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Monday 29th March 83rd Edition 2010


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Explosive concerns about diesel engines underground MINERS across Queensland could be at risk of an underground explosion because of faulty diesel engines. In New South Wales, the Mines Department has revealed that 15 per cent of the safety mechanisms installed to prevent explosions in diesel engines underground will fail at some time this year. Over the past three years, 465 explosion protected diesel engine systems (EPDES) have failed in NSW. That figure equates to one failing every 56 hours, or worse still, suggests that every single device in NSW would fail over a period of seven years. More worrying for Queenslanders, the report said the figure could actually be even higher because many of the EPDES that are registered in NSW are actually operating in Queensland coal mines. A spokesman from the Queensland Mines Inspectorate said they were aware of the problem and had been looking into it. But he said a search of the High Potential Incident (HPI) database had revealed very few similar incidents in this state. “The division has also checked directly with a number of mines and they have confirmed the veracity of the HPI database,” he said. Diesel engines that operate underground are required to be fitted with special systems designed to prevent them igniting dangerous gasses or coal dust while working below the surface.


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»  Details page 7 These explosion protection systems are needed because there is always a risk underground that flammable gasses like methane could accumulate around working miners if there is a problem with ventilation. The high level of failure in these systems

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is putting miners in grave danger, according to the NSW Mines Department. “This is an unacceptable failure rate in view of contemporary engineering standards, and the consequence of failure may be

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Ferguson: QR sale “recipe for disaster” MORE pressure is mounting on the Bligh Government over its decision to sell off Queensland Rail’s coal tracks and freight business as the one entity - after two key Federal Government Ministers launched scathing attacks on the planned float. The Federal Resources Minister Martin Ferguson told the ABC’s 7:30 Report the decision was a “recipe for disaster” and he urged the state’s major coal companies - who want to buy the track component of the business - to put their bid on the table. “I think the bid could over time represent a better return to the Queensland budget,” Mr Ferguson said. “But perhaps more importantly, if we don’t get this right, we’ll hold back exports, which will undermine royalty receipts for the Queensland Government.” It’s the second time Mr Ferguson has taken a swipe at the sale in the past fortnight. At the Australia China Business Council’s networking day, Mr Ferguson said he had “huge issues” with the plan for Queensland, while praising rail reforms in the Hunter Valley and the privately run Pilbara iron ore system in Western Australia. His concerns have been echoed by the Fed-

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“I think the bid could over time represent a better return to the Queensland budget.” eral Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese. Mr Albanese has suggested Queensland needs to look at other examples, and has queried whether, in its current shape, there is enough incentive for the new com-

pany to invest for growth. “We need to look very carefully at the lessons of Telstra and other entities where you’ve had vertical integration,” Mr Albanese told the ABC.

But the Premier Anna Bligh has dismissed comparisons with the telco sale. “Running a business like Telstra is extraordinarily different to running a coal transport company,” she told the ABC. “Telstra provides a service to every household and every home and the bargaining power of a pensioner up against Telstra is a very different thing than the bargaining power of a Rio Tinto or BHP with a transport company to get their coal to market.” The Queensland Treasurer Andrew Fraser remains adamant the sale will go ahead in its current form, although he has said he would be willing to sit down with Mr Ferguson and discuss the details. Mr Fraser has also questioned whether the coal companies are genuine about making a bid, an allegation that’s been quickly dismissed by their chief negotiator and former New South Wales Premier Nick Greiner. “Well the Queensland Treasurer, with great respect, is making it up,” Mr Greiner told the 7:30 Report. “He must think that people have got nothing better to do... and frankly he doesn’t do himself any good by trying to make it a political bun fight.”

Why Wyoming matters to Queensland LAST week the Governor of Wyoming was in Queensland. Why should you care if the Governor of an obscure American state was touring around? Well Brokeback Mountain was filmed in Wyoming - but if you’re not a trivial pursuit nerd that’s probably not going to float your boat. More importantly, Wyoming has a lot of coal and its Governor wants to find out how to make it clean. In fact, when it comes to clean coal, Governor Dave Freudenthal is kind

of a big deal. He’s currently working with a task force set up by President Barack Obama to deliver a federal strategy on carbon capture and storage (CCS). Governor Freudenthal has a vested interest in CCS - his state is the biggest coal producer in the US, producing 467 million tonnes a year for use in 97 states. He doesn’t want to see thousands of local jobs lost as the world marches towards a “greener” outlook that trades carbon and demands cleaner technologies. Sound familiar?

That’s why he was in Queensland, keen to swap information and work collaboratively towards ensuring the future of the coal industry by advancing CCS technology. Mr Obama has made it clear he wants 10 demonstration CCS projects online in the US by 2016. Governor Freudenthal told news agency AAP that Australia has a key role to play in developing that technology. “What we are really looking for are some opportunities for co-operation and collaboration with the university sector, the government sector and the

private sector,” he said. “I think the realisation that people need to focus on is that it really doesn’t matter whether it’s figured out in Wyoming or Queensland or wherever, somebody’s got to figure it out and the technologies need to be broadly available.” “Because coal is such an abundant resource in the US and China and India and Australia that it is going to be part of the energy mix, the question is how do we make sure we do that in a way that is sensitive to a broad range of concerns ... (and) as it relates to climate policy.”


A STRING of local deals and mergers could be on the agenda as mining businesses seek new ways to service the needs of the emerging liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry in Queensland. Last week’s announcement that BG Group had signed a $60 billion deal to ship LNG from Gladstone to China, came hot on the heels of Shell’s plans to purchase Arrow Energy. Those developments have strengthened the resolve of many central Queensland companies to start preparing for the changing industrial needs of the future. Both the Gladstone Engineering Alliance (GEA) and the Mackay Area Industry Network (MAIN) have already begun making sure they can assist local businesses. In Gladstone, GEA’s project manager for the “Tender Readiness” program John Smits says the announcements are exciting. “The LNG announcements this week mean that there are fantastic opportunities, but the one thing that businesses have to be aware of is the pre-requisites for submitting tenders,” he said.

