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CLEANSKINS ARE IN Mining opens up to green workers

SEVERAL up-and-coming mining projects in Queensland appear set to open their doors to untrained or “green” workers to fill their labour requirements. The employment information website, the Resource Channel, has been asked to carry out an online survey to determine the level of interest in fly in, fly out (FIFO) work from the south-east corner. “The most truly refreshing component of this is that companies are opening their doors to the highest number of entry level people I have ever seen,” said the director of the Resource Channel Jody Elliott. “I have been bleating on for some time for companies to offer more opportunities for people with no experience, and to make the process of applying for those positions more transparent.” While Ms Elliott won’t say which companies have commissioned the survey, she said they were highly reputable and hoped to make a final investment decision on the projects in the first half of next year. FIFO is not that common at Queensland mines, with most of the workforce either living nearby or commuting by car to homes in major regional centres. This survey is about gauging the level of interest from trainees, semi-skilled, female and indigenous participants - as well as those already in the industry - about FIFO opportunities.

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who has been on the organising committee of Moura’s Coal & Country Fes-

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It was refreshing to talk to someone who has a real passion for communities - and is doing something to help in their own backyard.

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est things about the festival was that people who had left Moura when the mine closed down, often came back to visit friends during festival time. Moura’s Coal & Country Festival

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and tradition alive - and given the festival’s longevity and popularity it’s likely to continue for many years to come. I hope so. Another community building event was held in Emerald recently. The Brian Rix Memorial Weekend is a two-day boating extravaganza whether you’re into skiing or just ripping it up in your power boat. The weekend is held to commemorate the life of local boy Brian Rix, who died in a boating accident on the Fitzroy River 11 years ago. You can read more about both events in the pages of this edition.

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Green light for eager unskilled workers

“Rather than dictate roster and work arrangements they have gone to the market and asked what would be appealing and where the planes should leave from,” said Ms Elliott. “There is a huge population base in south-east Queensland this could potentially open up a whole new group of people who can’t currently get into the game.” They are looking at possible flights out

from the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and even northern New South Wales. Job seekers who complete the survey will have the option of submitting their contact details. If and when the projects are approved, survey respondents will be advised and invited to submit applications for job opportunities.

Ms Elliott says the willingness of new projects to take on trainees and semi-skilled workers made sense at a time when the skills shortage was intensifying. “I have said for some time that the industry could fill 30 per cent of its vacancies if it just accepted people without experience and were prepared to train them,” she said. “I would hope this move send a clear message and starts to set a benchmark for other projects.” Ms Elliott, who previously worked as a recruitment manager for BHP Billiton, said in the past there had been a lot of resistance to taking on inexperienced workers. “There was a lot of resistance because of the training costs and because people always need staff to start yesterday, so in that way experience helps.” “But these projects have more time to plan so I hope this becomes the norm.” Ms Elliott also predicted the skills shortage won’t hit the oil and gas sector as hard

as it will hit the construction industry. “The oil and gas companies have enough time to plan, it is constructing the next wave of projects that will cause problems.” “Building contractors don’t have much fat, and so it doesn’t make sense for them to put on apprentices if they only have guaranteed work for 18 months - they are just not going to do it.” She has suggested there needs to be a holistic approach to the problem, and potentially a cost sharing arrangement between the construction companies and the oil and gas companies to put on apprentices and trainees when and where they are needed. “Possibly workers could begin their apprenticeship on the construction site, and then move into operations when the mine is running.” “It’s those sort of solutions that need to be discussed and considered now.” Those interested in completing the survey can get online at www.theresourcechannel.com.au before the end of the month.

“The most truly refreshing component of this is that companies are opening their doors to the highest number of entry level people I have ever seen.”

Strict conditions for Caval Ridge THE state government has given the environmental tick to an enormous new coal mine, if it complies to a raft of strict operating contraints. BMA’s Caval Ridge mine has caused community concern in Moranbah, with some locals worried its close location to the town will create noise and dust problems. But Queensland’s Co-ordinator General has now ticked off on the mine’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) - albeit with a number of conditions attached. Those include 16 air monitoring stations, a housing impact plan, extensive vegetation offsets and controls to guard against adverse weather conditions. Isaac mayor Cedric Marshall has welcomed the approval of the mine, which would create 1200 construction jobs and 500 ongoing jobs if it proceeds. But he said council will make sure all the conditions are met. “I think the standards for the approval for the Caval Ridge mine are a lot stricter than they have been on previous mining applications,” he said. Cr Marshall is right, with the Planning Minister confirming the Co-ordinator General’s conditions for the project are the most

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comprehensive and prescriptive for a coal mine in Queensland’s history. “The conditions set clear principles and procedures with respect to air quality monitoring, dust and water management, community consultation and mitigation of potential social impacts of the mine,” Mr Hinchliffe said. Cr Marshall said the town’s main concern has been the cumulative effect of all the mines on the community. “It’s not just the effect of one mine that we are worried about.” “We set up the cumulative impacts group, with representatives from the community, the unions, council and state government, and we will be monitoring the effects of mining so close to the town whether it be dust or otherwise.” He said there will be an independent group who will regularly check the dust monitors, and a set procedure is in place if at anytime quality standards are breached. If the new open cut mine proceeds, it will produce around 5.5 million tonnes of coking coal each year, for 30 years. Based on current prices, that means the value of the coal exported will be about $US30 billion.


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FIFO work flies back into demand FAST NEWS IT WON’T be long before demand for workers will generate a lot more fly in fly out (FIFO) rosters in the Bowen Basin, according to a major recruitment agency. Last month, Stellar Recruitment opened its first regional office in Mackay so it could be closer to clients and job seekers in the Bowen Basin and the industrial hub of Paget. Heading up the office is Stellar’s senior consultant Mark Powell, who said there was a lot more FIFO work available before the global financial crisis. “I think once the economy stabilises we will see a lot more of it again,” he said. “But it all depends on when companies get to the stage where they can’t find people locally, then they will have to look to other areas.” The National Resource Sector Employment Taskforce recently released figures which show that 61,500 new jobs will be created in mining across Australia by 2015. But Mr Powell said, for now, employers are still looking for skilled workers. “I guess at this stage employers are still looking for people with mining industry experience - people with a trade certificate or who have worked on mining equipment.” “They are the ones we can help as an agency.” “But, as the market gets tighter and

tighter I’m guessing companies will have to look at introducing greener, less experienced people into the industry because they are only a certain number of skilled workers and it won’t be enough to fill the gaps.” “I am speaking to clients who have in excess of 20 to 30 positions to fill whether it be on a mine site, or an equipment manufacturing company.” “They need the experience and skills to hit the ground running.” He said the emerging LNG industry in the Surat Basin and Gladstone, as well as proposed mining projects further west in the Galilee Basin will only intensify demand. “The LNG industry will increase the skills shortage because a lot of those job categories are transferable - if you can work in the coal industry chances are you can work in oil and gas.” Mr Powell said companies needed to spent more money on training and fasttracking apprenticeships.

