!) for drugs, the man broke into his father’s Manhattan apartment in an attempt to gain money for painkillers. The man’s father contacted the police and had his son arrested for burglary and attempted robbery. IN ZIMBABWE - As part of a campaign to stop the spread of HIV all Zimbabwe’s male MPs are going to be circumcised. According to the Deputy Prime Minister of the country, all male members of parliament, as well as members of rural councils, should undergo the minor operation, which studies have shown help reduce the risk of contracting HIV. Zimbabwe is one of 13 African nations participating in a scheme to circumcise 38 million men over the next 15 years in an attempt to stop the spread of the deadly virus. IN LONDON - A woman suffered a bizarre injury during a game of paintball recently when one of her breast

implants was popped by a paint pellet. The injury caused UK Paintball, which runs a number of facilities across the country, to insist that women with ‘breast’ enhancements wear extra chest protection. The company has also included a clause in their indemnity form warning players that paintballs could potentially cause damage to breast implants. A spokesperson for UK paintball insisted that nobody should feel worried for their safety during a game of paintball, but also stated, “It’s worth remembering that having bigger breasts will make you an easier target for your enemies.” STILL IN THE US - Police were forced to close a busy Tennessee highway after four canisters of suspicious liquid spilled onto the roadway. Police, fire fighters, as well as a hazardous materials crew were called to investigate the four canisters on the roadway that were allegedly emitting steam and a foul odour. The mysterious spillage was revealed to be frozen bull semen which had fallen off the back of a Greyhound bus. According to cattle breeding experts the spill may have been a costly one, with the value of the lost bull sperm being estimated at around $80,000. A spokesperson for Greyhound said was not uncommon for buses to transport cargo.

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Frank the Tank’s

“Streakin” good love advice Dear Frank, I recently started dating a girl and I really like her, the only problem is whenever we go out she expects me to pay for everything. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind paying for dinner or something like that, but she expects me to buy her clothes and jewellery every time we go shopping. I’m beginning to get the feeling she sees me more as an ATM than a boyfriend, what should I do? Jack, Mackay I swear if I had a dollar for every time someone comes to me complaining that their woman is spending too much money I’d be an extremely rich man. This is an all too common problem among weak-willed men, and if you don’t nip it in the bud early in your relationship I’m afraid you’re likely to spend the rest of your life selling bodily fluids on the black market just to keep your girlfriend in the lap of luxury. Many years ago I was seeing a girl who expected me to pay for everything; ultrasounds, hospital bills, nappies, just because a DNA test said I got her pregnant. If I had have given in and paid for all that stuff she would have felt like she had power over me for the rest of my life, so what did I do instead, you ask? I grew a beard and disappeared into the mountains for a year, returning only once a week for ‘Topless Tuesday’ at the local gentleman’s club. You see, Jack, it’s a common miscon-

Sensible Susan

Jack, I feel dirty just saying this, but I actually agree with Frank; if this bothers you it should be addressed early on in your relationship. The next time you’re out with your

ception among men that paying for things is somehow the honourable, gentlemanly thing to do. Really, it’s just a way for women to identify weak males and exploit them for personal gain. Next time you’re out shopping with your girlfriend and she tries to stick you with a bill, I recommend taking decisive action. Calmly say, “Sure honey, I’m just going to go to the toilet first,” walk to your car, drive to the nearest pub and get absolutely blind. When your girlfriend finally tracks you down she’ll be furious, but the near fatal levels of alcohol in your bloodstream will give you the courage you need to withstand the verbal barrage she is sure to unleash on you. At this point your relationship will come to a crossroads, either she will leave you in search of another eager to please dimwit with deep pockets, or she’ll come to realise that she can’t rely on you for anything, thus freeing you from almost all the undesirable aspects of your relationship. The strategy I’ve mentioned is pretty much a sure thing, but if it’s not your cup of tea, never fear, I always keep an ace up my sleeve. Nothing sets a woman straight like a little healthy competition, if your girlfriend feels like she’s competing with someone for your affection then the tables will turn, and she’ll do whatever she can to please you. That’s why I pay a yearly retainer to some sorority girls. It’s a significant investment, but I sleep better at night knowing that a posse of hot uni girls are only a phone call away. Frank

girlfriend and she asks you to buy her something simply say no and explain to her that you can’t afford to spend all your money buying gifts for her. If she’s genuinely interested in you then she won’t mind, and your relationship will move forward. If she winds up breaking up with you just because you wouldn’t buy her something then it’s probably for the best. Susan

