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CHINATOWN THE largest influx of Chinese miners into Australia since the gold rush could be about to begin if Waratah Coal’s China First project gets off the ground. During the 1860s gold rush more than 40,000 Chinese arrived in Australia - a third of the mining workforce and more than three per cent of the entire Australian population at the time. Now, with the Chinese signaling they’ll invest $7.5 billion to develop the untapped Galilee Basin, the small central Queensland town of Alpha could be about to experience an extraordinary cultural change. Under the current deal being negotiated by the the owner of Waratah Coal Clive Palmer, virtually all the engineering work and the lion’s share of the mining process would be undertaken by Chinese. The Metallurgical Corporation of China would be the primary mining and construction contractor, with three other Chinese businesses listed as the sub contractors. According to Phil McNamara, managing director of Waratah Coal, the massive project would be almost exclusively built, operated and designed by the Chinese - but under Australian supervision. “We will need to make sure everything is done to Australian standards,” he told a conference in Mackay recently. “There will be a high level of input from Australian engineers, but the bulk of the heavy structures will come from China.” Mr McNamara said that given the sheer number of engineers required for the project - and the current skills shortage in Australia they would need to look at other options.

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IF you haven’t read an article on the mining industry over the past fortnight - or seen a TV news story or heard something about it on the radio - then you must be living under a rock. Everywhere you turn, someone is talking about something to do with the industry - and if you live in CQ chances are it is the big players doing the talking. Both the Deputy Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader were in central Queensland last week. While Julia Gillard was here to announce the federal government will extend it apprentice bonus scheme for employers, not surprisingly she spent a lot of her time talking about the new super profits tax. Tony Abbott was also out canvassing in the marginal seat of Flynn with the LNP’s new candidate. The big action was happening elsewhere - mining chief executives were

meeting treasury officials about the new tax, and quietly behind closed doors the final polishes were being put on the miners’ joint bid to buy Queensland Rail’s tracks. All the hoop-la surrounding the sell off of QR has died down of late, as the mining sector has grappled to deal with the new tax - but behind the scenes the industry’s bid for the coal tracks has continued. Former New South Wales Premier Nick Greiner is spearheading the group of 13 miners who are expected to put their money where their mouth is sometime this week. Mr Greiner has said the bid will rival the IPO, which is estimated to raise somewhere in the vicinity of $3 billion. If it does, it will be interesting to see the reaction of the Treasurer Andrew Fraser who has, so far, dismissed the miners as “bluffing� in regards to their plans of an offer.

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Councils want first dibs at royalties AS the politicking over the proposed super profits mining tax intensifies - with daily reports emerging of projects on hold as the government and miners battle it out - councils have weighed in with their demands. No longer content to be the poor man’s cousin during the resources boom, councils in the mining belt of central Queensland want direct access to royalties generated by mining companies. Under the current system, royalties fill the state government coffers - and it is up to the Treasurer to decide how the money is spent and where. But councils met in Brisbane last week for a Royalties for the Regions Workshop, and at the time of print were considering demanding Queensland adopt Western Australia’s system. In WA, a percentage of the royalties is automatically set aside for local councils in the regions where the mining actually takes place. Whitsunday mayor Mike Brunker told ABC radio he wanted to be able to negotiate deals directly with the mining companies involved. “I have to go to the coordinator-general and ask with a cap-in-hand and say,

‘please can you ask this mining company for a water treatment plant or a sewerage treatment plant’ - it’s not right,” Cr Brunker said. “We should be able to negotiate that with the company before the lease is even granted.” He said councils are better versed than the state government at knowing exactly what sort of pressure mining will create in their towns. “In Collinsville, when the mines open up there, the traditional owners - rightfully so sit around the table and get their requirements met,” Cr Brunker said. “Yet, as a mayor of a community, I have to go to the coordinator-general and ask him politely in the EIS [environmental impact statement] process, could he ask the mining company to provide infrastructure for us”. “Clearly, that’s not right.” Meanwhile, the war of words over the super profits tax continues between the government and the resources companies. In the past fortnight, Xstrata, Fortescue Metals and Oz Minerals have all announced the proposed tax means some of their future projects will go on hold until the outcome is known. BHP Billiton has launched a series of

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shareholders meetings to warn investors about what they say are the dangers of the tax, and the Australian Workers Union has retaliated to all of this with an advertising campaign attacking the mining companies and accusing them of scare tactics. Mining chiefs at BHP and Rio Tinto met Treasury officials for talks last week, and central Queensland has played host to visiting politicians including the Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the Opposition Leader Tony Abbott. Mr Abbott said there was widespread concern among workers in Gladstone about the new tax. “Particularly from the subcontractors and others who depend upon the mining industry for work,” he told ABC radio. “Now there’s been pretty strong work in the sector over the last few years but any slowdown in the expansion obviously poses a serious risk to livelihoods.”

But speaking to local media in Mackay Ms Gillard said jobs would not be compromised. “I can understand there’s a lot of confusion out there and where there’s confusion you’d expect people to express concern,” Ms Gillard said. “Confronted with change it’s always easy for people to be concerned but when (people know) the details it’s nowhere near as concerning as people might think.” The resources sector wants the government to scale back the tax rate, which is proposed at 40 per cent, and push up the profit threshold at which it kicks in - currently it is proposed at six per cent. The resources companies have an ally in the Queensland Premier Anna Bligh, who discuss her concerns with the Treasurer Wayne Swan next week. *For the QRC’s perspective on the super profits tax turn to page 26

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Miners to put QR bid on the table FAST NEWS QUIETLY, and behind closed doors, a consortium of mining companies has been putting together a bid to rival the share sale of Queensland Rail. When the group first approached the Premier and the Treasurer about making an offer several months ago, they were told very clearly that the state government was not interested. The Treasurer Andrew Fraser has repeatedly said the IPO of the coal track and freight business will go ahead in the September quarter, and that he believed the coal companies were only bluffing. But former New South Wales premier Nick Greiner, who is heading the group now known as the Queensland Coal Industry Rail Group (QCIRG), has made it perfectly clearly they are not bluffing. Later this week he is expected to lay the group’s cards on the table and reveal an offer he says will rival the windfall of the IPO conservatively estimated at about $3 billion. Mr Greiner told Sky Business the bid has to be comparable. “Nobody would expect the Queensland government is going to take a less valuable outcome than they can get,” he said.

The coal companies are only interested in buying the tracks, but not the “above track” component of the deal the government is pushing which includes the trains and freight business. Mr Greiner said the QCIRG was in discussions with the Australian Rail Track Corporation - which currently manages the track system in other states. He said he expected it would be a part of the group’s bid for QR. Meanwhile, Asciano - which is also opposed to the sell off of QR - has applied through the National Competition Council to have access to the rail network in Queensland brought under federal control. If successful, it would mean the company and others like it would have the right to negotiate access to the track with the service provider.

“If track access is declared it will create uncertainty not just for the float, but for access pricing and it could take up to 12 months before a final outcome is known,” Asciano chief executive Mark Rowsthorn told the Australian newspaper. But the Treasurer said the move won’t affect the timing of the float, and the government is satisfied there is already a strong and robust rail access regime administered by the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA). In fact, Mr Fraser said the government had itself already sought certification of the regime through the NCC. “We will also be announcing a range of regulatory enhancements to the QCA’s rail access regime that will be the subject of legislation to be introduced in the postBudget sitting.”

“Later this week he is expected to lay the group’s cards on the table and reveal an offer he says will rival the windfall of the IPO - conservatively estimated at about $3 billion.”

Apprentice incentives still on offer THE federal government has extended its bonus scheme for another six months for employers who put on apprentices in areas where there is a skills shortage. Last summer, around 24,400 apprenticeship positions were granted in three months under the Apprentice Kickstart program. Over the next six months the Government will more than triple the commencement bonus from $1,500 to $4,800 for small and medium businesses for each apprentice they take on. The Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard made the announcement at Gregory Crinum mine last week.

FIRST HAND: Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard and local MP Chris Trevor meet apprentices at Gregory Crinum mine

She, alongside the Member for Flynn Chris Trevor, met mechanical and electrical apprentices working on the site.