“Each mining company probably needs to invest in some of these less experienced people and train them up because that is the only way the industry is going to get any stronger.” Mr Powell said having a regional office meant more face-to-face meetings with clients and candidates; the company is also exploring the possibility of opening offices in Gladstone and Newcastle.

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“I am speaking to clients who have in excess of 20 to 30 positions to fill whether it be on a mine site, or an equipment manufacturing company.”

lisions, including one case where a loader ran into a Toyota tray-back. The driver didn’t see the ute or respond to a proximity alarm. Overall, there were 129 accidents or near misses on mine sites last month. In one case, a driller’s offsider unscrewed the cap on a fuel tank to inspect the fuel level. He neglected to equalise the fuel tank to the fuel pod and the three-inch cam lock

The state government says it remains committed to turning Cloncurry into a solar town. Three years after a $7 million trial was announced, the government has so far only committed $900,000. The Energy Minister Stephen Robertson has admitted there are difficulties with the technology, but they are waiting on more information from the contractors. He said if it doesn’t stack up, the government will invest the remaining funding into another solar project for the town. .....................................................................

129 on site accidents in July LOSS of control of a vehicle was the biggest cause of accidents on mine sites in Queensland last month. There were 28 reported “loss of control” incidents in the latest safety statistics released by the mines department - that’s almost one accident each day. In one instance, a road train driver ran into a berm when he failed to correct on a left hand bend. Both trailers rolled and the driver received cuts to his forehead and a bruised shoulder. There were also 19 reported vehicle col-

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burst off and hit him in the face. He was seriously injured. On another occasion a miner was working from an Eimco bucket while he was removing vent tube from the roof of an underground roadway. A section of the tube fell off, knocking him out of the bucket and onto the ground. The worker was knocked out. Overall, the number of incidents is slightly down from the previous month.

“The driver didn’t see the ute or respond to a proximity alarm.”

The Isaac regional council is hosting a women in local government conference next month. The two-day event starts on Thursday 9th September, and is completely free. It is open to anyone in local government, or who is inspiring to get into local government. For more information call the council on 4983 4700. .....................................................................

GOLFING FOR A CAUSE More than $4000 was raised for the Mater Foundation at the Mackay Area Industry Network (MAIN) golf day held recently at the Mackay Golf Club. The annual event, sponsored by Hail Creek Mine saw more than 90 attendees tee off in aid of prostate cancer. Member Services Coordinator, Renee Meares said that the day was a lot of fun and MAIN members are looking forward to next year’s event.

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Seasons behind coal price fall THE price of Australian thermal coal has fallen about five per cent in the past month, as northern hemisphere coal buyers assess their future need. The price is currently sitting at about $US91 per tonne. According to one industry source, it is not unusual for thermal coal prices to fall between the seasons, particularly when electricity companies are reassessing their coal stocks. For example, if Japan had a warmer than usual summer and, therefore, a high demand for air-conditioners, electricity companies might need to buy more coal to restock supplies for the winter months. The gentle fall from a historically high thermal coal price suggests there is still a very positive outlook for thermal coal. US coal producer James River Coal told Reuters that demand for electricity-generating coal is returning to the market. “Demand for thermal or steam coal has shown slow recovery from recession

levels as stockpiles at power generators remained stubbornly high, unlike metallurgical coal demand which shot up as China and India imported higher quantities,” the company said. “The thermal market in the United States is definitely coming back... we are seeing prompt demand.” “We are seeing people looking for coal for 2010, for the third and fourth quarter, that is something we could not have said during our call in February or May.”

Kingaroy groundwater cleared by five tests THE Queensland government last week lifted restrictions on the use of bore water near an underground coal gasification (UCG) plant at Kingaroy. Cougar Energy’s trial plant was shut down last month when traces of the dangerous chemicals toluene and benzene were found during routine on site groundwater tests. After five rounds of water quality testing, the ban on groundwater bores within a two kilometre radius of the site has now been lifted. The contamination scare has angered the local community, and the Sustainability Minister Kate Jones has thanked landholders for their patience. “The results have confirmed that there are no concerns with water quality in these local bores and they remain suitable for stock watering and other appropriate uses,” said Ms Jones. Underground water will continue to be monitored, and Cougar’s trial plant remains shut down until an environmental evalua-

tion has been carried out and put before an expert panel. “If the scientific panel is not satisfied that this new technology can resume without environmental harm, the pilot projects will not be given approval to continue,” said Ms Jones. Meanwhile the government has moved to ban petroleum compounds containing B-TEX chemicals from use in coal seam gas (CSG) “fraccing”. Fraccing involves pumping fluid at high pressure into a coal seam to fracture the seam and allow gas to flow readily into gas wells. Most wells do not require fraccing to date, only 5 per cent of those drilled in Queensland have needed the proceedure. The Energy Minister Stephen Robertson said the chemicals are not being currently used and he will write to all CSGcompanies advising them of the new regulations. He expects voluntary compliance until the changes become law.

“If the scientific panel is not satisfied that this new technology can resume without environmental harm, the pilot projects will not be given approval to continue.”

Political pressure applied to pumped QR bid The state government is being forced to seriously reconsider its planned float of Queensland Rail, with a consortium of coal miners raising its bid for the coal tracks to $5.2 billion. The 13 companies, who have joined together to form the Queensland Coal Industry Rail Group (QCIRG) along with the Australian Rail Track Corporation, are playing a high stakes game. Not only has the QCIRG raised its bid from the original $4.85 billion price tag first presented in May, but it is now insisting on a tight timetable to seal the deal. It’s believed the miners have told the

state government they will walk away from the deal if a diligence process is not started before the end of the federal election. The new bid presents a real dilemma for the Queensland government, and more specifically the man who’ll make the decision the Treasurer Andrew Fraser. The miner’s bid fundamentally changes the format of the sale the state government had in mind. The government wants to sell off QR National as an integrated rail network bundling together the track and the freight business, but the miners are only interested

in buying the coal tracks. A dicey stock exchange is also making the public float look less attractive, although a statement from the Treasurer said preparations for the IPO were continuing in accordance with the original timetable. But the Premier, Anna Bligh, who originally dismissed out of hand the miners’

offer, has made it clear the bid is now being seriously considered. “We are in the middle of intense and complex commercial discussions with these coal companies,” she said. “We are of course taking them seriously, respectfully and working through issues with them.”

“We are in the middle of intense and complex commercial discussions with these coal companies.”

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Old friends catch up at the Coal & Country MOURA doesn’t have an annual show, but it makes up for it with a Coal and Country Festival. Now in its 39th year, the festival has some drawcard events that you won’t see anywhere else in Queensland. “It’s a unique festival in the sense that we have a lot of mining concept attractions like the roof bolting and coal shovelling BEST IN SHOW: Moura’s Ross Clancy (pictured) and Jon Kelly have held the Queensland Roof Bolting Titles for the last two years

OLD TIMER: The children’s train ride was built many moons ago but still delights its passengers

“One of the beautiful things about the festival is that lot of people left when the mine closed but they always pick festival time to come back and visit.”