If you have a question for Frank and Susan Email Us at: franksusan.shiftminer@gmail.com

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The wheels of the Landcruiser ute spun in the dirt for just a second as Tim left the light vehicle go-line. He knew he shouldn’t have done it, but it gave him at least some satisfaction. He’d just had what his boss George had called a “Performance Coaching Discussion”. It had felt to Tim more like a good old-fashioned chewing out. Unfair. That was the best word to describe it. There were other, harsher, cruder words that came to his mind, and to his lips, but “unfair” was what stuck with him. What was the exact phrase? Carelessness – that was it, no – “lack of attention to detail”. How many details were there to pay attention to when you pushed dirt and rock and coal around with a D11 bulldozer? Tim felt the back-end go sideways – just a little – as he turned left onto the haul road. He realised as he did it that he hadn’t looked right, at all. He checked his mirror quickly, and saw no vehicles. Lucky. He slammed it into second. “At least something’s going my way today,” he said aloud, to himself. He shook his head at his own stupidity. Any one of the rear-dump trucks driving along the haul road could easily have squashed him and his ute to just a few inches thick, if it’d been there to run him over. Soon enough, Tim was complaining to himself about his boss again. “Inattention to detail,” he muttered to himself, shaking his head. “Where does she get this stuff from?” Suddenly Tim grabbed the two-way radio, and called up the OCE, and told him he was entering the pit area. White lie, of course. Entering – entered – it was a grey area. He tried to relax as he drove down the haul road. It was hard to relax. With things the way they were at home: first with the kids, and now with the wife talking about “taking some time to re-evaluate things,”

– Tim muttered that phrase to himself again. Yeah, he thought, it’s bad enough at home, without George making a mountain out of a molehill. She was normally okay, but then, nobody’s perfect. What a way to come back onto shift from his days off. Tim was looking forward to the solitude of working on the dozer. He’d probably even have crib on the machine today, he thought, the way he was feeling about people in general. He pulled up behind his dozer, grabbed his crib bag and went up onto the machine. He snatched up the pre-start book, hoping it’d been done for the shift already, which it hadn’t. He got out of the cab, checked the oil and coolant in the engine bay and then glanced at the tracks. He got back into the machine and ticked off the rest of the prestart. If it was okay last shift, it’ll be okay now. He copied some comment about a problem with the mirror from the last prestart sheet. He tossed the pre-start book aside and then started up the engine. The throbbing of the diesel engine made him feel better almost immediately. After a minute to warm up the beast, he opened up the throttle, and smiled for the first time that day. He looked out at the job in front of him: just a whole lot of cleaning up of the coal seam, really. Good, solitary work – no-one to mess things up for him. Tim lifted the blade, and then checked his mirrors before backing up. Once he’d gone back about as far as he thought he needed, he looked back in front of him and saw something that he didn’t recognise at first; not for about five seconds. Then he realised that the oddshaped little thing was what used to be a Landcruiser ute. The ute he’d parked there himself. “So that,” he said to himself, as he shook his head, “Is what she meant by ‘lack of attention to detail’.”