The funding is part a $600 million package to tackle the skills shortage, which includes a $200 million investment fund to partner with industry and provide up to 39,000 new training places in areas like the resources sector that don’t have enough skilled workers. “Pre-apprenticeship training and extra support during an apprenticeship are central to making sure young Australians stick with their training and move into secure, long-term careers,” Mr Trevor said. “Increasing the number of apprentices will also help us meet the demand for a skilled and dynamic workforce.”

Fight for Flynn

The political fight for the marginal seat of Flynn in central Queensland has begun in full earnest. Last week, the Opposition Leader Tony Abbott was in Gladstone with the newly endorsed LNP candidate Ken O’Dowd talking primarily about the new super profits tax on mining. The next day it was Resources Minister Martin Ferguson’s turn to kick a footy round with sitting Labor MP Chris Trevor. The pair announced funding for a swag of sporting facility upgrades in the region. .....................................................................

ABC denies rural cuts Nationals Senator Barnaby Joyce set the cat among the pigeons last week when he announced the ABC could be planning to axe two rural and resources reporter positions from regional Queensland and New South Wales. Senator Joyce said the two jobs in the firing line were Mackay and Lismore, and the cuts were as a result of a $500,000 funding shortfall. But the ABC says while it is reviewing its rural programming as part of the budget process, no final decisions have been made. .....................................................................

Ready for work The Mackay Area Industry Network (MAIN) is encouraging local businesses suffering from the current skills shortage to employ graduates from the Skilling Queensland For Work Program. The program is designed to make people “work ready” and helps link businesses workers with the right qualifications they need. The graduates have already undergone Certificate II in engineering training, which is useful for apprenticeships in local industry. It also means the cost of training is considerably less for employers, and the apprentice won’t have to leave work for a six week TAFE block. .....................................................................

Fortescue on hold Fortescue Metals has put its $17 billion expansions plans in Western Australia on hold because of the proposed super profits tax. It puts 30,000 jobs on the line, and the man at the helm Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest says it is because they will not be able to secure funding in the current climate. Treasurer Wayne Swan does not seem perturbed by continuous stream of projects going on hold - he says it is to be expected and is all part of the negotiations process.

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Chinese future for the Galilee Basin New library helps with autism “When we talk about engineers in Australia we talk about hundreds - in China they talk in thousands,” he said. “For other workers like welders, if the skills shortage means you can’t get them locally, you need to look at other options.” He made the comments at a conference attended by about 150 mining and industry business leaders hosted by the Mackay Area Industry Network. Mr McNamara also outlined the staggering dimensions of the proposed coal development. Waratah Coal and its Chinese partners intend to develop a coal mining complex that will include four underground longwall mines, and two open cut coal mines that will collectively produce nearly 40 million tonnes of blended thermal coal a year. Mr McNamara says the Galilee Basin is extremely stable in comparison to the Bowen Basin and less interruptions to the coal seam means previously unheard of longwall mining processes are being considered. Mr McNamara flagged plans to install long-

wall miners nearly half a kilometre long, working on coal “blocks” up to 7 kilometres in length. To put that in layman’s terms, they plan to be cutting and removing coal from an uninterrupted underground coal face seven thousand metres in length. If achieved, that will rewrite the record books for longwall mining, and will also mean the mine will need to have a prodigious power supply, and would become one of the largest electricity users in Queensland. The other infrastructure plans are equally staggering. It is proposed there would be an accommodation complex for more than 6000 miners and a 500 kilometre strip of brand new heavy haul gauge railway built from scratch linking the mine to Abbot Point. Workers would fly in and out of the site in a jumbo jet, and would drink water piped 50 kilometres from the Belyando River. These are just some of the many and enormously expensive infrastructure plans if the project gets the go-ahead.

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FAMILIES in Moranbah who have children with Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism now have access to important resources through the establishment of a resources library. In 2009, BMA’s Peak Downs, Goonyella Riverside and Broadmeadow Mines donated $2,500 to the Coalfields Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Support Group. The group has used the funds to establish a resource library for parents and children containing books, games and DVDs.

Coalfields ASD Support Group Member Lisa Corica said the resource library provided vital tools for local parents raising children with Autism or Asperger’s. “These resources will help families to understand these disorders and also assist them educate their children,” Lisa said. The resource library was established at the Advanced Business College in Moranbah in April. “The library is already a success with many families coming in and borrowing the resources,” Lisa said. BMA’s Broadmeadow Mine General Manager Ben Armitage said BMA was very pleased to provide such practical assistance to the Coalfields ASD Support Group and the families they help. “Managing conditions like Asperger’s or Autism can be very difficult and we are pleased that these families now have access to a range of resources right here in Moranbah,” Ben said. The resource library is open weekdays between 9am and 5pm and resources can be borrowed free of charge. NEW RESOURCE: Coalfields ASD Support Group Members Patrick Dodd and Lisa Corica show BMA’s Broadmeadow mine general manager Ben Armitage the new resource library


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Moranbah mums spoiled Happy MORANBAH mums had a special treat for Mother’s Day- with prep students presenting an amazing circus performance complete with lions, ponies, dancing girls, clowns and a strong man. Prep class EB at Moranbah State School handed their mums specially made pink crowns for them to wear as they performed their show. The Prep class CS and CN joined together to offer their mothers a make over, pam-

per session and mini concert. The children used shaving cream and paddle pop sticks to shave their mum’s legs, and gave invigorating shoulder massages. By the end of the morning, the mothers looked very glamorous indeed, with brightly painted fingernails, shiny lip gloss and fashionable hand made jewellery. [Photos contributed by Tina Daniel]

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birthday Gregory Crinum! THIRTY is a milestone in anyone’s book. To celebrate 30 years since it began production, BMA’s Gregory Crinum mine put on a party for 3000 of its closest mates. The AgGrow site at Emerald was full of families having fun on the show rides, going under cover with the help of face paint and petting some little ones at Max and Millie’s New MacDonald’s Farm. The Central Highlands Childrens Choir entertained the crowd before the official presentations, where Gregory Crinum’s general manager said he was proud to mark the mine’s 30th year. “Honouring our longest servicing employees was a special moment,� he said. “It was such a please experience to share our celebrations with the community and from all the feedback during the night, it was certainly enjoyed and appreciated by all.� And who couldn’t enjoy and appreciate a fantastic fire works display - and the showcase of the night Joe Camilleri and The Black Sorrows?

The crowd had already been warmed up by the Pink Tribute Show and The Choir Boys so they were more than ready to let their hair down by the time The Black Sorrows started up. There was plenty of dancing before celebrations wrapped up around midnight.

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SILVER SPIKE MUSCLES FOR HIRE IT’S a competition from a bygone era but it’s still hotly contested. According to QR, it’s Silver Spike competition - now in its 19th year - is a showcase of speed, strength and stamina. It’s certainly not for the faint hearted: teams of seven race the clock to lay 13 metres of track by hand and then drive a pump car along the finished product. For the first time this year every competitor will be involved in a community project at the towns hosting the regional finals, Emerald, Cloncurry and Toowoomba. The recent Toowoomba regional final saw the competitors landscape a new outdoor are for the Endeavour Foundation’s Hoepper House, which is home to people living with a disability. They also spent time regenerating bushland in the region. QR is now calling on community groups in Emerald and Cloncurry to come up with some projects the competitors can work on when they compete at the North and Central Queensland regional finals in June. “This is a golden opportunity for community groups to nominate a project and put our guys to work for the benefit of the

a very worthy cause.” Back to the competition itself, and speed and accuracy are two crucial ingredients for success. “To win, it’s not simply enough to beat the clock, time penalties are in place to make sure the teams perform the work in a safe manner,” said Mr Cooper. Ross Arnold works for QR in Barcaldine and has been involved in the Silver Spike for many years. “Iy’s just that team spirit which sucks you in,” he said. “Once you go in it and compete in it it’s something you take away with you forever, it’s really hard manual work and it’s work we’re not used to, but it is really good fun.” “We train as much as we can, and we try and psych each other out.”. Once the regional finals have been won, the three winning teams go head to head in the grand final in Brisbane at the Ekka in August. Mr Cooper encouraged people to get along and watch the event. “These competitors are ordinary blokes who work very hard for QR,” he said. “Watching the pump car race along the rails in the final seconds is very exciting and you can’t help but get caught up in the moment.”

