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But new stats 15 months old THE LATEST statistics from the Queensland mining industry shows a general improvement in safety. The Mines Minister Stephen Robertson recently released the Safety Performance and Health Report 2008-2009, which showed the lost time injury frequency rate was down from 4.3 to 3.4 [number of injuries per million hours worked]. “That reflects industry’s efforts in making mines and quarries safer for its 40,000 workers,� said Mr Robertson. “However, the average number of days lost due to injury and illness has risen from 32.9 days to 36.6 days per injury.� “Although there are fewer injuries overall, those injuries are more serious.� Four people died in mining and quarrying accidents during the 12-month period; three of the accidents involved interaction between personnel and heavy vehicles. The first fatality was a result of a truck rolling back and crushing its driver; in the second a light vehicle drove into a heavy vehicle, and in the third a mucking unit in an underground metal mine drove into a stope. The fourth fatality occurred when a component of a mobile crushing plant fell on the worker during maintenance. In the report, Health and Safety Commissioner Stewart Bell wrote that the inspectorate was working relentlessly to eliminate such tragedies. “Last year I initiated a program looking into the feasibility of proximity detection systems,� he wrote.

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IT’S encouraging to see statistics that show Queensland mines are safer than ever. The horrific coal mine explosion in the US that has killed at least 25 people is a startling reminder that mining is an extremely dangerous industry by its very nature. What is often not acknowledged is the real attempts here in Queensland to make our mines a safe place to work. As long as people continue to be injured - or even more tragically killed on mine sites, the focus of industry, workers, unions and governments will always be to look at ways to make mining safer. This is only to be expected. But all stakeholders deserve credit for the real steps that have been already taken to make your job less dangerous. The latest statistics show that while there have been less injuries than previous years, those injuries appear to be

more serious than in the past. Addressing why this trend has emerged will be the new focus of mining companies and the inspectorate into the future. Mandatory proximity detection devices will soon be rolled out across mine sites, and industry is looking at ways to keep heavy and light vehicles separated on site. All these measures will mean less accidents at work, but some responsibility must sit with the individual. BMA has come up with a creative way to make people think about their role in safety. It ran a competition for Moranbah students to film a video where they urge their family and friends to be safe at work. It’s just another way of working towards the goal of zero harm.

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Navigating a safe route for coal and coral THE bulk coal carrier stranded on the Great Barrier Reef off central Queensland might be the impetus for some important changes to sea rules. The Chinese vessel Shen Neng 1 hit Douglas Reef east of Rockhampton at full speed last Saturday rupturing a fuel tank and spilling more than two million

tonnes of oil into the ocean. That oil has since been broken up with chemicals. At the time of print, what could have been an environmental catastrophe looks to have been narrowly avoided. Three ships were on their way to the stranded tanker to siphon off the remaining IMPORTANT LESSONS: The Shen Neng 1 has opened up debate on shipping channels through the reef

950 tonnes of oil on board. If the good weather continues, the ship will be refloated and assessed, and depending on the damage it will either go back to Gladstone for repairs or be towed back to China. Putting aside the immediate danger caused by the tanker to the pristine reef environment, the incident has sparked heated debate over the rules governing shipping channels and whether a qualified pilot should be present during such a journey. In this case, it was first thought the Shen Neng 1 had strayed from proper shipping channels, but it has now emerged the route is a legal short cut - and one the ship lodged as its intended course with authorities. It has been alleged by some media that the First Mate might have fallen asleep and that is how the tanker came to be off course and in the prohibited zone around the Douglas Shoal. The tanker did not have a qualified pilot

to navigate the Great Barrier Reef - but again, it was not breaking any rules. In this section of the journey, Australian Maritime Law does not require a pilot, although one is needed further up the Queensland coast. During the initial days of the grounding, a furious Premier Anna Bligh said she wanted the book to be thrown at those responsible. But it now could be the case that there is simply no-one to throw the book at, if no rules have been broken. The calls are coming in loud and fast for compulsory pilots for all such vessels to help them navigate the reef, and for tighter management and regulation over shipping channels. Some want those shipping channels to be reviewed to see whether or not they are appropriate for use, particularly given the number of tankers is expected to increase dramatically with the start up of the LNG industry.

“The tanker did not have a qualified pilot to navigate the Great Barrier Reef - but again, it was not breaking any rules.”

First coal mined at Alpha THE development of a new coal mining province near Alpha in Central Queensland has reached a critical point with the first thermal coal soon to be sent to East Asia for testing. In September, Hancock Coal will start trucking half a million tonnes of thermal coal to the Yongala railway depot just east of Emerald. From there it will be moved by train to Gladstone, before being shipped overseas. The burning of coal in commercial furnaces is the final - and arguably most important - test of a coal deposit’s quality. According to Hancock Coal, it is a major

step in deciding whether the highly publicised Alpha coal province in the Galilee Basin will go ahead. “The bulk sample project plays an important role in securing the long-term viability of both [Alpha] projects, which have a combined capital cost of approximately $15 billion, including rail and port infrastructure,” the company said in a statement. “Hancock expects to employ up to 5000 people during construction of the two projects, and provide up to 3000 jobs once fully operational, as well as boost employment in associated service industries across

the region and the state.” Hancock’s current plan is for coal to be taken by truck from Alpha to the Jellinbah coal preparation plant near Blackwater for washing. It will then be trucked to the Yongala where it will be railed to the Barney Point export coal terminal near Gladstone.

“The bulk sample project plays an important role in securing the long-term viability of both [Alpha] projects, which have a combined capital cost of approximately $15 billion, including rail and port infrastructure”

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Stats show less injuries, but more serious FAST NEWS “This has been accelerated this year and I am confident that such systems will have a significant impact on the occurrence of personnel/vehicle interaction fatalities and injuries.” In the report, the Chief Inspector of Mines Roger Billingham expressed his concern about the overall decrease in the number of high potential incidents reported. “With the significant number of fatalities

this year, and the duration rate of injuries increasing, it is clear the industry is not at a stage where it can claim that risk is being effectively managed,” he wrote. “It is thus likely that high potential incidents are being under-reported.” Mr Billingham also criticised the efficiency of safety and health management systems in the report.

“It appears that these systems have grown erratically over time and are no longer effective,” he wrote. “There is an urgent need to come back to basic safety and health management systems that mean something and do actually control risk.” A group of senior safety professionals have been asked to review the systems with regard to their efficiencies.

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The State Government has released a 30-year blueprint for the Gladstone Port. With two enormous LNG agreements signed for the region, the Premier says managing growth will be vital. The plan outlines port activities including common-user channels, dredging and disposal options as well as examining conservation areas set aside as a mitigation measure. .....................................................................

• disabling injuries down from 425 to 410

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• lost time injuries down from 346 to 296

• lost time injury and disabling injury duration rate up from 32.9 to 36.6 days per injury

MMG Century has been fined $130,000 in the Mt Isa Magistrates Court for causing serious environmental harm. The mine pleaded guilty to discharging contaminated waste water from its zinc and lead mine, about 250 kilometres north-west of the town, during last year’s wet season. The court also ordered the mine to pay $8000 in court costs. Court action is also underway against three other mines in the region for similar water management offences. .....................................................................

• number of permanent incapacities up from 7 to 39 injuries/illnesses

MINE EXTENSION

• medical treatments down from 1166 to 924 • high potential incidents down from 1044 to 1005 • days lost to disabling injuries down from 11,421 to 10,973 • lost time injury frequency rate down from 4.3 to 3.4 injuries per million hours worked • lost time injury and disabling injury severity rate down from 312 to 293 days lost per million hours worked

ON THE DOWN SIDE:

• days lost to lost time injuries up from 13,971 to 14,874 SAFE FLOW: The mines inspectorate and industry are working to reduce the number of vehicle-related accidents

[Comparing 2008-2009 figures to 2007-2007 figures]

Industry blasts 15-month old safety stats THE Queensland Resources Council has questioned why it has taken authorities so long to compile the latest safety statistics for the mining and quarrying industries. “It is disappointing that this data has taken so long to come to light,” said the QRC’s Michael Roche. Mr Roche said while the 2008-2009 report detailed the sector’s best safety performance on record, there were still some concerns such as the increase in the time lost to injuries, despite the number of injuries decreasing. “The information is up to 15 months old and if available earlier, investigations into why this is so could already be under way,” he said.