“Even the crumbs from these major projects will be big ones, but you need to be proactive to ensure that you are tender ready, otherwise you will miss the boat, if you will excuse the pun.” “Building partnerships is going to be an important part of how we supply the needs of the future, but obviously there are a range of complicated legal issues to be worked through when putting a group of companies together.” “Things like what happens if one partner in the project doesn’t meet their part of the deal?” “That’s why we are running this tender readiness program with all the major coal seam gas players.” The GEA has already launched its first event with the Queensland Gas Company (QCG), and more than 200 people came along. Mr Smits said last week four QCG executives flew to Gladstone to meet 53 people representing 37 businesses to discuss health and safety issues. In Mackay, MAIN has a similar initiative to develop partnerships and syndicates called the “Consortia Project”.

While the program has been particularly focussed on what the emerging LNG industry will require, it also has a continued focus on what the expanding coal industry will require. MAIN co-ordinator Renee Meares said the Consortia Project was unmasking the skills and innovation of the local industrial sector. “The actual innovation that’s occurring in Mackay is unbelievable,” she said. “I don’t think people realise whats happening, just what sort of innovation is in the companies that are based here, people just don’t realise.” “What we need to do now is get that message out, so that these companies can thrive and therefore Mackay will thrive.” While both these initiatives are available to members of the respective networks, other business not part of the networks are encouraged to get involved. The GEA can be contacted on (07) 49729060, while MAIN can be contacted on (07) 49575040.


A $60 billion deal has been signed between Britain’s BG Group and a Chinese company to ship liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Gladstone to China. It’s the biggest trade deal in Australia’s history and the world’s first fully termed sales contract for LNG sourced from coal seam gas. ‘‘This deal makes Australia the world leader in the coal seam gas-based LNG industry and it brings us one important step closer to opening up a new LNG province on Australia’s east coast in Queensland,’’ said the Federal Resources Minister Martin Ferguson. The state-owned China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) has struck a 20-year deal with BG Group to buy 3.6 million tonnes of LNG per annum from the company’s Curtis Island project off Gladstone. Production won’t begin until 2014 and is the whole project still has significant environmental and regulatory hurdles to jump before it can get the go-ahead.

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ROYALTIES REQUEST The Queensland Resources Council wants the State Government to talk to industry before it makes any changes to royalties in the next financial year. QRC chief executive Michael Roche said many companies are worried the government thinks that they have a “limitless ability to pay more and more in royalties, taxes and charges”. In a pre-budget submission to the Treasurer, the QRC has also called for funding of exploration support services Smart Exploration and Smart Mining to be continued. .....................................................................

COUGAR IGNITES Cougar Energy has ignited its Kunioon coal seam at the company’s flagship underground coal gasification plant at Kingaroy in south-east Queensland. Gasification will now be ramped up and over the next six months data will be collected for a pre-feasibility study. The company is investigating the economics of using a small scale plant to take gas from the project in a pre-production phase to generate power to run the site. Page 4 - Shift Miner Magazine, 29th March 2010


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In-house training the key to labour shortage A LABOUR market researcher says the resources sector must start training more of its own people if it wants to be able to meet expected demand. Rodney Stinson has studied labour market trends for 30 years, and says mining and industry should return to the days of inhouse training. “The sector no longer sets out to train its own workers as a matter of course,” he told Shift Miner Magazine. “The exception is underground mining which has a very particular set of safety requirements, but elsewhere in the sector they are pulling in people who have been trained elsewhere.” Mr Stinson said in the late 1980s BHP in Broken Hill trained more apprentices than it needed for its own requirements. “It was a purposeful policy, it was one of the last private companies that felt it had a social obligation to train local youth.” “But it is my understanding that this is

no longer the case.” “Instead what you see is the poaching of experienced and qualified workers from other industries.” “They are not training sufficiently for demand and that is why they are recruiting from interstate and overseas.” But the chief executive of the Queensland Resources Council Michael Roche said the skills shortage was affecting the entire Australian economy and was not peculiar to resources. “Targeting particular industries for training responses ignores the reality of a shifting economy and the increasing mobility of the Australian workforce – and in that respect, resource skills are in the global marketplace,” he said. “The fact that Australia is engaged in a population growth debate is indicative of the fundamental nature of the issue.” Mr Roche said root and branch reform is what is needed to address the problem. “That starts with addressing the decline

in the take-up of mathematics and science in our schools through to refocusing the vocational education and training system so that it is more responsive to industry needs on a state by state, region by region basis.” He defended industry’s role in training, saying there is already a large direct investment by minerals and energy companies into skills and education through initiatives such as the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy and partnerships with universities. But Mr Stinson argues that if the sector ignores the problem it will only shoot itself in the foot. “The wage break outs are already occurring.” “If you have a larger supply to draw from then you don’t need to increase the remuneration and working conditions to the extent that is being demanded.” “In terms of general labour market considerations - if you want to get rid of untenable labour demands you need to increase labour supply.”

UQ’s first female mining engineer lecturer THE University of Queensland (UQ) has appointed its first female lecturer in mining engineering, in what’s been touted as another step forward for gender diversity in the resources sector. Dr Penny Stewart, a UQ mining engineering graduate, has had an impressive career specialising in rock mechanics in underground metalliferous mines across Australia. Among her many career achievements, Dr Stewart has undertaken research projects for the Australian Centre for Geomechanics at The University of Western Australia, and the UQ’s Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) Mining. Dr Stewart has also worked on Brisbane’s North-South-Bypass Clem 7 Tunnel assessing temporary ground support during excavation of the low-cover sections under the South-East Freeway. “Dr Stewart’s appointment follows the record number of female mining engineering graduates entering industry this year,” said the Queensland Resources Council’s chief executive Michael Roche. “Dr Stewart will be an inspirational role model to young women pursuing mining engineering at UQ,” said Dr Peter Knights, UQ’s BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance Chair of Mining.