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entire community,” said QR services executive general manager Lindsay Cooper. “it could be a local community centre which needs some maintenance, or a park urgently needing an upgrade, we have the

manpower to get the job done.” “The Silver Spike teams lift 3000 kilograms of equipment by hand in every race, so they’re certainly handy with tools and manual labour which they can contribute to

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What’s your name? Donna Thompson               Where are you from?   The Central Coast, NSW   What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?  I had to spend two days at a Garden Expo trying to sell bird watching cameras -  it was kind of funny....   How do you spend your Sundays?  Mostly relaxing by reading magazines and watching movies with a snack or two   What’s the worst date you’ve ever been on?   Went out to dinner with some guy and when it came to paying the bill he waited till we got to the counter and made a big scene saying he forgot his Eftpos card so I had to pay for it.   It was so embarrassing because everyone in the place heard and we all shaking their heads at me.  I later found out he did have his card with him after all.   What miners do you prefer – underground or open cut?   Open cut!   What is the sexiest thing about mining:    a. the reflective gear b. the coal dust c. the hard hats d. all of the above D - All of the above

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SPECIAL FEATURE

SURAT UNDER Wandoan puts Alpha in the shade DESPITE its concern over the proposed super profits tax, Xstrata Coal is pushing ahead with its plan to develop the biggest thermal coal mine in Australia. While the likes of Clive Palmer - Queensland’s richest man - have been happy to make front page news promoting their mega mines at Alpha, Xstrata Coal has been busily working behind the scenes on plans for a coal mine, that in production terms, is goliath. Not only is the proposed Wandoan Coal venture at a far more advanced stage, and with less infrastructure constraints than any of the Alpha projects, but it already has progressed a long way through its regulatory requirements. According to the executive general manager for the Wandoan Project, Stephen Bridger, Xstrata is ready to respond to a massive spike in demand for thermal coal. “Currently there is about a 600 million tonne market for seaborne thermal coal in the world,” he told the Surat Basin conference. “We see that doubling in the next 10 years.” “When you go through and look at where the existing coal supply is going to come from, you see that there is a lot of existing basins around the world, that while they can make brown field expansions, they are operating in declining or terminating resources.” “That means there is a further couple of hundred million tonnes of coal supply being turned off over that 10 years as well.” “We have gone through and done global rankings of places in Russia, Indonesia, Mozambique, Mongolia etc, together with ranking the Surat Basin with the Galilee and Gunnedah Basin in New South Wales.” “And if it [the Surat Basin] is not first, then we believe it is equal first.” Like the massive Alpha projects, the Wandoan project will redefine large

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scale coal mining in Australia. The initial plan is to develop an open cut drag-line mine capable of producing 30 million tonnes of coal a year. More impressive still is the fact that Stage 2 of the development could take annual production from the mine to 100 million tonnes. The coal in the deposit is so close to the surface that the strip ratio is just three to one, meaning for every bit of coal they extract they will only need to clear away three bits of dirt. In the initial phase of the mine, Xstrata will build a huge coal handling and preparation plant capable of handling nearly 6000 tonnes of coal an hour. They plan to load a 10,000 tonne train in two hours. More than 3000 construction jobs will be created while the mine is being built and there will be 1800 permanent jobs when the mine is running - and that’s not including Stage 2. However like Alpha, the Wandoan project has significant infrastructure requirements, not least of which is the construction of 210 kilometres of railway line to take the coal to port. Unlike Alpha however, a body has already been set up to develop the rail line called the Surat Basin Rail Corporation, whose partners are Xstrata, Queensland Rail and the Australia Transport and Energy Corridor. Mr Bridger told the conference he was confident that all these issues will be sorted by Christmas. “We are targeting to have all our bankable feasibility deliverables including the mining lease in place by the end of 2010, which will assist us over a three-year construction period to target first coal in 2014, again subject to review in respect of the RSPT,” he said. Beyond the rail lines, Xstrata also needs to upgrade port facilities so it can handle

the increased output. Within its current plan is an upgrade of the Wiggins Island Coal Terminal in Gladstone, and more controversially, the construction of a whole new coal handling facility in the area currently known as Port Alma - 50 kilometres south of Rockhampton. Just last week the construction of that 35 million tonne per annum port was granted “significant status” by the co-ordinator general.

However, despite the massive steps forward, Mr Bridger acknowledged there are still many mountains to climb before the Surat Basin’s biggest mine becomes a reality. “It is the first time more than half of our costs are coal chain costs,” he said. “The coal chains costs in opening up the Surat Basin are pretty much triple those in Blackwater and the Hunter Valley.” “While the low strip ratios and draglines help mitigate those costs, there is an urgent need to optimise the engineering solutions, and drive the costs down.”

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What’s going on in the Surat Basin? A conference in Brisbane last week discussed some of the coal and gas plans for the region. Shift Miner Magazine went along to find out the latest developments

THE SPOTLIGHT

QRC supports new access rules THE Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has conceded the behaviour of a small minority of exploration companies has led to the souring of relations with farmers in the Surat Basin. However, QRC chief executive Michael Roche has rejected claims that new exploration access laws introduced into state parliament last week, were a knee-jerk reaction to a recent 60 Minutes story about leaking gas heads in the Surat Basin. Speaking at the Surat Basin Coal and Energy Conference in Brisbane last week, Mr Roche said nonetheless the new laws should be welcomed. “The government should be congratulated for its new laws, clarifying the rights of landholders on the one hand, and mineral and coal seam gas explorers on the other,” he said. “The legislation has come about as a result of a lengthy consultation process,

overseen at the highest levels of Minister Robertson’s department.” “This [accord] is not as some people have claimed, a knee jerk reaction to a TV report on Sunday night.” “The report, I might add, which was much anticipated came third in the program slot to Jessica Watson’s feats and Harry Kewell in his undies.” According to Mr Roche the core elements of the new legislation are that mining companies will have to demonstrate their compliance with a new code of conduct for accessing rural properties. While mining companies will still not be required to discuss compensation before preliminary exploration, they will be required to formally address the issue with landholders prior to any advanced exploration access. A standardised agreement will also be developed to make sure that both parties’ rights are clearly understood.

Announcing the accord in parliament, the Mines Minister Stephen Robertson said it was about providing certainty to all stakeholders about their respective rights and responsibilities when it comes to land access. “The resource and agricultural sectors are the backbone of the rural and regional Queensland economy and their co-existence is critical to the long term economic prosperity of the State,” he said. “The coal seam gas (CSG) industry has major potential to create job and investment in Queensland which is why we must get the balance right between supporting this growing industry and protecting valu-

able farmland, ground water supplies, and the environment generally.” “The growth of this industry in areas not previously touched by the mining industry presents new challenges for the affected communities, and the government is committed to ensuring the rights of landholders are protected.” The Minister also took the opportunity to address concerns about leaking coal seam gas well heads across the Surat Basin. He has ordered the state’s CSG producers to fully audit their operations to ensure their gas wells and equipment meet appropriate health and safety standards. They will also be required to do a complete inspection and risk assessment of all existing well-heads and provide a report to government on the results.

“The government should be congratulated for its new laws, clarifying the rights of landholders on the one hand, and mineral and coal seam gas explorers on the other.”

