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5 FINGER DISCOUNT Redundancy triggers theft MINING companies and contractors are clamping down on employee theft as falling commodity prices trigger layoffs and a renewed focus on costs. Last week QR National had to call in the police after tools and other hardware began disappearing from their Rockhampton facility. The thefts coincided with the departure of a large number of employees who were made redundant as part of a restructure program that began in 2011. One of the people who took voluntary redundancy at QR - but preferred not to be named - said he was shocked by what was going on. “The police turned up on Monday after a heap of stuff went missing from the workshop,� he said. “Four brand new Mig welders worth about $4000 each disappeared and whole tool chests and other smaller items have gone as well. “I am a big bloke, so I have trouble getting out the turnstiles with my lunch box, so I don’t know how all this stuff got through the fence, but somehow it did.�

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Safety: union threatens to shut down state’s coal industry THE CFMEU has threatened statewide mine closures if the State Government changes the Queensland’s mine safety laws. At their recent Queensland District convention union delegates passed a resolution to fight any attempt from industry or government to tamper with the state’s best practice OH&S regulations, including lessening the powers of safety inspectors. Last week the union wrote to the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) calling on the lobby group to cease its attacks on the state’s safety laws on behalf of mining companies. CFMEU district president Stephen Smyth told ABC Radio the union was prepared to shut down the Queensland coal industry “if that’s what it takes”. Mr Smyth said in a statement the role of safety inspectors was vital and it was important that these inspectors have the ability to pause operations when a serious safety breach had occurred. “The QRC’s comments calling for the Newman Government to deregulate industry safety is quite frankly ludicrous,” he said. “Taking away the powers of safety inspectors at the coalface in favour of entrusting them to company executives in

an office is dangerously naïve.” QRC’s chief executive Michael Roche said his organisation, along with other stakeholders in the mining industry, had been invited to make a submission to the government. The Queensland Government is in the process of updating the state’s mine safety laws to take account of the work of the National Mine Safety Framework. “The QRC took the opportunity to reiterate in its submission its absolute commitment to an independent mine safety regulator, the Queensland Mines Inspectorate,” Mr Roche said. “We have made it clear in our submission that decisions to halt operations at a mine on safety grounds should be exercised by that independent regulator, not by paid officials of the CFMEU.” Mr Roche said the organisation based its position on instances where safety inspectors, employed by the CFMEU, had abused their ability to halt operations to pursue industrial agendas. “The QRC is aware of instances where these CFMEU paid officials have been officially reprimanded for such past abuses,” he said.

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Safety is everyone’s business - the CFMEU says the QRC should back-off on its stance of wanting independent regulators on work sites.

“The fair outcome is that if anyone has a concern about safety at a mine site they immediately contact the independent Mines Inspectorate which can then make an objective determination.” In February, 2010, work at BMA mines

in the Bowen Basin stopped for seven hours after a union safety representative found the company’s fatigue management standards were unsafe. The directive was withdrawn by the Mine Inspectorate seven hours later.

“We have made it clear in our submission that decisions to halt operations at a mine on safety grounds should be exercised by that independent regulator, not by paid officials of the CFMEU.”


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Dozer crushed in mine blasting mishap FAST NEWS

A D11 dozer has been destroyed by falling rocks when a planned blasting went wrong at Saraji open cut coal mine near Moranbah on Monday. The machine was destroyed (pictured) after chunks of overburden landed on it after the blast. No workers were injured during the mishap. Shift Miner understands a second machine was also damaged in the incident. A Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM) spokesman said prior to the blast all personnel had been moved outside the Personnel Exclusion Zone. Blasting operations were stopped after the incident and would remain suspend-

ed at the BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Allianceowned open cut coal mine, the spokesman told media. “At approximately 2pm, a bulldozer parked in the equipment zone was destroyed by flying overburden during blasting operations,” he confirmed. “No personnel were near the vehicle or injured during the incident. “The mine voluntarily suspended blasting operations but a directive was later issued by the investigating mines inspector.” The directive remains in force until mine management reviews its blasting procedures and satisfies the issuing inspector that its shot firing management processes are effective.

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This dozer was crushed after an explosion at Saraji Mine went wrong while a second is believed to have been damaged also. No-one was injured.

Lobby group wants answers on gas fire JUST why an old exploration well started releasing methane gas and then caught fire should be independently investigated, says a rural lobby group. The State Government says the hole near Dalby has been capped after catching fire about two weeks ago. But questions are still being asked. The Basin Sustainability Alliance’s David Hamilton believes there should be further investigations and has publicly called for a probe. “What we’re concerned about is why did that test well start leaking coal seam gas?” Mr Hamilton has told media. “Are we having or likely to have that same problem elsewhere? “What we’d like to see is the Government do more and commission an independent study into this.” The site of the fire will continue to be monitored for any gas leaks before final arrangements for rehabilitation are carried out. The fire at the surface of the bore was extinguished on August 24 after water was pumped into the hole from a water tanker. The site was then monitored for 24

hours while the bore and surrounding area was allowed to cool. On August 26 work crews encased the test bore in concrete and a concrete collar was laid around the surface of the hole. Peabody Coal, Arrow Energy, Easternwell and Linc Energy staff worked with government agencies to cap the hole that is on land owned by Arrow. Arrow says the old well was dug decades ago for coal exploration and its nearest CSG well is more than a kilometre away. Meanwhile, Australia may be totally miscalculating the rate of gasfield emissions according to a national think tank. The Australia Institute has warned we could be drastically underestimating our contribution to climate change by failing to adequately measure fugitive emissions from coal seam gas wells. The institute’s senior economist Matt

Grudnoff said Australia is likely to be significantly underestimating coal seam gas fugitive emissions by around 62 million tonnes over three years. “Gas is increasingly being seen by some as a bridging fuel in the fight against climate change, yet because we don’t accurately measure the amount of leakage at wellheads we have no way of knowing if we’re actually reducing our emissions by switching from coal to coal seam gas,” he told Shift Miner. “What’s worse is that we could inadvertently be making it harder for the world to limit the warming effect of climate change below the environmental tipping point of two degrees.” The institute says money from the Minerals Resource Rent Tax should be put toward improving measuring industry emissions.

“What we’d like to see is the Government do more and commission an independent study into this.”