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Mining camp Goliath projects a ghost town lurch forward HOW can a fully rennovated mining camp in the heart of the Bowen Basin sit vacant when, by all accounts, business is once again booming? That’s the mystery that has a Coppabella mining camp’s owners scratching their heads. Two hundred en-suite rooms at QRI Services Coppavillage are empty for the first time in more than a decade. QRI Services general manager Rakesh Shankar said the situation is puzzling. “Coppavillage is a state-of-the art accommodation, with extensive facilities including a gymnasium and pool,” he said. “Occupants enjoy fresh meals prepared in an on-site commercial kitchen, have access to laundries and a recreational venue.” The rooms have been vacant since mid2009 when major contracting company Theiss chose not to renew their contract due to a contractual agreement with BMA. Mr Shankar has said he is looking for tenants working in the surrounding mine

GHOST TOWN: 200 rooms at Coppavillage have been vacant for 9 months

and would be happy to arrange a site inspection for any interested parties. “I find it hard to believe it’s so difficult to fill these rooms,” he said. “I would urge anyone working in the mines surrounding Coppabella to give me a call and arrange a time to inspect the facilities.”

SOME of the largest developments in Queensland’s mining history have taken major steps forward this month. The most advanced of them, Aquila Resources’ massive Belvedere proposal west of Moura, has passed its pre-feasability study and work will now begin on a more in-depth feasibility study for the project. Aquila has indicated the cost of building the project would be around $3 billion, while the operating costs would be around $70 a tonne. In its pre-feasibility report, it found the best way to mine its 1000 million tonne coking coal resource would be a longwall mining system. However, the project would need considerable new infrastructure including new railway lines to allow coal to be exported out of Gladstone. This issue will be looked at in more

Aquila Resources’ proposal west of Moura, has passes it’s pre-feasability study FOR the first time, a koala has been discovered breeding on a rehabilitated mine site in central Queensland. Hillary the koala was first captured by University of Queensland researchers late last year on land that had first begun rehabilitation at the Blair Athol mine a decade ago. She was fitted with a GPS collar to record her location every two hours, and recently researchers found her curled up in a small eucalypt with a two-month old in her pouch. “When we mapped the movement data from Hillary’s collar it revealed she had been living solely in the rehab area for the past four months,” said UQ researcher Sean Fitzgibbon. “She must have given birth while in the area.” Rio Tinto’s Blair Athol mine, near Cler-

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BLUE eyes will get you noticed - that’s something the 40-tonne bright pink “Big Bertha” dragline bucket will have to get used to. But the big lady is not just a pretty face - she has helped raised $80,000 for the fight against breast cancer. Despite the wet weather, more than 1000 people filled Mackay’s Harrup Park recently for the “Dig Deep for Charity” day organised by CQMS Razor and BMA. The day included a celebrity cricket

match, industry lunch, live charity auction, and of course the opportunity to have your photo taken with the big lady herself. All the money will go to the McGrath Foundation to put more breast care nurses into rural areas, including Mackay. With her charity debut behind her, Bertha went straight to work at BMA’s Norwich Park mine. This week she’ll begin munching through blasted rock to move over 6000 tonnes of overburden every hour.

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Qld looks into NSW explosion concerns an explosive catastrophic event,” a recent Safety Bulletin read. “The consequence of an explosion is unacceptable, with multiple fatalities, significant damage to the mine, consequent loss of production, employment and public confidence.” “There have been several mine explosions in history where a DES may have been the source of ignition.” But the spokesman for the Queensland Mines Inspectorate said its inspectors constantly monitored diesel engines in use underground. “Our mechanical inspectors routinely

look at flameproof engines as part of their normal inspections and they will continue to do so,” he said. He also pointed out that NSW has about three times the number of underground coal mines and, as a result, a lot more flameproof vehicles. In analysing the reasons why the diesel engines were failing, the review found that in nearly 60 per cent of cases the problem was to do with the safety shutdown circuit. The faults are occurring across all brands and types of EPDES, however poor design and maintenance were major contributing factors.

Jobs the MAIN goal THE first 30 participants of the Mackay Area Industry Network (MAIN) Get Set for Work program graduated in Mackay recently. The program allows MAIN to guide young people at risk of unemployment into careers in the engineering sector, and is run with the help of State Government funding. MAIN Training and Development Coordinator, Karen Jackson, said that many of the participants had been successful in securing employment or apprenticeships with each participant now having a strong sense of direction and focus for their future.

“Out of our 30 participants, seven have gained full_time employment, five of those in full_time apprenticeships with one as a schoolbased apprentice,” she said. “Two other participants are in full_time training and a large portion has returned to school with a much stronger focus on setting and achieving their goals.” Participants were involved in undertaking accredited engineering training as well White Card and First Aid training. Job preparation skills were also heavily emphasised during the training.

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Moranbah locals have deep pockets when it comes to a good cause. The Anglican Church held a cent sale at the Moranbah Workers Club recently, to raise some much needed funds.  Local Chantelle Watt organised a fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House - with live entertainment, a sausage sizzle and activities for the children.

Sally, Jessica, Ryan and Peter Murphy

The Lions Youth of the Year Quest held its regional judging in Blackwater recently. Some of the region’s rising young stars showed off their talents.


Youth of the Year entrants Monique Buikstra represented Bluff Lions Club, Laura Bowen represented Blackwater Lioness Club, Chairperson Blackwater Lion Niall Greer, Samantha Sequeira represented Springsure Lions Club and Jessica Murphy represented Emerald Lions Club.

Samantha, Richard, Cynthia and Alexandra Sequeira

Showng support also were Pauline Gollschewsky, Betty Ward & Jacelin Moore

Natasha & Reece Batchelor with friends Mady Parson, Mariah Turpin & Rebecca Jackson also enjoyed the fundraiser

Robyn and Michael Bowen

Lyn and Les Crossman

Rebecca Brosnan and Liz McGrath

Mick and Liz Gilligan

Jeannette Fletcher (with Jenny Hooper and Shirley Pidgeon) receiving her 10 years service award for service to the club.

Blackwater Touch Association made a donation to the Lioness Club - here the cheque is presented to Treasurer Estelle Serio and President Jenny Hooper by Gary Holt.