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competitions,” said one of the organisers Maureen Clancy. “Most of the roof bolters tend to work in mining and have experience because it is very difficult and quite dangerous.” “As for the coal shovelling - that’s not easy either, as my daughters found out the hard way!” But it’s not all mining - there is also a big focus on country. “The rodeo, which kicks off the whole festival on the Friday night, is always really popular - and so is the wooding chopping event.” Maureen has been a part of the organising committee for the festival for a quarter of a century, and says you often bump into faces you haven’t seen for years. “One of the beautiful things about the festival is that lot of people left when the mine closed but they always pick festival time to come back and visit.” “To me, the festival is about doing something for the community.” “I have grandchildren and I want to keep some of these traditions alive for them to enjoy too.” The festival begins on Friday 27th August and continues the next day.

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Dire engineers shortage puts projects at risk LEAD times for the recruitment of senior engineers has blown out to between 11 months and 5 years, putting at risk the future of major infrastructure projects. Three quarters of Australia’s engineering firms have reported critical staff shortages, according to a recent survey by Consult Australia, which represents more than 270 engineering firms. It found that 74 per cent of businesses were actively recruiting, but most had to wait up to 11 months to fill senior positions - and 5 per cent reported waiting longer than five years. Almost 60 per cent of firms reported that staff had been poached, and nearly 70 per cent were supplementing local staff with overseas staff. “The survey shows that a skills shortage of engineers definitely still exists,” Consult Australia CEO Megan Motto said. “The problem isn’t just here in Australia - it’s a global one.” “So while many companies are bringing in people from overseas on 457 visas, there is a global shortage, and looking overseas is not a long term answer.” The survey found mid-level and senior roles were the most difficult to fill.

“The financial services and banking sectors are big poachers of our people,” Ms Motto said. “Engineers are fabulous analysts and problem solvers and those are skills that are in high demand elsewhere.” In the short term, Ms Motto said the shortage is making day-to-day work difficult for firms. “For all projects the biggest problems are time delays and cost blow outs.” “The simple fact is that firms can’t do everything all at once when they don’t have enough people.” In the long term, Ms Motto said there needs to be a real collaboration between industry and government. “There really is no silver bullet.” She said there were already some good initiatives in place, to encourage students to study maths and sciences, and continue into engineering at university level. “There is a lag time associated with whatever we do, and we mightn’t see the benefits for 10 to 15 years.” “In the meantime, firms will continue to look at best practise in every area, non salary benefits, maternity leave and other ways they can retain their workforce.”

IN DEMAND: Recruiting senior engineers can take years

“The financial services and banking sectors are big poachers of our people.” YEAR 11 and 12 students from across Queensland have had a taste of life as a mining engineer, thanks to a partnership between BMA and the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA). There is a critical shortage of engineers in Australia, and the BMA Mine Challenge is designed to show interested students exactly what a career in the field might entail. “The students get to see what a mine site is like, what an engineer might do in a week and gain an insight into engineering as a career,” said QMEA field officer Delaney Nugent. This year Saraji and Peak Down mines

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hosted the students who had to use planning software to consider the best option for mining a new box cut before formally presenting their ideas to BMA and panel of judges. Saraji Mine General Manager Steve Johnson said employees were impressed with their contribution. “The students were required to take into consideration safety factors, environmental aspects, conduct a SWOT analysis and prepare a financial summary,” said Saraji mine manager Steve Johnson. A critical shortage of engineers also means that building relationships early on might pay off in the long term. “We hope they will consider joining us once they have completed their qualifications,” said Mr Johnson.

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My best attribute is: Being a lover not a fighter If I could invite three people to dinner they would be (and why): Miranda Kerr because she’s hot, Megan Fox because shes hotter and Adam Sandler because he’s funny and I like his movies My friends say I am: Funny and sarcastic but straight to the point My signature dish is: A mean Aussie BBQ If I didn’t work in mining or industry I would be a: Scuba diving instructor If I could have any animal as a pet I would choose (and why): My dog because he is my best mate What are two topics that should be off limits on a first date: Past relationships and although it’s not necessarily a topic, being negative about - work, friends, others, life in general

Ensham mine, serviceman for HSE Mining

The best advice I’ve ever been given is: Don’t speed, wear sunscreen, be good to ya mother - lol My life is best described in the song: “Bonkers” by Dizzee Rascal haha My best attribute is: My sunny disposition : )

Ensham mine, ESS

My friends say I am: Lots of things all good of course beac

IT’S NOT TOO LATE FOR YOU OR YOUR MATES TO ENTER! - See opposite page for details.

HARLEY NOW OR IN THE FUTURE? Bert’s been mining for 20 years. 19 years ago he sold his beloved Harley to start investing for the future. He took money to Steve Taylor and Partners in Emerald.

TODAY HE HAS 6 HOUSES, NO DEBTS - AND A HARLEY What’s your future going to be like?

Call Steve Taylor on 0749807733 or google “Steve Taylor”

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around town 93rd EDITION. 2010

COCKTAIL HOUR

The Blackwater Crushers held a cocktail party recently at their clubhouse.

The models from the fashion parade

Courtney Napper, Kelsey Ford and Natalie Potts

Jenna Saunders and Tash Masters

Joel Kuhl and Jenny McNamara

Jacqui Buchanan and Michelle Stewart

Kerry and Emma Anderson

Shelley Lee and Gladys Richard

Teresa and Kristy Freeman and Tracey Robertson

Angela Rice and Maddison Munns

Kodi Kelly, Bec Boase and Alyce Hammond

Rebecca Horne and Carmen Thompson

Jenny Denman, Michelle MacDonald and Deb Bamblett

Maddison and Rachel Brown

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Clash of the Titans

The Kelly O’Brien Memorial Shield is highly treasured trophy in the Central Highlands. In the Bluff vs Blackwater clash, Bluff has retained the glory since 2006.  This year Blackwater was out for a win, but Bluff didn’t want to relinquish the title - the match ended with a 28 all draw. Darcy Beath, Shannon Green and Cathy Booker

Rory Muller, Bryana Conway and Fynn Collins

Matthew McLeod and Carly Roberts

Boofa and Mona Saunders

Rachel Brown and Pat Ohl

Nicci Muller and Damien Soden

Megan Latchfor, Suzanne and Brendan Pambid

Amanda Ohl, Will and Warren McLaughlin

Courtney Napper and Sarah Walker

Kelly Conway with the Memorial Shield

Craig O’Brien with the memorial shield

Workplace & Motor Vehicle Accidents Medical Negligence & Asbestos Claims Local Call 4972 7567

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News

93rd EDITION. 2010

WHO GETS YOUR VOTE IN CQ?

We asked the main candidates in Flynn, Capricornia and Dawson for their stance on key mining issues in the region. Here’s what they had to say.

FLYNN Chris Trevor ALP MEMBER FOR FLYNN What infrastructure will Labor deliver to mining and industry in Flynn: Only Labor understands the unique infrastructure needs of mining communities throughout Flynn and has developed a breakthrough agreement with the mining industry that will see mining companies contribute to the infrastructure needs of the communities in which they operate. This breakthrough agreement will see an additional $2 billion invested in Queensland alone - to build the infrastructure needed in roads, rail and ports to keep our mining industry competitive and remove bottlenecks and barriers to productivity that have plagued our mining industry for decades. With mining companies contributing to the infrastructure this allows for Governments to invest in other social infrastructure such as the health and recreation needs of mining communities that have been lacking for far too long, improve the lifestyles and livability of our communities.