THE final report into options for a reverse fly-in, flyout model for a region has been completed. The Resources Channel’s Jody Elliott told Shift Miner that the information gathered during a survey of the Mt Gambier recently had been assessed and forwarded to local, state and federal governments. Her company was contracted to establish interest in a new fly-in, fly-out hub for the region from the ground up, rather than ad hoc FIFO services being allowed to establish.


Orseome app wins A RESOURCES industry app developed online and involving collaboration across four states has won the education category at the Australian Mobi Awards. The awards honor overall excellence and breakthrough achievement in mobile media, marketing and advertising. The Oresome World app was developed by the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) in an online collaboration with Queensland University of Technology, the Minerals Council of Australia, Education Services Australia, the Chamber of Minerals and Energy (WA), and NSW Minerals Council. Oresome World provides school curriculum-related content via an interactive, multimedia iPad game.


China friendship stronger: AMEC THE Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding agreement with the China Mining Association (CMA). Simon Bennison, AMEC chief executive, said the MOU is a significant step towards fostering a strong relationship between the two associations. The agreement allows greater exchange of information on mining and exploration technology, codes of practice, investment and legislation.


Emerald flood woes EMERALD could have more of a potential flood problem than residents have thought. A Nogoa River flood study has raised serious concerns about the future safety of the town. The study was carried out by former mayor and consulting surveyor Craig Edmonston. It challenges historical flood height levels and calls for immediate action from the council. The report says clearing and development in the floodplain area will increase flood risk. Mayor Peter Maguire said council staff were working on flood-related issues and solutions.

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Sex worker controversy: hotels not lying down ACCOMMODATION operators across Australia are not lying down when it comes to their rights and have met in Brisbane to discuss anti-discrimination issues and sex workers. It follows a judgement by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QTAC) that a Central Queensland motel breached the state’s Anti-Discrimination Act by informing a sex worker that she was not to work in their rooms. The Accommodation Association of Australia’s chief executive, Richard Munro, told Shift Miner that the organisation recognised that sex work was a legal activity. He said hotels, however, should have the right to determine who stays in their tourism accommodation. “We believe [sex workers] need to get permission from the hotel owners to work on their premises,” he said. “They can’t just come and set up shop.” “If the hotel doesn’t want the [sex worker] to use their hotel and they are disrupting other parts of their business, then they

should have the right to say ‘no’.” Mr Munro said he had been told of properties running out of hot water and towels but if permission had been sought first this could be avoided. “They would have the same issue if a hairdresser came and set up,” he said. On the other hand, Mr Munro added, the Accommodation Association of Australia has had members contact them to say they have sex workers operating out of their motels and are happy. “It is primarily about asking permission,” he said. Mr Munro said the industry was heartened by the announcement of the Queensland Government that it will move to change the law to uphold the rights of accommodation operators to decide what takes place in their business. “We have three pieces of legislation Planning Consent, the Liquor Act and the Anti-discrimination Act - and these are all conflicting,” he said. Queensland’s Attorney General, Jarrod

Bleijie, told Shift Miner previously that the issue was that the sex worker was conducting a business out of a licensed venue. The Liquor Act prohibits a licensee from allowing a business to be conducted from the premises other than that authorised by the licence. Mr Munro said the issue is now with the legislators and there has been no indication of a timeline. In the meantime, three similar cases before QTAC have been put on hold since the Attorney General’s announcement. He said the legal issues are being lobbied through the states and federally to bring harmonious legislation across the country. Shift Miner contacted the Attorney General’s office for comment but did not receive a response before deadline.

The Scarlet Alliance’s chief executive, Janelle Fawkes, told Shift Miner a very important aspect of this case was that there was no indication that the Gold Coast sex worker was creating a nuisance. “It is a very important distinction: a motel owner preventing a sex worker from staying at their motel simply because they are a sex worker is discrimination,” Ms Fawkes said. “But if they were refusing a room because of nuisance behaviour, then they have a right to ask that person to desist and if they continue with that behaviour, then they can ask the person to leave.” Ms Fawkes said that it was in a sex worker’s best interest to remain discreet and private and to ensure their work does not impact on other people.

“We believe [sex workers] need to get permission from the hotel owners to work on their premises. They can’t just come and set up shop.”

Accommodation operators are seeking to establish the right to refuse what business is conducted on their premises in the wake of sex worker discrimination controversy.




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Rail report raises more questions

THE proposed fast rail link between Gladstone and Rockhampton seems to be a good idea backed in by industry and community but remains unlikely to go ahead in the short term. A 17-page consultant’s report into the project, Fast Rail Commuter Service Syn-

opsis, has just been released and provides some interesting insights into the potential for the service. It also shows what the feeling on the ground is about such a rail link. “Overall the project was of interest to industry in the private sector as an option in

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the short-term for Gladstone residents, both permanent and temporary, to address impacts from the current growth pressures in the area,” the report by Tanner Consulting said. “It is also of interest to local governments across the study area.” One issue is that by the time the service could be provided the surge in workers needed for projects in Gladstone would have passed by up to eight years. Still, response from the community seems to be generally positive. “Based on committed and likely projects, a strong response from stakeholders was reported during stakeholder consultation, indicating a high degree of viability of a Fast Rail Commuter Service,” the report continued. “Although viability for the project was overall positive, almost a quarter of those surveyed voiced a concern in regards to the viability based on scheduling and times; citing the need for the rail times to work within the scope required for major projects in order for it to be viable.” The report was funded by Capricorn Enterprise and the terms of reference for

the study developed in consultation with Queensland Rail. During interviews for the report, key stakeholders acknowledge projects such as three individual LNG projects, Wiggins Island, True Energy, Boulder Steel, in conjunction with increased construction will place significant demand on the region. “Moreover, project-led demand is projected to increase exponentially in the next five to 10 years,” the report said. Also highlighted was significant concern on whether the rail system currently held the capacity to successfully undertake the project, whether unions or regulatory factors would be a concern and whether the costs of travel would make the service unviable. Capricorn Enterprise chief executive Mary Carroll was upbeat at the release of the report. “Whilst it is acknowledged that this is only a pre-feasibility assessment for the project, the positive support for the proposal has been overwhelming and we look forward to the new Government reviewing the report with a view to progressing the project to the next phase,” she said.

“Overall the project was of interest to industry in the private sector as an option in the short-term for Gladstone residents, both permanent and temporary, to address impacts from the current growth pressures in the area.”