“The QRC looks forward to future reports being issued much more promptly.” Mr Roche said the Inspectorate was better placed than ever to achieve safety outcomes given industry now contributes $32 million a year through a health and safety levy. Mr Roche said the industry shared the concerns of the commissioner over the fre-

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quency of incidents involving vehicles and mobile machinery, but doesn’t believe proximity detection devices are the only answer. “The QRC is therefore developing a set of principles for underground and opencut mine vehicle operation, as well as promoting leading initiatives in the industry on vehicle operational management.”

Mr Roche said the Inspectorate was better placed than ever to achieve safety outcomes given industry now contributes $32 million a year through a health and safety levy.

Xstrata will spend $130 million extending an open cut zinc mine in north-west Queensland. The move will add another four years to the life of the Black Star Open Cut at the Mount Isa Mine. It will also mean 190 jobs at the mine are maintained and another 100 created. .....................................................................

UNI SCHOLARSHIPS Two Central Queenslanders have each received a $40,000 scholarship to study engineering at CQUniversity. Former Gladstone high student Sam Eborn and Mackay’s St Patrick’s College student Daniel Gardener are the first to receive the new scholarships offered by the uni in collaboration with the Queensland Resources Council. The scholarship is aimed at encouraging bright students into engineering, and is awarded to those who complete their secondary studies with outstanding academic results and who also demonstrate leadership qualities.

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Hay Point back Women try out underground loading AFTER three weeks of repair work, BMA’s Hay Point coal terminal near Mackay is back loading ships. The terminal was damaged when Cyclone Ului’s destructive winds battered the Queensland coastline in mid-March. BMA declared force majeure on shipments from Hay Point on March 24 - and said it could take up to six weeks to return to full operations. A spokeswoman said that timeframe is still accurate, so the terminal might not be fully back to normal before the end of the month. She did not comment on how many ships were waiting to be loaded, or how far behind the company was with its exports. Meanwhile, next door at Dalrymple Bay terminal, 59 ships were waiting to be loaded. That terminal survived the cyclone with limited problems, and was only closed for three days during the worst of the weather. Dalrymple Bay is managed by Integrated Logistics Company (ICL) and gener-

BACK LOADING: Hay Point is once again loading ships after extensive repair work was carried out

al manager Phil Bourne told the ABC it has benefited from the temporary closure of Hay Point. “We are in an enviable position because you would never wish ill on anybody that’s in competition with you but because Hay Point is temporarily unable to operate effectively, we will gain from that inability,” he said.

CURRENTLY there are no women working as underground miners at BMA’s Gregory Crinum mine in the Bowen Basin. The mine is trying to change that statistic and is targeting women in its latest recruitment drive to fill 36 underground development mine worker positions. And it’s quite possible there could be a female component underground before too long - with more than 100 local women turning out for a recent recruitment information session held by the mine in Emerald. Gregory Crinum’s general manager Michael Nucifora said the purpose of the evening was to encourage women to express their interest in these roles. “It was refreshing to have so many local women show an interest in underground mining,” he said. The sessions included two female guest speakers who spoke about their experiences working underground. Those who attended on the night also had the oppor-

tunity to try on underground Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and will feel how heavy the belts, self rescuer, cap lamps and batteries weigh.

IF THE HAT FITS: 100 local women turned out for an information session about working underground

C’mon Gladstone Dozens die in US time to Man Up! mine explosion IF you are between 35 and 54 and live or work in Gladstone - this challenge is for you. It’s time to Man Up! CQUniversity has launched a new health research project called “ManUp” focused on encouraging men in Gladstone to eat better and exercise more. The project, which is still in the early stages, will use internet and mobile phones as a way to engage the region’s men in looking after themselves.

If you’re interested in helping, volunteers are needed to fill out surveys about their internet and phone habits or be a part of focus groups to give feedback as the project progresses. The project is being run by Marcus Ellison at the university - he can be contacted on 4970 7211. “We are hoping that by involving the community we can come up with a way to help men in the region boost their exercise and nutrition,” he said.

AT least 25 miners have died in an explosion at an underground coal mine in West Virginia. Rescuers worked last week to try and find another four miners trapped by the blast, but at the time of print they had found no signs of life. “Before you knew it, it was just like your ears stopped up,” miner Steve Smith told ABC’s Good Morning America. Mr Smith was underground at the time

of the explosion but managed to escape. “You couldn’t hear and the next thing you know, it’s just like you’re just right in the middle of a tornado.” The company which owns the mine, Massey Energy, is known for its poor track record on safety. In the past, the company has been prosecuted for two criminal complaints for violations of worker protection rules at other mines.

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Crocodiles back China, Japan lap up LNG in Baralaba?

A GRAZIER living near the junction of the Fitzroy and Dawson Rivers says he is certain there are saltwater crocodiles back in the area. On a fishing trip with his boys over easter, Errol Mellor says he was left in no doubt that crocodiles have headed back upstream during the recent floods. “I was down there fishing and we heard this big splash,” he said. “I have spent years working in northern Australia, so I am pretty familiar with crocodiles, but I haven’t seen any round here for years and years.” “I actually didn’t think much of the splash, but when we went for a walk we saw a big slide into the river, there were claw marks, and tail marks, it was definitely a croc.” “It’s put the wind up me, I can tell you, it had to have been three metres or more and it was way too big for a freshwater croc.” “Actually the bloke who delivers the

mail was here, and said he was going down to the sandbank to see if he could catch a fish, and I said mate I wouldn’t be doing that if I were you.” “I won’t be back fishing in the river for a while.” The area where the crocodile marks were spotted is about 15 kilometres from where the Dawson River enters the Fitzroy near Riverslea Crossing. Notably there are no major obstacles, such as weirs, between there and the township of Baralaba, which is about 60 kilometres away as the crow flies. However, with the flood levels at both the weir at Moura and Baralaba over the past month, they could be easily crossed by a crocodile at the moment. That might send a chill up the spine of miners who have been crossing the river by boat to get to work at both the Baralaba mine and the Dawson mine.

“It’s put the wind up me, I can tell you, it had to have been three metres or more and it was way too big for a freshwater croc.”

THERE’S been a second giant liquefied natural gas (LNG) deal signed in the past fortnight - this time with Japan. Just a week after announcing a $60 billion deal to ship LNG from Gladstone to China, BG Group declared it had secured another $20 billion contract with Japan. The company has signed an agreement to supply Tokyo Gas with 1.2 million tonnes of LNG a year for 20 years starting in 2015. “Japan is the biggest market for LNG in the world and this historic deal means that Queensland LNG hasn’t just got a foot in the door of that market, we have walked right through it,” said the Premier Anna Bligh. “What we are witnessing is the birth of an industry that will secure the prosperity of Queensland for decades to come.”

In 2009, Japan imported 64.5 million tonnes of LNG from the world’s major producers which means Japan’s annual imports are more than three times Australia’s total LNG production. The gas will be supplied to Japan from the Curtis Island project which is currently under development in Gladstone by the BG Group’s subsidiary, QGC Pty Limited, where up to $10 billion is expected to be spent in construction over the next four years. “This deal means that the 8,500 jobs needed to construct the plant in Gladstone and the pipeline and gas fields in the Surat Basin will become a reality,” said the Premier. “Once operation the project will employ a further 1,000 people and the revenue for Queensland that this new LNG industry will contribute will be substantial.”

“What we are witnessing is the birth of an industry that will secure the prosperity of Queensland for decades to come.”

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CEOs no longer worried by GFC or ETS THE WORST of the Global Financial Crisis could be behind us, according to the latest polling of CEO sentiment carried out by the Queensland Resources Council (QRC). In its latest “State of the Sector” report for the March quarter, the CEO sentiment index showed that past concerns over the global economy as well as an emissions trading scheme have abated. Things seem to be back to business as usual and confidence is returning to the sector. The new priority issues identified by CEOs over the next 12 months are uncertain and/or poor regulation; attracting and retaining skilled employees and maintaining social licence to operate. The QRC has used its latest report to lobby the Queensland Government to continue to fund and encourage minerals and energy exploration in the state. The QRC’s Michael Roche said the government needs to plug a $1.1 billion shortfall in projected exploration expenditure if it wants to achieve its target of becoming the green-

field exploration capital of Australia by 2020. “Western Australia currently reigns as Australia’s greenfield exploration capital,” he said. “A straight line extrapolation of the rates of growth in exploration expenditure over the past four years suggests that by 2020, Queensland’s greenfield exploration would have grown to around $400m, while WA’s would have grown to around $1.5 billion leaving a $1.1 billion shortfall.” “Clearly ‘business-as-usual’ policy settings are not going to be sufficient to achieve the greenfield exploration target.” “Our minerals production rates in Queensland are out-stripping our ability to find new resources.” “With its three-year $29 million ‘Smart Mining’ exploration initiative set to expire at the end of 2009-10, we call on the government to provide the Geological Survey of Queensland (GSQ) with stable ongoing funding for its exploration support programs of $25 million per annum, plus a new marketing capability of $3-4 million annually,” he said.