Do you think the mining tax will affect how people vote? I think local residents will see through the LNP’s scare campaign and appreciate that even the mining companies agree that they should contribute more, particularly to the mining communities that are a vital part of their business. The only party that does not agree that we should invest more in mining communities is the LNP. How can the federal government help to tackle the skills shortage in the region? During the last mining boom the previous government failed to address the bottlenecks and skills shortages, placing further pressure on our region. We plan at address this issue head on. Federal Labor has a plan to deliver Trade Training Centre’s and invest in apprenticeships to make sure we have the right people, with the right skills, in the right places and ensure that we can all benefit from the continued mining boom including new industries such as LNG. What will Labor do to improve health services in Flynn?

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The Labor Government is committed to building a better health and hospital system. As the local Federal Member I am determined to drive change in the way our health systems operates and build on our health commitments made in Flynn already including: Delivering GP Superclinincs in both Gladstone and Emerald Providing capital funding for Medical centre’s in Moura and Biloela Providing a Breast Care Cancer Nurse for Gladstone Proving relocation and retention grants to attract more doctors to regional areas and to keep them here. Delivering annual funding for older residents to stay in their own homes longer through the Home and community Care program. More aged care training places for aged care facilities in Flynn Improving mental health support for local residents Opening the first Medicare office for Emerald

KEN O’DOWD LNP CANDIDATE FOR FLYNN What infrastructure will the LNP deliver to help mining and industry in Flynn? Central Queensland is a location of choice for major industries of state and national significance. Essential is the infrastructure that supports the industries. Infrastructure has not kept pace with the applications for growth in the exports markets and as the elected Member for Flynn, I will work with the Port of Gladstone, all of the Regional Councils in Flynn, the State Government and the private sector to deliver that essential infrastructure. The Port of Gladstone and Port Alma provide vital links that enable the region’s ! industries - agriculture mines and gas – to "#$%&'()*+'(,)&%-! service global markets..+"*-)%! %/-0#+$#%-!

The Coalition supports the development of LNG industry and would facilitate the expansion of export capacity at the Port of Gladstone and the development of Wiggins Island Coal facility. The extension of the capacity of the Port of Gladstone for additional coal exports needs to supported by additional rail infrastructure and would be facilitated. I would also support the full investigation of the Port of Alma to be developed as a multi cargo port. I will also deliver $55 million for the Calliope Crossroads Overpass and would work towards its completion and $20 million for the Gin Gin Southern Approach Redevelopment. Do you think the mining tax will affect how people vote? Yes -the electorate of Flynn is an industrial, agricultural and business economic giant. If Labor’s taxes proceed, our standard of living will erode; cost of living will increase; jobs will be lost and business opportunities regress. Further, the Coalition is opposed to the Carbon Tax which will have a deleterious impact on investment, cost of living, jobs and business opportunities. How can the federal government help to tackle the skills shortage in the region? The Coalition believes there must be an investment in apprenticeships and training to tackle the skills shortage. It is the Coalition’s policy to return to a technical education which students want and demand in stand-alone centres. The Coalition will ensure that two-thirds of our permanent migration programme will be for the purposes of skilled migration. To address the skills needs of regional areas and small business, the Coalition will encourage the settlement on either a temporary or permanent basis of new arrivals What will the LNP do to improve health #'! /-)%&'+$! #'12)*! services in Flynn?

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The Coalitionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regional health action plan is about improving our hospitals and nursing and GP services and aged care. Local health communities will be largely self-managed and not by a centralised bureaucracy. Our plan includes: â&#x20AC;˘ New public hospital beds and additional residential aged cared beds; â&#x20AC;˘ Convalescent Care to assist up to 20,000 older people waiting in hospital to return home; â&#x20AC;˘ Funding support for family GP clinics to provide access to weekend and afterhours services; â&#x20AC;˘ A Community Health Fund to improve the capacity of health-related infrastructure and services; â&#x20AC;˘ Grants of up to $250,000 to existing family GP practices to expand infrastructure and services particularly areas of need; â&#x20AC;˘ Increasing rebates for longer GP consultations for patients with chronic health issues; â&#x20AC;˘ Scholarships for rural and regional Nurse Practitioners and nurses and midwives working in regional and remote areas; â&#x20AC;˘ Paying annual bonuses to Nurse Practitioners in regional towns particularly centres without a resident medical practitioners â&#x20AC;˘ The shortage of dental care in regional areas will be addressed by a piloted rural bonded scholarships scheme for dentists. The Gladstone Hospital is urgent need of mental health services. Our plan will assist access to quality mental health services such as Early Psychosis Intervention Centres; mental health beds; and additional youth headspace sites.

CAPRICORNIA KIRSTEN LIVERMORE ALP MEMBER FOR CAPRICORNIA What infrastructure will Labor deliver to help mining and industry in Capricornia? I have worked hard to ensure that Capricornia receives much needed infrastructure funding and if re-elected I will continue to do so. Work has already commenced on the $270 million upgrades to the Bruce Highway. This includes 40 overtaking lanes, $115 million to tackle blackspots, $20 million for more rest areas and $70 million to widen and repair of key sections of the highway. This will help ease the transport concerns for the people of Capricornia. The Labor Government has committed $116 million to upgrading the Peak Downs highway as well as a $7 million commitment to a Mackay GP Super Clinic. Do you think the mining tax will affect how people vote? The breakthrough minerals resource rent tax agreement serves Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national interest, and restores certainty for the mining industry and the broader economy. This would include new and better infrastructure and tax cuts for the people of Capricornia. This includes Australia wide, $6 billion in new and better roads, rail and ports in mining

communities. How can the federal government help to tackle the skills shortage in the region? Almost $80 million will be invested into the Apprentice Kickstart initiative, which boosted traditional trade apprenticeship numbers above pre-global recession levels in just one year. The region has a skills shortage and there are great opportunities for our students to gain qualifications and careers in the trades with Trades Training Centres. Labor wants to give students those

opportunities and Tony Abbott doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. What is your commitment to the Stanwell corridor? Please refer to Chris Trevorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office in Flynn.

MICHELLE LANDRY LNP CANDIDATE FOR CAPRICORNIA What infrastructure will the LNP deliver to help mining and industry in Capricornia? Because of massive increases in waste and government debt under Labor, billions previously available for infrastructure is now gobbled up by interest payments.

The Liberal National Party is focussed on ending waste, repaying debt and basic service delivery. In Capricornia we are targetting local projects such as the Yeppen Crossing to improve road linkages between Rockhampton and the inland mining areas. Laborâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s MP has done nothing to address this problem and now criticises our plan for direct action. Do you think the mining tax will affect how people vote?