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One man’s sausage becomes another man’s fuel THE sausage you barbeque at a public park in Mackay on your days off may soon be fuelling a council car. This is thanks to a biodiesel plant that will treat and refine the fat waste product from barbeques to create biodiesel, which will then fuel a small number of council vehicles. Central Queensland TAFE metal fabrication teacher and coordinator of the innovative project Paul Kelly said one outcome will be a cleaner environment. The project began construction in April last year and is providing engineering students hands-on experience. “The project is instrumental in providing skills and confidence to students, which will prepare them for their future careers,” Mr Kelly said. “The students who are in years 11 and 12 at school are learning how to read engineered plans and gaining skills in measuring, welding and teamwork. “Besides producing work ready apprentices, the project will also benefit the community once it is completed, by saving ratepayers money on council fuel costs and the disposal of cooking oil waste.” The project has been supported by Cen-

Bo Collins, Diedre Comerford, Kellie Pitts, Fiona Kruger, Alan Ruming and Paul Kelly.

tral Queensland Tafe, Mackay Regional Council and the Hail Creek Mine Community Development fund. Mackay Regional Council Mayor Deirdre Comerford said the Council is committed to a sustainable future and continually looks at ways to reduce its carbon footprint. “I have had a close affinity with this project since it began last year and see it

having a pivotal role in producing a sustainable environment,” Cr Comerford said. “In particular, it gives students the

opportunity to work on a beneficial, tangible project and provides them with an insight into using alternative fuels.”

“Besides producing work ready apprentices, the project will also benefit the community once it is completed, by saving ratepayers money on council fuel costs and the disposal of cooking oil waste.”



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Angler class action for compo blocked by court A CLASS action by Gladstone anglers for compensation for fish deaths in the harbour has been blocked by the Planning and Environment Court. About 60 harbour-related businesses were part of the case that was being handled by Shine Lawyers. They wanted compensation from the Gladstone Ports Corporation, which they claimed was responsible for sores and lesions on sick and dead fish in the harbour. The infections were occurring because of the large-scale port dredging scheme, the anglers said. The $1.3 billion project is the largest seabed dredging in Australian history, and many locals have held grave concerns about its impact on the environment for sometime. Ultimately, 36 million cubic metres of soil will be removed from the harbour, and then used to reclaim around 400 hectares of land on Curtis Island. Gladstone Ports Corporation has always

It is images like this that prompted the class action from anglers. This pair of King Salmon from Gladstone waters were photographed in May.

denied the claims while the government says the problems have been caused by natural events, such as flooding and high rains. Last week Judge David Searles released his ruling and rejected the anglers’ application to hear the $20 million class action. They may now take their claims to

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another jurisdiction. Fish sampling conducted in June and July found fish health in Gladstone waters is continuing to improve, even in the tougher conditions of winter. Fisheries Queensland found fish to be in overall good health within Gladstone Harbour. Fisheries Queensland biologist Dr Stephen Wesche said the most significant finding was evidence of fish healing from previous injuries. “We caught barramundi in the Boyne, Calliope and Burnett rivers with recovering lesions - there was clearly new skin and scales growing over the lesions,” Dr Wesche said. “Of the 93 barramundi observed, none had Neobenedenia parasites, eye problems or ulcerative lesions. “It is particularly encouraging to see this healing continue during winter, which can be a tougher season for fish such as barramundi.” A final sampling trip will be carried out this month.

Industry gathers to honour its leaders THE Gladstone Engineering Alliance RBS Morgan’s Industry Gala Dinner and awards are to be held on October 11. GEA General Manager Carli Hobbs said once again the evening will recognise some of the most influential entrepreneurs and businesses who have been involved within industry in Central Queensland. The awards include the Forty Calis Memorial Award that recognises the achievements of an individual who has demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit to gain business success in the engineering and support sector. Another important award is the Wayne Peachy Memorial Award for an outstanding individual who has demonstrated their quality attributes that make them a role model for “quality comes first” in their sector. Award nominees for these and other awards will be notified in the coming weeks. Introduced last year, the GEA Industry Awards are part of the two-day Golding Industry Conference. About 230 delegates will attend the conference at CQ University on October 10 and 11. The focus of this year’s event will be major project updates. Further details about the conference and awards dinner are available from


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Beware the hidden bottleneck: Pacific National PACIFIC National says the industry is not going bust and there are still constraints in the Goonyella rail system. General manager of Queensland operations for Pacific National, Geoff Featherstone, made the comments as the company unveiled its new rail maintenance facility in Nebo. In 2007 the Queensland coal industry was crippled by supply bottlenecks in the rail and port networks, costing coal producers and the state

hundreds of millions of dollars. But Mr Featherstone says the mining boom isn’t over and there will need to be continued investment in the rail networks. “I think the industry saw some peaks that probably wouldn’t have been met by anyone,” he said. “It has now settled down to more realistic growth patterns and we still see significant growth over the next 10 years. “We are talking to our customers about India and

China and there isn’t a change in the growth story.” Even with more steady demand out of Asia, Mr Featherstone said major port expansions like Dudgeon Point will mean the industry needs to keep working on logistics. “I think the demand has dropped but there are still constraints in the Goonyella system,” he said. “Some of those constraints have eased with the drop in demand but also things like the gateway project to Abbot Point have made a difference.”

The integrated logistics group has made working improvements in the system but if the Dudgeon Point expansion comes online there will need to be more capacity added to the range. “That’s probably the biggest task - there is a lot of variability in the system. But the changes need to occur along the whole supply chain. Not just in the rail infrastructure,” Mr Featherstone said. The maintenance facility at Nebo can handle up to 16 full trains and will employ around 100 people.