MORE FUNDING: The QRC is calling for more funding for minerals exploration in Queensland

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VIDEO WHIZ: Moranbah East students Sarah Horsfall, Karissa Shaw Jones and Maddison Batchelor accept their award from Goonyella Riverside’s Jason McCallum

MORANBAH school students have used video cameras to drive home the safety message to friends and family who work in the mines. BMA’s Goonyella Riverside mine ran a “safety video competition” so that students could produce a video about why they want their parents, siblings and friends to be safe on site and make it home from work each day. A winning video was selected from each of the three schools involved - with each school

receiving a $1000 donation from the mine and each child from the winning teams taking home a $100 Sportspower gift voucher. Goonyella Riverside’s general manager Steve Rae said the competition was a great way to get families to talk about safety. “We want to encourage children to think about safety and what it means to them, and by the high quality of entries we received, they have definitely taken this on board,” he said.


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What’s your name? - Bree Abdoo Where are you from? - Newcastle, NSW What’s the worst job you’ve ever had? - When I was younger I worked at Mcdonalds, that was pretty disgusting

How do you spend your Sundays? - Either at the beach or at home relaxing getting ready for Monday

What miners do you prefer - undergound or open cut? - Open cut because the underground miners would come out covered in dirt

What’s the worst date you’ve ever been on? - I once got taken out to dinner at a really nice restaurant and ended up tipping my whole meal off the table and onto my dress haha.

Do you find a man in a hard hat sexy - and why? - It depends on his appearance. If he was a big fat sweaty crane driver I’d probably be a bit turned off

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ARGHHH ME HEARTIES!

Georgia Coombes, Tegan Ganter, Jessie Ferris, Daina Brown enjoying pirate pancakes

Sam Brims and Jake Duthie practising their pirate sayings

Ryan Clews a very evil pirate!

Darcy Locke

Heidi Goodwin, Amber Fenner, Lisa Mead, Brooke Fenner, Amber Challinor and Jade Hare.

Michelle Davies, Gemma Donovan, Shannon Green and Jemima Johnson

Nicole Wilkings, Amanda Healey and Sam Kerr-Smiley.

Jo, Abby, Karen, Lana, Hollie and Sam

Jane and Greg Napper

Trina, Belinda, Trish, Rachel, Thalia and Anna

Moranbah state school’s prep area was a sea of pirate hats and jolly rogers recently as they all got into the pirate spirit! [photos contributed by Tina Daniel]

Angela Lally with her pet parrot

AUSSIES WHO KNOW STUFF The Blackwater Pink Angels relay for life team held an Aussie Trivia night at the BICC recently June and Roy McGregor

Kelsea, Mel and Jess

Joye Beath and Colleen Jones

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WHO’S YOUR TEAM?

Blackwater gets behind its junior rugby league team recently.

Lesley West, Mal and Reece Williams

Maddison Brown, Tayla Martin, Nyomi Webley, Olivia Hamilton, Teisha Ingram, Michala Donohue and Maisie Brumby

Marita Dargan, Meegan Gray, Nicky Dalton and Chantelle McIntosh

Karl Broadhurst, Shaquille Broom and Mick Walker

Jesika Orreal and Tara Cox

Carly Richardson, Sarah McGregor and Brandon Barnicoat

Demi Bird, Yasmin Black, Tiffany Whitechurch and Shaylee Burke

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CQ BUSINESS 84th EDITION. 2010

Need to know... Metal mine $350K to solve engineering problem

Mastermyne to raise $40 million

The Federal Government has set aside nearly half a million dollars of taxpayer money to “research” how much demand there is for engineers and what sort of “pathways” might encourage students into the industry. While the widely recognised shortage of engineers would appear to be self evident, the Education Minister Julia Gillard says the new money would help industry combat future shortages. The research will be undertaken by the Australian National Engineering Taskforce.

CQ mining contracting business Mastermyne is hoping to raise $40 million by selling 55 per cent of its shares to the public. According to its prospectus, Mastermyne will sell shares in the business to the public between the 12th and 29th April, before a full listing on the Australian Stock Exchange on the 7th May. Mastermyne expects to earn just over $12 million this financial year which is an increase of 12 per cent on last year.

US company closes Kestrel expansion deal AECOM technology corporation from the United States has won a $12 million contract to work on theexpansion of Rio Tinto’s Kestrel mine. Rio Tinto announced in 2007 that it would spend nearly a $1 billion expanding the mine which is north east of Emerald. The first coal to be shipped from the expanded Kestrel mine is expected to happen in 2012.

Local miss Rio tenders again and again Rio Tinto says that local companies are missing out on valuable supply contracts because they continue to make the same mistakes when they put in tenders. In response, Rio representatives from the Boyne Smelter at Gladstone are getting involved with the “Tender Readiness” program being run by the Gladstone Engineering Alliance. Interested business can call the GEA on 49729060.

at Clermont? AN exploration company drilling in an area north of Clermont is talking up the prospects of a significant molybdenum discovery. Molybdenum is a metal with a high melting point and a good corrosive resistance, and is used in the steel making industry for specialised steel blends. In a statement to the Australian Stock Exchange, Zamia Gold Mines says it has completed its current drilling program at the Anthony Project on the Charters Towers Road and is encouraged by the results. “Based on all the Anthony assay data to date, independent resource consultant, Hellman & Schofiled Pty Ltd has produced an initial resource estimate for the Anthony deposit,” the statement said.

“Anthony contains a high grade sulphide zone of 13.5 million tonnes at 750 parts per million within a large molybdenum deposit.” “The high grade zone lies close to the surface and would most likely provide the focus for initial mining in any future operation.” Given the relatively small amount of exploration that has been done, the desposit has only been rated as an inferred resource - which is the lowest category that can be assigned. Zamia says it will continue to drill in the area to get a better understanding of the deposit, as demand for the product is forecast to grow at nearly 5 per cent a a year for the next 20 years.

“The high grade zone lies close to the surface and would most likely provide the focus for initial mining in any future operation.”

Takeover time for GFC survivors FOR those mining businesses that have been able to weather the financial headwinds of 2009, a new threat (or blessing) has emerged in 2010 - takeovers. In the last month, there have been at least three very large takeover offers in Australia’s mining sector worth more than $6 billion and across a range of commodities. Of most significance to miners and business in Central Queensland is the attempt by huge US coal miner Peabody Energy to takeover the locally grown Macarthur Coal. Macarthur Coal has three significant

mines in the Bowen Basin employing both directly and indirectly in excess of 1000 people. Moving down the food chain, and Macarthur Coal is itself at an advanced stage of trying to take over Gloucester Coal. While the final outcomes of these negotiations remains to be seen it suggests that mining companies are looking for smaller fish to buy. Obviously this is a fast way to increase production and profits to meet the expected climb in demand for steel making coal in Asia.

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The belief that China and India will again drive a commodities boom in Australia has gained a lot of supporters in the last week. Mostly off the back of BHP announcing new quarterly steel prices steel prices that are nearly double what they were in 2009.

Away from the announced takeovers, the bush telegraph in Central Queensland has been running hot with rumours of further takeovers and mergers of both mining and contracting businesses that have survived the global financial crisis.

“While the final outcomes of these negotiations remains to be seen it suggests that mining companies are looking for smaller fish to buy.”