Roy and Val Vesey and Rosemary Buikstra Youth of year regional  judging

Kerryne Weir, Diane Dickson & Allison Huizer came along to show support for their local church

Kaz Hanks from Funnyfaces4kids entertained the children at the Ronald McDonald fundraiser with balloons singing & games!

Mark, Ella and Will Stone with their balloons at the Ronald McDonald fundraiser

Under cover wear consultant Sarah Williams came to show her support to the Ronald McDonald fundraiser - she donated her earnings to the cause.

Anglican church treasurer Stacey Todan along with Lyn Merritt helping out with the cent sale fundraiser held for the Anglican Church

And the winner is.... Jessica Murphy with Bluff Lions club President Roy Vesey

Logan Gadd with his Dinosaur painting painted by Sarah Rutherford

Rachel Rutherford From Lorraine Linen donated her earnings to the Ronald Mc Donald House


Blackwater Lioness Club recently celebrated its 32nd birthday! Here’s the cake!

Public Speaking Award winner Samantha Sequeira with Bluff Lions President Roy Vesey

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Mr Moody bares all! Head start for MORANBAH State School students passed the hat around the playground and raised more than $1500 to see one of their teachers shave their head. It was all part of Crazy Hair Day to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation. Year Seven teacher Ben Moody promised to shave off his head if more than $1000 was raised by staff and students - and with a total of $1562.35 donated to the charity he was forced to come good on his word. Students and staff chanted and cheered as Mr Moody’s multi-coloured locks were shaved off. Luckily, he had a pro to carry out the task - office adminstrator Jackie Rudken is a former hairdresser. Meanwhile, 51 mine sites signed up for this year’s World’s Greatest Shave Mine Challenge.

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Jess & Jess take out mining scholarships TWO central Queensland school girls North Rockhampton High’s Jess White and Emerald’s Jessica Murphy - have each been awarded a $2500 mining scholarship. The pair are two of six students from across the state that have won a Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) pathway scholarship. The scholarships were set up to encourage young people to take an interest in resources-related subjects.

“Jess White, who is interested in pursuing a career as an electrician, has shown that she already has what it takes to succeed in our industry,’ said the QRC’s Micahel Roche. “She has grown up in a family of electricians and has already carried out work experience at Ergon Energy and Stanwell Power Station, and has been on tours of Moura and Blackwater coal mines.” “She is also studying a certificate 1 in

engineering at TAFE.” The other Jess - Emerald’s Jessica Murphy - received the scholarship on the back of winning the junior category of the QRC’s Resources Award for Women recently. Moranbah teacher Leanne Colthup has also been recognised for bringing science to life for her students at Moranbah high school. She received $500 prize for leadership in teaching.

“With a skills shortage looming, particularly in science and maths-based professions, it’s important for young people to become excited about these topics and understand the careers they can lead to in our sector,’ said Mr Roche. Among her achievements, Ms Colthup has developed an earth science unit designed to lead students into senior earth science, which included a range of resources related to the minerals and energy sector.

Only a dozen have held their shave day with bad weather forcing many to postpone the event until next month. It’s hoped that more than half a million dollars will be raised for the Leukaemia Foundation.

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BRIGHT SPARKS: Moranbah students Connor Burrows, Jordan Norgate, & Mitchell Maidment get into the spirit of Crazy Hair Day

BALD MOVE: Mr Moody shaves it all off for a good cause

WHEN he’s working, Jason Probyn is the mine supervisor of BMA’s Saraji mine. When he’s rostered off, Jason is teaching Dysart school students what they need to know to get a head start in the mining industry. Jason runs the certificate course called an RIO - Resources and Infrastructure Operation - at Dysart High School; theory is taught at school and on-the-job training is carried out at Saraji mine. He said the aim of the course is to make students aware of the trade and operator careers in mining. “Students who complete the course gain an understanding of the importance of safety, and the value of planning for effective work delivery, and what is

required of them as a quality apprentice,” he said. The certificate course runs for five months and involves six modules ranging from workplace health and safety to planning, organisation and how to communicate in the workplace. Students are also required to successfully pass an Open Cut Generic Mine Induction and complete a 5-day work placement on a mine site or workshop. “These students are getting first-hand experience on a mine site,” said Jason. “This helps students understand the theory that they learn and achieve their career goals.” BMA supports the course through funding and supplying the high visibility shirts and PPE for each student.

Emerald’s Jessica Murphy shows off her scholarship

OUTSTANDING: Rockhampton’s Jessica White receives her award from the Education Minister Geoff Wilson and the QRC’s Michael Roche

Dysart gets dirty to help get clean MORE than 15 bags of rubbish were picked up by BMA employees and Dysart community members on Clean Up Australia Day in the Bowen Basin town. Twenty people helped to clean up rubbish from local shops, parks and roadways

- and impressively more than half of the collected rubbish has since been recycled. “Clean Up Australia Day keeps improving in Dysart and is a great environmental project that we can all get involved in,” said local organiser of the day, Lee Maddox.

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Need to know... Mackenzie drilling QME close to sold out The Queensland Mining and Engineering Exhibition (QME) in Mackay is close to being sold out - and there’s still four months to go - according to organisers. There are currently more than 450 exhibitors registered over 11,000 square metres of space. The three day event begins on July 27th at the Mackay showgrounds.

Coal to China to double, triple to India The head of Rio Tinto’s iron ore operations says he expects demand for steel in China to double in the next 10 years, and triple in India, implying huge increases in demand for steel making coal. However, given China is the world’s largest producer of coal it remains to be seen how much will come from Australia. China has massive coal resources of its own, but quality and price issues saw a surge in Chinese demand for Australian coal last year.

Endocoal looks for private investors Endocoal is hoping to raise around $17 million through an initial public offering of shares on the Australia stock exchange. The company claims to have more than 5000 square kilometres of tenements across the Bowen Basin and at least 10 projects under exploration or development.