Gassing for a fight in the Surat Basin THE next phase in the development of the Surat Basin could see gas companies turning on each other, as competition for Queensland’s energy resources heats up. Currently exploration permits for coal, coal seam gas (CSG) and underground coal gasification sites are often overlapping and in competition. That means a resource that might be viable for underground gasification today, may never be developed because it is being held by someone waiting for it to become viable for another mining process. According to Cougar Energy’s Len Walker, this is going to be a problem in the Surat Basin where the vast majority of tenements are held by companies in the CSG industry. Underground gasification involves the burning of stranded coal deposits where they sit beneath the surface, and then using the gas that is created to generate

power above ground. Dr Walker says there is likely to be a lot of coal deposits currently held by CSG companies that will never be viable for coal seam gas but could be used for underground coal gasification. “If you take a block of coal and it has coal seam gas in it, the total amount of energy in that block represented by the coal seam gas is only about 5 per cent,” he said. “By contrast, the use of underground coal gasification which converts the coal to usable gas, results in about 75 per cent of the energy being available at the surface.” “What that means is that if a power station requires 20 petajoules of energy per annum to produce 400 mega watts of power, coal seam gas requires 15 times the land area as underground coal gasification.” He told the conference this quandary is at the heart of a current debate in the gas industry.

“Currently exploration permits for coal, coal seam gas (CSG) and underground coal gasification sites are often overlapping and in competition.” Page 13 - Shift Miner Magazine, 24th May 2010


CQ BUSINESS 87th EDITION. 2010

Need to know... Injured workers CONNORS RIVER DAM FOUNDATION CUSTOMERS SunWater is expecting strong demand for water from the proposed Connors River Dam because of increased mining activity within the Galilee and Bowen Basins. Foundation Customers are being called to reserve their water allocations from the $824 million project. The annual yield for the dam will be 49,5000ML, and foundation customers will be able to secure lower prices. SunWater says it has already had enquiries from interested parties - construction of the dam is expected mid to late next year, with water available in 2014. PEABODY TURNED DOWN Queenslander Macarthur Coal has rejected US giant Peabody Energy’s revised take over bid. Peabody dropped $250 million off its valuation for Macarthur, when it revised its offer from $16/share down to $15/share earlier this month. It blamed the proposed “super profits” tax and the due diligence process as the reasons for lowering the bid. In a statement, Macarthur said its board had formed the view that “based on the price

and the conditions of the proposal” that is could not be recommended to shareholders.

GEOTHERMAL ENERGY ROCKS The Geological Survey of Queensland has begun drilling holes five kilometres deep along the central Queensland coast to analyse whether the region could be used for geothermal energy production. The Queensland Government will spend $5 million on the project to find regions with high geothermal heat flow close to existing electricity transmission lines. In simple terms, geothermal energy works by converting water to steam for power generation by pumping it through hot rocks below ground. STANMORE WISHING AT WANDOAN Stanmore Coal has nearly doubled the amount of JORC inferred resources it has at its coal tenements just south of Wandoan. The managing director of Stanmore, Nick Jorss, told the Surat Basin Conference in Brisbane last week that the company was horrendously undervalued by the share market. They will be hoping this latest announcement brings investors around to their way of thinking.

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back on the job HAVE you - or someone you know - been injured at work but have now recovered and are back on the job? Nominations for Q-COMP’S Return to work Awards are open, and this year they are particularly looking for more miners and industry workers to apply. What are the awards? “The Return to work Awards are providing the industry with the opportunity it deserves to promote new initiatives in helping injured workers return to work and recognising the parties who are going above and beyond in this process throughout Queensland,” said Q-COMP’s CEO Elizabeth Woods. “Q-COMP would like to see a greater representation of innovation and excellence from the resource industry this year

and I would like to urge Queenslanders to nominate themselves or someone who they know deserves recognition for the outstanding work they do.” Nominations close Friday July 2nd and each finalist is recognised with a certificate, and the winners of the nine categories receive up to $2000 in prize money. Queensland’s Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick said the awards recognise some of the state’s safest businesses and are a great opportunity for workplaces to showcase their safety initiatives and be proud of their achievements. “The awards provide a platform for businesses to share their safety solutions with one another and contribute towards a zero harm at work culture,” Mr Dick said.

“Q-COMP would like to see a greater representation of innovation and excellence from the resource industry this year and I would like to urge Queenslanders to nominate themselves or someone who they know deserves recognition for the outstanding work they do.”

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Independent. Price. STUBBIES Competitive $38 Golden $25 $25 Beach Tavern - Cnr Baldwin St & Bowman Rd, Caloundra 5492 8300 SPECIALS VALID UNTIL 6/07/09 Golden Beach Tavern - Cnr Baldwin St & Bowman Rd, Caloundra 5492 8300 CALOUNDRA WWW.DUNCANS.COM.AU Golden CellarsNOW - ShopOPEN B4 Stockland Centre, Caloundra BALLANTINES 5491 8444 JACK DANIELS Golden Cellars - Shop B4 Stockland Centre, Caloundra 5491 8444 KARLOFF SCOTCH BOURBON Golden Beach Tavern Cnr Baldwin St & Bowman Rd, Caloundra 5492 8300 Village Cellars - Shop 5 Ormuz Village Centre, 5438 1861 SPECIALS VALID UNTIL 6/07/09 VODKA Caloundra700ml 700ml Village Cellars - Shop 5 Ormuz Village Centre, Caloundra 5438 1861 Golden Cellars - Shop B4 Stockland Centre, Caloundra 5491 8444 700ml LINDEMAN BIN JACOBS CREEK Salty Dog Cellars - Shop 1,each 1802 Low Village Way, Coolum Beach5438 Phone 5446 5105 Village Cellars - David Shop 5 Ormuz Centre, Caloundra 1861each each each each each each Salty Dog Cellars - Shop 1, each 1802 David Low Way, Coolum 5446 5105 RANGE Beach Phone SPARKLING 750ml 25446 for 750ml 750ml Dog Cellars Shop 1, 1802 David Low Way, Coolum Beach Phone 5105 Salty DogBaldwin CellarsSalty -StShop 5, 21- 750ml South Coolum Rd, Coolum Phone Golden Tavern - Cnr & Bowman Rd, Caloundra 5492 8300Beach 2 750ml LITRE 750ml 750ml 750ml 25446 LITRE 4599 Salty Dog Cellars - Shop 5, 21 SouthBeach Coolum Rd, Coolum BeachSalty Phone 5446 Dog Cellars - 4599 Shop 5, 21 South Coolum Rd, Coolum Beach Phone $62 5446 4599 Hotel - Memorial Drive,5491 Eumundi Phone 5442 8609 Golden Cellars - Shop B4Imperial Stockland Centre, Caloundra 65442 for 8609 Imperial Hotel - Memorial Drive, 8444 Eumundi Phone 5442 8609JACOBS CREEK Imperial Hotel - Memorial Drive, Eumundi Phone LINDEMAN BIN LINDEMAN BIN JACOBS CREEK Emerald Cellars - Emerald Street, Cooroy 5447 7599 $31.99 $36.99 $26.99 VillageStreet, Cellars - ShopPhone 5 Ormuz Centre, Caloundra 5438 1861 Emerald Cellars - Emerald Street, CooroyPhone Phone 5447 7599 $38Village Emerald Cellars - Emerald Cooroy 5447 7599 RANGE SPARKLING RANGE SPARKLING ANGOVES LONG ANGOVES Village Cellars - Corner Elm and Diamond Cooroy 5442 6911 6911LONG each PREECE RANGE eachStreets, PREECE RANGE Village Cellars -Low Corner Elm and Diamond Streets, Cooroy Phone 5442 MONTANA SAV Salty Dog Cellars - Shop 1, 1802 David Way, Coolum Beach Phone 5446 5105Phone BANROCK each YELLOW PENFOLDS 700ml 700ml MONTANA Village Cellars - Corner Elm750ml andSAV Diamond Streets, Cooroy Phone 5442 6911 750ml 750ml 750ml $6.99 BANROCK $9.99 ROW RANGE ROW RANGE2lt 700ml 750ml 750ml WWW.DUNCANS.COM.AU BLANC Salty Dog Cellars - Shop 5, each 21 South Coolum Rd, Coolumeach Beach Phone 5446 4599 SPARKLING STATION BLANC WWW.DUNCANS.COM.AU STATION 2lt RAWSONS RETREAT 750ml 750ml 750ml WWW.DUNCANS.COM.AU 750ml 750ml 5442 8609 Imperial Hotel - Memorial Drive, Eumundi Phone CASK 750ml 6 for Bottleshops 6 for CASK RANGE in Emerald Cellars - Emerald750ml Street, Cooroy Phone 5447 7599 2 for $38 $38 2 for- Corner 750ml NOW OPEN Village Cellars Elm and Phone CALOUNDRA 5442 6911 MONTANA SAV Diamond Streets, Cooroy BANROCK