CQ BUSINESS 84th EDITION. 2010

Board turmoil at Gladstone Nickel A DIRECTOR of the Gladstone Pacific Nickel Project (GPNL) has taken the extraordinary step of warning shareholders that the board of directors is at risk of being “dominated by the views of one person”. In an open letter, director Benjamin Hill encouraged shareholders not to pass a resolution that would have seen he and chairman James Henderson removed from the board to make way for directors employed by Mineralogy. Mineralogy is owned by Queensland

richest man Clive Palmer - and the company is GPNL’s largest shareholder. “I understand that this resolution has been proposed by entities associated with Mr Clive Palmer, and the reason why this resolution has been proposed is to permit you to consider the appointment of a replacement director who is employed by Mineralogy,” the letter said. “I am concerned the current proposal for my replacement as a director is inconsistent with the practice of good

“I am concerned the current proposal for my replacement as a director is inconsistent with the practice of good corporate governance.”

corporate governance.” “I consider that it is important for the board of the company to represent the various interests of shareholders and not be concentrated by, or representative of, only a select or small group of shareholders.” The reshuffling in the boardroom follows the release of the company’s results for the six months to December last year. Not surprisingly, given the global recession and the consequent falling of nickel prices, the company sustained significant losses over the period. The loss for the period was just under $4 million, while the total amount of revenue was just under $500,000. Prior to the recession GPNL planned to develop a nickel processing facility at Gladstone that would process nickel from mines at Marlborough in Central Queens-

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Why can’t Qld look at NSW and WA for ideas about how to run a good rail system. We will get left behind if this doesn’t get sorted out. P.R, Rockhampton

One of CQ’s happiest koalas had more exposure than usual thanks to a front page pic in our last edition:

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Funny that a mine is doing more to help save koalas than most of the south-east corner of Qld. Maybe they should send some of their koalas to Clermont. B.F, Clermont

Sounds like LNG will make coal look like yesterday’s news. We won’t know what hit us. Gary, Gladstone

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global idiots IN AMERICA - remember the time you were so drunk you tried to give mouthto-mouth to a dead possum? No, I didn’t think so. So you’ll understand why 55-year-old Pennsylvanian man Donald Wolfe had some serious drinker’s regret recently, when police informed him that’s exactly what he’d been doing when they picked him up the night before. A heavily intoxicated Wolfe was found on the side of a highway, attempting to breathe life into a deceased possum. He was charged with public drunkenness - you’d think just telling the poor bloke what he’d been kissing would be punishment enough. IN ENGLAND - if you think the Australian school system is going too far down the “politically correct, policy and procedure” path - listen to this. Teachers at a school in England left a 5-year-old boy up a 6-metre tree and retreated inside to a classroom to watch him so as not to accidentally cause him to fall - in accordance with a health and safety policy. It was only when a woman walking by the school saw the kid up the tree and climbed up herself that he was brought back down. Instead of thanking the woman for her help in the matter, the assistant principal told her his only concern was her trespassing on school property.

STILL IN ENGLAND - and the Brits are known for their eccentricities, that’s why it is the only country in the world where you could have a competition for the oddest title for a book. The 2009 winner is “Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes”, which won 42 per cent of the vote run by TheBookseller.com. It outdid other great titles such as “What Kind of Bean is this Chihuahua?”, “Collectible Spoons of the Third Reich”, “Afterthoughts of a Worm Hunter” and “The Changing World of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.” The Bookseller’s Horace Bent said he had been worried about the latest round of the competition. “I confess that when the credit crunch began to bite British publishing, I feared for the future of this most prestigious of literary awards,” he said. “Surely oddly titled books would suffer in a climate that was prompting publishers to focus on more bankable works -- like frankly lamentable biographies of Z-list “celebrities’ and those depressing white books with doleful children on the cover.” “I believe Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes is a worthy champion to stand alongside the likes of ‘Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers’ and ‘Living with Crazy Buttocks’ as winners of this distinguished award.”

“A heavily intoxicated man was found on the side of a highway, attempting to breathe life into a deceased possum.”

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“Streakin” good love advice Dear Frank, I just won a competition and the prize was $1000 to pocket and another $1000 to be donated to a charity of my choice. I hope it doesn’t sound selfish but I want to give it to a charity which will make me look good in front of the ladies. Can you help? Charlie Dear Charlie, Selfish? Selfish!?! No, it’s not selfish, Charlie. It’s damn smart. Do you know how I know it’s smart? Because I have tried to do the exact same thing in the past, and let me tell you, it’s not an easy thing to get right. Over the years I have refined the art of tricking women into loving me, sleeping with me and making me their Power of Attorney. Giving to a charity, real or fake, is an excellent tool in the kit. I personally would never give to any old charity, because I know first hand how social pariahs exploit them for their own selfish gain. For example, I receive dinner three nights a week from the Blue Nurses, several food stamps from the Smith Family and all the blood I could ever want from the Red Cross. This is how I maintain my multi-million dollar lifestyle on the paltry $120,000 old man Graham tosses me annually. The only charity I have ever given money to was the CQ rescue helicopter service - and only because of

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the sheer and un-ignorable number of times they have rescued me; 96 by last count. But now to your problem Charles. I would suggest not going straight for the obvious. Once I faked a donation to the Australian Feminist Org. Whenever I dropped that one in conversation it would met with scorn and the accusation that it was cheap point scoring, they saw my perverted devices from miles away. So I would definitely recommend something subtle and completely altruistic. Eventually I hit upon the jackpot, I sponsored a child. They sent me photos and letters from little Modenda and it was so easy to let it slip out on dates: “No, no children of my own, unless you include my sponsor child.” It will often lead to a witty interchange: Me: “Of course I’m knowledgeable of world affairs, I have a sponsor child in Africa.” Lady: “Really? What country?” Me: “I just said, Africa” Lady: “Yeah, I know, but what country IN Africa” Me: “…um, Brazil.” It’s worked on basically everyone except Miss Geography, so I would recommend that. Besides, if he grows up and stages a coup, you could say that your son is a world leader. And as if that wouldn’t get the she-punters in. Frank the Tank

has not been rescued 96 times by the CQ rescue helicopter. He has faked injuries and crashes about 89 times in order to obtain a free ride in a helicopter. The other seven is when he was doing donuts in the parking lot of Shift Miner and crashed - then demanded to be airlifted to the hospital… four blocks away. I hope this helps. Sensible Susan

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Your Health 84th EDITION. 2010

EXPERT ADVICE For those too busy or embarrassed to ask the important questions about their health Last edition, our nurse Tammy Farrell gave you some hints on how to keep your grocery shop healthy. This edition, she has some more tips on shopping. When you read your food labels, what do you actually understand? You need to be able to read between the lines and actually decipher the marketing jargon on the food labels you buy.   That way you know what you’re eating.   Fats Foods that can claim they are ‘Low in Fat’ must have less then 3g of fat per 100g of the food or, if it is a liquid, contains no more than 1.5% of fat in the liquid. ‘97% fat free’ means the food contains 3 per cent fat but remember this DOES NOT mean it has 97 per cent less fat than the regular product. Foods claiming to be ‘Reduced Fat’ ‘Lower Fat’ or ‘Less Fat’ will contain 25 per cent less fat than the regular product but it DOES NOT necessarily mean it is low in fat.   Sugars A food claiming to have ‘No Added Sugar’ can simply mean there are no simple sugars added such as honey, malt, malt extract, fructose or glucose.  Whereas if the food is claiming

to be ‘Sugar Free’ this means there is no more than .2g per 100g of sugar in the solid food. When is comes to soft drinks how often do you read ‘Diet’ ‘Low Joule’ or  ‘Low Calorie’.   These claims simply result in the drink containing no more than 80kj per 100ml of liquid or, if it is a solid, can contain no more than 170kj per 100g in solid or semi solid foods.  But remember it is most common for artificial sweeteners to be used for these types of products and depending on the type of artificial sweetener, you are often better off without it altogether.   Low Salt A food claiming to be ‘low in salt’ will contains less than 120mg of sodium per 100g of the specific food item.  Obviously ‘no salt’ or ‘salt free’ are the better options to choose especially for those of you with high blood pressure.   The Tick When in doubt, always head for the foods with the National Heart Foundations tick of approval.  You can be assured the product meets the tick’s guidelines for optimal  levels of saturated fat, salt and nutrients.   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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Tandoori-style chicken Serves 4-6 Tandoori chicken is a tasty and easy dish to whip up and throw in the fridge for a quick meal the next day. In this recipe we bake the chicken in the oven, but if you’re the barbeque cooking type, by all means throw the chicken on the barbie! Make sure you baste the chicken frequently with the leftover marinade until cooked through. Chicken drumsticks or wings work best on the barbie, for a finger-licking juicy flavor. INGREDIENTS: 3 gloves garlic, peeled and crushed 1 tsp paprika ¾ tsp ground cumin ¾ tsp ground coriander ½ tsp chili powder ½ tsp cinnamon ½ tsp salt and pepper 2 cups low fat yoghurt 4 skinless, bone-in chicken breast halves (about 1 kg total) 1 small red onion, finely chopped

METHOD: Combine the garlic, paprika, cumin, ground coriander, cinnamon, chili powder, pepper and a dash of salt in a in a large dish. Stir in 1 cup of the yoghurt until well blended. Make several slashes in the flesh of the chicken with a sharp knife, cutting almost to the bone. Place the chicken cut-side down, in the yoghurt mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight, turning the chicken several times. Preheat the oven to 270°C. Lift the chicken from marinade and place in a shallow baking dish, discard any leftover marinade. Bake chicken for approx 30 minutes or until cooked through but still juicy. Meanwhile, combine the onions, cucumber, fresh coriander and the remaining yoghurt in a medium bowl. Serve chicken with steamed rice, nann bread and a side of yoghurt mix.