Macmahon gets $180 million contract For the first time in its history engineering business Macmahon Holdings will build and operate a coal handling and preparation plant (CHPP). The move into operational duties is part of a $180 million contract it has signed with Syntech Resources to develop a large coal mine in the Surat Basin. Production is expected to begin at the end of this year, producing 1.4 million tonnes in the first stage, eventually ramping up to more than 10 million tonnes in stage 2. Macmahon says it will employ 140 people for the work.

on paper profit JUNIOR explorer Stanmore Coal is receiving encouraging signs from investors as it drills for coal in about six areas across the Bowen and Surat Basins. Most recently it has started drilling along the Mackenzie River in an area south-east of Ensham mine, west of Blackwater. The company is trying to prove an open cut coal mine might be viable some time in the future. However, with very little drilling done so far it could be a while before it is known exactly how much coal - and what sort of quality - lies beneath. Further south, the company says it is expecting to find a bigger resource than it first thought at the “Range Project” in the Surat Basin. The “Range Project” is located about 75 kilometres south of Taroom, and the company believes that by April it will have

drilled enough holes to estimate an inferred resource of around 50 million tonnes. However, given that an “inferred resource rating” is the rating given when minimal drilling has been done to back the estimate up, time will tell as to the viability of that coal deposit. Despite it being early days, the Australian Stock Market is feeling reasonably optimistic with Stanmore Coal’s share price at the time of print sitting around 75 cents per share. Given all the company’s directors have the option to buy the shares in about three years time for 24 cents they are sitting on a significant paper profit. Stanmore Coal is also exploring areas on the southern side of the Capricorn Highway at Blackwater, to the west of Dysart, and north of Moranbah.

“Given all the company’s directors have the option to buy the shares in about three years time for 24 cents they are sitting on a significant paper profit.”

48 billion reasons to invest local THERE has been a surge in confidence among people and businesses in the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday region in 2010, as the global recession slowly fades away. The latest regional development register compiled by the Mackay Whitsunday Regional Economic Development Corporation (MWREDC) has revealed that the number of possible or probable developments in the area has risen by nearly five per cent since November last year. The report said a total of $48.7 billion worth of projects were either under study,

committed to, under construction or recently completed. The lion’s share of that development expenditure was categorised as mining related, however the development of ports, railways, manufacturing and construction were also major contributors to the final

estimates of development expenditure. While the numbers are incredible given the forecasts of 2009, it should be noted that nearly 70 per cent of that planned expenditure is listed as “under study” meaning there is considerable work to be done before the cheques are written.

“While the numbers are incredible given the forecasts of 2009, it should be noted that nearly 70 per cent of that planned expenditure is listed as “under study” meaning there is considerable work to be done before the cheques are written.”

Running parallel to this are the latest confidence survey results that have found that in the Mackay and Whitsunday region 90 per cent of business people are feeling confident about their future. Nearly a third feel more confident than they did 12 months ago.

MWREDC CEO Narelle Pearse said there is a general level of optimism. “We have seen a number of projects resume construction and residents are beginning to feel more secure in their chosen profession,” she siad.

Three’s a crowd in Alpha BANDANNA Energy (BE) is launching a pre-feasibility study into a 15 kilometre open cut mine at Alpha in central Queensland. The mine would be similar both in size and location to the massive China First Project being proposed by Queensland’s richest man Clive Palmer, which is right next door to another huge proposal by mining magnate Gina Rinehart. According to BE, an original concept study of the mine has suggested it would have a life span of 43 years. The first stage would be an open cut mine with five pits, each three kilometres long; and in stage 2 the mine would go underground, and operate for approximately 23 years. However, like all the other projects at Alpha, the proposed mine is still a long way off because of enormous infrastructure hurdles. One of those hurdles would be the construction of a 500 kilometre railway line to the Abbott Point Coal Terminal near Bowen. In an investor presentation to the Aus-

“The massive proposal would be similar both in size and location to the very high profile China First Project being proposed by Queensland’s richest man Clive Palmer.”























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Stuff to the Editor Our front page story about possible changes to Workers Compensation and its impact on miners and other workers concerned some of you: I had no idea they were thinking about changing workers compo. Why doesn’t the government ever tell people about what they are up to. It seems like there are a lot of changes at the moment to things like workers compo and QR and a lot of people are really angry. Wayne, Mackay

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global idiots IN AUSTRALIA - Tassie police are trying to work out how a giant inflatable Easter egg was stolen from roof of a shopping centre - and who took it. The five-metre high egg went missing less than 24 hours after it had been blown up and atttached atop a Coles Supermarket in Hobart. The last person to see the egg was a customer who left the shop at 6pm. Where it is now, is anyone’s guess. IN THE UK - they have a lot of trouble with kids wearing hoods causing trouble that’s why they ask for hoods to be removed in public places like shopping centres. But now an employment centre has been forced to apologise to a man for throwing him out because he refused to remove his hood. Turns out he’s a Jedi believer and it’s against his religion to do so. But this is one Jedi knight who wants to make a point: not happy with the apology he plans to sue the centre for discrimination.

IN CHINA - if a full body massage doesn’t relax you, try the next best thing: bee sting therapy. That’s right, in China live bees are placed on pressure points on a patient’s body and then they, well, they sting you. Just like acupuncture really, but instead of a needle you have a bee sting. The practise actually dates back 3000 years and has been legal since 2007 - doctors claim it helps people with diseases like rheumatism and arthritis and can help circulation, reduce inflammation and ease pain. Not sure I’ll be rushing off to try one. IN IRELAND - you’d expect to be able to wander into a pub and enjoy a pint of Guinness. But the country’s famous watering holes are reeling from their worst financial year on record because of a deep recession and serious unemployment. Pubs have been closing at a rate of one a day, and more than 15,000 people have lost their jobs as a result. It’s all because Ireland’s per capita alcohol consumption fell 9.6 per cent last year, and is now 21 per cent lower than the all-time peak back in 2001.