Bernard S. Jansen is 32, married has three young boys. He lives in Emerald, works as an engineer at a local coal mine and is active in his local church. Read more of Bernard’s writing online at surgebin.blogspot.com or email him at bernard.jansen@gmail.com GOT AN IDEA FOR A STORY? Let Bernard know - email him at bernard.jansen@gmail.com or hop on his blog surgebin.blogspot.com

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Bait shop Banter FISHING IN YEPPOON

FISHING IN GLADSTONE

Salmon and flathead are in abundance, and being caught along most beaches and up most creeks. “I’d be pretty surprised if you went out and came home with nothing,” said Tony from the Secret Spot. “They are pretty much being caught everywhere, and the best time is to fish when the tide is half in until it is half out.” Mackerel are scarcer than usual for this time of year, but Tony thinks all that is needed is a bit more warmer weather and the numbers will pick up. Those fishermen hunting the “wide grounds” - about 60 kilometres north-east of the Capricorn Coast, are pulling in plenty of trout and red fish.

You’d have to have been living under a rock if you didn’t know barra were on the bite in Gladstone. It’s been a completely insane season for barra since Awoonga Dam spilled over and poured tonnes of fish into the Calliope and Boyne rivers. There has been eight months of sensational fishing, and even in the colder months they’ve been biting around the hot water outlet. Hollow bellies and slick rigs are the way to catch em, according to Josh from Pat’s Tackle World.

He says there’s plenty of blue and threadfin salmon around too, and bream around the rock walls. “There’s also been good reports of whiting out on the flats, and the mackerel should start to come on soon.” Reef fishing is still patchy due to the weather, with not many opportunities to get out wide.

FISHING IN MACKAY “It’s been blowing the proverbial for more than a week now,” moans Bruce from Nashy’s Compleat Angler. That’s bad news for fishermen trying to get out wide and enjoy the warmer weather

You’d have to have been living under a rock if you didn’t know barra were on the bite in Gladstone.

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and schooling mackerel. Bruce reckons they’re not far away now, and have been caught off Eimeo and right round to Sarina on hooks and pillies or little chrome lures. While the weather settles, Bruce’s tip is stick to the Pioneer River, and head there at night time. “The best catches are coming from night time fishing in the river,” he said. “There’s good catches of grunter and whiting.” He advised using yabby baits and moving around a bit. “Go to where you think they are, but travel around til you find them, try a few different spots,” Bruce recommended.

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Is this the last cold burst? Week 1 - early spring was heralded by unseasonal storms is late August which was associated with the warmest August minimums in record. On Saturday 27 August, Emerald 19.4C, Thangool 18.2C, Springsure 17.9C recorded their highest minimum August temperatures. Moranbah recorded thick fogs in a row. Then storms followed with hail recorded at Capella, Coppabella, Bundoora West. Some of the highest August rainfalls were recorded with Riverslea recording 93mm its highest August rainfall on record. Emerald to the immediate south missed the storms. Temperatures around the 29-30C heralded the thundery showers across the southern Coalfields last Friday, followed by our seventh cold burst for the middle part of the year. Ground temperatures overnight plummeted to near zero across the southern Coalfields. What a start to spring!! Large extremes in temperature with 3-4 different weather phenomena. Being September this should be the last burst of cold air? Cooler minimums should continue

and gradually warm during the week. Warm sunny days should follow with the dry air causing fire dangers to rise. Afternoon humidity could be as low as 10-15% early in the week. Early mist/fog could be a risk later in the week. Boaties! After the cold moderate to fresh burst of SSW’ly winds over the weekend winds tend more SE’ly early in the week. Just a brief shower with ESE winds 10-15 easing by mid week; lighter south of Yeppoon. Lighter winds should prevail till Friday. Then a high in the Tasman could cause fresh coastal winds for the weekend. Week 2 - With the huge fluctuations in temperatures and weather phenomena this week should be more stable. Early fog/mist is a chance and an isolated afternoon thundery shower is on the cards; if the afternoon temperatures rise in the 30C mark. The SOI sits around +5 for the first week of September. This indicates just above a neutral possibility for rainfall this spring -or a bold simple statement of around average or just a tick above average rainfall for spring. Let’s wait and see!