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OFF SHIFT 84th EDITION. 2010

Bait shop Banter FISHING IN YEPPOON

While they are thinning out, the barramundi are still around in places like the Causeway, as are blue and king salmon and grunter.

Ian at the Secret Spot in Yeppoon says for the first time in almost a year we are looking down the barrel of a full week of good fishing weather. Ian says the bad weather leading into the Easter break made things quiter than usual over that period, but those that did wet a line were rewarded. “If you can get out and find some clean water there are a lot of spanish mackerel around - especially at the edge of the dirty water,” he said. “But unfortunately there is still a lot of water coming out of the Fitzroy, so you need to search for your spot.” Closer in, he says the winter species have arrived earlier than usual, with japanese sea bream up to two kilograms being caught, and the winter whiting starting to arrive.

FISHING IN GLADSTONE Dylan at Pat’s Tackle World in Gladstone reports that virtually no-one went out into the deeper water over Easter because of the windy conditions. However, just like Yeppoon anglers, they are looking forward to the prospect of a solid week of good fishing weather. Given the limited opportunities to get out, there haven’t been many catches to report on other than the fact that there have been some salmon turn up in the harbour but not in great numbers. Grunter and barramundi are still around in places like Grahams Creek,

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and in Lake Awoonga good barramundi are still being caught on frogs despite the arrival of cooler weather.

GOOD WEATHER: This could be your fortnight to get out wide

FISHING IN MACKAY Craig at Tackle World in Mackay says there are still plenty of good barramundi in the creeks, and Kinchant Dam fished well over Easter because of the moon phases. Not many reports coming in from fishermen about deep water fishing because of the limited opportunity to go out there, however this weeks clear weather is expected to change that. Crabs are still around in reasonable numbers and sizes and some very good catches of whiting are being reported worms are working slightly better than yabbies at the moment.

If you have a good photo or fishing yarn send it through to our resident bait chucker-

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A warm start to April Week 1 - Temperatures were slightly warmer than normal for the start of April. After the heavy rain and flooding early in the year Easter finally cleared to warm sunny days throughout the Coalfields. A trough over south-eastern Australia moves over southern Queensland early in the week. It should cause some isolated shower and possible thundery shower activity on Sunday/Monday in the south and move into the northern Coalfields on Tuesday/ Wednesday. This will be associated with a high moving into the Tasman Sea which should cause moderate/fresh SE’ly winds for the coast. Not good for the boaties! This should ease by Thursday making the early weekend a good time to get out wide.

Week 2 - A large high in the Indian Ocean moves in the Bight. This should herald the first cold outbreak for southern Australia. There’s a chance of showers for southern Queensland with the odd storm early in the week that should affect Central Queensland. Temperatures overnight could get into the low teens if the colder air moves in. Single figure values could be a shock for those in the south overnight by midweek. This is typical around ANZAC Day. If the large high is not associated with an “east coast low” then winds should be fresh along the Queensland coast for most of the week. If a low off the NSW coast develops then this will delay the onset.


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Harry woke to the sound of a bump and a scream, and sat straight up in bed.  In a moment he was staggering down the hall to his daughter’s room.  He wondered how his wife Judy had slept through it; but then, it had been a rough night for both of them.  He found their daughter lying on the ground beside her bed, crying, still half asleep.  He picked her up, rubbed her back and made hushing sounds.  After a minute it started to work, and before too long he had her tucked back into bed. Harry wandered back down the hall and went to the toilet.  He was about to go back to bed when he decided that it wasn’t worth it.  He’d have to be up again soon to go to work anyway.  The only thing worse than waking up this early was just getting back to sleep and doing it all over again.  If there was a single thing that Harry hated about working in the mining industry, it was the early starts.  He liked small towns; he preferred them to cities, and enjoyed the fact that despite this he got paid a remote area living allowance.  He liked the work, and he liked the people.  At least, he didn’t dislike the people any more than those in other industries.  But Harry was not a morning person.  He would set his alarm for the latest possible time he could, without being late for the shift bus.  He had his lunch packed the night before; Judy did that for him, mostly.  He would lay his clothes, wallet, keys and phone in the bathroom the night before.  Harry did his mornings sleepwalking in remote control.

He would usually just throw his clothes on in the dark and leave, but with a bit of extra time today, he treated himself to a shower.  The hot water felt good on his neck and back, and he felt his mind clearing as he prepared to face the day.  He still ranted in his mind about the ridiculously early start time.  He did this almost every day, slowly building up enough anger to get himself moving.  Why does the shift have to start at six? he asked himself.  Why not eight?  Once he got over that, he thought about what he might do with the rest of this extra time.  He ruled TV out as a waste.  I hardly ever read he thought, as he towelled himself down.  I’ll start one of those novels  I bought, getting dusty on the shelf. With years of practise he slipped into his clothes, and loaded up his pockets.  He turned off the bathroom light and began to sneak down the hall. Judy appeared in the doorway of their bedroom, scaring him silly.  He said one of those words he’d promised to stop saying now that he was a father. “What on earth are you doing?” said Judy.  She said the words slowly, with little pauses between them.  It was like she was talking to a child, and he hated it. Harry kept up the slow talking thing and said, “I’m going to work.” “Harry,” said Judy, “It’s one o’clock in the morning.” He paused. “Oh,” he said. “Well, I thought I might sit down and read one of my novels first.”

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 surgebin.blogspot.com or email him at Bernard.jansen@gmail.com

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84th EDITION. 2010

CQ motor mania sets in IF you live in CQ and love anything to do with motorsports then July is going to be your month. For 10 days starting on the 16th, competitors and visitors will travel from across Australia to be a part of the inaugural Camco Group Motormania. The event will be held between Gladstone, Rockhampton and the Capricorn Coast, and already has adrenaline junkies panting with excitement. Central Queensland’s motorsport clubs will stage competitions and displays, with motocross, drags, bitumen sprints, rallying, off-roads, speedway, karting events and much much more already in planning. “Central Queensland is a heartland of motorsporting fans, with seventeen regional clubs taking part in Camco Group MotorMania CQ to conduct motorsport/motoring events,” said organiser Ian Loxton. “Motorsport fans will be able to enjoy a huge range of motorsporting disciplines in the perfect Queensland winter climate.” “Venues such as the Benaraby Motorsportz Complex, Rockhampton and Gladstone Showgrounds, Fitzroy Raceway and Capricorn Resort, Yeppoon are revving up to take part.”

The program will begin in Gladstone on Friday 16th July, where local clubs will rub shoulders with their national heroes at the celebration of regional motorsport. The first weekend highlights include the QRC Rally at Capricorn Resort in Yeppoon, the Jono Porter Memorial Motocross at Benaraby Motorsportz Complex, Enduro Karts and Kart Meeting Competition at the Gladstone Kart Track, a Specialist Swap and Car Boot Sale at the Gladstone Showgrounds and the prestigious Rockhampton Motor Show. Visitors to the region won’t be bored throughout the week, with a Dyno Challenge and Burn Out Competition in Gladstone on Thursday 22nd July, and a Test & Tune “Come & Try” Drag Meeting on Friday 23rd July. The second weekend of full-throttle action will see the Rockhampton Showgrounds as the hub of automotive activity. Crowds will be drawn to the Trade Fair, Off Road and Trial Bike Demonstrations, Historic Motorcycle Display, Show and Shine, Super Cruise, Dyno Challenge, Speedway and the inaugural Camco Group Rocky Street Sprint, where 150 entrants will compete in a unique bitumen sprint.

