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NOTE QGC has flexed its muscles in the Surat Basin this past month with a string of huge milestones that signalled its long-term commitment to the region. The company opened its regional headquarters in Chinchilla - a mission control centre for its operations across the Basin. It celebrated the completion of the QCLNG gas pipeline from the Surat Basin to Curtis Island, and opened its Kenya Water Treatment Plant outside Chinchilla. An ambitous project, the plant will treat coal seam gas water and discharge it into the Condamine River - Chinchilla’s drinking water supply - while also providing water to several farmers for irrigation. The process was closely scrutinised by the State Government and it will remain very much under the microscope to ensure drinking water guidelines are met - and rightly so. Water is the lifeblood of this region and we can’t afford to make mistakes - there is far too much at stake.
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INDEX IN THE NEWS QGC opens Kenya Plant MP wants to close wells Coal dust irks residents Mine sells for $1
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BUILDING THE BASIN Santos/APLNG partnershipPage 30 FKG project wins award Page 31 Asbestos removal Page 33 Wagners airport unveiled Page 34
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DOWN TO BUSINESS Origin shows off facilities Dalby business profile Roma business profile The Basin’s jobs boom Santos goes hi-tech Lead story of this section
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QGC WATER TREATMENT PLANT QGC'S long-awaited Kenya Water Treatment Plant is not the saviour to agricultural and community water security the State Government purports it to be, according to the Basin Sustainability Alliance. The plant, which represents part of QGC's $1 billion investment in Surat Basin water infrastructure, will transport treated coal seam gas water into the Chinchilla Weir. BSA chair David Hamilton said it was difficult to listen to glowing praise for the plant when so many farmers were concerned about CSG's impact on groundwater supply security. "There's no doubt that's it's better to do something useful with the water, rather than see it evaporate in a pond, but BSA has said all along that the extracted water must be used to mitigate impacts before it's put to new uses," he said. "This desalination plant doesn't magically manufacture water; it is water that has been drawn from underground as part of the gas extraction process. "We don't deny the treatment of this water provides short-term benefit to some farmers and supplements Chinchilla's water supply, but we can't forget that that extracting the water is potentially depleting an aquifer and affecting current users. "It's like robbing Peter to pay Paul."
ON TOUR: Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney inspects the new facility. Photo: Lyndon Keane
WATER FLOWS FROM QGCâ€™S NEW PLANT IN WHAT IS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN AN AUSTRALIA-FIRST, TREATED COAL SEAM GAS WATER IS NOW FLOWING INTO CHINCHILLAâ€™S DRINKING WATER SUPPLY
he official opening of the most visible sign of QGC's $1 billion investment in Surat Basin water infrastructure has been lauded as "a particularly significant day" for the coal seam gas industry by Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney. Kenya Water Treatment Plant, situated about 35 kilometres south-west of
Chinchilla, has the capacity to treat 92 megalitres of water per day at full production, thanks in part to state-ofthe-art reverse osmosis processing equipment and a 33-megawatt, gas-fired power plant. While QGC is keeping the exact cost of construction to itself, a company source told Surat Basin News the plant and its
TOWERING PRESENCE: Three brine concentrators dwarf the rest of the equipment at the water treatment plant. - Photo: Lyndon Keane
under-construction sister facility - at Woleebee Creek, near Wandoan represented "a sizeable portion" of the $1 billion expenditure. As part of an $800 million, 20-year contract, Veiola Water Australia is operating and maintaining the facility, which transports treated water along a pipeline into the Chinchilla Weir. Several primary producers, including Ken Schmidt, are also drawing water directly from the pipeline. Mr Schmidt said he believed the facility turned a by-product of CGS mining "into an important economic stimulus for the local area". Despite concerns from some community members about the project, BG Australia chairwoman Catherine Tanna thanked those who had shown "faith" in the mammoth operation. "When QGC begins exporting natural gas that comes from these parts in 2014, we will have invested about $14 million a day, every day, for four years in this project," she said. Speaking in front of about 100 people at the opening, Mr Seeney spoke passionately and off-the-cuff about what he believed the facility meant for Queensland. Mr Seeney said QGC's Woleebee Creek Water Treatment Plant near Wandoan would impact his constituents in Callide and that such facilities made it possible for the industry to boom. "I have always acknowledged CSG water as a valuable by-product, not a problem," he said.
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THE INDUSTRY AT A GLANCE
PIPELINE LINKS BASIN TO WORLD THE FINAL KILOMETRE OF THE QCLNG GAS PIPELINE HAS BEEN LAID NEAR BILOELA, MEANING GAS EXPORTATION IS A BIG STEP CLOSER
QGC celebrates first operational site in Gladstone THE gateway to QGC's much-hyped Queensland Curtis LNG plant is now operational after the company officially opened the doors to its first site in Gladstone on October 18. The $7.5 million supply base covers 2000 square metres and will be the control point for all equipment and materials going to and from the plant once it is operating.
Santos denies claims contractors used sacred site as toilet
ore than a mind-boggling 12 million working hours have gone into linking the Surat Basin to QGC's ambitious Queensland Curtis LNG Project. At more than 540 kilometres long, the main gas pipeline is now in the ground and represents two years and 44 million kilometres of work from vehicles on the project. Last week, the final kilometre of the pipeline - which has a onemetre diameter - was laid near Biloela. The pipeline was laid by construction contractor MCJV, a joint venture between McConnell Dowell Constructors and Consolidated Contracting Company Australia, and, when commissioned, will transport
natural gas from QGC's Surat Basin tenements to its QCLNG plant near Gladstone. Once the gas reaches Curtis Island, it will be liquefied for export. QGC managing director Derek Fisher said the milestone represented "a world-class engineering feat". "This is a tremendous achievement, meaning we remain on track to start commissioning the world's first plant to convert natural gas from coal seams into liquefied natural gas next year," he said. "In the process, we have set records for Australian pipeline construction, including the longest twin pipe-pull in Australia when,
The Narrows channel at Curtis Island was crossed earlier this year."
SANTOS has hit back at accusations its contractors used a sacred indigenous site near Gladstone as a toilet and rubbish dump. The Port Curtis Coral Coast Native Title Group said the contractors "basically destroyed the site". A group spokesman slammed the damage as "the ultimate sign of disrespect". Santos said in a statement "there is no evidence to support the claim".
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After four years, more than six million hours and 3400 tonnes of steel, Rio Tinto's Kestrel South coal mine extension was officially opened on October 15. The underground extension came with a $2 billion price tag and is flagged to boost the site's coking coal production to six million tonnes per annum. Kestrel South will reach full capacity in late 2014.