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AH Golf, a sport with a rich history, steeped in tradition. It’s a game for gentlemen, where etiquette and courtesy are equally as important as one’s playing ability. This is how the uptight members of your local golf club would like the game to be perceived, an exercise in rules and etiquette where players who have more than the predetermined amount of fun will be punished. Like the song says, the times they are a changin’, and golf is no longer just for those in the community who need an excuse to get together and enforce page after page of laborious rules. If you’ve never been out for a round of golf I can assure you, you don’t know what you’re missing. There are few (if any) opportunities in life where one may safely combine drinking copious amount of beer, driving a low powered motor vehicle, and heckling your uncoordinated mate. The ultimate way to enjoy the game of golf (in my opinion) is by organising a little friendly competition between friends that begins with at least two months of intense sledging between all parties involved. As the sledging escalates this will naturally give rise to the entering into of wagers. It’s a well known fact that gambling

makes any sport more exciting, and this is particularly the case when you’re locked in a heated golf battle for the ultimate prize a six pack of beer from your mate who bet you couldn’t beat him on the back nine. I know from personal experience how heated a golf ‘tournament’ between a group of friends can become, and if the game gets tight often the participants aren’t above resorting to underhanded, downright unsportsmanlike tactics. This is a fact of life for the modern social golfer, and one you must come to embrace if you have any hope of achieving victory. I highly recommend getting someone to accompany you to the driving range before the big game purely so you can get used to hitting the ball while someone: a) Spits beer at you b) Makes disparaging comments about certain parts of your anatomy c) Infers they have had close relations with your wife/sister/mother I hope that after reading this article it inspires you to promptly challenge your friends to a day on the golf course, it is a fantastic excuse for a social outing, and an even better way to claim bragging rights over your mates if you happen to be the one who wins the day.

The world’s hottest hamburger I’VE reached the point in my life where I’ve started to ponder the big questions. Why am I here? Is there life after death? Would I be able to eat the ‘world’s hottest burger’? Brisbane’s Off the Wall Diner in Wellington Point specialises in gourmet burgers, but they also boast the world’s hottest burger, made using habenero chillis, which are 500 times hotter than jalapenos. Reputedly this is not just some burger with a bit of kick - it’s the burger from hell, forged by Satan himself.

To tackle the challenge burger you must not suffer a heart condition or anxiety, and must be of general good health. The burger may only be consumed while wearing rubber gloves, and it’s served with an emergency side of milk and yogurt, you must also sign a waiver which states that injury or death may occur as a result of attempting the challenge burger. Here’s the deal, to win the challenge and write yourself into the annals of history you must finish the burger without using the emergency milk or yogurt. Sounds simple enough, but a little Internet

research reveals that many have attempted the challenge, and only a few have succeeded (there are also a few disturbing accounts of the burger’s affect on the human digestive system, but I’ll leave the details of that to your imagination). I asked the Shift Miner Magazine HR department if they could bankroll an expedition to the Off the Wall Diner so I could take on the challenge, but they were concerned about the liabilities that might arise should the burger kill me. Subsequently, I am charging you - the readers - with a quest: go forth and attempt to devour ‘the world’s hottest burger’ the

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IF you’ve ever worked a job you hated then you’ve probably dreamt of killing your boss at some point. That’s the plot of Horrible Bosses, a new comedy about the plight of three guys with the worst bosses in the world. The film stars three of comedy’s best funny men, Jason Sudeikis (Hall Pass, Going the Distance), Jason Bateman (Paul, Couples Retreat, Arrested Develop-

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the same vein as fan favourites like Old School and The Hangover. The humour in Horrible Bosses comes largely from its dialogue, with the odd well placed physical gag thrown in for good measure. The office relationship between Dale (Day) and the surprisingly crass Julia (Aniston) is particularly hilarious, as Dale tries desperately to avoid Julia’s constant and insistent sexual advances. The film features some of Hollywood’s biggest names (Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Donald Sutherland, Colin Farrell) in relatively minor roles, which has become a fairly consistent trend in comedies of this type. By no stretch of the imagination does Horrible Bosses break new ground in the genre of comedy, but it doesn’t really set out to do so either. It appears as though the director set out to make a good comedy with a strong, well paced narrative and achieved just that. If you’re a fan of recent movies like