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New plane in the wings for FIFO routes THE 2012 Queensland Gas Conference & Exhibition this week will be used for the launch of an Australian-first FIFO aviation solution. Adagold Aviation will highlight a newly introduced jet enabling FIFO workers to fly direct from more major centres into more regional areas. Adagold Aviation General Manager Jeff

Eager said that the 37-seat regional jet will provide an option for direct jet air services into remote airports in Queensland areas that are capable of taking such an aircraft. “What this means is that FIFO workers will now have the option to transit direct from cities further afield such as Melbourne, Adelaide, Cairns or Sydney directly

into regional areas,” Mr Eager said. “It’s a new aircraft type that has not operated FIFO anywhere else in this country.” Mr Eager said that the aircraft will allow smaller numbers of workers to travel direct from major cities into regionally located projects much faster and more comfortably than ever before. “The introduction of this aircraft will mean that workers will now be able to make direct flights such as flying direct from Melbourne’s Essendon Airport direct to Roma in around one hour and 45 minutes.” The Queensland Gas Conference & Exhibition is on at the Brisbane Convention and Events Centre on September 11 and 12 and will feature the latest developments and issues facing Coal Seam Gas and Liquefied Natural Gas in Queensland. Meanwhile, getting in and out of Brisbane domestic airport is to get easier for FIFO workers within weeks, according to the authority that manages the facility. The Brisbane Airport Corporation is to introduce 20-minute free parking to help

with smoother drop-offs and pick ups. The aim of the parking, which will be in the long-term carpark area and about seven minutes walk from the terminal, is to remove pick-up traffic from outside the terminal. FIFO workers and others who travel often from Brisbane will know under current rules motorists have two minutes to drop off or collect passengers from the front of the domestic terminal and this is problematic if flights are late or at peak departure and arrival times. Waiting motorists have taken to parking on the side of roads leading to the airport until they get a text or phone call from the passenger(s), but police have been ticketing these drivers for illegal parking. The other alternative has been to wait in paid parking, which is among the most expensive per hour in Australia. The new long-term car park has 221 car spaces and will open from mid-September. When it opens the existing drop-off and pick-up road near the domestic terminal will become a drop-off-only zone.

“It’s a new aircraft type that has not operated FIFO anywhere else in this country.”


Police investigate thefts at rail depot Anyone connected with the mining industry can testify that a certain amount of “theft” from mining companies has become entrenched behaviour in Australia. In Western Australia Fortescue Metals has begun rolling out new invisible spray-on technology that makes identification of stolen goods easier by allowing the capture of exact fingerprints. Dan Crowley, executive director of security and commercial investigation company Verifact, said more infrastructure companies are looking for solutions to the problem. “Yes we have had an increase in enquiry about providing this sort of service. I can’t go

into any particulars of course, but certainly we are getting calls,” he said. “But it’s not just an issue for large mining companies; it is an issue relating to large infrastructure companies. “But I think in mining a blind eye has been turned on the issue for a long time, and now there is a sense of entitlement and workers think that it is okay to take a few things off site.” Mr Crowley said a large part of the problem was a cultural one and the vast majority of the theft was caused by a small amount of people stealing a large amount of smaller items. He found it odd that well-paid individuals seemed willing to risk their job and rep-

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utation to make a bit of money selling small stolen items. “In an office environment, if you were to walk out with a heap of stationery it would be considered unacceptable,” he said. “But in mining circles it is considered okay to take home a few small things like gloves or safety glasses.” But unfortunately from little things big things grow and people go overboard. “We have investigated cases where people have stolen everything from fuel, machinery, vehicle components through to office equipment,” he said. “But usually its the smaller items that go

missing, and it is a small percentage of people that drags everyone down.” While there are a range of physical solutions to the problem like increased security and other identification technology, Mr Crowley said the best long-term solution would be cultural change. “The best way for this to be counteracted is by trying to instill a culture whereby workers realise that it is not acceptable, and if they see it, they should say something about it,” he said. “No one likes a thief, and if the bloke next to you stole something from your garage you wouldn’t accept it and stealing from the boss is no different.”


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Art enters Bimblebox battle

ART has become the latest weapon in the fight to save the Bimblebox Nature Refuge. Environmental groups say the 8,000 hectares of native bush area near Alpha will be destroyed if Clive Palmer’s China First is allowed to develop its proposed open cut mine. A dozen notable artists from Eastern Australia will spend the next 10 days capturing the sights and sounds of the bushland that lies within grazing country. The artists, including Pamela CroftWarcon, Liz Mahood and Jill Sampson, will camp and work at the nature refuge. They will work with a range of traditional and contemporary media. Ms Sampson told Shift Miner the group aimed to document aspects of a very particular Australian landscape and habitat. “Our intention is to map the country and its inhabitants in our own unique ways,” she said. “The resulting artworks, including installation, painting, digital storytelling and sound, will come together in a dynamic exhibition. “These 8000 hectares of native bushland

sustain complex ecosystems. The landscape and its habitats exist as they have for thousands of years.” Ms Sampson pointed out that art and science have long complemented each other. “Nature, art and science are all meant to enhance our lives, and this is what we’re seeing at Bimblebox,” she said. “We will draw from historical texts, flora and fauna surveys, and studies of animal tracks and behaviour, to creatively map this area and its inhabitants. Through our art we will bear witness to this place, its past and its future.” One aspect of the project will be dying fabric from colours extracted from vegetation and then sewing a large blanket to become an installation piece. Another artists is using infrared cameras to capture night images in the area. “Over the next two or three months the artists will be working on what they started to develop at Bimblebox and we’re hoping to pull that together into a really dynamic exhibition,” Ms Sampson said.

“We will draw from historical texts, flora and fauna surveys, and studies of animal tracks and behaviour, to creatively map this area and its inhabitants. Through our art we will bear witness to this place, its past and its future.”

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Traditional owners trained up at Hail Creek Mine WIRI Yuwiburra traditional owners are broadening their skills thanks to an ongoing business traineeship program at Rio Tintoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hail Creek Mine. The program has been going for six years and was set up as part of a goodwill agreement between Hail Creek Mine, the Wiri Yuwiburra Aboriginal Community Benefits Trust and the traditional owners. So far, seven indigenous people have successfully completed their traineeships in Rio Tinto Coal Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mackay office with support from training provider MRAEL and five have completed their traineeships in external host organisations. Wiri Yuwiburra members Jannaya Santo and Lana Johnson began their traineeships with Rio Tinto Coal Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mackay office and Townsville City Council respectively earlier this year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have always wanted to work in business administration and was very excited to find out I had been accepted for the traineeship,â&#x20AC;? Ms Santo said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My experience so far has been really positive and the people I work with are great. I take care of the inductions for Hail Creek Mine, organise and manage mailing and post and do my training at MRA-

EL, which involves completing 12 modules throughout the year.â&#x20AC;? Ms Johnson said the highlight of the traineeship programme was having the opportunity to work in the learning and development team of Townsville City Council and delivering a presentation about NAIDOC Week.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Presenting on NAIDOC Week allowed me to share my culture and background with the people I work with, which was a great experience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am also learning a lot about how to model a good work ethic, participate in a team environment and how to balance work, life and study.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m aiming to go to university one day to further my studies in business as well as sport.â&#x20AC;? Hail Creek Mine general manager operations Rowan Munro said Rio Tinto has a Reconciliation Action Plan target of 5 per cent indigenous employment across all Rio Tinto Coal Australia operations.