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CQ BUSINESS 93rd EDITION. 2010

Need to know... CQ freight hub GALILEE COAL OUT The first thermal coal to come out of the Galilee Basin will be exported within weeks. Next month, Hancock Coal will mine a sample of thermal coal, which will be sent to Asian power plants where it will be burnt for power generation, in a final test of its quality. Hancock’s plan is for coal to be trucked to Blackwater for washing then on to Yongala where it will be railed to Barney Point coal terminal near Gladstone. The process is expected to take about four months to complete, with trucks operating 12 hours a day, 7 days a week.

1000 NEW MAC BEDS More than 1000 new rooms will be added to MAC accommodation villages in the Bowen Basin over the next year. The 1050 new rooms will be installed at

Moranbah, Dysart, Middlemount and Nebo now that mining companies have raised their expected accommodation needs. About 40 per cent of the rooms should be built by the end of the year.

HOW BIG IS BIG? East Energy is hoping it will be able to release further proof of the size and quality of its coal deposit near Blackall within the next six weeks. In 2009, East Energy announced an “inferred” coal resource of more than a million tonnes near Blackall. Since then, the company has continued to drill the site in an attempt to get a better understanding of the coal type and abundance. According to East Energy, its drilling has intercepted coal seams up to 7.4 metres thick, at depths of between 15 to 25 metres beneath the surface.

“The process is expected to take about four months to complete, with trucks operating 12 hours a day, 7 days a week.”

for “boom 2”

THE development of an inter-modal freight hub near Rockhampton could revolutionise freight distribution during mining’s “boom 2”, according to its advocates. A loosely formed group of business and industry people in Rockhampton have hatched an idea to develop a state-of-theart land, air and rail distribution hub to service central Queensland. While the idea is still very much in its infancy, the advocates of the “CQ Inter-modal Hub” envisage a single point where international and interstate freight arriving will be processed. Those behind the push met last Friday to establish a more formal steering committee. Spokesman for the group, local businessman Ray Busby, said he hoped businesses right across central Queensland would get onboard. “We are not looking at other places to

develop the facility, because Rockhampton’s locality and geography makes it the most cost efficient and geographically superior location, but the hub would be for all of central Queensland,” he said. “Rockhampton has easy access to the northern Bowen Basin, the fast growing southern Bowen Basin, the emerging Galilee and Surat Basins and of course is halfway between Townsville and Brisbane.” “But all the regions from Mackay to Gladstone and everywhere in between can benefit from this, and we need to work together.” The land earmarked for the development of the hub is to the west of Rockhampton, in an area known as the Stanwell corridor. Anyone wanting more details should contact Anna Stovold on 4922 1278 at the Chamber of Commerce in Rockhampton.

“All the regions from Mackay to Gladstone and everywhere in between can benefit.”

Bandanna gets Galilee guidelines THE Queensland government has released the draft terms of reference for a new $1.5 billion coal project near Alpha, signalling another big step forward in the development of the Galilee Basin. The terms of reference set out the issues Bandanna Energy will have to address in its Environmental Impact statement (EIS). In Australia, no mine can go ahead without having an EIS lodged and approved with both the state and federal governments. In a recently completed concept study of Bandanna’s South Galilee Project, the company forecast a 20 million tonne a year export thermal coal mine, with a 40 year life span.

It estimated 1500 workers will be needed to build the mine and around 800 to operate it. The plan is for most workers to fly in and out of Alpha and stay at nearby accommodation villages. In its EIS, Bandanna will need to address a vast range of environmental and social issues - from dust management through to waste disposal. Water and power are two of the biggest hurdles for developments in the region.

In a preliminary project summary, Bandanna said the mine would need about 3000 million litres of water annually, which would be taken from nearby ground and surface water sources. It also plans to collect rainwater on site. For the enormous power needs of the site two options are being considered; extending the power grid from Lilyvale or using a coal seam gas power station.

“In its EIS, Bandanna will need to address a vast range of environmental and social issues.”

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MOVING FORWARD: Bandanna can now start its EIS


CQ BUSINESS 93rd EDITION. 2010

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

Sharp business goes national

MACKAY owned and operated Sharps Heavy Equipment is set to expand its business into the Hunter Valley region. The new workshop, based at Rutherford, will provide drill repairs and will be capable of handling full rig overhauls

and component rebuilds. Sharps has grown to have a healthy stock of drill components and ever growing list of new parts available for the various makes and models of drills used throughout Australia.

Sharps are also the only Australian distributors and manufacturers of the BOB-BIT, a specialised high performance drill bit product designed to minimise costs by improving productivity and with a rebuild able capability. These drill bits are currently being used

in the Bowen Basin and Hunter Valley mining regions, and the new workshop will be able to provide local service and support for the BOB-BIT. Sharps was established in 1993 by Graham Sharp after he saw a demand for repair services on-site to cater to the heavy earthmoving mining industries. With extensive experience in the diesel heavy equipment field covering all aspects of the mining and earthmoving industries, Graham has developed the business with the major focus being on high quality workmanship and customer service. In 2007, the company established a workshop in Dalby to provide a diesel fitting and boiler making service for clients in the Surat Basin. Sharps main workshop is in Mackay at Presto Avenue in the Outer Harbour. The site is a five acre block that comprises a boilermakers workshop, machine shop, hardstand and is one of only a few companies that offer a fully air-conditioned contamination free workshop for engines and components overhauls and rebuilds. The company has plans to continue to expand into other regions in the future.

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FAIR DINKUM 93rd EDITION. 2010

Fair Dinkum! IN THE UNITED STATES - Selma and Pattie are dead right - MacGyver is the man! He’s not just a hunk of spunk but an inspiration to an armed robbery victim in a sticky situation. A 39-year-old woman from Atlanta says a “MacGyver moment” inspired her to type an SOS computer message with her feet after being tied up at gun point. Amy Windon had been in bed, when a robber entered her bedroom tied up her wrists and hit her over the head with his gun. After screaming for help and trying to free herself for at least two hours she realised the robber had left her laptop at the foot of the bed. “I had a lot of time to think about MacGyver moments,” she said. With a lot of manoeuvring she managed to drag the laptop near her feet, pried it open and pushed the control, alt and delete keys to unlock her computer. “The wifi popped right up and it was a wonderful moment when I had the screen and realised my internet connection was live,” she told local media. Using a big toe as a mouse, and grasping the end of her power cord between the toes on her other foot she typed a message to her boyfriend asking him to call 911. STILL IN THE US - It just isn’t fair when you take the time and effort to carry out an armed robbery and the miserable bastards don’t have the decency to have cash. A disgruntled burglar who had held up a Wendy’s rang the business owners back to complain there wasn’t enough money. “Next time there better be more than $586,” he told them. That’s a lot of hotdogs and milkshakes, maybe he should target something like, say, a bank. IN ENGLAND - Kama Sutra read aloud that’s something to add to your Christmas list.