ESTA ANCING Sounds like there are too many people CONVEY 16 LAW x 4957 20 2944 Fa long till mining is done remotely in bludging off the system and that’s why Phone 4957How ckay reet Ma isbane St Sounds like it is moving fast in WA. it’s costing too much. T.S, Emerald Level 2/ 17 BrCQ? F.T, Moranbah Last edition had a recipe for triple If robots are gunna run the mines they’d chocolate mud cake that one mum better start retraining us to be able to fix tried out at home: em! Pete, Gladstone I made that triple choc mud cake for my Frank’s love advice on dating older little girl’s birthday. It was delicious! - or younger women - is something There was none left, everyone had secthis reader can relate to: onds. Trish, Mackay u ors-solicit www.tayl -solicitors il@taylors email: ma

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Frank, you’re right. Nothing better than a cougar - till they get their claws in ya and then you’re stuffed! Red, Mackay

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Get moving in 2010! GET ready to start a new, healthier lifestyle... one step at a time. Workplaces in central Queensland are being urged to join in with the “Step-byStep Workplace Challenge� that kicks off on Wednesday 7th April. For 12 weeks, teams of seven will try and walk 10,000 steps every day. At the end of each week, those steps will be tallied up, converted to kilometres and plotted on a virtual map of Australia - to see how far people have walked and which team is in front! The friendly competition, aimed at increasing workplace fitness, is an initiative of CQ Health Assess. It’s the first time the challenge has been

run, and they want your workplace to join. “It’s happening everywhere, we are living fast paced life and everything is moving at an alarming rate and we are not looking after ourselves as well as we should be,� said CQ Health Assess co-ordinator Ann-Maree Brightman.. She is encouraging miners and other industry workers to get on board. “If you work behind a desk or sit all day behind the wheel of a car or truck then it’s really important you get out and move.� “Even if you have an active job you use some muscles more than others so it’s a good idea mix it up.� For more information check out the website

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“Streakin� good love advice Dear Frank I’m not doing so well financially lately and I can’t afford to woo the ladies. Can you give me some tips on how to do things on the cheap and not come off stingy? Dave  Dear Dave, Unfortunately, no. I can’t. You see, I have found in my years of experience the level of love and attention you receive from any female is directly proportional to the amount of money you have.

I call it, Frank’s Theorem of Love and Money. So far I have been unable to find any institution willing to recognise this and award me an honorary Doctorate‌ including several Nigerian universities. Nevertheless, I back my theory and as a result, Dave, you are out of luck when in comes to wanting to do things on the cheap.  But don’t worry as there is a solution to your problems: make more money. And I will help you with this. Now, the term ‘Get Rich Quick Scheme’ tends to conjure up negative images, especially when used at a retirement village or at a group session for gambling addicts. To be fair, there certainly are a few charlatans out there, and I should know, I’m probably the only man to fall victim to as many fraudulent investment

Sensible Susan Dear Dave, The cheapest things are normally the most romantic. Â A walk on the beach, a trip to the museum or a picnic at the

schemes as I have started up. But this is not one of those times. I want to talk to you and the fine readers of Shift Miner about a “revolutionary idea� which I have purchased from the good people at Shelf Company Pty Ltd. It is very simple: you are allocated a certain brand of products to sell, a small percentage of your sales goes to the person who signed you up and a certain percentage of that goes to the person who signed them up, and so on. Shelf Company Pty Ltd assured me this was not a pyramid scheme. Completely different! The lovely salesman advised me that it was a “Triangular Wealth Generator�.

You will note that the “Triangular Wealth Generator� is completely lacking a third dimension, and is therefore, not a pyramid scheme.  But it is not a matter of just wanting to be involved Dave. You need to have “synergy�, “get-up-and-go�, be “cutting edge� and have “blue sky thinking�.  I have no idea what any of these things are but the charming salesman at Shelf Company Pty Ltd assured me that despite knowing me for literally minutes it was plain to see I had them in spades!   So Dave, if have all of these things then I encourage you to be a success story like me and mortgage you house to be “a part of the most exciting profit maximising engine in history�. And that my friend, is straight from their brochure.   Yours,  Frank park.  All girls love these things. I would recommend not mortgaging your home to invest in a one man company whose only employee is a salesman with a clip on pony-tail.  Like Frank has done.   Yours, Susan

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“So, how’s business Nathan?” asked Julie. Nathan had been her boss until he’d left to start his own company just over a year ago. Julie had stepped up to take his old role as Maintenance Superintendent of Freshwater Coal. Nathan was a bit of a diamond in the rough, but she still cared enough to ask how things were going. Nathan smiled and smoothed his hand over his mostly-bald head. “Fantastic,” he said. “Can’t get the men or materials to meet demand.” He added with a bit of a smirk, “You must be pretty jealous, huh Julie?” Not again. She’d thought Nathan was just cruising around site, flying the flag and trying to win some more work. Instead, he was starting his “small cog and big wheel” routine. Julie was sick of it. “Why would I be jealous, Nathan?” she asked. “I know what it’s like in that job,” said Nathan. “You’re a small cog in a big wheel, inside an even bigger machine. It’s the same with all the multinationals. Unless you’re head of Australian operations on a million bucks a year, you’re a nobody.” “And you’re not a nobody, I suppose?” Nathan looked shocked at the thought. “Of course not. I’m numero uno: the man in charge. I run my own company, and I’m my own boss. I’m not hidden away in a big corporation reporting to numb-skulls any more.” He pointed vaguely towards the administration building. “No, now your hidden away in your own company.” Nathan’s jaw began to hang a bit low. Julie had never talked to him like that when he was her boss, of course. Poor bloke; she almost felt sorry for him. “It’s not like you’ve become an international super-star.