Lana Johnson (left) and Jannaya Santo (right) are WIRI Yuwiburra and are part of a traineeship program offered through Rio Tintoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hail Creek Mine.

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Gladstone locals get more training opportunities THE door to a new career in the electrical industry has been opened for five locals who will complete a Santos GLNG-sponsored dual qualification in electro-technology and instrumentation and gain hands-on experience working in Gladstone businesses. The apprentices have been hand picked from a group of 15 trainees who undertook a six-month training program earlier this year and completed a Certificate II in Electro-technology. The training program aimed at providing training opportunities for locals in the energy industry and was a partnership between Energy Skills Queensland’s Gladstone Workforce Skilling Strategy, Central Queensland Institute of Tafe and Santos GLNG Project. Julie-Ann Devilee from Energy Skills Queensland’s Gladstone Workforce Skilling Strategy said she was excited to see five young

people embarking on a career in energy. “This program aims to help match local skills with industry needs; we’re pleased to see locals undertaking this electro-technology training and acquiring skills that are in demand in our region,” Ms Devilee said. Apprentice Ruan Reyneke said he was proud to be one of the fortunate few to have the opportunity to undertake the dual apprenticeship and gain hands-on experience with a local business. “I’m glad to see investment in the future of Gladstone locals and hope that this program will grow and involve more young people in the future,” Mr Reyneke said. Cutuli Electrical owner Tyrone Cutuli said he was thrilled to be part of the project which he sees as a positive step in increasing skilled labour in the region. “I believe our business has a lot to offer an apprentice in terms of learning

“The apprentices have been hand-picked from a group of 15 trainees who undertook a six-month training program earlier this year and completed a Certificate II in Electro-technology.”

and experience as we cover all aspects of the industry including domestic, industrial and commercial work, resulting in a well-

rounded experience and plenty of scope to develop skills during the entire apprenticeship,” Mr Cutuli said.

Tyrone Cutuli is thrilled to be one of the apprentices selected for the project.

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Blackwater students played to a packed house in their version of the musical “Retroactive”

(L-R) Colleen Biles, Sandi McKenzie, Julie Beak, Liam Kronk,Maureen Fletcher, Linda Galloway, Michaela Galloway, Lisa Jefferis, Nicole Wittkopp and Jess Frost

Ali and Evonne

Alexandria, Alan, Rowena and Greg Rogers

Declan Nelson and Aaron Matthew

Shae Lackey and Jackie Healy

Alex, Ben, Moss Fraser and Hayley Roberts

(L-R) Amy Dowie, Rebecca Beath and Jack Dowie

(L-R) Lisa Jefferis Jess Fross and Ethan

Tracey, Steven Grant and Jaacqui Buchanan

Shannon Green and Joanne Walker

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Crew and cast of the “Retroactive” musical from Blackwater High


(L-R) Kylie Sinclair, Blake Sinclair, Tricia Haupt, Wyatt Haupt

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McKayla Zietsman, Charlotte Zietsman

Moranbah locals embrace Spring and the spirit of charity recently

Sally Woods (mum) Zoe Woods, Ella Woods

Karen Reynolds

Zara Callanan, Nate Singleton

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FROM THE EDITOR WHERE do you stand on workplace theft? The issue has been brought into sharp focus this week with our cover page story showing police have been called in to one Rockhampton workplace to stem the illegal flow of tools and supplies out the gate. Large tools and small have been disappearing faster than ever and thoughts are that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because disgruntled workers are taking home their own â&#x20AC;&#x153;bonusesâ&#x20AC;? from the workplace. Just part of the work culture? Maybe. Is it right? Definitely not. Theft shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be condoned and by saying nothing about it, like allowing bullying to exist, is just as bad as doing the thieving. Mig welders worth $4000 - and four have gone missing - donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get taken home accidentally. Well, workers in industrial and construction sites will have to get a lot smarter if they want to keep stealing. Businesses are reviewing their security.

One company is offering spray-on coating to identify stolen goods. Great innovations, but its disappointing they have to be thought up for workplaces where personnel are paid above the national average. Amazingly those who are helping themselves to goods from work risk destroying their career. Word spreads when someone does something negative in the workplace. The next job can be harder to get. Time between paying gigs stretches out to weeks and then months and that cheap thrill of stealing a spanner set or drill doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite seem worth it anymore. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never going to really be. The best solution is changing the culture. Ironically most of the new apprentices entering the industry would never steal, yet some of the people they look up to see it as their right.

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Damn modern computers

Fast forward three years and we were all asked to supply bank details so our pay could be directly deposited into our bank accounts. I thought that was silly - poor pay lady having to haul all our pay packets up to bank and hand them over the counter.

I hate computers. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been into a strip club, on occasion, to gather research for my novels. I notice they call strip clubs â&#x20AC;&#x153;gentlemenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clubsâ&#x20AC;?, for example Platinum Gentlemenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club, TNT Gentlemenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club etc. The pretence is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;gentlemanâ&#x20AC;? can go into the club and relax without fear of getting busted trying to catch a sly glance at some female anatomy, because boobs are like welding: you know you shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t look, but you do.

gentleman picks up a rock-hard, four-pound long, black, steel hammer. He pulls it out and smashed the bejesus out of the shitbox, non-performing (normal) computer until a lather forms on his forehead and the computer resembles a politicianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s election speech. At this time the gentleman collapses into a seat, the door swings open and he is handed a cigar and scotch. Depending upon his appetite, another Apple Mac or Acer Notebook may be brought in to him.

The first week of direct deposit was the first week a computer stole my pay. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve not seen one of my pay packets since. For 20-ish years computers have robbed me of them. I just use a computer to move my money to someone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s account. They never, ever see the cash, they use a computer to pass my pay along in their name (commerce apparently).