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CALOUNDRA NOW OPEN BALLANTINES DANIELSRd,BALLANTINES Golden Beach Tavern - Cnr Baldwin St & Bowman Rd, Caloundra 5492 8300 JACK Golden Beach Tavern -RANGE Cnr Baldwin St & Bowman Caloundra 5492 8300 JACK DANIELS ANGOVES PREECE ANGOVES LONG 2 SCOTCH for PREECE RANGE 6LONG forCOLDBOURBON KARLOFF SCOTCH BOURBON KARLOFF TOOHEY’S EXTRA DRY Centre, STUBBIES CARLTON STUBBIES Golden Cellars B4 Stockland Centre, Caloundra 8444 Golden Cellars - Shop B4 Stockland Caloundra 5491 8444 ROW RANGE 750ml LINDEMAN BIN JACOBS CREEK ROW5491 RANGE 750ml - ShopVODKA $38 $25 700ml Centre, Caloundra 700ml VODKA RANGE SPARKLING 700ml 700ml Village Cellars - Shop 5 Ormuz Village Centre, Caloundra 5438 1861 Village Cellars Shop 5 Ormuz Village 5438 1861 750ml 750ml 750ml 750ml MONTANA SAV MONTANA 700ml SAV BANROCK $6.99 BANROCK 700ml $9.99 Salty Dog Cellars - Shop 1, 1802 David LowSalty Way,Dog Coolum Beach Phone 5446 5105Low Way, Coolum Beach Cellars Shop 1, STATION 1802 David Phone 5446 5105 6- for BLANC BLANC each STATION 2lt 2lt each 2$38 for 2 for Salty Dog Cellars - Shop 750ml 5, 21 South Coolum Rd,Dog Coolum Beach Phone 4599 Salty Cellars - Shop 5,CASK 215446 South Coolum Rd, Coolum Phone 5446 4599 750ml 750ml CASK Beach 750ml each each $62 Imperial Hotel - Memorial Drive, Eumundi$6.99 Phone 5442 8609 $9.99 Imperial Hotel - Memorial Drive, Eumundi Phone 5442 8609 $62 each 2 LITRE 750ml 2 for each 2 for 750ml Emerald Cellars - Emerald Street, Cooroy Phone 5447 7599- Emerald 750ml Emerald Cellars Street, Cooroy Phone 5447 7599 MONTANA SAV BANROCK LINDEMAN JACOBS CREEK LINDEMAN BIN JACOBS CREEK CASCADE CASCADE BLANC STATION 2lt $25 $25BINVillage CARLTON Village Cellars - CornerCARLTON Elm and Diamond Streets,Cellars Cooroy-Phone 5442 6911Diamond Streets, Cooroy Corner ElmSPARKLING and Phone 5442 6911 750ml RANGE RANGE PREMIUM LIGHTSPARKLING PREMIUM LIGHTPREECE MONTANA SAV DRAUGHT BANROCK each each CASK each each DRAUGHT LONG BLANC STATION 2lt each RANGE each2 for 750mlANGOVES each 750ml 750ml each 750ml each each WWW.DUNCANS.COM.AU WWW.DUNCANS.COM.AU STUBBIES STUBBIES each each CARTON CARTON CARTON CARTON each 750ml each CASK each each STUBBIES STUBBIES ROW RANGE 750ml $25 CARTON 700ml 700ml 750ml CARTON 700ml 700ml 2 for750ml 750ml 700ml 750ml 700ml 750ml

750ml

Bottleshops in Jolly Collier Hotel Motel Bottleshops in CALOUNDRA NOW OPEN CALOUNDRA $12.99 $13.99 NOW OPEN Fri 16th April - DJ Shaun til 2am

Sat 17th April – Dan Miller $38.99 $28.99 $38.99 $28.99 $33.99 $7.99 $31.99 $36.99 $42.99 $7.99 $26.99 $31.99 $36.99 $26.99 $11.99 from 10pm till 2am $11.99 $12.99 $13.99 $12.99 $13.99 750ml each $25 6 for each 6 each for Sun 18th April – Dan Miller ineach the $12.99 $13.99 LITRE 750ml 2 LITRE 750ml BALLANTINES JACK DANIELS JACK 2DANIELS $12.99 each each $38$13.99 BALLANTINES $38 KARLOFF KARLOFF SCOTCH SCOTCH BOURBON CHIVAS KARLOFF JIM BEAM & COLA 6 PACK courtyard from 4pm + free sausage sizzle Local. Independent. Competitive Price. Local. Independent. Competitive Price. BOURBON VODKA VODKA

Bottleshops in each

each

700mlREGAL LONG PREECE RANGE ANGOVES PREECE RANGE SPECIALS VALID UNTIL 6/07/09 ANGOVES LONG PREECE RANGE 750ml

2 LITRE

700ml 700ml VODKA Bottleshops in ANGOVES LONG700ml 750ml

2 LITRE

700ml

$6.99 SPECIALS VALID UNTIL 6/07/09 PREECE RANGE LONG $6.99 700ml 700ml $9.99 $9.99ANGOVES ROW RANGE ROW RANGE750ml $40.99 Wed 21st April –Publican’s ROW RANGE 750ml 750ml 700ml $19.99 $7.99 each each CALOUNDRA NOW OPEN 750ml 2 $36.99 for 2SCOTCH for CALOUNDRA NOW each OPEN each each $11.99 750ml 750ml HAHNeach SUPER XXXX GOLD CANS Golden Beach Tavern - Cnr Baldwin St & Bowman Rd, Caloundra 5492 8300750ml Golden Beach Tavern Cnr Baldwin St & Bowman Rd, Caloundra 5492 8300 750ml 750ml 700ml each DRY STUBBIES 750ml 30 PACKS each Birthday –Dan Golden MillerCellars from- Shop 8pmB4 Stockland Centre,Golden $62 $62 each Caloundra 5491 8444B4 Stockland Centre, Cellars - Shop Caloundra 5491 8444 ROW RANGE 750ml