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MP TAKES UP FIGHT
HOPPER ATTEMPTS TO SHUT DOWN WELLS A
fight led by Condamine MP Ray Hopper to shut down almost 500 gas wells in the Surat Basin could leave the State Government open to an enormous legal bill and potentially a constitutional challenge if successful. The Katter's Australia Party member introduced the private member's bill to protect agricultural land from coal seam gas which is currently being scrutinised by the parliamentary committee on agriculture, resources and environment. Earlier this month, Mr Hopper was quizzed on the bill, which would ban all gas and mining exploration east of the Condamine River from Chinchilla to the New South Wales border. Key cropping land would also be covered by the bill. Mr Hopper said it was time for action because it would be too costly to wind back the clock once development ramped up. "Once they're established and find the gas that is there, the compensation will be too immense, the industry will explode in that area and there will be no
farmers," he said. "This must go into place and go into place immediately." Although many gas companies already operate in the area, Arrow Energy's Surat
Gas Project would be most affected by the bill. The Member for Condamine said he believed gas expansions threatened the groundwater supplies of the Condamine
Condamine MP Ray Hopper adresses the Save Cecil from CSG rally to oppose the Arrow Energy projects in the region, Saturday, April 27, 2013. Photo: Kevin Farmer
Alluvium, which he wanted to keep intact for "our children and our grandchildren". But such a crackdown would still be incredibly costly to the government, according to the state bureaucrats. Department of State Development executive director Dennis Bird said even at this embryonic stage for the gas industry, Mr Hopper's intentions would destroy 496 gas wells. Given there was no history of a government ever dumping a resources lease after approval, it would certainly be subject of a legal challenge," Mr Bird said. "The impact would do immeasurable damage to investment reputation and sovereign risk," he said. "(Gas companies) could launch a constitutional challenge if it took away their rights when they have done nothing wrong. "It would be quite costly to the state". Fellow executive director Kylie Williams told the committee the government's own protocols meant key agricultural land would be protected. By Owen Jacques
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THE INDUSTRY AT A GLANCE Sunshine State to speed up permit waiting times
PILES OF TROUBLE: This is what Jondaryan residents claim is causing the town's dusty problems.
COAL-Y HELL: Richard Nothdurft and Doris Lander say they are fed up with coal dust from New Acland's loading facility filling their house.
JONDARYAN RESIDENTS ARE FED UP WITH COAL DUST FROM ACLAND MINE
COAL DUST WORRIES By Lyndon Keane
urious Jondaryan locals are claiming the New Acland Coal Mine loading facility has "stolen their lifestyle". The allegation comes following an announcement from New Hope Group - which owns the mine - earlier this month that "economic circumstances" had forced it to withdraw an application to expand rail infrastructure and move the facility further from the town.The decision to shelve the relocation has angered residents Richard Nothdurft and Doris Lander, who said they believed the mountains of coal and the people of Jondaryan could no longer coexist. "It will never be moved," Mr Nothdurft said angrily. "They're not interested in the people of Jondaryan." The interiors and exteriors of the pair's houses - which are less than one kilometre from the loading facility - are caked thick with coal dust and cleaning curtains, walls and benches is now a
daily ritual, according to Ms Lander. "They've stolen my son's inheritance because the properties aren't worth anything as long as that mine is there," she said. "The homes out here are black with dust," Mr Nothdurft added. "Nobody is looking after their homes (because) you can't sell them." The pair said that, despite Toowoomba Regional Council mayor Paul Antonio telling media in June that Jondaryan had an "obvious" dust issue, nothing was getting done. At the time, Councillor Antonio promised an independent study into the scattering of coal particles, a report frustrated residents are still waiting for. Mr Nothdurft said she believed New Hope Group was only carrying out air testing when wind conditions were blowing favourably away from Jondaryan, a claim refuted by the company. "Ourâ€Śdust-monitoring equipment is some of the most highly sensitive... in the country," a New Hope Group spokesperson said.
"Two of these continuous monitors are located at Jondaryan." When asked about if and when Jondaryan residents could expect to see the loading facility relocated, the spokesperson was unable to provide a timeframe. "Like any business, we can't make a large capital outlay on a project until we have certainty about the future," they said. "The relocation of the rail loading facility near Jondaryan is part of the revised New Acland Coal Mine stage three project plan and is set to cost the company over $62 million. "Separately, the company was also looking at some modifications to railing arrangements at the Jondaryan facility, but this is no longer appropriate due to the current economic circumstances." The explanation is little consolation for Mr Nothdurft, who said residents were sick and tired of fighting just to live normally. "We want to be able to live normal," he said as he ran his hand along a fencepost blackened by coal dust. "Whether that means we need to be relocated, one of us has to go."
COAL and mineral exploration in Queensland is set to be sped up after the State Government announced an overhaul of the approvals process earlier this month. Natural Resources and Mines Minister Andrew Cripps said the aim of the overhaul was to halve exploration permit waiting times. "We have listened to requests from the resources sector for faster, more efficient approval timeframes and we are delivering," he said.
Mining magnate digs deep for education ANDREW "Twiggy" Forrest has made Australian philanthropic history by opening his wallet to the tune of $65 million. The Fortescue Metals Group chairman and his wife, Nicola, announced earlier this month they were donating the eye-watering figure to further higher education in Western Australia. The donation comprises a $50m scholarship foundation for five of the state's universities and $15m towards the construction of a new residential college at the University of Western Australia.
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INDUSTRY GATHERS FOR CONFERENCE THE future of the resources sector will take centre stage when delegates gather in Brisbane for the 2013 Energy Skills Queensland Conference on November 4. The theme for the event will be "Skilling for our Future" and will cover many of the challenges the energy and resources sectors are expected to face now and in years to come.
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BLUE ENERGY DRILLS FOR OIL A BRISBANE COMPANY HAS PUT OIL BACK ON THE AGENDA IN THE SURAT BASIN AFTER DRILLING FOR THE “BLACK GOLD” NEAR ROMA
t is not yet known whether oil is poised to make a comeback in the coal seam gas-rich Surat Basin after Blue Energy began exploratory drilling earlier this month. The Brisbane-based company is currently drilling for oil reserves on its Marburg 1 well, 120 kilometres northwest of Roma, to a planned depth of 720 metres. The operation has been funded through a $5 million farm-out to KIB Energy, a subsidiary of a Singaporean oil trading company. The two-stage deal includes both exploration of the well and works through to the grant of a production licence. Blue Energy chief executive officer John
GOVERNMENT FAST-TRACKS APPROVALS IN JUST seven days, the Queensland Government has approved 1400 exploration permits in an effort to grow the state's mining industry. Mines Minister Andrew Cripps told a Brisbane convention the swift action on applications makes mining "simpler and more profitable". "It has only been a week since this government announced reforms to expedite the granting of exploration permits," Mr Cripps said. "To have 1400 exploration permits granted in that time is great news for the industry."
TOSS OF THE COIN: Blue Energy boss John Phillips admits Marburg 1 is "a risky venture".
Phillips said he believed the Surat Basin had been overlooked as a potential oil production site. "Definitely in the early days, they were looking for oil," he said. "They were looking for the big elephants if you will. "They didn't get enough encouragement with the initial well. "We think there's a reasonable chance that there's something that's missed”. The first stage of the project is slated to take several weeks and Mr Phillips admitted it could go either way in terms of success. "Obviously, if it's a dry hole we walk away, but if we do get some encouragement, we will follow up with some work," he said. "It's a risky venture in terms of chance of success." The publicly-listed Blue Energy is providing weekly operations updates via the Australian Securities Exchange.
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illions of dollars in regional infrastructure funds remain uncertain under the Coalition's legislation to repeal the mining tax. But despite Labor promising the funds would be delivered, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss has labelled the pledge a "cruel con". He said the former government knew the money, including a $2 billion Regional Infrastructure Fund that the Coalition has removed, did not exist. "It is astonishing that, even now, Labor continues to spruik its hollow projects when, in government, it failed to fund them," he said. "Hundreds of projects were announced that had not even received cursory
departmental assessments, yet Labor was promising anyone who would listen that these were somehow a done deal." While Labor had originally allocated the funds to come from mining tax revenue, it has guaranteed the money would still be delivered despite the massive shortfall in revenue. Details of which specific projects could lose out under the new government's decision not to fund mining taxassociated projects have not yet been released. However, Mr Truss said he would still deliver funds for all contracts that have already been signed, leaving all those without official contracts in place unlikely to be funded.