I figure Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to open an exclusive gentlemenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;relaxation clubâ&#x20AC;? offering a high roller room. The punter (aka highroller) would go into a darkened booth with nothing on, and inside the booth would be a computer screen. The gentleman would attempt to log on but the screen blinks INTERNET CANNOT CONNECT. So, with much pleasure, the

Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve also watched Gen-Ys lasted sporting craze. UFC choke punch smashfest. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a crazy looking sport that almost has the potential to keep the average Gen-Y mattress-humping maleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attention for more than seven seconds. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to see this sport utilised properly and Gen-Y to be held responsible for their other legacy - the damn

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modern computer. We need to get one of those huge, angry, repressed UFC fighters into a cage and as the bell rings for the fight, throw in a computer and let him choke, punch and smash it into microns. Now thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something I could watch. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love to see an iPad gets its Facebook rammed down its YouTube...

Who is Redmond?

Redmond was born in a cross-fire hurricane and now resides in Queensland. Former Golden Glove champ turned champion shearer, his shearing career was cut short when he entered the adult film industry and made 3467 films in three months. He now enjoys semi-retirement and lives happily on his 100,000 acre property with his seven wives. He has received the annual Golden Pen award from the Writerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guild four years in a row in the Truth Telling category...


Fair Dinkum!

IN GREAT BRITAIN - Bucket loads of shells and stinking pippis are what my kids bring home from a trip to the beach. Why can’t they lift their game and bring home 60 grand’s worth of whale vomit?

due to the man’s strict nature and has nothing to do with the Nazi dictator.

Charlie Naysmith, an eight-year-old-boy from Bournemouth, thought he had found a big hunk of rock but, in fact, he had pocketed a piece of highly prized ambergris, a substance spewed or parked up by sperm whales.

But local Jews disagree and say the owners knew exactly what the name meant.

Curiously this yellowish beige substance with a waxy finish is an object of great demand with perfume makers as it helps prolong the scent of perfume. Selling for as much as $10,000 for about half a kilo, it seems there are some serious gross profits to be made in the whale chuck market. According to his father Alex Naysmith, they are still researching the product: “He is into nature and is really interested in it. We have discovered it is quite rare and are waiting for some more information from marine biology experts,” Mr Naysmith said, according to My kids would want to blow the cash on Barbies and lollies, but boy wonder is currently considering building some kind of a shelter for animals. Honestly, it is enough to make you spew! IN INDIA – Own a shop and looking for an unusual/offensive name to stand out from the crowd and get the punters talking? If you have always thought ‘Hitler’ had the ability to stir up a crowd, you might need to cross it off your list. A men’s clothes store in India has already snapped it up. According to reports in The Daily Mail, outraged residents and the small Jewish community in Ahmedabad in Gujarat province, north of Mumbai, are calling for the offensive name to be changed. Proprietor Rajesh Shah claimed no harm was intended and he was unaware that the name may cause offence as it derives from a nickname given to his business partner’s grandfather.

“It was only recently that we read about Hitler on the internet,” claimed Mr Shah.

“In the city of Mahatma Gandhi and nonviolence, how can anyone celebrate a person like Hitler who is known to have murdered millions of unarmed ordinary civilians? We as a community had represented our concerns to the proprietors and we do not think they agree with us,” said Nikitin Contractor, convener of the Friends of Israel organisation from Vadodara. IN THE UNITED STATES – Joyce Coffey arrested four times in 26 hours for playing AC/DC too loudly: Now THAT is a crime! Obviously an aficionado of fine Aussie music, the New Hampshire woman was arrested four times in 26 hours for blasting “Highway to Hell” and other loud music from her home and for throwing a frying pan, authorities say. Police first issued a warning to Joyce Coffey on Tuesday afternoon at her home in Epping. They say they were called back an hour later and arrested her for the loud music. Police say Coffey was arrested again five hours later. She was released and arrested again before dawn Wednesday over more loud music. Police arrested her again after her nephew said he tried to remove some of his belongings from her house and she threw the frying pan at him. Coffey was jailed Friday and, according to WMUR-TV reports, a judge has recommended she use headphones. to AC/DC Listening a crime. e b should

“Until the time we applied for the trademark permission, I had only heard that Hitler was a strict man,” he told the Times of India. He says Hitler was a nickname given to his business partner Manish Chandani’s grandfather

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Dear Frank, My wife and I recently had our first child and we couldn’t be happier. The only problem is that my wife is insisting I give up my hobbies in order to stay home and help out around the house. I know I’ve got to be there sometimes, but at the same time I don’t really want to give up all my hobbies and interests. How can I make my wife see there needs to be a balance between helping out with the baby and getting out of the house for some ‘man time’? John, Emerald

Children can be a very tiresome breed of monster, John. One minute you’re living the good life as captain of Australia’s premier ‘gentleman’s barge’, the next minute you’re being sued for paternity by three exotic dancers. Luckily for me, however, I managed to prove the gentlemen’s barge was floating safely in international waters at the time of conception. Thanks to my extremely talented lawyer, my illegitimate children are now safely in the custody of a band of Somali pirates. It sounds to me like you missed the opportunity to pin the blame on someone else for your child, so we shall have to employ some other techniques to get you out of the house and back to the pub.

Sensible Susan

John, I know this sounds very cliché, but when you have a child that has to be your number one priority! Very few people are able to maintain

Now, it’s common knowledge that women’s brains get a bit scattered after pregnancy, and there’s no reason why you can’t exploit this to your advantage. You’ll need to plan in advance for this one and buy a high-quality prosthetics kit from eBay. Wait until your wife falls asleep and apply some make-up to her to make her look about 20 years older. Do the same thing to yourself. When your wife wakes up, act as though it’s 20 years in the future and your child has gone off to university, allowing you all the free time you could ever want and more! Now, there are a few things that could derail this plan. Number one, if your wife goes outside she will likely discover it is not the future; however, unless your house has an outdoor kitchen I can’t imagine she should have any reason to venture outside. It’s also highly likely your wife may want to speak to your child, that’s easily addressed too. Buy a cheap pre-paid mobile phone and pay some kid at the local shopping centre a hundred bucks to answer it whenever it rings and pretend to be your child. I’ve done this many times, but in reverse, you’d be surprised how many children in Australia have talked to homeless men, thinking it was ‘Papa Frank’. The biggest hitch in this plan, however, is what to do with your actual child ... well don’t worry, I’ve got that covered too. I know a very nice band of Somali pirates who are always looking for new recruits. Frank.

the same lifestyle after they have children, so I’m afraid you’re going to have to say goodbye to a lot of your free time. Having said that, I do believe it’s important to still maintain some of your hobbies to help keep you sane. Talk to your wife about having a few designated hours of ‘man time’ per week, that way she can plan in advance for you not being there. Susan.