It appears an audio book is no longer something you borrow scratched from your local library for a long distance car trip but a means to transform your love life in 64 easy steps. The ancient Indian sex guide dating back 1,600 years has been published as an audio book for the first time in its long history. “Now there’s no need to feel embarrassed by reading a copy of this wonderful and important book in public,” said Simon Petherick, managing director of Beautiful Books. Hmmm, obviously Simon isn’t expecting his mum to walk in on him listening to his book. “Some may also consider using the audio book as a step-by-step manual for improving bedroom techniques, without the need to stop and start with constant reference to a book,” Simon said. STILL IN ENGLAND - We’ve all heard of the “Lady in Red” - but it seems that blokes look good in scarlet too. Women in the United States, England, Germany and China said they found men wearing red more sexually attractive than those wearing other colours, according to research published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology. “Our findings suggest that the link between red and sex also applies to men,” said study author Andrew Elliot said. Women also associated red with higher status, a trend Elliot said is consistent with other primates. “In chimpanzees, the highest-ranking male turns more red quite dramatically during a competition for primacy,” he explained. “It’s a clear status indicator. Females view that, and they go out of their way to mate with the highest ranking male available.” So men, take a fashion tip from a monkey and wear a red tie next time you’re out to impress the ladies.

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“Streakin” good love advice Dear Frank, My girlfriend and I have been together for three years, and she’s really starting to pressure me about marriage. She says I’m afraid to commit, how can I tell her I’m not ready without hurting her feelings? Peter Dear Peter, It seems you’ve made the fatal mistake of falling into one of the most common traps a woman can set. The average man knows very little, if anything, about the female mind, and women are acutely aware of this. In an effort to understand the fairer sex, most men resort to techniques with low success rates, such as, eavesdropping on conversations about Sex and the City and watching sanitary napkin commercials. I however, am not most men. Many years ago I realised the value of possessing a more refined knowledge of the female psyche, and as such I began to observe women from afar, studying everything from their minor idiosyncrasies, to their interactions with friends and colleagues. The District Court of Queensland considered the bulk of my research to be ‘unlawful

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Dear Peter, While it is noble that you don’t want to upset your girlfriend, you need to honestly analyse why it is that you don’t want to get married. Sometimes saying you’re “not ready” for the next step is just an excuse. If you

stalking’ and as such I have had some difficulty in getting it published. Although my conviction and subsequent incarceration for stalking were setbacks to say the least, they steeled my resolve to master the female mind. I decided that in the same way that Jane Goodall gained a greater understanding of chimpanzees by living amongst them, I could better understand women by living amongst them…as a woman. I spent three years disguised as a woman, working predominately as a children’s nanny. It was a long and arduous process, but after some time I began to think, talk and act like a woman, to this day I am compelled to maintain an immaculate bikini line. My life in drag is clearly the inspiration for the movie Mrs Doubtfire, although despite numerous threatening letters to Robin Williams I have received no monetary compensation for likeness rights. But I digress. The reason women pressure men about getting married is because they know we’re afraid to commit, but complaining gives them leverage, and in an effort to weasel out of walking down the aisle we will do almost anything. Therein lies the endgame of the female exploitation of the fear of commitment. So the next time your lady says, “I think we should get married” say yes and the balance of power will shift in your favour. My third wife has the intelligence of a lemming and a rather full figure. But when she asked me to marry her I said yes straight away. My reward? Leverage - the most important thing you can have in a relationship. Frank.

have been together for three years, you should know by now whether you want to marry this girl. If you don’t, the kindest thing you could do is break it off and not waste any more of her time - or yours. The last thing you want to do is take Frank’s advice. His first wife took all his money, his second wife took all his dignity - and his third wife, well, you’ve already read what he thinks about her. Good luck, Susan

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Brad smiled politely and stood with his hands behind his back while Jim, the General Manger, spoke glowingly of Brad’s achievements, his wonderful example, and the hole he would leave in the organisation when he left. Inside, Brad was laughing; and he struggled to keep the laughing on the inside. It was all so beautifully ridiculous: Jim had been hunting Brad out of the mine for months. Their arguments were the stuff of legend. They had disagreed – often publicly – on almost everything: safety, production, costs. Despite all this, this little ceremony of Brad’s farewell morning tea was a time of fond farewells, mutual admiration and back-slapping. It was a bit like funerals, thought Brad. If you went to every funeral in the country for a whole year, you’d think that no bad people ever died. In life, people are hated, vilified, bashed, even killed; and yet, there’s never a bad word said at a funeral. Maybe, sometimes, the deceased was “rough around the edges”, “misunderstood”, “unconventional”, or a “larrikin”; but few eulogies ever described someone as a completely useless, lazy prick who would rob his own mother if he could, and won’t our lives all be better now that we’re rid of him. Maybe at the wake – but never at the funeral. Farewell speeches at work were like eulogies, thought Brad, except for a few added benefits. First: you’re not dead – which is always a good thing – and you get to witness the whole farce. Better yet, the person forced to stand in front of anyone interested in you leaving – or at least interested in the free cakes – and talk about how wonderful you are is your boss. And Brad’s boss was the one who despised him more than anyone. Watching Jim humiliate himself like this was pure joy.

“Now Brad and I haven’t seen eye to eye on every issue,” said Jim. Brad didn’t snort, though someone up the back did, which cause a ripple of nervous laughter through the group. They had to stay and work for Jim; they hadn’t found other jobs, yet. Jim continued, his face a little redder. “But that doesn’t mean I didn’t respect a man like Bad who has the integrity and the passion to stand for what he truly believes in.” Wow, thought Brad, that man should got into politics. He’s wasted running a coal mine. The coal mine’s wasted with him running it, in any case. Brad looked around the group while Jim rambled on. He had few friends left here: he’d had few to start with. Then those he’d liked, respected and enjoyed working with had moved on to greener pastures. For many, greener pastures didn’t mean bigger numbers on payslips, but more satisfying roles, or less stress, or living near a university for the kids to attend. Now, it was Brad’s turn. Greener pastures for him meant going back to the Hunter Valley, were he’d come from. He’d only come up here because his wife had wanted more money. The divorce had been quick – surgical – and now there was nothing left to keep him up here in this hot, dry, hell, working for that thick-headed egomaniac. “Brad?” It was Jim. Brad realised he’d been daydreaming, and it was time for his response speech. “Sorry,” he said. “I was lost in thought.” And suddenly, he didn’t have the strength for all this crap. So he smiled, took a piece of carrot cake, and walked away.