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"Labor was unable to deliver RDAF and RIF projects it already had on its books because those projects depended on a mining tax that, as we all now know, raised virtually no money," he said. Mr Truss reiterated the new government had set aside $1 billion in secured funds for a new Stronger Regions Fund, but said the government was still working out which RDAF projects would miss out. The laws to repeal the mining tax will also remove Labor's Schoolkids Bonus and low-income superannuation bonus, and will delay Labor's planned superannuation rise to 12% for at least two years.
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BARGAIN BUY: Linc Energy has snapped up Blair Athol mine for just $1.
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t would not be enough to buy you a burger, but for $1, Linc Energy now owns a coal mine. Through its subsidiary New Emerald Coal, Linc will resuscitate Blair Athol in Central Queensland - creating 100 jobs in the process - after Rio Tinto turned off the mine's lights in November 2012. The figure is fewer than the 170 the site had when under the control of Rio Tinto, but New Emerald expects the number to grow as the operation shudders back to life. Rio Tinto shut the 29-year-old mine after describing it as "largely mined out". Blair Athol is to restart operations within six months, but Linc is eager and wants to commence mining by early
next year. Rumours swirled in April that Rio Tinto was trying to offload its Blair Athol and Clermont mines, but the company refused to comment. Linc chief executive officer Peter Bond said he expected New Emerald to pull up to three million tonnes of coal from the site annually, for potentially the next decade. "We've done a very good deal," Mr Bond said. "It would have been worth a lot more money a few years ago." So how is New Emerald to succeed where one of the world's largest multinational miners failed? "The cost base of a big company is very different to a smaller operation," Mr
Bond said. "It was the fact that Rio could not run the (mine) at a profit. "We have up to 10 years of coal available if we're clever. "Ten years at three million tonnes a year is good money." Linc will take over the mining tenure, some on-site assets, infrastructure and environmental obligations. These obligations include the $84 million in bond held by the Queensland Government to guarantee the site would be rehabilitated. Rio Tinto has already confirmed it would pay Linc to help with the cost of repairs but it is unclear how much. The deal is set to be finalised within six months. By Owen Jacques
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FAST FACTS ON THE DDRP • The r egion c omprises s ix local g overnment a reas, including W estern D owns Regional C ouncil, M aranoa Regional C ouncil, B alonne Shire C ouncil a nd Toowoomba R egional Council • The d raft p lan w as r eleased for p ublic c onsultation between J une 2 8 a nd September 2 0, 2 013 • 57 i ndividual s ubmissions were r eceived f rom l ocal government, p eak b odies, agricultural a nd r esource enterprises, c ommunity a nd professional o rganisations, academic b odies, b usiness and i ndividuals • Another 9 17 s ubmissions based o n a s tandard f ormat letter - w ere a lso r eceived
AG LAND PROTECTED DARLING DOWNS REGIONAL PLAN FALLS SHORT, ACCORDING TO AGFORCE PRIORITY agricultural land in the Surat Basin will be protected from "incompatible resource activities" as part of the State Government's Darling Downs Regional Plan. The plan, which was released last week following a two-month public consultation period, has been paired up with the Newman government's Review of the Strategic Cropping Land Framework. New legislation will be needed to implement the plan and a Regional Planning and Development Act is scheduled to be introduced into Parliament later this year. In addition to protecting the region's topshelf primary production land, area required to ensure the growth of towns will also be safeguarded.
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The DDRP will identify and map Priority Agricultural Areas, which will be spared from resource exploration and development deemed incompatible under the approval process. Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney said he believed the plan would protect key agricultural assets in the region. "Any resource development seeking to operate in a PAA will need to meet coexistence criteria which will ensure no material loss of land, no threat to continued agricultural use and no material impact on irrigation aquifers or overland flow," Mr Seeney said. The issue of co-existence - and what it actually means to specific stakeholders -
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MONEY FLOWS TO REGIONS W Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney announced the funding today. Maranoa Regional Council will receive $12.4 million for three projects while Western Downs Regional Council will spend $6.95 million on seven projects. "Through Royalties for the Regions, the Queensland Government is giving back to the communities that support resource projects - reinvesting a share of royalties to help build new and improved community, road and floodplain security infrastructure," Mr Seeney said. "This is about supporting projects that increase liveability and offer a long term attractive lifestyle in resource regions for generations of Queenslanders to come." Member for Warrego Howard Hobbs said he had championed the Royalties for the Regions program for many years and he was delighted to see the program in action. "To have local and the state government prioritising road projects is welcome progress for local residents who experience on a day-to- day basis the impacts of resource industry growth on their roads and community," Mr Hobbs said. The biggest single funding allocation of $7 million is for the Injune-Taroom Road upgrade and will help provide almost 25 kilometres of sealed roadway, improving safety for all road users.
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Projects receiving Royalties for the Regions funding in Maranoa are: • $7 million for the $23.2 million Injune-Taroom Road upgrade • $5 million for the $27.9 million Fairview Road upgrade • $400,000 for the $600,000 Roma Sewerage Treatment Plant to increase capacity for current and future demand Projects receiving Royalties for the Regions funding in Western Downs are: • $1.45 million for the $2.5 million Miles Waste and Recycling Centre (transfer station • $1.31 million for the $2.5 million Old Cameby Road upgrade • $1.25 million for the $2.5 million Ducklo-Gulera Road upgrade • $1.2 million for the $2 million Avenue Road rehabilitation • $910,000 for the $1.85 million Brownlies Road upgrade • $470,000 for the $700,000 Condamine Waste and Recycling Centre (transfer station) • $360,000 for the $750,000 Upper Humbug Road upgrade Both councils will now have to submit a detailed business case for each project to have the funding confirmed by the end of the year. Royalties for the Regions will invest $495 million in regional projects over the four years to 2015-16.
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AT A GLANCE More of central Queensland opened up for coal ALMOST 1,300 square kilometres of land in the Bowen Basin have been opened up for coal mining by the Queensland Government. In total, seven parcels of land - around Middlemount, Nebo, Moranbah and Glenden - have been made available. Natural Resources and Mines Minister Andrew Cripps said new tendering processes should expedite the approval process and give smaller explorers the opportunity to make their marks. A group spokesman slammed the damage as "the ultimate sign of disrespect". Santos said in a statement "there is no evidence to support the claim".
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COMMENT Bruce Scott MP Federal Member for Maranoa
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COMMENT Campbell Newman Queensland Premier
new online tool is giving Queenslanders easy access to information about the water used in coal seam gas operations. Coal Seam Gas Globe (CSG Globe) is based on Google Earth and contains useful information for landholders, industries and local communities about wells and water bores across Queensland. It also gives details about the location of CSG wells, petroleum wells and other tenure information about current petroleum exploration permits in Queensland. No other jurisdiction is providing as much information on CSG in a simple Google Earth format, accessible to everyone. I encourage landholders particularly to go online and access the CSG Globe and provide their feedback and comments of this initial version of the tool. CSG Globe is available at http://www.dnrm.qld.gov.au/mapping-
data/maps and you can provide feedback through the Lands Queensland Facebook page. Hundreds of organisations around the state will be able to get on with the job of fixing weed, pest and erosion problems after receiving funds under the Everyone's Environment Grants program. Around $3.4 million has been invested under this round, including projects across the region which will focus on grassroots action. For example, the Condamine Catchment Management Association will use its $63,290 in funding to boost knowledge of water quality across the catchment, the Mungallala Central Collaborative Area Management Cluster will use its $36,100 grant on a weed eradication program and $40,000 will go toward improving land management at the Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary. In coming weeks, an extension of the grants will be announced to include heritage projects across Queensland, which will help eligible owners and community groups carry out projects that support conservation, heritage
interpretation, education and tourism opportunities for our state heritage places. More information about the Everyone's Environment program is available at www.ehp.qld.gov.au You may have heard the great news that Queensland's economy is starting to get back on track, and that we are outperforming the rest of the nation on several fronts. The latest CommSec State of the States report found that Queensland leads the nation in business investment, with spending in the June quarter 37 per cent above the decade average. Our Gross State Product also grew by 1.3 per cent in the June quarter, compared to just 0.3 per cent in the rest of Australia, and our export growth of 1.7 per cent is almost double that of the rest of the nation. Overall, we can safely say business is growing in confidence and is now prepared to invest in Queensland, creating new jobs and prosperity for all who live here. You can be assured my team will continue working hard to make sure our economy keeps growing into the future.