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Jimi makes number 7 CONSIDERED the greatest six-string maestro of all time, Jimi made his mark on popular culture and music of the yesteryear and present. Jimi’s greatest album belief congregates everything that the man himself stood for. There is a flavour of professionalism and natural talent that flows through this entire LP. ‘Electric Ladyland’ was released in 1968 by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, which comprised Noel Redding - guitar player turned bassist, Mitch Mitchell - legendary percussionist, and Jimi himself on guitar and vocals. This album is simply the absolute fineness of Hendrix’s lyricism, guitar skills, sincerity of his voice and the ability to masterfully produce a track. It is backed up with work of gifted Mitchell and Redding handling the rhythm section throughout the record. Every song that follows one another just feels.....right. ‘Electric Ladyland’ is an accurate portrayal of life during psychedelic love era through the eyes of a Native American living in the States. Jimi was a naturally talented, spiritually enlightened, drug-infused, jazz, blues, psychedelic rock musician. This record starts with the powerful ‘... And The Gods Made Love’. It starts with the immense sound of Mitch Mitchell’s bass drum with effects added to represent giant footsteps (the gods) followed by spectacular noises implying the gods making love. Hendrix’s next rock hit is ‘Crosstown Traffic’. Within this song is one of the catchiest tunes known to music. Hendrix, while in the studio, made a makeshift kazoo out of a comb and tissue, which accompanied his guitar have a ‘blown-out speaker’ sound.


Next up is the searing hot, 15-minute long blues jam, ‘Voodoo Chile’. Despite the length of this tune, it manages to keep you staring at the speakers, in trance-like awe. This is partly because of the famously talented Steve Winwood, who shreds the electric organ. ‘All Along The Watchtower’ is the great song by legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. Hendrix, a huge Dylan fan, blows the classic out of the water with The Experience’s rendition of the tune. In fact, during the recording of this song Hendrix was so bent on perfecting it that he played the bass as well in the final recording. This was after a dissatisfied Noel Redding left the session in the studio, unhappy about proceedings. The album finally concludes with the monstrous track ‘Voodoo Child (Slight Return)’. The song begins with the greatest electric guitar riffs of all time, in my opinion. How Jimi achieved such perfection with the simple use of a Wah-Wah pedal is beyond me. All I know is this song is brilliant. From the lyrics to the percussion, it’s perfection.

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Bait shop Banter YEPPOON ADRIAN from The Secret Spot Bait & Tackle usually has loads of fishing tales to tell and this week’s story about Sam’s Big Day is certainly a beauty. Sam Gibson, a senior student at St Brendan’s College in Yeppoon, had a Sunday out with the Keppel Bay Sportfishing Club that he can rightly boast about through the ages. On Sunday, August 26, Sam managed to silence a mighty 42kg amberjack on a 6kg line after a momentous three hours and 12 minutes! Also known as a samson fish (as in the bible story of Samson and Delilah), these suckers are seriously strong. If you would like to check out some more photos of Sam’s epic battle, search ‘Keppel

Sam Gibson and his conquered foe

Bay Sportfishing Club’ on Facebook. The fact there are southern species like amberjack and snapper about offshore indicates the water in still cool, so if you want some Samstyle brag rights you had better get out there. Adrian also reports punters have been pulling in barra, salmon and grunter on lures in Coorooman Creek. Crabs are starting to get a move along in Coorooman and Corio Bay.

GLADSTONE Around Gladstone has been patchy and it sounds like a case of the little girl with the curl in the middle of her forehead: “When she was good she was very very good but when she was bad she was horrid!” Michael from Compleat Angler reckons this on-again off-again fishing is typical for this time of year but he reassures us that when it is on song it is singing. For example, some recent charter boat activity reported bagging 80 bottom fish per boat rather than the average 40, and there have also been hauls of mac up to the 40 kilo mark. And while things may be a little stop and go,

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the weather has been tops, which has allowed numbers to at least get out and have a go. The good news story for land-based fishers continues to be around the hot water outlet where lots and lots of big barra, salmon and queenfish are up for grabs. By big barra Michael is talking about up to 1m 40cm and “if you get one under a metre you are unlucky”, he said. Estuary fishing away from the hot water outlet has been fickle with the salmon seemingly there one day and gone the next. It sounds like as with the girl with the curl, it is a matter of riding out the bad and hanging in there for the inevitable good.

MACKAY It has been a bit rough offshore round Mackay so things have been on the quieter side according to Greg at Reef Marine. But that should be about to change with reports of the water temperatures out wide being on the and up to 3-4०C higher than compared to the coast. These warmer conditions should start to bring more fish on the bite. It also means more whitebait coming into the coast and with them with follow the mac. Greg reckons it depends where they come in but up around Seaforth and around

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The Coalfields Fire Season is on the way Week 1 - Conditions remained very dry across the Coalfields. In the last 50 days to the end of the first week of September a total of 6mm fell in Emerald and 3mm in Moranbah. Only Springsure with 23mm and Collinsville with 18mm were standouts. The dry conditions with good evaporation were aided by the consecutive frosts damaging the grasslands and turning them a dry yellow. This has caused a high cure state with around 5 tonnes/acre. The 30C plus temperatures and north westerly winds followed by very dry south to south westerly winds will increase the Fire Danger Ratings in the coming weeks. This type of grass state has not been seen since the spring of 2009 when many bushfires raged. The first very warm day last Friday (30-32C) cooled rapidly with a cold burst of dry air over the weekend. Then relatively mild/warm days in the mid 20s should follow during the week. Becoming warmer during the weekend as temperatures test the 30C mark. Boaties! A fresh SSW’ly during the weekend tends more ESE’ly with a squally shower during the week. Mon: SE 20-15 G 25 with a squally shower mainly north. Tue: ESE 16-12 a brief shower in the north. Wed-Thr: ESE 15-20 with squally showers gusting 28 knots. Fri: ESE 19-14 north & ESE/E 13-9