Bernard S. Jansen is 32, married has three young boys. He lives in Emerald, works as an engineer at a local coal mine and is active in his local church. Read more of Bernard’s writing online at surgebin.blogspot.com or email him at bernard.jansen@gmail.com

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OFF SHIFT 93rd EDITION. 2010

Bait shop Banter FISHING IN YEPPOON Adrian at The Secret Spot Bait & Tackle as usual has some top tips for all you fish hungry folk with number one being blue salmon is in supply at the marina. Try Rosslyn Bay, Iron Pot and surrounds for ribbon fish and yellow tail pike (also called snook). They are perfect for trail bait using light gear and small metal lures - but just remember there is a bag limit of 10 ribbon fish per person. A few doggy mackerel are also off the leash around the same vicinity. Case out the mouth of Coorooman Creek for school jewfish, grunter and blue salmon. Adrian suggests the best bait for blue salmon are yorkies, herring and free lined prawns and recommends concentrating

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with 8-15kg bodies being weighed in. No specific spot to go for broke as Craig reckons they are pretty widespread throughout the islands and reef. The periods of warm weather are also tempting out the barra with local creeks firing up when the weather is clear. Good whiting in the 35-40cm bracket can be picked up around Cullen Island in the Pioneer River. There are a few crabs about too so try your usual haunts.

your efforts on gravelly sand bars. Off shore around the islands has been patchy but there are still photo opportunities available with a 23 kilo wahoo recently being weighed in. Spanish mackerel are still about and Adrian reckons your best bait bet is big lures like Rapala X-Rap 30s and X-Rap 20s. There is also the potential for good catches of nannygai and red emperor, but hitting the jackpot does seem to be a bit hit and miss. “If you are not catching keep moving” is the advice from Adrian.

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1 Week 1 - There was an unusual heavy rain event across the Coalfields in early August. Minor flooding occurred as more than two inches of rain fell affecting some mines. Last Wednesday’s totals (mm) of note: Banana 77, Thangool 82, Middlemount 73, Moura & Rewan & Springsure 70, Dysart 65, Craigmore 62, Jambin & Moranbah 58, 58, Emerald 56, Anakie 55, Taroom 54, Wandoan 51, Comet 49, Tieri 32. Mackay Airport recorded 91mm with higher falls inland. Once the rain band crossed the coast (see map) colder dry Antarctic-like air arrives. This will cause early morning frosts in the south. Warmer contrasting northerly tropical air then causes max temperatures to rise into the high 20s. Winter is on the wane.

Boaties - light NE/NW winds on Saturday could increase in the afternoon from the NNE. Then a cooler SSW change will come through Sunday. Week 2 - The SOI continues to rise with the 30 day value for the 11th Aug. +19.5. The daily value is +29.6. Who could believe after last year’s lower values associated with dry landscape and bushfires for winter/spring that the reverse is occurring this year? Temperatures should fall Shift Miner before a trough to single figures overnight with some cloud provides a “ promise” Handy 15A blank grid early week. ShiftMInerHandyblank.pdf On the water, after a cold fresh southerly ©Lovatts Publications 2010 mid week things could be favourable! MEDIUM

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motorsports 93rd EDITION. 2010

Rix weekend showcases local power THE annual Brian Rix Memorial weekend took over the water at Emerald’s Fairbarn Dam earlier this month. The two-day event commemorates the life of Emerald man Brian Rix, who was killed in a boat accident on the Fitzroy River 11 years ago. He was 28 when he died. Brian’s whole family has a hand in organising the weekend, which was run for

the second time this year. “Anything to do with cars or boats Brian loved,” said his dad Errol. “But because the family has been skiing all our lives, boats were the priority.” “He would have loved the weekend, you couldn’t have kept him away.” Day one of the weekend was dominated by skiers - with people travelling from as far a field as Cairns to Sydney to compete.

Brian’s brother Neil is the president of Emerald Ski Club, which organised the weekend. “We thought numbers were a bit down on last year, but when we looked at how many were camping it was roughly the same - about 1500 - so that’s pretty good.” Nineteen ski boats competed in heats, but none could beat the organisers of the weekend - with the Rix boys taking out first place.

Sunday saw the power boats take to the water - with 14 engines battling it out for fastest on Fairbarn. In the end, Victorian James Tate couldn’t be beaten in his alcohol hydroplane called GP55. “I would class it as a great weekend and we will keep on holding it,” said Neil. “It was great this year as there was plenty of water in the dam and that extra metre of water made it better again.”

Scott Bedford, Sam Laubli, Jason Cremor and David Bedford.

Rachel Evans, Nathan Kidman, Erin Kidman and Jessie Achilles

Andrew Toon, Peter Dann, Travis Halverson and Alyce Davidson

Jason, Julie and Mick

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Cacophony of cart crashes in dusty derby

HOME & HOSED: Geoff Bradshaw takes out first place in the Open Cup

IT had all the hallmarks of a great action blockbuster - controversy, crashes and emergency repair work. The Tieri Lionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Billy Cart Derby is always action-packed, and this year was no different - with more than 80 entrants across the four categories. The jam-packed primary school division included return racer the Thrill Billies who rocketed to the finish line to win the cup. This was the third race for 11-year-old driver Rhys Summerville whose team also took home first place last year.

Race official Howard Oberle said at one stage it looked like Thrill Billies might not make it to the final after a bingle with one of the quad bikes left the cartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s front end crippled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was touch and go for a while, but team mechanic Dale Summerville saved the day replacing the front wheels and axle in time for the team.â&#x20AC;? There were some controversial last minute driver changes in the CFMEU/ EWU High School Cup, but it was the School Girls who took it out in the end. With less controversy and only one

minor crash the Undamine Open Cup was won by the Red Rockets. But 2010 wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the year for recordbreaking speed; the Red Rockets 2007 record of 41 kilometres per hour remains unbroken. More important than speed, $6000 was raised and $1500 in prize money donated back to a host of charities and community groups including: Tieri Touch Football, the CQ Rescue Helicopter and the Flying Doctors. Anyone wishing to sponsor the event next year can call Nicky Way on 4981 6570.

CLOWNING AROUNG: Tash Weir, Alison & Amy Summerville & Megan Weir donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take the derby too seriously

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Your Health 93rd EDITION. 2010

EXPERT ADVICE For those too busy or embarrassed to ask the important questions about their health

This month we are going to look at testicular cancer. We are soon leading up to BLUE SEPTEMBER, a health initiative focussing on men with cancer.

who have had an injury to the scrotum (sporting accidents are the most common) could also be at risk. So what are the symptoms? 1. A lump in the scrotum 2. Discomfort in the scrotum 3. Swollen testes

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If you have any of these concerns, please see your GP immediately, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just sit on it! The sooner you are diagnosed the sooner you can be treated!

type of cancer each year. Who is at risk? Good question, it is

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MONEY MATTERS 93rd EDITION. 2010

FROM PAGE 13 The Labor Mining Tax is a tax on jobs and industries in Central Queensland to support bureaucrats in Canberra. People in Capricornia have been sold out by Labor and its local MP, who is apathetic to the problems we confront. Certainly this unfair tax, which discriminates against Capricornia, will affect how people in this electorate will vote. How can the federal government help to tackle the skills shortage in the region? Technical and Further Education is a prime responsibiity of state governments, although the former Howard Government contributed by establishing Australian Technical Colleges to provide training which was better tailored to local enterprises. Labor scrapped these colleges in favour of in-school trade training centres. It promised one for every high school, but after two years only one was delivering qualifications. This has been another wasteful Labor scheme. At this election we’re revisiting Australia’s migration program, which we will adjust to better support skilled migration. States where skilled labour is in demand, such as Queensland and Western Australia, will be high priorities for skilled visa applicants. What is your commitment to the Stanwell corridor? The core of our commitment to this

region and to the Western Corridor is our determination to rebuild the Australian economy, to repay the debt and end the waste, but primarily to end Labor’s obsession with new taxes targetting this most productive part of the Australian economy. Big taxes on mining and carbon, as promised by Labor will undermine the profitability of local employers, big and small. These Labor taxes will cost local jobs to feed a bloated Labor bureaucracy in Canberra. By lending our support to the backbone of Central Queensland industry, we will help make the region more competitive, promote local jobs and enterprise and make possible the provision of better local infrastructure and services.