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COEXISTENCE CAN WORK QUEENSLAND RESOURCES COUNCIL CEO MICHAEL ROCHE ARGUES THERE SHOULD BE A REFOCUS WHEN IT COMES TO REGIONAL PLANNING
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the regional obstacles to realising the government's vision of doubling agricultural production by 2040. The next stage is to analyse resource prospects in the region. What is known about the region's mineral and energy endowment? Are there prospects of economic projects in the near future? What areas might need further exploration before we understand their potential? Regional planning should be about maximising the opportunity from both engines of economic growth and identifying how resources and agriculture could be mutually supportive. How much more cotton would a region grow with a more reliable water supply? Resource projects have historically built
infrastructure like dams and water pipelines with spin-off benefits for agriculture. A perennial bugbear for agriculture is access to markets through better roads, rail links and connections to ports and airports. Again, these are investments made by resource projects that bear fruit for a region's whole economy. So how do you go about weighing up the merits of a resource project? How can you understand what a project contributes to a regional economy and how it makes a contribution to diversifying that economy? To inform good regional planning, there needs to be a fully resourced, public and transparent process of information gathering to identify land qualities and
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s seasoned public servants attest, if both sides of a debate don't like an idea, it's probably on solid ground. Offend everyone a little, and you have the makings of a reasonable policy compromise. Unfortunately, there's little reassurance in this homily if both sides of a debate think it is a bad idea. The state government's commendable policy objective of productive coexistence between agriculture and resources risks being undone by the bad idea of trying to deliver it through a system of exclusion zones drawn up to protect agriculture, protect towns, protect scenic amenity and protect environmental values. The risk is in zoning Queensland regions out of the contest for economic growth through planning that serves to enshrine economic stagnation. There is an alternative to make regional plans work as the government intends with a clear focus on sustainable economic growth. The Queensland Resources Council believes the answer lies in designing a genuine planning process FOR the region rather than trying to impose planning outcomes ON the region. The first step is defining which parts of Queensland are the most agriculturally productive. Understanding what makes them productive today lays the foundation for making them more productive in the future. In that context, we also need to identify
contribute to a case-by-case basis assessment of project prospects. Queensland's rigorous environmental impact statement (EIS) process is the perfect vehicle for such evaluations. With an agreed source of baseline data on what a region sees as important about the existing agricultural production chain, a resource project's EIS can present an assessment of how that production chain might be affected, where it might be compromised and most importantly, how it can be augmented, improved and sustained. Queensland's current draft regional plan focus is on the cost to agriculture and not the benefits. Yet consistently, public opinion polling in the Surat Basin shows that even around land-use hot spots, residents expect agriculture and resources to co-exist as the primary drivers of regional economic activity. These regional communities see coexistence as an important force for balancing activity cycles that affect both industry sectors. Queensland's statutory regional plans could deliver on this promise, by refocusing on how to deliver growth in both agriculture and resources.
COMMENT Howard Hobbs MP Member for Warrego
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elcome to the Surat Basin News and it is that time of year again when the Howard Hobbs Scholarships Guide 13/14 is updated and out for distribution. The Guide is distributed to Year 12 students in the Warrego Electorate. It is a summary of contact numbers and website address for scholarships at major universities, agricultural colleges, training and apprenticeship information, and a listing of scholarships in a range of areas such as rural industry, veterinary, medicine, pharmacy, teaching, sport, engineering and the arts. Examples of some of the scholarships include the Australian Beef Industry Foundation Scholarship, Marcus Oldham College, Aged Care Nursing Scholarships Undergraduate, the Bid O'Sullivan Teaching Scholarship, the Roma Zonta Club Encouragement Bursary to name a few. Anyone who wishes to receive a free copy of the 2013/14 Scholarship Guide should call my Electorate Offices Ph 1800 814 479 or Ph 1800 625 430 and a copy will be sent to them. Congratulations to the Everyone's Environment Program grant recipients who have been successful in obtaining funding from latest funding round. Applications for round three of the State Governments Everyone's Environment grants will be called in 2014. Drought Assistance Update - Primary Producers who have reached the $20 000 cap of assistance through Drought Recovery Assistance Scheme (DRAS) in the first year can now access up to $30 000 by completing a drought
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t was a pleasure this month to officially open QGCâ€™s new state-ofthe-art Administration Office in Chinchilla that will be the nerve centre of its field operations housing up to 150 personnel. It is the first of a number of new offices the company plans to establish in the region. As a show of confidence in the region, QGC is setting the pace for other energy proponents to follow suit in value adding to the industry and positively creating jobs in our local communities. At the official opening I enjoyed the chance to talk to some QGC employees to see how they got their kids off to school that morning to be able to attend work. I offer a warm welcome to the families of the QGC staff who have moved to the local area and wish them well. This new development is good news for the local schools, businesses and for employment in the district. Earlier this month it was a great privilege to join State Government ministers and members of parliament at the Queensland Plan Summit held in Brisbane where the Premier outlined
the 30 year visions for Queensland. Premier Newman addressed the government's focus on a four pillar economy capitalising on the state's strengths in agriculture, resources, tourism and construction and importantly, where our region needs to be heading in the future. I would like to mention two important focuses of the Queensland Plan, the water grid and how the future water supply situation could eventuate and transport infrastructure. A major focus of the transport and infrastructure vision is the significant upgrade to the state's rail network which is essential for the future prosperity of all sectors of the economy and will shape Queensland's public transportation into the future. The Plan recognises Queensland as an 'Energy State' and reaffirms the Western Downs as the 'Energy Capital' of Australia. I applaud the State Government for the direction taken with the Queensland Plan.
COMMENT Cr Ray Brown Mayor, Western Downs Regional Council
Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise Chief Executive Officer Shane Charles, Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Ray Brown, QGC Operations Director Walter Simpson, Western Downs Councillor Carolyn Tillman and Chinchilla Family Support Centre Manager Doreen Goldsmid at the QGC Chinchilla office opening.