You’re a legend in your own lunch box. You’ve got ten blokes working for you now, right?” “Eleven, actually.” Nathan pulled on his goatee. “Fine. With supervisors, planners, engineers, trades and others, I have 23. What’s your annual turnover: one and a half million dollars?” Nathan’s forehead was covered in sweat. “Just under $1.7 million.” “Great. My budget this year is $18 million. How much of your work this last twelve months came from just my department? Fifty per cent?” “More like forty,” said Nathan. His face was red. Julie thought it was probably more like sixty, but she let it go. “That means that I’m your boss 40 per cent of the time, and I can sack you at any moment by only inviting quotes from other suppliers. You’re not your own boss: your customers are your bosses now.” Nathan looked like he’d had enough. “Look, what’s your point,” he said softly. “My point?” said Julie. “My point is that there’s nothing wrong with being a lowly superintendent, or a fitter, or an operator in a multinational mining company. I – we – like to be a small part of something big. That doesn’t make our part any smaller than yours. You’ve chosen to be a big part of something small. If what you’re doing makes you happy, that’s fine. Just don’t assume that the rest of the world is insanely jealous and wants to be like you. And please, don’t try to put me down for what I’ve chosen to do.” Julie smiled, then added, “Especially when I’m 40% of your boss.” Nathan slunk out of her office. They got on fine after that.

Bernard S. Jansen is 31, 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 or email him at

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83rd EDITION. 2010

83rd EDITION. 2010

Best camping Bait shop Banter spots in CQ

IN a nutshell, the cyclone has made fishing very difficult from Gladstone to Bowen for obvious reasons in the last fortnight. However with the weather improving, and most of us with cabin fever, here is some advice about what might be worth trying in region.

GLADSTONE Michael from the Compleat Angler says that if you can find a spot out of the wind, there are actually plenty of barramundi, mangrove jack and crabs around. In particular, look for the freshwater running off into the salt water at places like the Lake Callamonda overflow because there have been good barramundi catches reported. With the freshwater continuing to flow into estuaries crabs are still around in the usual places. Anyone wanting a prawn for Easter might have reason to be optimistic with

reports that good sized prawns are emerging - not because of cyclone Ului - but because of heavy rains earlier in the year.

MACKAY In and around Mackay, Wayne at Barra Pro says the smaller creeks like Murrays, Constance and Alligator will be the place to try with the salty water flowing back in after the cyclone. Bigger systems like the Pioneer will take longer to flush through. He says prawns were small going into the cyclone, so probably nothing likely to change there - although they should have some size about them in a week or two. If you are chasing barramundi, give the dams a try, but look for the fresh water inflows and keep a good eye on water temperature. In the estuaries you can still catch barra around the fresh water inflow.

Tide Times MACKAY Gladstone

CRABBERS TAKE NOTE Inverted crab dillies also known as witches’ hats will be banned in Queensland from 2 April 2010. Fisheries resource manager Mark Light-

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It is a similar story in Yeppoon as it is in Gladstone and Mackay. Anglers looking for fish over coming weeks should focus their attention on those places least affected by heavy fresh water inflows. Reports from Lee at the Secret Spot in Yeppoon say prawns and crabs are around, and there have been some good whiting off Farnborough Beach, but in the shallowest water. The Causeway has an influx of catfish at the moment, but there are still some barramundi for those that are lucky. The best advice is to make sure your tackle box, boat and rods are all in order for when the blue skies return, hopefully sometime around Easter.

owler said the ban was in place to combat ‘ghost-fishing’ and reduce entanglement and death of non-target marine species. “Inverted dillies are made of a light gauge mesh, which can easily entangle marine species such as turtles, sharks, rays and fish,” he said. “It is difficult to release these species and female and undersized crabs from this mesh unharmed.” “Inverted dillies are light weight in their construction and have a tendency to drift and become lost.” “They then continue to ‘ghost-fish’ until they become buried or breakdown.” The phasing out of witches’ hats was announced back in December 2008 as part of an overhaul in recreational and commercial fishing rules for inshore fisheries. If you have a good photo or fishing yarn send it through to our resident bait chucker-

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Cyclone Ului damages coast and floods rivers Week 1 - Tropical Cyclone Ului caused havoc for the Central Coast and the Coalfields. When it crossed the coast at Airlie Beach the category three system packed wind gusts of over 200kph. Then it moved inland as a rain depression over Collinsville (just under 100mm) before decaying over western Queensland. In a 24 hour period Clarke Range recorded 425mm and Mackay 145mm as the Pioneer River flooded rapidly with 9 metre rises at Mirani Weir . The 240km rain band also indirectly flooded the Isacc River at Yatten with a 10 metre rise. The massive force of 8 metre waves pushed over 9,000 tons of rock onto the Hamilton Island runway. Now, a weak monsoon trough from the

Top End into the northern Coral Sea is still evident on weather charts. This is associated with coastal showers which may reach the north eastern Coalfields as brief afternoon showers. Cooler autumn mornings with mist/fog will be a feature. An upstream trough could produce isolated afternoon thundery showers in the southern Coalfields mid to late week. Boaties - the four-metre seas with peaks over eight metres have now abated. Expect moderate winds 11-15 knots in the south and 15-20 in the north, with peak seas to 1.8 metres. Squally showers with gusts to 25 knots could be a hazard in the Whitsundays. Week 2 - The monsoon is still active over the Top End, giving some credence to the possibility of Tropical Cyclone “Paul” forming around Easter. It may coincide with the forming of a low in the eastern section of the monsoon trough. If it forms well within the 160 degrees longitude in the Coral Sea; expect moderate south easterlies. If it forms further east then the winds could be lighter. That may give boaties a small window of opportunity (check that Rundle and Creal Reef are under 13 knots), just ahead of a fresh SE surge by mid week for the Capricorn Coast. This could be heralded by a squally isolated storms about the Coalfields. Watch the tropics closely!

THE Easter long weekend is almost here, and for lots of Queenslanders that means one thing - a camping trip. Depending on who you’re camping with, it can be as simple as throwing a couple of swags into the back of the ute and going bush - or a week-long process of neatly packing up and compartmentalising everything from food to insect repellent to blow up matresses to surfboards. Here in CQ there really is a perfect spot for everyone, whether you are getting away for a few days or a few weeks, camping with kids or mates, and needing nothing except a few sticks for a fire or wanting a toilet and shower.