$11.99 BLACKWATER $26.99

$11.99 $29.99 $7.99 $36.99 $31.99 $26.99 $36.99$31.99 $30.99 $7.99 $11.99 The Blackwater Hotel Local. Independent. Competitive Price. Local. Independent. Competitive Price. Wednesday 26th May: State of Origin in Bottleshops Local.Bottleshops Independent. Competitive Price. in $9.99 Friday 28th May: Disco nights $6.99 $6.99 $12.99 $13.99 $12.99 $9.99 $13.99 CALOUNDRA NOW OPEN CALOUNDRA NOW OPEN LOCAL INDEPENDANTS LOCAL INDEPENDENTS Saturday 29h May: Karaoke with Steve “O” ATCOMPETITIVE COMPETITIVE PRICES AT PRICES Friday 4th June: Disco nights

Saturday 5th June: Karaoke with Steve “O”

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ANGOVES LONG ROW RANGE

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SAV BANROCK 750ml 2 for MONTANA 2 for GoldenRd,Beach SAV BLANC STATION 2lt Golden Beach Tavern - Cnr Baldwin St & Bowman Caloundra Tavern5492 - Cnr8300 Baldwin StBLANC & Bowman Rd, Caloundra 5492 8300 750ml CASK Wednesday: State of Origin on Cellars night...free 750ml $25Centre, 2 for Golden - Shop B4 Stockland 5491-8444 Golden Cellars Shop B4$25 Stockland Centre, Caloundra 5491 8444 $7.99 $11.99Caloundra 2 for

each Village Cellars - Shop 5 to Ormuz Village Centre, Caloundra 5438 1861 Cellars - Shop 5 Ormuz Village Centre, each Village $25 pots of xxxx Gold beer from start of game $25Caloundra 5438 1861 $12.99 $12.99 $13.99 $13.99 Salty Dog Cellars - Shop 1, 1802 David Low Way, Beach Phone SaltyCoolum Dog Cellars - Shop 1,5446 18025105 David Low Way, Coolum Beach Phone 5446 5105 $7.99 $12.99 $13.99 $11.99 $12.99 $7.99 first score, and free bar at- Shop half time. Saltysnacks Dog Cellars 5, 21 South Coolum Rd, Coolum Beach Phone 5446 4599 Salty Dog Cellars Shop 5, 21 South Coolum Rd, Coolum Beach each Phone 5446 4599 each each $11.99each Local. Independent. Competitive Price. each each each 750ml

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

750ml 750ml Drive, Eumundi Phone 5442 8609 Golden Cellars - Shop B4 Stockland Centre, Caloundra 5491 8444 Imperial Hotel - Memorial Emerald Street, Phone Village Cellars -Cooroy Shop 5 Ormuz Village5447 Centre, 7599 Caloundra 5438 1861 Emerald Cellars - Emerald Street, Cooroy Phone 5447Cellars 7599 - Emerald Salty Dog Cellars - Shop 1, 1802 David Low Way, Coolum Beach Phone 5446 5105 Village Cooroy Cellars Phone - Corner Elm6911 and Diamond Streets, Cooroy Phone 5442 6911 Salty Dog Cellars - Shop 5, 21 South Coolum Rd, Coolum Beach Phone 5446 4599 Village Cellars - Corner Elm and Diamond Streets, 5442

Friday 4th June: Sunshine Coast soloist Independent. Local. Independent.Local. Competitive Price. Competitive Price. Fiona Mauch, Gold Coast promo girlsWWW.DUNCANS.COM.AU WWW.DUNCANS.COM.AU SPECIALS VALID UNTIL 6/07/09 SPECIALS VALID UNTIL 6/07/09

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Imperial Hotel - Memorial Drive, Eumundi Phone 5442 8609 Emerald Cellars - Emerald Street, Cooroy Phone 5447 7599 Village Cellars - Corner Elm and Diamond Streets, Cooroy Phone 5442 6911

Promotion starts 24/5/10 and ends 6/6/10

WWW.DUNCANS.COM.AU Saturday 22nd May: DJ Shaun till 2am BeachRd, Tavern - Cnr Baldwin St & Bowman Rd, Caloundra 5492 8300 Golden Beach Tavern - Cnr Baldwin StGolden & Bowman Caloundra 5492 8300 11

GoldenCaloundra Cellars - Shop Stockland Centre, Caloundra 5491 8444 Golden Cellars - Shop B4 Stockland Centre, 5491B4 8444 - Shop 5 Ormuz Village Cellars - Shop 5 Ormuz VillageVillage Centre,Cellars Caloundra 5438 1861 Village Centre, Caloundra 5438 1861 - Shop 1802 David Low Way, Coolum Beach Phone 5446 5105 Salty Dog Cellars - Shop 1, 1802 DavidSalty LowDog Way,Cellars Coolum Beach1,Phone 5446 5105 Salty Dog 21 South Coolum Salty Dog Cellars - Shop 5, 21 South Coolum Rd,Cellars Coolum- Shop Beach5,Phone 5446 4599 Rd, Coolum Beach Phone 5446 4599 Imperial Hotel - Memorial Drive, Eumundi Phone 5442 8609 Imperial Hotel - Memorial Drive, Eumundi Phone 5442 8609 Emerald Cellars Emerald Street, Cooroy Phone 5447 7599 Emerald Cellars - Emerald Street, Cooroy Phone 5447 -7599 Village Cellars - Corner Elm5442 and Diamond Streets, Cooroy Phone 5442 6911 Village Cellars - Corner Elm and Diamond Streets, Cooroy Phone 6911

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

Ph: 4984 8555

Page 15 - Shift Miner Magazine, 24th May 2010


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Stuff to the Editor The new resources rent tax has one of our reader’s spitting mad: People you are kidding yourself if you think this tax is a good thing.  How much money gets spent in regional Australia now?  Stuff all.  I am sick of poor roads, underfunded hospitals and second rate services and now a tax so average Australians can enjoy the benefits of the boom.  If the companies pay more they will start charging more for the materials. Cost of power and building materials goes up. Next start trimming operations, less jobs. Yep, the average Australian TA isYLORSORS SOLICIT going to see stuff all of this, unless you live in our capital cities.

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P, Morris Our page 9 girl has also received some feedback:  I work in the mining industry and each edition of the Shift Miner Mag is my outlet to the outside world.  I enjoy the information and unlike most I enjoy reading the articles.  I do, however, have a small request, that all of the girls I work with have been talking about for a while now.  We were wondering, with a growing amount of females in the industry, why is it that we don’t get a sexy, bare chested male on page 9?  

Regards, C/- All the women in the industry x Ed’s note -  Women of the mining industry, we hear you.  While we have always run male models on page 9 a couple of times a year (to keep things fair) - we think it is time to change.  That’s why we are going to start a “new look� page 9 in a few edition’s time.  We are on the look out for Shift Miner’s Most Eligible Bacherlor & Bachelorette.  All the details are on page 8 - so nominate yourself - or if you’re off the market talk someone else into it!  It will all be a bit of fun and the winners will walk away with a fantastic holiday for themselves and three friends.

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FAIR DINKUM 87th EDITION. 2010

Fair Dinkum! IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY - a randy roo is giving residents in the ranges near the town of Tennant Creek cause for concern. Territory police have received reports of a loved up kangaroo stalking unlucky locals, including a woman on her morning walk. “There was no doubt about what he wanted, the randy old thing,” the woman told local papers. It seems nowhere is off-limits to this amorous individual as later that day a mother-of-three encountered the aroused kangaroo at a night-time speedway meeting. A man attempting to challenge the menacing macropod came off second best, receiving a swift punch in response. Northern Territory police have reported they will not actively pursue the prime suspect unless the hot and heavy mammal continued to cause trouble. IN ABU DHABI - it’s the ultimate ATM a money machine that dispenses pure gold. Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Palace Hotel, the local hang for royalty and billionaires to catch a cappuccino topped with a dusting of gold flakes, is the home to this seriously business hole-in-the-wall. The machine literally offers a rolled gold experience with the exterior coating consisting of a thin layer of gold and a range of products on offer including 10 gram gold bars and customised gold coins. Through a computer system, the ATM gold machine updates the gold price every 10 minutes to match international markets.