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Your Health 120th EDITION. 2011

EXPERT ADVICE For those too busy or embarrassed to ask the important questions about their health Hi Tammy, After reading your tips on nutrition, I just wondered if you could explain diabetes.  I was recently told to stop all the soft drinks and sugary foods because I have ‘borderline diabetes’.  What does that mean? Tim

Now you might be wondering why Diabetes is a concern - well, the complications speak for themselves: • Loss of vision (retinopathy) • Cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke • Kidney damage (nephropathy) • Nerve damage (neuropathy) • Risk of amputation • Impotence

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Do your best to minimise your risk of experiencing any of these problems.  You can minimise your risk by looking after your health and you can start by: â&#x20AC;˘ Eating a healthy diet (low Glyceamic load foods) â&#x20AC;˘ Exercising regularly â&#x20AC;˘ Limiting your alcohol consumption â&#x20AC;˘ Maintaining a healthy weight and a healthy waistline < 94 cm for men < 80 cm for women â&#x20AC;˘ Giving up the fags   We will continue our look at diabetes in the next edition, so until then stay healthy and stay informed!

Tammy Farrell is a registered nurse, nutritionist and author of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Real Manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Toolbox â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A DIY Health Manual for Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Tammy grew up in the Hunter Valley with two brothers in the local coal mines. In 2007, she started to give health talks in the Hunter, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when she began compiling the book, helping hundreds of men answer questions about their bodies.

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OCCUPANCY rates and rents in central Queensland are among the highest in the country according to a new report into residential property. However, the relatively high price of houses in central Queensland means the return on investment property is not as high as it would otherwise be. The latest monthly report by proper-

According to the HTW report, residential vacancy rates are around 2.3 per cent in Rockhampton, 1.6 per cent in Mackay and virtually zero in Gladstone. This has translated into higher rents for residential property. According to HTW, rents in Rockhampton have been increasing by eight to 10 per cent annually over recent years which translates to yields of between four and eight per cent. In Mackay, yields are around five per cent and in Gladstone where demand for rental property has gone stratospheric since the establishment of the CSG industry, the yield on a rented new modern home is above six per cent. However, if the price of housing increases at the same time as rents are going up the net effect is the yield on an investment property remains steady, or can even fall. HTW says the strength of the local property prices is keeping yield in check.

ty valuers Herron Todd White (HTW) has had a close look at the yield on residential property. In property investment, yield refers to the amount of rental return a property generates relative to its overall capital value. In other words it tells you how much money the property is generating to help you service the debt owing on it.

“Investment properties in terms of rentals and vacancies [in Mackay] have performed well over the last few years and are expected to maintain this performance in the short term,” the report said. “The downside to investing is the already high capital pricing of houses and the potential for capital growth.” By way of comparison, on the Sunshine Coast where rental demand has been easing since the GFC, yields on property are not considerably less than they are in central Queensland where rental demand is rising. On the Sunshine Coast, a standard house is returning around five per cent, and the yield on the more prestige property is around three per cent. That’s because the property value on the higher yielding Sunshine Coast properties is less so tenants don’t have to pay the same amount of rent to get the same return on the property investment.

“According to HTW, rents in Rockhampton have been increasing by eight to 10 per cent annually over recent years which translates to yields of between four and eight per cent.”