750ml

CARTON

CARTON

6 PACK 750ml

2 for Village Centre, Caloundra 5438 1861 $7.99 $11.99 Village Cellars - Shop 5 Ormuz Village Centre, Caloundra 1861 Cellars 5438 - Shop 5 Ormuz each $72 LINDEMAN Way, BIN Village JACOBS CREEK each $7.99 $80 LINDEMAN BIN Coolum Beach JACOBS $11.99 750mlBeach Phone 5446750ml Salty Dog Cellars - Shop 1, 1802 David LowSalty Coolum 5105 Low Way, David Phone 5446 5105 CREEK each CARTON MONTANA RANGE SAV Dog Cellars - Shop 1, 1802 SPARKLING MONTANA each BANROCKSAV BANROCK RANGE SPARKLING Salty Dog Cellars - Shop 5, 21 South Coolum Rd,Dog Coolum Beach Phone 5446 4599 each 750ml each2lt750ml each each Salty Cellars - Shop 5, 21 South Coolum2ltRd, Coolum Beach Phone 5446 4599 each each Local. Independent. Competitive Price. BLANC 750ml 750ml BLANC STATION STATION 750ml 750ml 700ml 700ml 700ml 700ml SPECIALS VALID UNTIL 6/07/09 700ml 700ml Imperial Hotel - Memorial Drive, Eumundi Phone 5442 8609 SPECIALS VALID UNTIL 6/07/09 Imperial Hotel Memorial Drive, Eumundi Phone 5442 8609 750ml 750ml CASK CASK each each each each Local. Independent. Competitive Price. each each Street,Golden Beach Tavern - Cnr Baldwin St &7599 Bowman Rd, Caloundra 5492 8300 Emerald Cellars - Emerald Cooroy Phone 5447 Emerald Cellars - Emerald Street, Cooroy Phone 5447 7599 6Golden for 700ml 750ml 6CARLTON for 700ML $38.99 $28.99 CASCADE Cellars - Shop B4 Stockland Centre,750ml Caloundra 5491 8444 SPECIALS VALID UNTIL 6/07/09 750ml 750mlDiamond 2 for for Golden Beach - DRAUGHT Cnr Baldwin &each Bowman Rd, Caloundra 5492 Village Cellars - Corner Elm and Streets, 5442 6911 Village CellarsCooroy - Shop 5 Ormuz Village Centre, Caloundra 5438 1861 Tavern2 LIGHT each 8300 Village Cellars -Phone Corner Elm and Diamond Streets, Cooroy St Phone 5442 PREMIUM 6911 Salty Dog$38 Cellars - Shop 1, 1802 David Low Way, Coolum Beach Phone 5446 5105 STUBBIES CARTON CARTON $38 Golden Beach Tavern Cnr Baldwin St & Bowman Rd, Caloundra 8300 STUBBIES Golden Cellars Shop B4 Stockland Centre, Caloundra 5491 8444 Salty$25 Dog Cellars - Shop 5, 21 South Coolum Rd, Coolum Beach Phone 5446 4599 $25 Golden Cellars - Shop B4 Stockland Centre, Caloundra 5491 5492 8444 WWW.DUNCANS.COM.AU Imperial Hotel - Memorial Drive, Eumundi Phone 5442 8609 WWW.DUNCANS.COM.AU Village Cellars - Shop 5 Ormuz Village Caloundra 5438JACK 1861 Emerald Cellars - Emerald Street, Cooroy Phone 5447 7599 Village Cellars - ShopCentre, 5 Ormuz Village Centre, Caloundra 5438DANIELS 1861 BALLANTINES Village Cellars - Corner Elm and Diamond Streets, 5442 6911- Shop 1,Salty KARLOFF DogDavid Cellars - Low Shop 1,Way, 1802 David Low Way, CoolumPhone Beach Phone 5446 5105 SCOTCH BOURBON SaltyCooroy DogPhone Cellars 1802 Coolum Beach 5446 5105 VODKA- Shop 5, 21 South700ml SPECIALS VALID UNTIL 6/07/09 SPECIALS 6/07/09 700ml Cellars Coolum Rd, Coolum Beach Phone 5446 4599 each VALID UNTILWWW.DUNCANS.COM.AU Salty Dog Cellars - Shop 5,Salty 21 Dog South Coolum Rd, Coolum BeachPhone Phone 5446 4599 each each 700ml each Imperial Hotel - Memorial Drive, Eumundi 5442 8609 each each each each 750ml 750ml 2 for 750ml Emerald Cellars - Emerald Street, Cooroy Phone 5447 7599 Imperial Hotel - Memorial Drive, Eumundi Phone 5442 8609 750ml Golden Beach - Cnr St &5492 Bowman Rd, Caloundra 5492 8300 2 LITRE Golden Beach Tavern - Cnr Baldwin St &Tavern Bowman Rd,Baldwin Caloundra 8300 750ml 2 LITRE 750ml Cellars - Corner Elm and Diamond Streets, Cooroy Phone 5442 6911 $62 Emerald Cellars -Village Emerald Street, Cooroy Phone 5447 7599 Cellars - Shop B4 Stockland Centre, Caloundra 5491 8444 WWW.DUNCANS.COM.AU Golden Cellars - Shop B4 Golden Stockland Centre, Caloundra 5491 8444 BINCREEK JACOBS CREEK LINDEMAN BIN JACOBS VillageLINDEMAN Cellars - Corner Elm$26.99 and Diamond Streets, Cooroy Phone 5442 6911 $31.99 $36.99 VillageVillage CellarsCentre, - ShopCaloundra 5 Ormuz Village Centre, Caloundra 5438 1861 Village Cellars - Shop 5 RANGE Ormuz 5438RANGE 1861 SPARKLING SPARKLING ANGOVES LONG each each ANGOVES LONG each PREECE RANGE MONTANA SAV PREECE RANGE BANROCK MONTANA SAV Salty Dog Cellars Shop 1, 1802 David Low Way, Coolum Beach Phone 5446 5105 WWW.DUNCANS.COM.AU Salty Dog Cellars - Shop 1, 1802 David Low Way, Coolum BeachLINDEMANS Phone 5446 5105 KILLAWARRA BIN 700ml BANROCK 700ml 700ml 750ml 750ml 750ml 750ml ROW RANGE ROW RANGE 750ml BLANC 750ml STATION BLANC Salty Dog Cellars - Shop 5, 21 South Rd, Coolum Salty Dog Cellars - Shop 5, 21 South Coolum Rd, Coolum BeachCoolum Phone 5446 45992ltBeach Phone 5446 4599 SPARKING STATION 2lt RANGE RANGE 750ml 750ml 750ml CASK 750ml Hotel Memorial Drive, Eumundi Phone 5442 8609 CASK Imperial Hotel - MemorialImperial Drive, Eumundi Phone 5442 8609 6 for 6 for 750ml Bottleshops in 750ml Cellars Phone - Emerald 7599 Emerald Cellars - EmeraldEmerald 5447Street, 7599 Cooroy Phone 2Street, forCooroy 2 5447 for $38Elm CALOUNDRA NOW OPEN Village Cellars - Corner and Diamond Streets, Phone 5442 6911 Village Cellars - Corner Elm and Diamond Streets, Cooroy Phone 5442 6911 Cooroy$38

Frid 23rd April - DJ Shaun till$26.99 2 am Sat 24th April – Live Entertainment till 2am

$11.99

750ml

$31.99 $36.99 $31.99 $26.99 $36.99 Local. Independent. $29.99 $7.99 Competitive Price. $7.99 $11.99 $41.99

Sun 25th April – Anzac Day - Live in Bottleshops Local. Bottleshops Independent. Competitive Price. in $9.99 Local. Independent. Competitive Price. $6.99 $6.99 $9.99 $12.99 Entertainment in the courtyard $13.99 $12.99 $13.99 CALOUNDRA NOW OPEN CALOUNDRA NOW OPEN LOCAL INDEPENDANTS LOCAL INDEPENDENTS from 4pm + free sausage sizzle AT COMPETITIVE PRICES AT COMPETITIVE PRICES Friday and Saturday Night - Promo girls

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$12.99 $7.99 eacheach $13.99 $11.99 750ml

$13.99 each $11.99 Sundays, Mondays & Tuesdays each750ml each 750ml 750ml - Promo girls in public bar

750ml each each each each each

$9.99 JACOBS CREEK $9.99 $7.99 $12.99 eachSPARKLING 750ml

LINDEMAN BIN RANGE 750ml

750ml each each each

6 for $38

2 LITRE 750ml 750ml 750ml 750ml

750ml 2750ml LITRE

$6.99

$9.99 MONTANABANROCK SAV MONTANA BANROCK ANGOVES LONG Thursday nights - APL PokerIndependent. 7.30pm each WYNDHAM BIN PREECE RANGE SAV Competitive GIESEN ANGOVES LONG each PREECE RANGE Local. Local. Independent. Competitive Price. BLANC Price. BLANC STATION 2lt

ROW RANGE 750ml MARLBOROUGH SAV

750ml

750ml

STATION ROW RANGE2lt RANGE

750ml

750ml CASK SPECIALS VALID UNTIL 6/07/09 SPECIALS VALID UNTIL 6/07/09 750ml CASK 750ml Sunday, Tuesday & Thursday 750ml 750ml BLANC SAV BANROCK 2Baldwin for StMONTANA 2Stfor BLANC STATION Golden Beach Tavern Cnr Baldwin & Bowman Rd, Caloundra Golden Beach - Cnr8300 & Bowman Rd, Caloundra 5492 83002lt - pool comp 8.30pm 750mlTavern5492 CASK $25 750ml $25 Golden Cellars - Shop B4 Stockland Centre, Caloundra 5491-8444 Golden Cellars Shop B4 Stockland Centre, Caloundra 5491 8444 2 for

Villagebox Cellars - Shop 5 Ormuz Village Centre, Caloundra 5438 18615 Ormuz Village Centre, Village Cellars - Shop $25Caloundra 5438 1861 Sundays - free poolSalty& Dog juke $12.99 $12.99 $13.99 $13.99 Cellars - Shop 1, 1802 David Low Way, Beach Phone SaltyCoolum Dog Cellars - Shop 1,5446 18025105 David Low Way, Coolum Beach Phone 5446 5105

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Salty Dog Cellars - Shop 5, 21 South Rd, Coolum Beach-each Phone 5446 4599 Coolum Rd, Dog Cellars Shop 5,each 21 South Phone 5446 each each eachCoolumSalty each 4599 eachCoolum Beach each each each each 750ml 2 LITRE LITRE 750ml 750ml Drive, Eumundi Phone each Imperial Hotel - Memorial 5442 8609 Imperial Hotel -2Memorial Drive, Eumundi Phone 5442 8609 2 LITRE 750ml 750ml 750ml 750ml 750ml 750ml - Emerald Street, Cooroy Phone 5447 Emerald Cellars - Emerald Street, Cooroy Phone 5447Cellars 7599 Emerald 7599 ANGOVES LONG PREECE RANGE Village Cellars - Corner Elm and Diamond Streets, 5442 6911 VillageCooroy CellarsPhone - Corner Elm and Diamond Phone 5442 6911 ROW RANGE 750mlStreets, Cooroy ANGOVES LONG ANGOVES LONG

PREECE RANGE

PREECE RANGE

CLANCY’S RED WINE CASK Competitive Local. Independent. Competitive Price. ROW RANGE ROW RANGE 750mlWWW.DUNCANS.COM.AU 750ml Local. STANLEY Independent. Price. Tieri Hotel Motel WWW.DUNCANS.COM.AU 4ltr Cask OR WHITE SPECIALS VALID UNTIL 6/07/09

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Tuesdays - Pool comp, great prizes Golden Beach Tavern - Cnr Baldwin St & Bowman Rd, Caloundra 5492 8300

750ml

750ml

2 for $7.99

Golden Beach Tavern - Cnr Baldwin St &$11.99 Bowman Rd, Caloundra 5492 8300 each each