IN BRITAIN - ‘I was raped by a whale’. No, it’s not another Oprah style confessional, just one of many hoax calls made to emergency services by serial pest Daniel Hammond. A court in Sevenoaks, England, was told that in an eight month onslaught, the 21-year-old used the emergency line to report his penis fell off because he smoked too much pot and that his place of residence was Doctor Who’s TARDIS. Prosecutor James Nichols said Hammond enjoyed the thrill of wasting the emergency services’ time with his bizarre and persistent tales. Defense lawyer Laura Hollingham said her client’s behavior was a result of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and that he suffered depression. IN FINLAND - Is your favourite teddy bear under the pump or feeling a little tuckered out? Finnish firm Teddy Tours Lapland has the answer: holidays in northern Finland for your stuffed and furry friend costing up to $240. The “Standard Journey” for teddies includes a trip around the northern town of Rovaniemi and is capped off with a visit to Santa Claus. The stuffed animal will also receive a gift, send a postcard to its owner and be sent home with holiday photos. Unfortunately for mere mortals the website also stipulates that “People or living pets may not participate on these trips”.

The 21-year-old used the emergency line to report his penis fell off because he smoked too much pot and that his place of residence was Doctor Who’s TARDIS.

Daryl Watson Engineering

“Streakin” good love advice Dear Frank, My girlfriend is going on an overseas holiday with some of her friends. However, she is really concerned about the fact that I am not more upset about it. I love it when she is here, but I can’t help looking forward to having some time to myself. Am I in the wrong? Thanks David. Moranbah First let me say David, that you are in no way wrong. The fact that you enjoy some time by yourself is nothing more than an acknowledgement that deep inside every man is the Lone Wolf. I am an avid watcher of quality animal documentaries like Wolf versus Man, and it is a very common observation that the male of most species spends quality time on his own - just stalking prey, sleeping in trees, fighting, and sometimes just sitting - the Lone Wolf. If you ring up Sir David Attenborough, of wildlife documentary fame, he will tell you the same. In fact, I have even done it, the conversation went like this: ME: “Hello BBC Television, it is the King of England.” THE BBC:“The who? Is this a prank call?” ME:”No it is not a prank old chap, it is the King of England, Charles. I say, put me through to David Attenborough in the natural history department - post haste!” DA: “Hello, David here.” ME: “Do you think that inside every man is a Lone Wolf?” DA: “A what? Who is this?” ME: “ I am the dark heart of every man, a Lone Wolf stalking his prey through the undergrowth.” DA: [Hangs up] He hung up because he knew. He knew, and now you know. That excited feeling you have at the prospect of some time alone is your own internal Lone Wolf waiting to be released. There are many more stages that you will soon discover. In Wolf terms you are just a puppy suckling at your mother’s teet. I, on the other hand have developed my Lone Wolf self to such an extent, that after one day alone I turn almost completely wild. Recently my girlfreind went away to Perth on a work conference. Within hours of her getting on the plane, I had almost

Sensible Susan M: 0448 243 343 E: darylweng@gmail.com

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Well David, you could take Frank’s advice, or you could just be honest about the way you feel. There is no right or wrong in relationships, it is just what works for you. Some people need their own space, so they

completely returned to a Lone Wolf state. The Lone Wolf doesn’t use beds, clothes or kitchens, and neither do I. The first thing I did on returning from the airport was to take all my clothes off, replacing them with a hessian sack I found in the shed. Since it was dinner time, I also ordered a pizza. As I was now the Lone Wolf, I couldn’t eat inside, so I waited in the undergrowth until the delivery boy arrived. When he got out of the car and began walking to the front door, I howled at him. When he saw me crouched in the bushes he started to panic, but I just quietly told him to put the pizza on the ground and walk away backwards. He did this. So I crept down to his vehicle, cocked my leg on his car wheel and threw a $20 bill through his window before grabbing the pizza and running back into the garden. The first night is always hard, when you become a Lone Wolf. Your soft, modernman features make sleeping in trees and in rock caves very difficult. Not to mention the constant police flashlights in your domain. Their constant searching means you have to keep moving. Always moving. Generally speaking the pizza delivery company will only deliver once, so you have to explore the full range of take away food types available. Depending on the size of your town, you may run out of food - I always seem to lose a bit of weight. The final challenge of course is returning to a modern man state when your partner returns. Usually after five days, you have come to love the serenity of the Lone Wolf state, so its a wrench to have to leave it behind. When my girlfriend came back from her work trip, I found it was helpful to have a transition period before I came in from the wild. During this period I continued to live in the garden, but I observed her every movement, from a distance. I had to leave a letter saying I had been called away on work and would not be back for about two days so she didn’t worry. It doesn’t take long before the Lone Wolf becomes a slave to another desire - that being the reproductive instinct. That’s when you return as a modern man, and the best thing is your partner is always happy with you because the house is so clean it is as if you never lived there. But you did....didn’t you?

don’t feel like the relationship is suffocating them. Maybe you’re one of those people. You need to talk it through with your girlfriend, and I am sure she will understand that it is not that you don’t like being around her, it is that you like time on your own as well. And remember distance makes the heart grow fonder, so you can both look forward to the time when she returns.

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

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Pete stood alone in the soft glow of the dawn at the bus-stop, waiting for the shift-bus. He had a jacket on, but even that wasn’t enough to keep out the cold.  Winter was coming quick. Someone came round the corner, walking towards Pete, smoking a cigarette.  It was Will.  He stopped a few metres from Pete and said G’day quietly as he looked down the street for the bus. Pete said, “You look shattered.” “Yeah, big weekend.” “What’d you get up to?” Will drew hard on his smoke.  “Friday was a few quiet ones at Smithy’s place.  Followed by a few more.  Didn’t get home till about three.” “Good time?” Yeah, not too bad.  Slept through Saturday, though.”  Will threw his cigarette butt on the ground, then quickly lit another.  He liked to get as much nicotine into himself as he could before the forty-minute bus-ride to site. “And Saturday?” said Pete.  “You get up to much?” Will managed a grin.  “Oh yeah.  We went hard on Saturday night.  Starting drinking at our place, for a while, to get limbered up.  Then we went up the Tavern.” “Drinking before drinking?” Will gave Pete a dirty look.  “Too expensive to get completely ratfaced at pub prices.  Can’t smoke out, either.  There was a band at the Tav, too.  They sounded pretty good; I think.” Pete thought an iPod would have sounded good to Will when he was that well lubricated, but he said nothing. Will continued.  “We started doing shots there, which was fun, until it got a little out of hand.  We stayed at the Tavern till we got kicked out.”

“Too drunk?” “No, closing time. Funny thing, I was sure I went home after that.  At least I think I was going to.” “So what happened?” “I can’t rightly remember, but it looks like we went down to The Arms after that.” Pete grimaced.  The only attractive feature of The Arms was that it had the latest closing time in town, and 1980s prices.  A rough joint, but you could stay later, and get drunker...   “You can’t remember what you did?” Will smirked.  “It was too big a night to remember.  I saw the pictures on Facebook though; it was The Arms alright.  We got hammered. A really good night.  Very big night.” “You get sick?” “At least a few times.  Smithy seemed to think that was the best thing to take photos of.” Pete shook his head.  Smithy had developed a talent for drinking photography over the last few years.  It was kind of like wildlife and action photography combined.  Tired of not remembering what he did the night before, Smithy had started taking pictures along the way with his phone camera.  He could still take good pictures when he was so drunk he couldn’t walk.  Facebook had made Smithy’s photos of his escapades accessible to the world.  A lot of people logged in to see what they and their friends had been up to, but couldn’t remember. Will looked down the street.  “Bus’s coming,” he said, as he lit his last smoke. Pete said, “You have such big weekends. You must hate Mondays.” “Not at all, mate.  I need a week at work to get away from it all and recover.  A man needs some rest in life.”