Agnes Water & 1770 This is the perfect spot for people who want to spend a few days in the sun on one of Australia’s most beautiful beaches. It’s also the only place you’ll find a decent wave this far north. The road from Miriam Vale to Agnes is now sealed so the drive is an easy one even with kids and car full of gear. There’s fishing, surfing (you can even learn to surf) and places to buy groceries or eat out if you don’t want to eat baked bean jaffles every day.

Eungella The poor old Pioneer Valley, near Mackay, did cop a battering thanks to Cyclone Ului - but campers should still be able to enjoy a weekend away. This is the place to go if you want to rug up at night, and boil your billy under the stars. There are rainforest walks and plenty of

wildlife for the kids - with platypus spotting sure to while away a few hours.

5 Rocks One of CQ’s best kept secrets, 5 Rocks is a place that can only be accessed with a 4WD and a keen sense of adventure. The road is off the beaten track as you head out to Byfield, near Yeppoon, but you will have to let your tyres down because you are in for at least 40 minutes of sand driving. The end destination is a remote and beautiful spot right on the edge of the Shoalwater Bay military training area. This is a trip best done with mates, and you’ll need to bring all your own food and supplies.

Seaforth This is one for the whole family - but you have to book in your spot to be able to enjoy it at Easter. There is a camping site right on the water and it is perfect for the family who loves fishing and taking the boat out there’s also a swimming enclosure for the little ones. You have to be happy to share your space with others - it is always crowded at holiday periods but has the kind of friendly atmosphere that makes a camping trip what it is. So there really is no excuse to stay home this Easter - get out and about and enjoy some of the great spots CQ has to offer!

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Your Health 83rd EDITION. 2010

83rd EDITION. 2010

For adventure on the go!

EXPERT ADVICE For those too busy or embarrassed to ask the important questions about their health Last edition we started to look at which foods that are good for you - and how to interpret food labels so you are not so confused about what you are eating. Here’s some more advice to help make your grocery shop easier - and healthier. When I’m in the supermarket I often watch people look at the foods on shelves with such amazement, because the labels on these foods can claim so many outrageous exaggerated truths. I would like to give you my Number 1 Tip when you go food shopping next time. It could even save you money and time. I call it ‘THE PERIPHERAL SHOP’. Firstly: 1. Take yourself a trolley and as you walk into the supermarket head for the bakery section and buy yourself a loaf of wholesome multi-grain bread. 2. Move on to the fruit and vegetable section, you should load your trolley here with a variety of colourful foods rich in vitamins and nutrients. Your trolley should be fifty per cent full with these foods before heading on.

3. You may now wish to buy yourself some fish or fillets of chicken in the deli section (leave the processed deli meats where they are – trust me, they really are no good for you or your health).

6. Now, you may wish to head down the aisles, but the only products you really need from these aisles are rice, pasta, cereals, tins of tuna or salmon, crackers, possibly tins of chopped tomatoes, house cleaning and personal hygiene items. By doing the ‘Peripheral Shop’ your food shopping is complete with next to no preservatives – just ask yourself, do you really trust a food that can sit in a box for three years & still have an expiry date of 2013… Hmmmm. Keep it simple and keep your foods fresh. Until next time, stay healthy, stay informed!

Tammy Farrell is a registered nurse, nutritionist and author of ‘The Real Man’s Toolbox – A DIY Health Manual for Men’. 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 that’s when she began compiling the book, helping hundreds of men answer questions about their bodies.

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Fresh tabouli salad Serves 10 Tabouli is a great Middle Eastern side salad dish to accompany any sort of Mideast meal, BBQ, grilled meat or fish. Perfect for both vegetarian and carnivores alike as it’s packed full of flavour, light, fresh and healthy. A great suggestion is to serve it as mezze with hummus, baba ganoush and toasted Lebanese bread. INGREDIENTS: ¾ cup dried (burghul) cracked wheat 3 cups water 1 cup chopped onion 2 tomatoes ½ cup finely chopped mint 1 ½ cups chopped parsley (about 1 bunch) 3 tablespoons lemon juice 1 teaspoon chopped garlic A large pinch of salt (to taste) Pepper (to taste)

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METHOD: In a medium sized mixing bowl place cracked wheat and water. Allow to stand for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Drain well, place into a large mixing bowl. Cut tomatoes in half and using a dessertspoon scoop out inside, now cut tomato skin into small dices, add to bowl. Chop parsley and mint; add to bowl with lemon juice, onion and garlic. Salt and pepper to taste, mix well. Refrigerate. TIP: Cracked wheat is Low GI, meaning it’s a slow-release carbohydrate. This means it keeps you fuller for longer by causing a slower rise in blood sugar levels than other carbohydrates such as white rice and couscous.

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Considered putting the Gee Gee in Investing? THE great Australian horse Makybe Diva made around $14 million in prize money over her racing life. Her mother had been bought in foal for about ÂŁ60,000, but she herself as a foal was passed in at auction. Another great Australian horse “Gunsyndâ€? was purchased by a group of mates from Goondiwindi for $1300. It went on to make around $300,000. Moral of the story? A horse can be a cracker of an investment if you get it right. Of course, in reality, these horses were the miracle investments of modern racing history - and it wasn’t just the luck of the draw - a lot of training went into the results. Despite this, buying a horse can be as good an investment as any other and you can have a lot of fun along the way. According to the general manager of the Central Queensland Thoroughbred Breeders Association Adrienne McCosker, there are a number of ways to start investing in horses. “You can join a large syndicate by purchasing a share in a yearling, or you can approach a trainer or bloodstock agent to buy a yearling for you (and your friends), or buy a yearling outright,â€? she said.

“Probably the most cost effective method is to get a group of 10 people together, work out an amount you can spend on a yearling and approach a trainer or a bloodstock agent to make the purchase for you.� While investing in horses is higher risk

get a real experience every time your investment progresses through its career,� she said. “You can go to the racetrack and see your horse being saddled up by the trainer, paraded and then of course racing.� “All this can be shared with family,

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friends and business associates.� Away from all the glamour of the race track, training a horse doesn’t happen overnight and there are of course risks like injury and or non performance. Fortunately some of those risks can be reduced through insurance, and like all investments there are some costs that can

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