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OMA residents experienced a unique occurrence this month when three of our six highvolume water bores malfunctioned in quick succession. Our staff quickly identified the problem and implemented strategies to manage usage from the affected reservoirs. As part of this, residents were asked to refrain from using sprinklers, hoses and irrigation systems for a 24 hour period. The event initiated plenty of comment. One correct observation was that the commercial water clients were able to access water from the standpipe facility while restrictions were still in place for town residents and yes, that situation is not a good look. The reasoning for this was the standpipe water in Station Street is supplied from a different set of bores, none of which were affected by the breakdowns on the western side of town. The decreased pressures reported in the western side of town were in the vicinity of the malfunctions and were actually caused by our staff manually adjusting the pressures to preserve water in the main reservoir. We have invested heavily in our water networks and we know that we do have enough bores at present and our water supply is not in any danger of running out. The downside is that we do not yet have enough aboveground infrastructure: water storage, treatment plants and reservoirs. There are not too many opportunities out there for funding this sort of work at any time so we welcome the commercial sales, which equate to almost 10 percent of Roma's total water consumption and the revenue it generates. Being able to sustainably sell that water is one important way for our community to obtain some advantage from the
COMMENT Cr Robert Loughnan Mayor of Maranoa Regional Council
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GC'S new state-of-the-art "nerve centre" in Chinchilla has been lauded as a major achievement for the region by the company's operations director. The $15 million complex, which was officially unveiled on October 8 in front of about 200 people - including staff and representatives from Western Downs Regional Council, community groups and the media - cements the gas giant firmly in the middle of its Surat Basin operation. After reflecting on the company's "modest" beginnings in Chinchilla in 2005, operations director Walter Simpson told the crowd the facility was something he believed the entire community should be proud of. "The office is the nerve centre of our Surat Basin operations," Mr Simpson said.
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f consultancy firm Deloitte is on the money with its latest report, the Surat Basin appears perfectly positioned to continue its growth explosion over the next two decades. According to the report - called Catching the Next Wave - five new "super-growth" sectors are tipped to drive an additional $250 billion into the Australian economy between now and 2033. The report was released earlier this month and identifies agribusiness, gas, tourism, wealth management and international education as the country's next boom sectors. Despite a predicted downturn in mining exports and tough times for Queensland's coal industry in coming years, the Surat Basin looks set to go from strength to strength on the back of coal seam gas, agriculture and a burgeoning tourism market. Report co-author Chris Richarsdon, a partner with Deloitte Access
EYE ON AGRICULTURE: Agribusiness has been tipped as one of the country's five "super-growth" sectors, according to consultancy firm Deloitte. Photo Katie Cameron Economics, said that while mining will continue to drive prosperity during the next 20 years, be believed the sectors identified could provide growth from different directions. "These sectors hold out not only the promise of new wave of growth," he said. "They offer us a way to diversify beyond mining's boom and bust. "It's all about catching the next wave. "Mining will continue as a major
driver of our prosperity, but that boom is slowing and our competitive advantage is being challenged." Agribusiness, gas and tourism are expected to grow at more than 10 percent annually for the next 20 years - three times faster than the expected average global growth rate but overregulation and a shortage of younger primary producers have been identified as possible stumbling blocks.
Santos GLNG drivers Speed limit changes As part of our continued efforts to improve road safety, Santos GLNG and our contractors must now adhere to speciďŹ c speed zones. These changes may impact you on your travels so please be aware of the following:
50 Forestry roads our maximum speed limit is 50km/h unless a lower speed limit is signed.
60 Unsealed roads our maximum speed limit is 60km/h unless a lower speed limit is signed.
80 Sealed council controlled roads our maximum speed limit is 80km/h unless a lower speed limit is signed.
State controlled roads and highways as per signed speed limit. As we will be travelling at lower speed limits at times, we will do our best to pull over and let local trafÂ˝c pass 7antos +02+ and contractor driver behaviour will be recorded by our -n :ehicle 1onitoring 7ystem -:17
If you have any issues concerning our new speed zones or driver behaviour, please call 1800 761 113 or email Santos.Drive.GLNG@santos.com
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LOCAL BUSINESS SUCCESS STORY
OZCON GRABS OPPORTUNITY TO EXPAND IN BASIN
zcon Industries boss Kieran Chiverton has some simple advice for local businesses aiming to expand: there are still plenty of opportunities left in the Surat Basin. Mr Chiverton launched the Dalby-based business in 2005 and, with his wife, Rhiannon, has transformed it from a two-person operation into a thriving entity that now employs about 125 full-time staff and has branches in Brisbane, Toowoomba and Miles. Ozcon Industries offers pipe processing and general metal engineering services, in addition to a local, highquality machining shop and, while the company is now Australia's largest local threader for pipe, Mr Chiverton said he had no plans to relocate.
"Dalby's my home town and it's going to stay my home town," he said passionately as he showed Surat Basin News around the site. "I think it would be disrespectful to build a business here and then move it to Brisbane." One of Ozcon Industries' key strategic directives is sustainability and Mr Chiverton said he and his wife were committed to ensuring the business remained viable post-resource rush. "It's okay to gear up while the boom is on but we intend to still be here when it's gone and other companies have moved out," he explained. Ozcon Industries currently exports its products to South America, Africa, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand,
and is in the process of increasing production in China, a move Mr Chiverton says "should create more jobs here". The company injects more than $5 million into the community annually through salaries and Mr Chiverton said he believed the numbers proved small businesses involved in the resources and energy sectors could still prosper in the ever-present shadow of the industry giants. "There's a lot of opportunity here," he said. "We've currently got about 5000 tonnes of stock on site and I think we're in a prime position. "We were a very little, two-person operation but we saw an opportunity and took it."
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SURAT BASIN PROVIDES OPPORTUNITY
EZYQUIP BOSS LOVES ROMA LIFE E
zyquip Hire Roma branch manager Mathew McClure is enjoying life in Roma with his family after moving from Mildura in August last year. Mathew said Roma Ezyquip is an equipment hire company and their forte is heavy earthmoving equipment but they also have much smaller equipment. "We deal with a lot of oil and gas companies, roadwork companies, right down to local tradesmen," he said. "Our branch deals with customers from Chinchilla all the way through to the
South Australian border and north to Injune and Arcadia Valley. "We've also worked with a lot of shires out west like Murweh, Blackall/Tambo, Quilpie and Paroo." Matthew said Roma is a pretty little town and his family love the bush and country lifestyle. "I love the weather and I find it quite moderate after coming from Mildura where it ranges from -1 in winter to 50 degrees in summer," he said. Mathew is married to wife Sasha have
two children Mitch and Charlie aged six and three respectively. Mathew said the family loves to get away on weekends. "With work so busy we've had to capitalise on weekends away so we've bought a campervan," he said. "We've been to a lot of local spots like Mitchell and Surat and we're planning on going to Carnarvon Gorge in the future. "It's good to get away with family and away from the television and work."
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TREASURER SAYS MINING STILL STRONG IN QLD THE mining boom in Queensland is far from death's door, according to Treasurer Tim Nicholls. Speaking at the Queensland Property Council lunch last week, Mr Nicholls said he believed, despite strong media coverage in the past few months about the downturn in the industry, things still looked promising for the state. "In the months of July and August the total volume of seaborne coal shipped out of Queensland ports was a record," he said. "We shipped over 34 million tonnes over those two months."
SPOTLIGHT ON FORTESCUE SAFETY SAFETY at Fortescue Metals Group's Christmas Creek mine under scrutiny after a second worker was seriously injured in as many months. On October 22, a 42-year-old man was seriously injured on the Pilbara mine site when a dump truck ran into the back of another. The incident follows another in August, in which a 26-year-old man was killed at the same site.