$24

Golden Cellars - Shop B4 Stockland Centre,Golden Caloundra 5491- Shop 8444 B4 Stockland Centre, Caloundra 5491 8444 Cellars Fridays - Juke box nightVillage Cellars - Shop 5 Ormuz Village Centre, Caloundra 1861 Village Cellars5438 - Shop 5 Ormuz Village Centre, Caloundra 5438 1861 750ml

Saturdays - Live in the evening

750ml

Independent. Competitive $12.99 $12.99 Salty Dog Cellars - Shop 1,$11.99 1802 David Low Salty Way, Coolum Beach Phone 5446Local. 5105 Low $7.99 $7.99 Dog Cellars - $11.99 Shop 1, 1802 David Way, Coolum Beach Phone 5446Price. 5105 VALID UNTIL 6/07/09 entertainment Salty Dog Cellars - Shop 5, 21 South CoolumSalty Rd, Coolum Beach Phone 5446 4599Coolum Rd,SPECIALS each each Dog Cellars - Shop 5,each 21 South Coolum Beach Phone 5446 4599 each each each

Beach Tavern - Cnr Baldwin St & Bowman Rd, Caloundra 5492 8300 750ml 4 ltrs GoldenDrive, 750ml Imperial Hotel - Memorial 5442 8609 Imperial Hotel -750ml Memorial Eumundi Phone 5442 8609 750ml 750ml Drive, Eumundi Phone Golden Cellars - Shop B4 Stockland Centre, Caloundra 5491 8444 Emerald Cellars - Emerald Street, Cooroy Phone 5447Cellars 7599 - Emerald Village Cellars -Cooroy Shop 5 Ormuz Village5447 Centre, 7599 Caloundra 5438 1861 Emerald Street, Phone Salty Dog Cellars - Shop 1, 1802 David Low Way, Coolum Beach Phone 5446 5105 Village Cellars - Corner Elm and Diamond Streets, Cooroy Phone 5442 6911 Village Cellars - Corner Elm and Diamond Streets, Cooroy Phone 5442 6911

Sundays - family day in the bistro Independent. Local. Independent. Local. Competitive Price.Competitive Price. WWW.DUNCANS.COM.AU SPECIALS VALID UNTIL 6/07/09 SPECIALS VALID UNTIL 6/07/09 - free ice-cream and soft drink WWW.DUNCANS.COM.AU Promotion starts 12/4/10 andWWW.DUNCANS.COM.AU ends 25/4/10 with every kids meal ordered Beach Tavern - Cnr Baldwin St & Bowman Rd, Caloundra 5492 8300 Golden Beach Tavern - Cnr Baldwin Golden St & Bowman Rd, Caloundra 5492 8300

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- Shop B48444 Stockland Centre, Caloundra 5491 8444 Golden Cellars - Shop B4 Stockland Golden Centre,Cellars Caloundra 5491 Village Cellars - Shop5438 5 Ormuz Village Cellars - Shop 5 Ormuz Village Centre, Caloundra 1861Village Centre, Caloundra 5438 1861 Salty Dog Cellars - Shop 1, 1802 David Way, Coolum Beach Phone 5446 5105 Salty Dog Cellars - Shop 1, 1802 David Low Way, Coolum Beach Phone 5446Low 5105 DogRd, Cellars - Shop 5, 21 South5446 Coolum Salty Dog Cellars - Shop 5, 21 SouthSalty Coolum Coolum Beach Phone 4599Rd, Coolum Beach Phone 5446 4599 Imperial Hotel5442 - Memorial Imperial Hotel - Memorial Drive, Eumundi Phone 8609 Drive, Eumundi Phone 5442 8609 Emerald Cellars Emerald Cellars - Emerald Street, Cooroy Phone 5447- Emerald 7599 Street, Cooroy Phone 5447 7599 VillageStreets, Cellars Cooroy - CornerPhone Elm and Diamond Village Cellars - Corner Elm and Diamond 5442 6911 Streets, Cooroy Phone 5442 6911

Our Venues are your home away from home. WWW.DUNCANS.COM.AU WWW.DUNCANS.COM.AU

The Blackwater Hotel Motel 16 Railway St, Blackwater Qld, 4717

Ph: 4982 5133

The Jolly Collier Hotel Motel Queen Elizabeth Drive, Dysart Qld, 4745

Ph: 49 58 1155

The Coal & Cattle Hotel Motel 63 Dawson Hwy, Moura Qld 4709

Ph: 49 971 511

Visit us at: www.cqhg.com.au

Tieri Brolga Hotel Motel

Booking No: 1300 CQHOTELS or call your nearest outlet direct

11 Malvern Avenue, Tieri Qld 4709

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MONEY MATTERS 84th EDITION. 2010

Keep your motoring running...

STRANDED: The RACQ says regular car services could mean less time spent on the side of the road

DON’T let the car go without a service because you’re on a tight budget - that’s the warning from the peak motoring group the RACQ.

The RACQ has launched a community service campaign to highlight the importance of regular vehicle maintenance - even when money is tight and

you are looking to trim things from the family budget. “In the long run keeping a car running smoothly and identifying problems early could save motorists big money,” said the RACQ’s Steve Spalding. “Putting off a regular service is a false economy.” “Ideally motorists should have their car serviced according to the maker’s recommendations set out in the vehicle’s log book.” He warned that drivers should never wait to see if that “funny noise or flashing light” went away on its own. “In situations like these the vehicle should be checked out immediately,” Mr Spalding said. It was particularly important to have a vehicle checked by the RACQ or other professional mechanic before going on a driving holiday. “The few dollars you spend getting it fixed could prevent you from spending your holidays on the side of the road,” Mr Spalding said. Mr Spalding also has some advice for

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people looking to buy a new car. He said the all-inclusive or “drive away” prices now featured on many car maker websites are helpful for buyers but should not be taken as the best prices on offer. “The new online price calculator, created for the automotive industry in partnership with the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, provides a useful guide for car buyers,” Mr Spalding said. The calculator includes different state and federal taxes, dealership and insurance charges. “But consumers need to bear in mind that these so-called drive-away prices are, for want of a better expression, ‘full retail’.” “They still need to shop around with dealers to see what’s on offer and resort to good old haggling to buy at the best price.” Mr Spalding said buyers should continue to pay close attention to the final driveaway price when signing a contract. “They should also remember to consider any trade-in will still affect the changeover price and again negotiate the best deal possible for their old vehicle,” Mr Spalding said.


MONEY MATTERS 84th EDITION. 2010

Holiday houses recover after GFC

THE value of beach houses along the Queensland coast is stabilising after the turbulence created by the global financial crisis in 2009, according to property valuers Herron Todd White (HTW). As most of us know, the humble holiday home of our childhood is no longer a cheap getaway for the extended family at Christmas time.

These days a “shack” on the Central Queensland coast, can be worth more than the value of your every day home. However, HTW says the weekend getaway can be one of the real estate classes most vulnerable to a change in the economy. “When the future looks bleak, the market for holiday homes and units can turn both dramatically and at pace, “ HTW said

in its latest “month in review” report. “Similarly, when incomes are high and confidence strong, this market can suddenly seem to become inaccessible to a large sector of potential buyers.” So what is it going to cost you to get that beach house at the moment? Well, not surprisingly, it depends on where you had in mind. For a beach house in one of the many small seaside hamlets to the north and south of Mackay, HTW says you are looking at anything from almost $300,000 to the better part of a million, depending on the house and its location. “One of the larger beachside communities is the Seaforth, Haliday Bay and Balls Bay region, located approximately 46 kilometres north of Mackay,” the HTW report said. “This popular beach and fishing area has had a fairly stable market over the last few years.” Houses in Seaforth start around the high $200,000s and sales have been recorded up to $800,000 for good quality esplanade properties. Further south at Gladstone and the price for holiday houses has soared over the last 5 years. For example, sales of houses on the southern end of Curtis Island in the popu-

lar communites of “South End” and “Quoin Island” have more than doubled since 2005. According to HTW there were seven sales in that year with a median price of $215,000. In 2009 there were four sales with a median price of more than $500,000 although one of those sales was a resort that would have pushed the median up. This year, there has just been the one sale so far for $340,000. However in Sydney - arguably Australia’s financial capital - the global financial crisis has hammered the prestige holiday house market. Values fell by more than a quarter as the GFC slashed wages and asset values for many of Australia’s corporate high flyers. To the north of Sydeny, and the Palm Beach area entry level for a holiday home with views now starts at around $2.5 million and can go as high as $15 million, according to HTW. The area’s holiday home market suffered heavily during the GFC, with beach houses the first assets sold off by people looking for cash flow. “The market was flooded with these homes during the GFC, with value levels dropping up to 25 per cent in this area,” the report said.

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