DAWSON GEORGE CHRISTENSEN LNP CANDIDATE FOR DAWSON What infrastructure will the LNP deliver to help mining and industry in Dawson? The Liberal National Party is commited to providing the infrustructure to keep our mining industry competitive. While Labor is selling off Queensland State assets such as Queensland Rail and ripping $40 million dollars a week out of our region, if elected as the new Member for Dawson, I will fight to fix the infrastructure bottle necks on our rail and at our ports.

Land Auction Central Highlands Regional Council in conjunction with Ray White Emerald are pleased to advise that they will be conducting an auction for the sale of 8 blocks of commercial vacant land in Doon Street Blackwater.

The Liberal National Party are about investing in infrastructure, not flogging it off like our State Labor Government plans to do. Do you think the mining tax will affect how people vote? Labor’s Big New Tax on Mining will ensure that Australia has the highest taxed mining sector in the world. Labor’s Big New Tax on Mining will threaten everyone, whether it is through the loss of a job, the impact it will have on superannuation, or the impact it will have on electricity prices. Everyone will pay in one way or another. Labor’s Big New Tax on Mining will rip over $2 billion out of our backyard every year. You can’t take that much money out of a region and not have a significant impact on the local economy. Worst of all, for all the money that is taxed out of us, only a small fraction of it will come back. Labor’s Big New Tax on Mining is bad for Australia, and it is bad for our region. I am committed to stopping it. How can the federal government help to tackle the skills shortage in the region? The Liberal National Party will return certainty to the mining industry so that employers can have confidence in taking on apprentices and training young people. Any business thinking of taking on apprentices, needs business certainty and the

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The Signature on High complex is a much sought after and ideally located in the centre of Southport. The complex is a short walk to the central business district, shops, Australia Fair Shopping Centre, cafes and the beautiful Broadwater precinct and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s park, boardwalk & pool. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a short walk from a major bus interchange in the centre of Southport. We have a unique opportunity where we are able to offer Deposit Finance for this purchase if you do decide to finance your loan through us. s"RICK4ILE#OMPLEXYEARSOLD s%XPANSIVEFREEmOWINGOPENPLANLIVING s&ULLY!IR#ONDITIONED s&ULLY4ENANTED s0OOL s#LOSEPROXIMITYTOTHEBESTPRIVATESCHOOLS s3OUTHPORTISPOISEDFORGROWTH

Selling NOW &ROMK K 2ENTING PW Dianne Crichton ,2%!*01UAL 0409 709 668   dianne.crichton@exchangetime.com.au Sustainability Declaration is available from Agent Call for Brochure on Gold Coast Light Rail & Broadwater Upgrade

GREAT FOR INVESTOR - GREAT FOR TAX - GREAT FOR MINERS

AN Emerald-based financial adviser has questioned the growing gap between fixed and variable interest rates. Yesterday, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) decided to hold the cash rate at 4.5 per cent because of lower inflation and global uncertainty. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Interest rates to borrowers are around their average levels of the past decade,â&#x20AC;? said RBA Governor Glenn Stevens. Emerald financial advisor Steve Taylor said locally investors had not been put off by the rising interest rates over the past six to 12 months. However, he said there were increasingly big differences between fixed and variable interest rates. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The gap between fixed and variable interest rates at the moment means people who are prepared to take a slight risk,

should consider variable interest on their loans,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because of the publicity in the last 18 months regarding fixing interest rates in the industry, demand for fixed interest has exceeded supply, and the banks have adjusted their fixed rates accordingly.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;In my opinion the gap between fixed and variable is too large.â&#x20AC;?  â&#x20AC;&#x153;For example, we are offering our clients a special discount variable rate of  6.44 per cent , but a fixed rate for five years is 7.99 per cent.â&#x20AC;? Mr Taylor also questioned the recently published RP Data report that found property values had fallen in the June quarter. He said the latest research by Property Monitors indicated house prices were up 2.4 per cent on average during the June quarter and 15.6 per cent for the year.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The gap between fixed and variable interest rates at the moment means people who are prepared to take a slight risk, should consider variable interest on their loans.â&#x20AC;?

AUCTION â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3 INDUSTRIAL PROPERTIES MORTGAGEE EXERCISING POWER OF SALE 11AM THURSDAY - 26/08/2010 ON SITE MILES â&#x20AC;&#x201C; THE HEART OF THE SURAT BASIN 5 Dawson Street: Vacant land of 1,456m² with Leichhardt Highway frontage, dual street access, gravelled yard and security fencing. 8 Dawson Street: On a 1,710m² allotment the shed is approx. 390m² under roof with an approx. 40m² skillion. Also included is a 6m shipping container. This shed has 5t gantry, heavy vehicle access, frontage to the Leichhardt Highway, dual street access and security fencing. 146 Mary Street: Shed approx 81m² on a 1,238m² corner allotment. Shed has double roller doors, kitchenette, shower and toilet.

FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT LAURIE STRAIN 0434 365 226

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MONEY MATTERS 93rd EDITION. 2010

Interstate enquiry leads CQ real estate rebound INTERSTATE buyers are leading a real estate rebound in central Queensland, with industrial and commerical enquiry on the rise. The principal of Knight Frank in Rockhampton, Pat Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Driscoll, said they were

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seeing steady growth in enquiry as investors took a longer term view of the region. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Enquiry from investors has been growing steadily, mostly from outside the region,â&#x20AC;? he said.

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try are reaching the realisation that this area has a very long future, and the people doing their research understand that.â&#x20AC;? Shift Miner reported last month that the threat of a new mining tax had caused property investment in the region to dry up overnight. However, it appears that as federal election campaign draws to an end, peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concerns about the future are thawing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are certain that the political issues like the resources super tax will be sorted out in good time,â&#x20AC;? said Mr Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Driscoll. According to Mr Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Driscoll, the cost of industrial land in central Queensland compares favourably to other areas at around $150m2 for low impact industrial land. However, looking to the future, he said demand would outweigh supply and that would have an impact on prices.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the bigger players in the industry are reaching the realisation that this area has a very long future, and the people doing their research understand that.â&#x20AC;? s ,ARGENEWSHEDWITHBUILT INMODERNLIVINGAREA s /NLYKMFROM'RACEMERESALEYARDAND KMFROM2OCKHAMPTON

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Rockhampton 4702 Howard Mills Telephone 07 4933 3322 Licensed Real Estate Agent Mobile 0418 220 464 LARGE PASTORAL SALES Gracemere Saleyards via www.ruralpropertyservices.com.au

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Auction 11.00 am Thursday 16th September 2010 at the Gracemere Saleyard Rockhampton

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