DATA SHOWS BUSINESS IS BOOMING T
he latest statistical data released by REMPLAN shows the Toowoomba and Surat Basin regions continue to remain a front runner for the Queensland economy in terms of jobs and economic activity. Unemployment in the Toowoomba region has fallen from 4.9% in March this year to 4.8% whilst the Surat Basin region is marginally lower at 4.5%. By comparison, unemployment for Queensland has dropped from 6.5% in March to sit at 6.2% which is nearly 1 Â˝ % higher than Toowoomba and 1.7% higher than the Surat Basin region. The Health Care and Social Assistance sector is the biggest employer for Toowoomba providing 8918 jobs, followed by Retail Trade at 7026, Education and Training at 6490. Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries also remains strong employing 3642 people. TSBE CEO Mr Shane Charles welcomed the news as a positive result for Toowoomba and the Surat Basin and a good omen for economic sustainability into the future. "Anecdotally business and industry have been feeling the continuation of economic activity throughout the region, however, it is great to have the figures to substantiate this perception" Mr Charles said. "Growth in residential and non-residential building approvals is also encouraging up
significantly from last year in both Toowoomba and the Surat Basin region and an indication of sustained growth to come." Residential approvals in Toowoomba have reached $235.2 M for the 2012/13 period which is up 14.8% on last year and $395.4 M for the Surat Basin region showing an increase of 30% on 2011/12. Non Residential approvals in Toowoomba are at $138.9 M for the 2012/13 period up 66.75% since 2011/12 and $321.5 M for the Surat Basin region up a whopping 111.5% for the year. "Whilst it is great to see some of the significant growth across the region, it is even more pleasing to see recent data indicate sustained economic activity moving forward" Mr Charles said.
PROTESTERS CHARGED THREE men have been charged with a total of 15 offences following a violent confrontation between gas workers and protesters near Tara. Despite claims that protesters had suffered injuries from being run down by gas company vehicles on October 5, Dalby Police said no charges had been laid against the company or its workers. After viewing video footage of the incident recorded from within the vehicles, police said there was no evidence to suggest the men were run down by the company vehicles. No complaints were made to police about those workers. Instead, police charged a 19-yearold Wiembilla man with wilful damage and public nuisance and a 38-year-old man, also from Wiembilla, with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and public nuisance. A 39-year-old man from Chinchilla was charged with three counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, five counts of threatening violence, two counts of wilful damage and one count of public nuisance. The men will appear in Chinchilla Magistrates Court on December 11.
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NEW OFFICE OPENS VIRTUAL WORLD MARANOA RESIDENTS CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF A NEW SANTOS SHOPFRONT THAT CAN TAKE THEM ON A VIRTUAL TOUR
Maranoa councillor Ree Price tested out the Santos GLNG interactive table at the Virtual Field Explorer launch in Roma.
aranoa residents and people interested in the operations of Santos GLNG's Coal Seam Gas operations in the region can now explore the gas fields using their hands not their feet. Visitors to Santos GLNG's Roma Shopfront on McDowall Street can use the newly opened Virtual Field Explorer which is a state of the art mega touch screen and interactive table displaying the companyâ€™s CSG operations. Santos GLNG Maranoa regional manager Sam Klaas said the Virtual Explorer is a valuable tool to raise the visibility of what Santos is doing in the field. "It gives accurate information about those activities currently being conducted in the field at any one time and is an adjunct to the tours program that we run," he said. "The tours occasionally can't go ahead because of inclement weather or other reasons so this is another option for people to see what is going on." Mr Klass said users can geographically locate areas of interest and experience fly overs and virtual tours. "People can just drop into the shop and see exactly what is going on as if they are in the field," he said. "We are encouraging anyone to come in and it
is open to the general public." Maranoa residents who want information about Santos operations or have issues or concerns can drop into the shop and see exactly what is going on. "We've got all our major stakeholders who are really looking for information all the time and responding to constituents and now that information is at their fingertips," Mr Klaas said. "They've just got to come in to that interactive table and pull up all the relevant data that they need to see. "If they've got a problem they can come in here with the person who has the question and they can pull it up on the screen and see it for themselves."
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Creating Indigenous Employment Opportunities Experienced bulldozer driver Allan Jones (pictured) works for RBY Projects Pty Ltd, one of many companies benefiting from the resource sector development in Queensland. RBY Projects Pty Ltd, an Indigenous owned and managed resources contractor, works closely with Origin to ensure local Indigenous people and businesses benefit from the Australia Pacific LNG Project work occurring on their traditional land through education, training and employment. RBY Projects’ work for Australia Pacific LNG involves construction of lease pads for drill rigs and associated civil works including rehabilitation, labour hire and water management. Allan, who has been with RBY Projects for eight months, said the company created welcome local employment opportunities. “RBY Projects has equipped me with training and skills to work in the resources sector as well as the opportunity to mentor young Indigenous trainees and share my skills,” Mr Jones said. Managing Director Derek Flucker said RBY Projects created community sustainability while ensuring construction contracts were delivered on time and within budget and to the highest level of safety and environmental standards. RBY recently received a safety award from Origin and Australia Pacific LNG in recognition of high safety standards. “Creating sustainable work is one of our key focuses – we need to have contracts that are long-term which allows us to meet our training goals and provide a career path for our employees,” Mr Flucker said. “More than one-third of our workforce is Indigenous but we want to see this figure grow as our contracts with Origin and Australia Pacific LNG develop.” “If Indigenous people have security, they can buy houses and develop better lives for their families. Jobs in this sector provide a great opportunity for Indigenous people to remain in their communities while receiving meaningful training and wages.” “We provide training and support for all our employees to ensure they develop the skills to progress to more senior roles. Our retention rate is higher than the industry average as we have strong support structures and mentoring programs in place within our contracts.” Mr Flucker is also the Chairperson of Aboriginal Enterprises in Mining, Exploration in Mining, Exploration and Energy (AEMEE), the peak national Indigenous mining and resource sector network and association.
Every effort is made to engage and support local businesses and suppliers, with A$9 billion spent on contracts and suppliers in Australia and of that, A$7.25 billion spent in Queensland to 30 June 2013.
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SANTOS AND APLNG JOIN FORCES SANTOS AND APLNG PARTNERSHIP SAVES HUNDREDS OF KILOMETRES OF GAS PIPELINE CONSTRUCTION
new agreement between two of Australia's biggest liquefied natural gas players will result in an increase in the efficiency with which Surat Basin gas is transported. Santos GLNG and Australia Pacific LNG announced in a joint statement that a gas swap and infrastructure connection agreement had been reached. While the companies said the agreement would "provide flexibility" and allow both to "realise capital and operational efficiencies", the biggest beneficiary is the environment. The agreement means both companies'
Surat Basin projects will not require any further pipeline infrastructure to transport. Without the agreement, both projects would need a total of 140 kilometres of additional pipelines and multiple connection points at compressor stations to each deliver its gas to Curtis Island. Santos Queensland vice president Trevor Brown said the agreement demonstrated the "real efforts" both companies are making to deliver long-lasting efficiencies. "It's a win-win for both projects and puts us in a strong position as we work
towards the delivery of first LNG in 2015," he said. David Baldwin, Origin's LNG chief executive officer, agreed with Mr Brown and said the agreement reduced the footprint of the industry. Two pipeline connection points will be built between Santos GLNG and Australia Pacific LNG infrastructure. The first pipeline connection located on the Santos-operated Fairview gas field, north of Roma, while the second will the Santos GLNG Scotia gas field, east of Roma, to Australia Pacific LNG's main gas transmission pipeline.