Don’t lose out on your superannuation NEW research shows millions of Australians have their super contributions tax concessions eaten by commissions. A new fee study undertaken by Rainmaker Research and commissioned by Industry Super Network has just been released and estimates almost $3 billion in commissions were paid by retail super fund members during 2010. The commissions were split between super investment ($1.9 bn) and group and personal insurance paid for from super ($1bn). The staggering amount is equivalent to

around $1 in every $8 of retail fund member and employer contributions, and almost completely wipes out the estimated $3.75 billion in contribution tax concessions extended to retail super fund members. The research identified for the first time the amounts major finance industry conglomerates received from workers retirement savings in 2010. It also estimates that from 2008 to 2010 $1.9 billion has been paid in commissions to financial planners on employees’ compulsory super contributions. Commenting on the findings, Industry

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MONEY MATTERS 120th EDITION. 2011

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Insuring your most important asset - you You are working hard to make life better for yourself and your family, but would things be okay if you suddenly were unable to work? When you buy a new house or new car, you immediately insure these important assets. While these assets are important and need to be insured, all too often individuals overlook their most important asset - themselves. Despite the mining industry having some of the most rigorous safety standards around, it still had 2,395 serious workers compensation claims in 2008/09 (Key Work Health and Safety Statistics, Australia - Safe Work Australia 2010). The most common claims were muscular stress, falls, slips and trips and being hit by moving objects. These risks are on top of the risks everyone faces in their day-to-day lives (e.g. cancer, heart disease). By not adequately insuring yourself, you risk placing significant strain on yourself and your family.

Should you become unable to work, whether it be a result of disability, injury, sickness or death, you will lose the ability to provide an income stream for yourself and your family. No income means that you may find yourself struggling to meet the daily expenses of your family (e.g. house and car repayments, grocery bills, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s education and insurance). Over an extended period it may lead to significant changes such as your spouse having to work, downsizing your house, removing children from private education. There is often a significant emotional strain associated with disability, injury, sickness or death. While you cannot control the emotional impacts, you can control the financial situation. A personal insurance strategy is essential to protect your income and your family and pay your debts. To discuss your personal insurance situation, please call Brent Giles CFP, Life Risk Specialist at Kennas Financial Services Pty Ltd on (07) 4924 9100.

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INSPECT â&#x20AC;&#x201C; By Appointment FOR SALE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; By Negotiation over $350,000 VIEW AT â&#x20AC;&#x201C; www.agneswater1770.harcourts.com.au PROPERTY ID# â&#x20AC;&#x201C; QAR110401 Jason McMeniman M: 0417 674 765 P: 07 4902 1444 E: jason.mcmeniman@harcourts.com.au

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Purpose built as a Marine TAFE College, the property would suit a wide range of alternative uses for the mining sector.

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Contact Owner on 0419 676 803, or by email at kwittkopp@optusnet.com.au

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Brand new 2 bedroom - $320,000 Eligible First Home buyers, take advantage of the $10,000 BUILDING BOOST GRANT in addition to the $7,000 FIRST HOME OWNER GRANT. PLUS, the builder is matching the BUILDING BOOST GRANT by offering a further $10,000 off the advertised price. $27,000 discount to be made by eligible First Home Buyers! 180 Footsteps to the beachâ&#x20AC;Ś.

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Short-stay Short-stay Investment Investment Apartments with 2-year Apartments with 2-year Guaranteed Guaranteed Returns in Returns Brisbane’s Seaside in Brisbane’s Seaside Location, Location, just 35 minutes just from 35 the minutes CBD. from the CBD. PROPERTY PROPERTY OVERVIEW:OVERVIEW: Just 35 minutes to Brisbane JustCBD 35and minutes 20 minutes to to Brisbane CBD and 20 minutes to Brisbane Brisbane Airport, the Airport, luxurious Mon the Komo luxurious development offers Mon luxury Komo short-stay development offers luxury short-stay investment investment and residential and apartments residential in a vibrantapartments hospitality hub on the in eastern a vibrant hospitality hub on the eastern most most point ofpoint the Redcliffe of the Peninsula, Redcliffe dubbed by Peninsula, experts as “one of dubbed the best by experts as “one of the best investment investment locations inlocations Australia”. in Australia”. WHY WHY INVESTINVEST IN THIS PROPERTY: IN THIS PROPERTY: 9 9 9 9 9 9 9

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