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 GOT AN IDEA FOR A STORY? Let Bernard know - email him at bernard.jansen@gmail.com or hop on his blog surgebin.blogspot.com

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OFF SHIFT 87th EDITION. 2010

Bait shop Banter FISHING IN YEPPOON

on a shiny hook - but Adrian is less secret squirrel and will give you the low down on “secret spot 447” if you call into the shop.

du jour and while bottom fishing isn’t pulling in record breaking hauls it is still up there at a healthy 80 per cent.

Adrian from The Secret Spot Bait & Tackle in Yeppoon says conditions have been sensational and look set to continue. Mackerel are about in their usual haunts, including Cape Manifold, Barren and Child Islands and Lisa Jane Shoals. Pumpkin Passage is the place to be if you are partial to a calamari ring or two -Adrian reckons the best way to line up some squid is by tossing some squid jig out the back of the boat. Despite last month’s oil leak, it seems Douglas Shoals is still one of the places you can bag yourself some red fish including red emperor plus large and small mouth nannygai. Adrian’s top tip comes via JT, the man pictured with the very large trout. JT is only divulging that he caught this whopper in the corner of the mouth

FISHING IN GLADSTONE

FISHING IN MACKAY

Crabs, crabs and more crabs are on the menu, according to Michael at Compleat Angler in Gladstone. He reckons if you put in a pot for a couple of hours you should be almost guaranteed to haul in a crab. Banana prawns are likewise pretty full on. Perch are up around one of the harbour’s deep holes and you can pick yourself up some fingermark and grunter using soft plastics. The colder weather means salmon are on the move and best caught in the shallows and gravel bars on a rising tide - Michael recommends using strip baits. Off shore, spanish mackerel are the fish

Wayne from Bara Pro in Mackay is hoping the choppy swells stay at bay as out around the shipping channels there are good spanish mackerel, trout and sweetlip to be had. Wayne says to go trawling for your mackerel and bottom bashing for trout and sweetlip. Creeks are doing well and there are still a few barra about. While they are not crawling with crabs like Gladstone, there are some about and good catches of bream and whiting are a sweet alternative. Dams are dead quiet - no barra on the fang at all but there are still a few sooty grunter in Eungella and Teemburra.

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

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with isolated heavy falls across central Australia, northern parts of south Australia and lost some energy in the drier colder air over Queensland. The current pattern (see map) with the high along the east coast and the low in the Tasman with another low in north Western Australia seems to feature for the week. This means relatively good conditions for the boaties.  Inshore waters will be affected by light (W/SW) land breezes but be wary of the “winter offshore southerlies” (WOS).  This is a trap - as they say in the classics - for young  players.  It looks almost calm in the first 5-10 km then the cold southerly suddenly surges to over to 16-19 knots; particularly during the early morning.  This should occur Monday and Tuesday but as a high moves over the Capricorn Coast things improve.   WEEK 2 - An NWCB is likely to cause some patchy rain early in the week, then a fresh southerly mid-week may make sea conditions rather rough.  This pattern seems to want to continue for most of the early winter.


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motorsports 87th EDITION. 2010

Put the phone down and drive!

QUEENSLAND’S peak motoring body, the RACQ, says using your mobile phone when you are driving is as risky as having a few drinks and getting behind the wheel. The RACQ has launched a community servicecampaign aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of driver distraction. Spokesperson Joe Fitzgerald said research indicated using a mobile phone when driving delayed reaction time as much as having a blood alcohol limit of 0.08 per-

cent -- well over the legal limit. “Drink driving is rightfully regarded by almost all motorists as unacceptable and dangerous behaviour, yet talking on the phone is still a common practise,” he said. “The fact is that mobile phone use reduces reaction time by 35 percent, effectively making you a drunk driver, even when using a hands-free kit.” “And texting while driving is even worse with every second spent texting doubling your

chances of crashing, dramatically reducing steering control and awareness of hazards.” Mr Fitzgerald said texting or talking on the phone when driving was revealed to be the number one pet peeve of Queensland motorists in a recent RACQ survey. “Eighty-eight percent of RACQ members believe driver distraction is an increasing problem on Queensland roads,” he said. “Driver inattention contributes to about a third of all crashes in Queensland, so it’s critical for motorists to become more aware of the risks.” It’s not just the RACQ who are concerned, the State Government’s road safety campaign released earlier this year focussed on driver distractions. At the launch in February, Transport Minister Rachel Nolan said while behaviours such as speeding, drink driving, driving fatigued and not wearing a seatbelt remained the primary contributors to the road toll, there was a need to address other major contributing factors to road trauma, such as driver distraction. “A distracted driver is a dangerous driver,” Ms Nolan said. “In the split second it takes to answer your phone, change a CD or deal with the kids in the backseat, tragedy can happen.” “In 2009 alone, preliminary figures reveal

that undue care and attention was a contributing factor in 29 fatalities in the Queensland road toll, and distractions, specifically involving mobile phone use, led to two deaths.” “Of these, 20 fatalities were a result of crashes where the sole contributing factor was a driver not paying attention at the wheel (undue care and attention).” “In these crashes there were no other major contributing factors such as speeding, drink driving or fatigue.” “That means that almost one in every 10 deaths on Queensland roads last year was a result of drivers being distracted.”

THE FACTS:

* In the 2009 preliminary road toll, undue care and attention was a contributing factor in 29 fatalities representing nine per cent of the year’s road toll (330 fatalities). Of these, it was the sole contributing factor to 20 fatalities * Distracted drivers or riders using mobile phones while driving contributed to two fatalities in 2009 * Over the five year period (1 July 2003 to 30 June 2008), driver distraction and inattention contributed to on average almost 10 non-serious casualties a day in Queensland where high-risk behaviours such as speeding, drink driving or fatigue were not factors: - distractions - 127 non-serious casualties - inattention - 18,236 non-serious casualties

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motorsports 87th EDITION. 2010

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A COUPLE of seriously sexy Porsches will be steaming things up at the upcoming Shannons Sports & Muscle Car Spectacular. The legendary Porsche 935, winner of the World Constructors Championship in 1976 and 1977, and the GT1 road-version of the triumphant 1998 Le Mans 24 Hour winner will be among300 fast and famous vehicles gathering at the circuit for a series of races, demonstrations and displays. The race version of the GT1 was the first Porsche to feature a carbon fibre monocoque chassis to reduce weight and improve rigidity. It’s powered by a twin turbocharged, 3.2-litre, six-cylinder boxer engine producing 400 kW (550 hp) at 7,200 rpm it reached a top speed of 350 km/h. The striking Porsche 935 in Martini racing colours is arguably even more famous than its GT1 teammate. The 935 brought Porsche the World Constructors Championship in long-dis-

tance sports car racing in 1976, beginning a new dynasty of on-track success for Porsche with the ‘silhouette’ sports car formula. Much of the 935’s legendary status comes from its unique appearance, with the car’s production Porsche 911 origins disguised by its aerodynamic flat nose and huge rear wing. The Australian Trans Am Championship will also be run at the meeting, with 17 American Muscle cars dating from 19651972 expected to battle on track. Performax Qld. is supplying a new Camaro to act as the pace car for the Trans Am event, while the company will also display and demonstrate the very latest 2010 ZR1 Corvette – the only right hand drive version so far in Australia. The Shannons Sports & Muscle Car Spectacular will be racing over the June 26-27 weekend at Queensland Raceway atWillowbank, Ipswich.