in the south tending ENE south of Yeppoon avo. Sat: ESE/ENE 10-15 north & ENE/NE 8-12 gusting to 18-20 knots inshore by late arvo south of Cape Manifold. Late spring (widely spaced) thundery showers near Fraser Island could reach the coast around Gladstone late. Sun: Fickle winds may be light. If the southerly stalls it may not make the Capricorn coast till Mon. Week 2 - The SOI has now risen to minus 4. A jump of 8 points from minus 12. If the value stays in the minus then we are in for a very dry spring into winter. If the value stays less than minus 10 then the El Nino word will be common in summer. So a decent bushfire season is unfurling. The very warm northerly turns south west to southerly by late weekend. Allowing another short burst of cooler air into the Coalfields. Then conditions warm quickly with northerly winds returning, late week. There is a hint of a late weak thundery shower in the west mid week. Look very warm and unsettled late week. Marine Lovers! If the high in the Tasman builds it may herald moderate to fresh winds for the week. Mon: SE 15-20 with a squally shower in the south could reach the Whitsundays late. Tue-Fri: SE/ESE 15-20 G 28 with a squally shower easing trend late Friday in the south. Sat: E/NE 5-10 early gusting 15-20 inshore. Then a fresh southerly lurks again around Fraser Island Sun.


Take me to the river RAFTING on the Dawson River? Maybe it’s not quite punting in Oxford or a romantic gondola ride in Venice, but rafting in a home-built craft on the Dawson has plenty of its own rough and ready charm. Sound like your kind of caper? Head to The Theodore River Festival, Saturday September 29, for river rafting high jinx and a

whole lot of good clean family fun. In its second year, the Theodore River Festival is one of the major events of the wider Dawson River Festival, which encompasses the four towns of Theodore, Moura, Taroom and Baralaba. Organising committee member Sharyn Holmes said last year’s inaugural event

was already in the pipeline before the big 2010/11 floods, and despite the community’s exhaustion, the show went on and was a huge success. “We only had five or six rafts pre-registered but next thing you looked up and saw a flotilla of craft coming up the river. It was absolutely fantastic,” Ms Holmes said. While safety requirements like pre-registration and lifejackets will be compulsory this year, it seems creativity has in no way been dampened with a raft named the ‘Scud Missile’ being spotted on a trailer. “Last year there was a bike-propelled raft and even a plastic cattle trough that was steered by two women who had an oar each, but kept turning around in circles,” Ms Holmes said. “The best part about it was the kids and their dads, who got into the shed during the holidays and built their rafts together. They bonded as a family working together and then out on the water, having fun together,” Ms Holmes said. And it isn’t just river rafting to get geared up for, there is a host of other activities on the festival schedule, including a bike ride, art exhibition, markets and family entertainment. The Evolution Cracow to Theodore Bike Ride is open to individuals or teams, serious competitors or just folk looking for a bit of

fun or going on a spin for some exercise. The full ride is 51km or if you want to share the love/pain, there is a minimum of 10km per rider. The Local Artists Riverfest Exhibition, kicking off on Wednesday night, is a popular showcase of local talent. Inspired by ‘Junkyard Dog’, an artwork from last year’s show, this year’s exhibition features a Junk Sculpture Competition in which “everyone is invited to gather up discarded, abandoned or worn out ‘stuff’, and combine it in surprising and unexpected ways to build a piece of sculpture”. Over 60 market stalls are expected to ensure Junction Park has just as much to interest landlubbers as those participating in the on-water action. Events such as a saratoga filleting and cooking demonstration are sure to interest anyone who has attempted to take on one of these bony suckers without instructions. Ms Holmes said fish like saratoga were all a lot of the older generation had access to locally and “we thought it would be great to pass on the filleting skills because they are absolutely beautiful if they are done properly”. For more information and registration details, search “Theodore River Festival” on Facebook.

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145th EDITION. 2012

Finals prove rosters no excuse: CQ Rugby DESPITE the distance and rosters, two of the final four teams in the Central Queensland first grade rugby union competition this month will be from mining towns. Both the Blackwater Basilisks and the Dawson Valley Drovers Rugby clubs have made the finals, exploding the myth that rosters are killing sport in mining communities The Drovers draw their players from the rural and mining industries surrounding the towns of Theodore and Moura, while the Basilisks draw from the farms and mines surrounding Blackwater. For the Drovers, being minor premier in the A grade competition this year is testament to a monumental commitment by players over a long period of time. For more than four years, players and coaching staff have been commuting at least once a week for more than four hours to get to training and games. The decision by the players to take this step has brought the club back from the brink of collapse and turned them from â&#x20AC;&#x153;easybeatsâ&#x20AC;? into the benchmark team in the competition. Drovers outside back Mitch McDouall was there when the decision was made to take training more seriously.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Back in 2007, we really were on the edge of collapse, we were getting flogged every weekend and struggling to get a team on game day, let alone at training,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A few of the senior players at the time decided we had to change something and the decision was made to train in Moura once a week, which meant a four hour commute for half the team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We also decided on a no-train-no-start policy, which admittedly did make it hard for a lot of players on rosters. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t viable to have a no-train-noplay policy because a lot of our players, through no fault of their own, just couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make training and we needed them on weekends. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But to get some continuity and combinations we just decided to go with the team we had on Thursday night and everyone understood why we needed to do that.â&#x20AC;? The decision has worked for the club, who now is on the brink of claiming its first premiership in many years. Last weekendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s results were not available at the time of print, but Mitch said irrespective of how the final series ends, no one in the club regrets the effort that they have made â&#x20AC;&#x153;A few of us are sick of the road to Moura, but you only get back what you put in.â&#x20AC;?

Xstrata hush on big game guns WHILE the bush telegraph is alive with rumours about the superstars that will be lining up for this weekendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s charity rugby match between Xstrata and BMA, both companies remain tight lipped. It is not uncommon that former and current legends of the game will make a celebrity appearance in the name of charity. Within central Queensland rugby circles, at least two former internationals and a number of state pedigreed players can be found working in the mining sector. While final team lists remain under lock and key, general manager for Xstrata Coal Shane Hansen didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mince words on his desire to avenge last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s loss to BMA.

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L50 Fitzroy Crescent Approximately 24 acres of bushland vegetation with cleared access and boundaries on sealed road with power available. Blue water views across the Coral Sea. Outstanding outlook & position. One of few lots of this size close to town, school, the beach and boat ramp. Only 1.5 hours drive from Gladstone. Call to inspect today. For Sale $340,000 View Gordon Christian P 07 4902 1444 M 0417 206 500 E Harcourts Agnes Water - 1770


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