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BRIDGE PROJECT RECOGNITION
JELLICOE BRIDGE ATTRACTS AWARD
MRRT SUBMISSIONS OPEN
FK GARDNER AND SONS PICKS UP AWARD FOR SPECIALISED PROJECT
THE Coalition has released draft legislation set to repeal the controversial Minerals Resource Rent Tax. As part of its election promise, the Minerals Resource Rent Tax Repeal and Other Measures Bill 2013 will scrap the mining tax from July 1 next year. The legislation is set to be introduced soon after parliament resumes on November 12. Submissions on the draft legislation are open until October 31.
hile FK Gardner and Sons Group has an undeniably strong presence in the Surat Basin, Toowoomba residents are more grateful for its ubiety in the Garden City following the devastating 2011 flood. Raging floodwater severely damaged the Jellicoe Street bridge during the event, which had a major impact on local businesses and the community, and it was FKG Group that was tasked with facilitating repairs on behalf of Toowoomba Regional Council. Replacing the bridge was a challenging task, with design and construction being undertaken to ensure the structure could withstand a similar event in the future,
while allowing easy movement for its vehicular and pedestrian users. With all eyes in the city on the bridge reconstruction, the FKG Group team, led by project manager Brendan McGillion, undertook the $2 million job with gusto and the team's work was rewarded in July when it won the coveted civil contractor of the year category at the Queensland Master Builders Awards. Mr McGillion admitted the project had been made even more difficult because of the effects of the floodwater. "A significant challenge for our team was ensuring the successful translation of a design into a physical location where
debris and creek bed damage was so evident," he said. "Even tasks including identifying services such as electrical conduits and gas lines required an additional degree of care from site teams where maximum waterflow had dislodged the position of them." FKG Group community engagement officer Debbie Zajacek said the award was a fitting reward for the project team. "FKG is proud to receive this award, which recognises the team's proactive and sustained community engagement effort, which was effective from project planning through to project completion," she said.
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MORE MINES OPEN IN CENTRAL QUEENSLAND ALMOST 1300 square kilometres of land in the Bowen Basin have been opened up for coal mining by the Queensland Government. In total, seven parcels of land around Middlemount, Nebo, Moranbah and Glenden - have been made available. Natural Resources and Mines Minister Andrew Cripps said new tendering processes should expedite the approval process and give smaller explorers the opportunity to make their marks.
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TRAINING COURSE ROLLED OUT IN REGION
owns and Western builders are getting up to speed on asbestos removal, thanks to a new Master Builders training course. Regional manager Tony Ryder said the course in the removal of non-friable asbestos was being rolled out across the region. "The course will be delivered in Downs & Western each month with courses filling quickly" Mr Ryder said. "All workers involved in B Class asbestos removal are required to undertake this
training to be able to continue to do this work after 31 December 2013. "Anyone who deals with non-friable asbestos should be undertaking the course to make themselves aware of the dangers in handling asbestos and the requirements of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011. "You need to ensure that when you leave the job you have not contaminated yourself, your client's premises, your vehicle, your workmates, your home and family.
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WAGNERS AIRPORT TO OPEN DOORS
COMMUNITY GETS CHANCE TO CATCH AN INSIDE GLIMPSE OF ONE OF TOOWOOMBA’S BIGGEST PROJECTS
ore than 10,000 visitors are expected to get their first glimpse of Wellcamp Airport when its gates are opened to the public next month. The red-dirt construction site will display the bare bones of an airport-inthe-making - a vast project laying the building blocks for the region's airborne future. A 3D fly-over video released by Wagners has demonstrated the ultimate vision for the site in more clarity. It depicts an integrated business and industrial precinct complete with palmlined avenues, fountains, and a wetlands boardwalk. The 2.87km runway - only 300m shorter than Brisbane Airport's - is due for completion by April 2014. Construction of the terminal will follow, with FK Gardner and Sons engaged to finish the project by August. Wagners chairman John Wagner said the first commercial flights should be welland-truly running by this time next year. He said Wellcamp would be cheaper to run than Brisbane Airport. "It will be a low-cost airport and, as such, we'd like to have those lower costs passed on to the travelling public," he
said. "All the major airlines have expressed serious interest in operating from Wellcamp." Direct runs to Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and regional centres including Roma will begin straight away, with further flight paths to follow. The runway will be capable of accommodating 747 jets, though Wagners has stated it "would only be for intermittent charter cargo flights" - most likely exporting goods to Asia. Mr Wagner said rail consortiums were beginning to seriously look at building a railway line from Melbourne to the Port of Brisbane, connecting with the Charlton Wellcamp industrial estate. Work on the rail line could potentially begin next year. "That project is starting to get a lot of legs," he said. Wellcamp Airport will host a community open day on Sunday, November 24. The 3D fly-over video can be viewed at www.suratbasin.com.au Photo: Wagners Wellcamp Airport Project Manager Phil Gregory on site.
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ith the deadline for paying employees' last quarter superannuation looming, Surat Basin businesses need to double-check they are paying the correct amount for the right people, according to Dalbybased accountancy firm BMO. From the start of the 2013-14 financial year, the Superannuation Guarantee for employees increased to 9.25 percent of gross wages and employers only have until this week - October 28 - to finalise payments for the July-September quarter. Adrian Rasmussen, a partner at the BMO Business Centre, said the Superannuation Guarantee deadline was a "good prompt" for all businesses to ensure they were paying the right amount of superannuation to all the right people. "We know there are a number of small
businesses out there who engage workers as independent contractors when they are really employees," Mr Rasmussen said. "Some business owners might think they are avoiding extra paperwork if they do this, however, what they may not know is they can face serious consequences and hefty fines. "People mistakenly think that being classified as a contractor was as simple as providing a tax invoice with your ABN and supplying your own tools (but) the rules for classifying who is a worker and who is a contractor are much more complex than that." Mr Rasmussen said it was critical that business owners recognised that, while a worker can supply an ABN and offer to work as a contractor, the law may take a different view altogether. "You may still have an obligation to meet
award standards including leave entitlements, deduct PAYG tax, remit payroll tax to the (Australian Taxation Office), pay 9.25% superannuation and declare their payment under your WorkCover policy," he explained. Mr Rasmussen said various arms of government - from FairWork to the ATO - were cracking down on the distinction, so it's important to get it right. "This has been an issue for many years, but we are seeing increased scrutiny, so we are strongly recommending that if you are unsure of how you should be engaging your workers, then seek professional advice," he said. "We know it can be really tough as a small business owner trying to keep up with all of your legal obligations, but we don't want to see businesses facing unexpected consequences. It really isn't worth the risk."
COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE AGRICULTURE & MINING INDUSTRIES - LAND ACCESS GUIDE
ohn Cotter, Queensland Chairman GasFields Commission, recently stressed the need for mining companies to show respect for the plight of the agricultural industry during the current drought conditions. "Showing Respect" is a consideration that is easier carried out when the issues have been clarified. In many instances it isn't "lack of respect" that is missing, but simply the understanding of how, why and what matters on an agricultural property. C&R Consulting have experienced the problems these innocent misunderstandings can cause and have devised a course specifically to introduce mining personnel to the unwritten rules of the agricultural industry. In 2010 the Queensland Government introduced the Land Access Code (the 'Code'), which stipulated the conditions of entry to the resource sectors when
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necessarily understand the subtleties of the agricultural industry and the possible effects on the rural community. For example, the importance of closing a gate, maintaining the fences, road use, back burning, weed control and the respect of property boundaries. Communications between the sectors is essential. It is important that the landholder knows when mining personnel will be on the property and with what equipment. In turn, the landowner needs to advise the mining company of their property programme (e.g. back burning, crop harvesting or spraying, and cattle movement) to avoid injury or harm to all involved. The resources exploration and development companies have obligations to act fairly and justly to the agricultural businesses they impact. In turn, farmers and graziers have an obligation to enter into discussions and
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CHINCHILLA OFFICE OPENING 1. CAUSE TO CELEBRATE: Enjoying the atmosphere at the opening are Shireen Bradford, Lucy Fletcher, Jemima Parish, Hayley Wolski and Ambre Bunch.