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MONEY MATTERS 87th EDITION. 2010

ATO catches 489 tax cheats IN the first three months of this year, the Australian Tax Office (ATO) prosecuted 489 people were for tax and superannuation offences. The prosecutions range from offences such as failing to lodge forms to serious fraud such as GST refund fraud. “These prosecutions demonstrate our commitment to protect honest citizens from those that seek to abuse Australia’s tax and superannuation systems,� tax commissioner Michael D’Ascenzo said. “People who commit serious fraud, don’t declare all their income or fail to meet their obligations cheat the majority of the community who do the right thing.� “They not only deprive the community of revenue, but often gain an unfair advantage over others.� “The people we have prosecuted now have to live with a criminal conviction against their name – this behaviour is simply not worth it.� Mr D’Ascenzo said the ATO had a range of ways to detect people who seek to avoid their tax and superannuation responsibilities by not lodging returns, through tax evasion or criminal fraud. Methods of detection include data

matching, comparing third party information and analysing industry norms. “Last financial year we conducted over 16,000 audits, reviews and investigations.� “Close to 3,000 cases of non-compliance were taken to court and successfully prosecuted,� Mr D’Ascenzo said. “This financial year we have invested in new technology designed specifically to help us identify sophisticated, organised activities through to the most basic of scams.� He said these tools were proving to be extremely efficient at identifying suspect claims for refunds and ensuring that Australia’s revenue is protected. “Although our systems are becoming more sophisticated in the early detection of non-compliance, we also have a strong focus on helping honest taxpayers.� “If people are struggling to meet their obligations I encourage them to contact us on13 11 42, so we can discuss ways to help them – for example, flexible payment arrangements.� Anyone who suspects someone is evading their tax and superannuation obligations or possibly conducting fraudulent activities can report it by calling the ATO on1800 060 062.

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485 people were convicted and fined

A variety of tax offences including non-lodgement of forms, using false and misleading statements in audits and receiving a fee for preparing an income tax return on behalf of a taxpayer while not being a registered tax agent

Examples *A NSW man was found guilty of GST fraud after submitting false BAS and trying to claim $500,000 in his role as company director.  He was sentenced to 3.5 years in jail, with a non-parole period of two years *A Vic woman was found guilty of GST fraud after lodging false BAS under three different ABNs and receiving $233,581 in refunds.  A fourth attempt was made for a claim of $132,058.  She was found guilty on all four counts and was sentenced to 20 months jail. She will serve six months and pay $1000 bond, subject to two years good behaviour

*A Sydney company involved in pet food wholesaling was convicted and fined a total of $40,000 for failing to comply with court orders to lodge quarterly BAS from September 2005 to March 2009 *An Adelaide company operating two hotels was convicted and fined $7000 for failing to lodge quarterly BAS from June 2007 to March 2009 *A Sydney investment company, as trustee of a superannuation fund, was convicted and fined $100,000 for failing to comply with court orders to lodge income tax returns for the 1999 to 2007 years, and $50,000 for failing to comply with court orders to provide information regarding member contribution statements for the fund

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MONEY MATTERS 87th EDITION. 2010

First home buyers drop by 60 per cent THE number of Queensland first home buyers has plummeted to their lowest level in six years, according to the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ). The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) March housing finance report shows first home owners now represent just 13 per cent of the market in Queensland, a lower percentage than in both New South Wales and Victoria where property prices are higher. The number of Queensland first home buyers has also dropped a staggering 60 per cent since the same period last year when historically low interest rates and government financial incentives helped many into the market. “These figures really show how much of a struggle it is for prospective home owners to get into the market in Queensland,” REIQ managing director Dan Molloy said. “With six rate increases since October, they are really back to where they started with declining housing affordability all but locking them out of the market.” “While stamp duty concessions are available to Queensland first home buyers, firsttimers in New South Wales and Victoria are eligible for extra state-funded first home grants, something that is not available here.”

“More needs to be done to assist first home buyers otherwise we may end up with a generation of young people whose dream of home ownership will never be realised,” Mr Molloy said. The Housing Industry Association, which represents the residential building industry, agrees the latest federal budget will not alleviate the country’s housing shortage. It is now estimated that the shortage stands at nearly 200,000 nationally and that’s expected to double over the next decade. “Australia’s housing pipeline remains clogged by exorbitant infrastructure costs, planning delays and slow land release,” said HIA managing director Shane Goodwin. “Until these bottlenecks are removed many Australian families will remain locked out of home ownership as house prices and rents push ever-higher.”

SQUEEZED OUT: The HIA says first home buyers are struggling to afford Queensland prices

The State Government has indicated it is considering extra funds for first home owners to buy in regional areas, but Mr Molloy maintains that is just not an option for a lot of people. “The reality is many young people want, and need, to live in South East Queensland due to the employment opportunities

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MONEY MATTERS 87th EDITION. 2010

Rolling the dice on Queen By Michael Roche Chief Executive Queensland Resources Council

XSTRATA Copper’s suspension of its regional exploration program in north Queensland is the sharp end of the uncertainty sweeping the resources sector in Queensland under the spectre of the federal government’s proposed resource super profits tax.   Coming from a company that since 2002 has re-invested its total Australian revenues ($44 billion) back into Australia, Xstrata Copper’s decision was clearly a difficult one brought on by extraordinary circumstances. The suspension of the northern exploration program sits alongside mounting concerns over the viability of Queensland gas and coal projects worth in the order of $100 billion and tens of thousands of new jobs over the coming decade. There’s not a resource project in the state that’s not being reviewed as a result of an illconsidered tax grab masquerading as reform. Australians are entitled to their fair

share from the mineral and energy wealth of Australia. The federal government has implied that this has not occurred, so let us look at the facts. Over the past decade, the mining industry – excluding oil and gas – has tipped almost $80 billion into Treasury coffers through royalties and corporate taxes. In 2008-09, the industry’s tax contribution was $22 billion, 13 per cent higher than

the all-industry average. Mining companies paid around 18 per cent of company income tax even though the sector made up around eight per cent of the national economy. In Queensland, minerals and energy production is responsible for more than 20 per cent of the state’s gross product. The sector employs – directly and indirectly – one in every eight Queenslanders. In resource regions such as the Bowen Basin, the ratio is one in every four jobs. Last financial year, the sector paid $3.4 billion in state royalties, almost $6 billion in salaries and $4.2 billion in federal taxes. In total, Queensland resource sector companies paid state and federal governments $7.6 billion in royalties and taxes in a single year. This constitutes “a fair shake of the sauce bottle” for two compelling reasons. First, it was our resource industries whose performance buffered Australia from the worst of the global economic recession by capitalising on domestic growth in China and India while developed trading part-

ners struggled. Secondly, millions of Australian superannuants are now seeing their investments returning to positive territory as a consequence of their faith in those same ‘blue chip’ resource companies that are being targeted with a punitive new tax. The “resource super profits tax” is a misnomer. By definition, a “super profit” arises once a project has returned an amount in excess of the project’s target return on investment. A realistic target return for new projects is estimated at around 15 per cent. Many companies set even higher investment thresholds. However, the federal government has set its new resource tax trigger at six per cent, while happily maintaining a trigger for the offshore petroleum industry at 11 per cent plus. This new “onshore” resource tax has been designed so that a resource sector investment netting more than six per cent on investment will attract an additional 40 cents in the dollar profit tax on top of existing corporate taxes, taking the effective tax rate for resource companies in Australia to

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sland’s future around 57 cents in the dollar. This is not a tax on super profits but a tax on the profits of one industry sector – pure and simple. As federal Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner told a Melbourne newspaper last weekend, a 6-7 per cent return on funds for the National Broadband Network was “not in the zone that triggers an ordinary, commercial investment.” How differently that compares with the same government’s view of resource projects, where anything over six per cent is deemed “super profit”. Another rushed defence of the new tax is the notion of a cash dividend for local governments and regional communities. The federal government estimates that

the new tax will net $12 billion over the first two years. However, it has promised just $700 million of infrastructure funding from this pool in 2012, with Queensland forecast to receive $280 million to support the “development of mining regions”. That amount is just eight per cent of what resource companies paid to Queensland taxpayers in royalties last year alone.    Australia needs real reform of resource taxation that gets the balance right between delivering a fair return to its citizens while ensuring we do not export tens of billions of dollars in new investment to our resource competitors in Canada, Africa and South America, who frankly, can’t believe their luck courtesy of the Australian Government.

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