3. OPENING THE DOORS: QGC staff Ian Ferguson and Daniel Bradford
wait for the official unveiling to begin.
2. ALL SMILES: Robert Grant soaks
up the sun before the opening.
4. COMMUNITY BOOST: QGC vicepresident of community, land and environment Tracey Winters shows Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprises chief executive officer Shane Charles around the Chinchilla office.
5. QGC CREW: Enjoying the opening ceremony are Arnold Politch, Steven Daly and Robert Doyle. 6. COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: QGC communications manager Paul Larter and operations director Walter Simpson chat before the doors to the company's Chinchilla office are officially opened.
7. BIG EVENT: Katie Taylor and Adam Daly were part of the strong contingent of staff at the QGC opening in Chinchilla.
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ore than 400 people donned their racing best and converged on Roma's Bassett Park to celebrate the Santos GLNG Caulfield Cup on October 19. In a show of community generosity, Santos GLNG provided free entry to the race meeting, a decision that proved popular as the carnival-like atmosphere grew. Before the barriers flew open, the gas giant hosted a luncheon for local landholders and proved it had touch of trackside couture by sponsoring the Fashions on the Field competition. Event judge Bronwyn Sheehan had her work cut out for her as fashionable fillies and dapper gents strutted their stuff on the main stage but when the dust settled, it was Serena Gane and Tamblyn Neithe who were crowned as the female and male winners respectively. On the track, the feature race was the fourth, the Santos GLNG Open Handicap and it was Jack'n'Me, piloted by jockey Lyall Appo, that claimed the $6500 winner's purse. The Mark Goodwin-trained gelding jumped from barrier two as the $2.50 race favourite and managed to secure a thrilling victory by a nose ahead of the in-form Shakes, trained by St George favourite Pat Webster and ridden by experienced hoop Gary Geran.
1. Ros Arthur, Penelope Arthur and
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2.. Bronwyn Sheehan (Judge Fashions
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3. Katrina Marsh (Maranoa Regional
Council) and Kirsten York
4. Two of the Finalists for Best Dressed Man
5. Best Dressed Male Winner,Tamblyn Neithe, Sam Klaas (Santos GLNG) and Winner Best Dressed Lady, Serena Gane 6. David Lobb (Santos GLNG) and John and Trish Rowbotham
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Kelsie Barber enjoys a typical day at work at Elders Real Estate, Chinchilla
hen Kelsie Barber commenced her traineeship with Elders Real Estate Chinchilla in May last year she was a quiet and shy young girl with no real understanding for where her future career path would be taking her. Fast forward 17 months and today Ms Barber stands tall as a young and confident woman with clear career ambitions to go all the way to the top. Ms Barber is one of the first graduates from 200 trainees and apprentices expected to come through the QGC Strengthening Local Workforces Program. The three year partnership between QGC and BUSY At Work was formulated to attract apprentices and trainees into careers outside the Coal Seam Gas (CSG) industry. Principle and part owner of Elders Real Estate, Chinchilla Ms Tess Bourke said that the program has provided support both to Kelsie and to her as the employer. "The program has given Kelsie the leg up any young person needs to start out in the workforce," Ms Bourke said. "Kelsie is a breath of fresh air. She was so quiet when she first started and we now know she has a fantastic sense of humour and she is a little louder now. So much so her new title is The Director of First
Impressions," Ms Bourke added with a smile. BUSY At Work CEO, Mr Paul Miles said that BUSY At Work played an integral role to the success of the program. "Our function at BUSY is aimed at improving completion and retention rates through matching local businesses with the right apprentice or trainee. "To achieve this we provide a structured and continuous mentoring, skill development and care program throughout the life of the apprenticeship helping to safeguard our participants and keep them on the right track and focussed on their career goals. "Further to this we provide important life skills training such as budgeting, communication and teamwork skills to compliment the technical aspects of the formal training," Mr Miles said. QGC Vice President of Sustainability, Mr Brett Smith, said QGC was delighted to partner with BUSY at Work on this important community initiative. "QGC's $3.5 million investment in the Strengthening Local Workforces Program has helped generate 200 new jobs in nonresources industries spanning sectors from health to hospitality, administration to automotive services," said Mr Smith. "In addition to providing participants
with learning opportunities and job skills, the Program is ensuring that people across the Western Downs, Gladstone, North Burnett and Banana regions have diverse employment options outside the resources sector." Ms Barber said that the traineeship provided many more options for her future. "The skills I have gained have been a huge stepping stone helping me decide my path," she said. "When I started this job in Administration I just wanted to develop basic admin skills, not thinking I wanted to go any further into Real Estate. "I have since decided that I love it and want to stick with it. It has also allowed me to step out of my shell and given me so much more confidence. "I now know I want to keep moving forward in the real estate industry, get my Real Estate Licence and move up to a sales agent," Ms Barber said. Ms Barber now holds a Certificate III in Business. She was one of thirteen trainees and apprentices who celebrated with over 50 guests including family members and employers from across the Western Downs at the Chinchilla Palms Motor Inn last week. The second graduation from the program will take place in Gladstone.
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LAING O’ROUKE ENVIROMENTAL CO-ORDINATOR LARA Brunner is a Surat Basin-based environmental co-ordinator with Laing O'Rourke. In a constantly-changing professional environment, she says she enjoys changing people's perception about what women bring to the industry. What company do you work for? Laing O'Rourke
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Where is your site located? Our project office is about 15 minutes south of Miles.
What does it mean to you to be a women achieving in the construction industry? It's a pretty tough industry to get by and succeed in for anyone, let alone for a woman. It's been more of a challenge being taken seriously and earning respect as an environmental professional to be honest. That said, it definitely is an intimidating environment for women, I think probably less so these days with growing numbers of women out in the field. I've found that by getting out there and talking to people, being interested in and learning about their trade, the barriers come down pretty quickly. The best part is that I have the opportunity to change mindsets by just doing my job without the gender thing being an issue.
What suburb do you live in when you aren't on site at home? Currumbin on the Gold Coast. What is your official job title? Environmental co-ordinator How many years have you been working in the construction industry? A year-and-a-half. What do you love about the construction industry? I love the diversity of the job and the constantly-changing environment. It certainly keeps me on my toes and constantly challenged, which means I'm always growing both professionally and
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SURAT BASIN NEWS Published by Chinchilla Newspapers Pty Ltd, 12 Mayne Street Chinchilla Q4413 Toll Energy's Senior Operation Manager Steven Booth and Site Operation Manager David Cusick present Chinchilla Aquatic Centre manager Riaz Jannif with a new treadmill for the facility.
oll Energy has put up the funds for a new treadmill at a Chinchilla gym as their employees flock to the facility. When the company moved to support QGC's LNG project this year, it was a race between Miles and Chinchilla to provide the accommodation. Kym and Rob Walters were the first to put together 45 Chinchilla villas for Toll Energy's crew at the Cypress Tourist Park.
Being based just across the road from Chinchilla's Aquatic and Fitness Centre means 30 city gym junkies now frequent the facility every week. This prompted management to give the machine, valued at more than $7000, to the Centre. Senior Operations Manager Steven Booth said keeping the team active was important, given how well they eat in the Western Downs. "We spend $10,000 a week at Miles
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