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Issue 15 — June 2012

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Inside this Month Bull riding

A night of bull riding fun at Kogan

One NIght Stand

A big night of music and entertainment in Dalby

Heading to China

Dalby businessman goes to China in recognition of his contribution to training

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Thirsty Work Editor - Debbie Beavan IT IS hard to believe it is almost two years since I moved to Dalby. The girls said to me on the weekend Dalby felt like home and they were so glad that we moved here. It’s a far cry from two years ago when they reluctantly changed schools and towns and left their lifelong friends and extended family back in Caboolture. We started talking about why Dalby has been such a terrific move for us, and Kyah said we had done more as a family in the past two years in Dalby than the whole time we lived in Caboolture. And this weekend was no different. Friday night started with the theatre restaurant at Our Lady of the Southern Cross College for Rome Sweet Rome. Kasey and I sat and enjoyed the night, while Kyah worked as a waitress. It was fantastic. The company was good, the food was good and the show was outstanding. Kasey laughed from the moment the first song started until the end of the night. She said it was the best night she had enjoyed since moving here. But she also said that about the Bell Theatre Restaurant, Dalby Players Little Theatre, the Bowenville Bull Ride, the Jondaryan Woolshed Barn Dance, the Tara Show and of course the Dalby Show. But I will agree with her that it was a truly fun night. To all of the kids who had spent the last few months rehearsing for the show, and all the parents and members of the public who worked in the bar, did the make-up, made the costumes and to the teachers who directed the kids in their performances, well done. It was a very professional performance with everyone from the lead roles to the extras, back stage hands and everyone involved. Nights like these have made my family’s move to Dalby very rewarding and enjoyable. And to the many friends we have made, thanks for your support and the many acts of kindness you have shown my family.

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Whats on this month A quick roundup of what events are happening around the district. If you have anything of interest you would like to submit, please contact the Dalby Herald office. DALBY Saturday, June 2 – Triple J’s One Night Stand at Dalby Showgrounds free concert for all ages, drug and alcohol, free gates open 3pm Saturday, June 16 – Markets at Dalby Showgrounds 6am to noon contact Stan 0429 828 762 Saturday, June 16 – Dalby Devils Ladies Night at Dalby Leagues Club starting 6.30pm. Fundraiser for 2012 Dalby Devils Princess Olivia Brady includes fashion parade, music, stalls and delicious meal. Tickets available from Dalby Leagues Club. Sunday, June 24 – The Social Club of Australia Western Downs Chapter monthly motorcycle ride. Phone Luigi 0427 633 224. Monday, June 25 – Dalby Shoppingworld volunteer Justice of the Peace will be available 11am to 2pm. BOWENVILLE Saturday, June 2 – Bowenville Hall Committee old time dance from 8pm. Music by Waveleas. Tasty supper. Admission $9. Come along for an enjoyable night out. For enquiries phone Narelle on 4663 7736. CECIL PLAINS Friday June 15/ Saturday June 16 - 9th Annual Cecil

Plains Art Exhibition and Competition at Cecil Plains Memorial Hall. Opens Friday night 7pm with presentation 8pm. Closes noon Saturday. CHARLEVILLE Saturday, June 16 – Races at Central Warrego Race Club, Charleville CHINCHILLA Sunday, June 17 – Markets at Chinchilla Visitor Information Centre 7.30 am to 12.30 pm contact Lindley on 4665 7556. HANNAFORD Saturday, June 23 – Hannaford Open Gymkhana and Family Fun Day. Contact Amy 4665 9201 JANDOWAE Friday, June 8 to Monday, June 11 – Jandowae Timbertown Festival, art show, markets, street parade, 20/20 cricket, rodeo, golf and bowls. Saturday, June 16 – Christmas in July, fundraiser for Cancer Council Qld Sunday, June 24 - Jandowae Markets and Miniature Railway, Lions Park 8am to noon. Lions Club will be cooking Breakfast in the Park including bacon and eggs, donuts and cappuccinos. Contact Jack 4668 5103. JONDARYAN Saturday, June 9 to Monday, June 11 - Working draught Horse Expo Saturday, June 16 – Old Time Dance at Flagstone Creek Hall (Jondaryan Woolshed) dance to live band 7pm to midnight. Adults $10, children $5, includes supper.

Package deal available dance, overnight camping, Sunday brunch and museum entry for Sunday (bookings essential). Sunday, June 17 – Big Sunday Country Brunch at Jondaryan Woolshed 9am to 11am. Genuine home cooked, all you can eat brunch plus live music, shearing demonstrations, guided tours and rides on miniature trains. Bookings 4692 2229. Sunday, July 15 – Big Sunday Country Brunch at Jondaryan Woolshed 9am to 11am. Genuine home cooked, all you can eat brunch plus live music, shearing demonstrations, guided tours and rides on miniature trains. Bookings 4692 2229. INJUNE Saturday, June 2 to Friday, July 6 – Exhibition of abstract paintings and ink drawings by Sharleen Keating at Injune Creative Art Space KILCOY Saturday, June 16 – Kilcoy Racing Club six race program MEANDARRA Saturday, June 2 – Meandarra ANZAC Memorial Museum Annual Bike Ride, contact Stacey 0428 822 726 MITCHELL Saturday, June 9 to Friday, July 20 - Kenniff Country Quilters Show at Mitchell on Maranoa Gallery, Cambridge St Mitchell ROMA Now to Sunday July 1- A Sense of Occasion - 50 years

of party dresses on display at the Roma on Bungil Gallery Saturday, June 23 – Races at Roma Turf Club, five race program ST RUTH Saturday, June 23 – Old Time Dance at St Ruth Hall 8pm. Adults $8, high school student’s $3 supper, novelty events, raffle and lucky door prize. Enquiries to 4662 1710 TARA Saturday, June 2 – Tara Markets 7am to 2pm Tara Men’s Group Shed cnr Day and Fry Streets. Contact Frank 4665 3847. Saturday, June 16 - Tara Tennis Tournament TOOWOOMBA Saturday, June 2/Sunday, July 3 – Toowoomba Model Train Exhibition at Founder’s Pavilion, Clive Berghoffer Events Centre, Toowoomba Showground. Sunday, June 17 – The Chronicle Community Fair at Queens Park 10am to 3pm Sunday, June 17 – Endeavour Challenge Community Ride, starts Toowoomba Criterium Track, Glenvale, finishes Queens Park, 125km, 80km, 30km, Family Fun Ride. WARRA Saturday, June 9 - Warra Country Markets, Warra Memorial Hall, Warrego Highway 8am - noon Site fee $5 donated to local charities, Phone Stephen 0422 828 762 Saturday, June 30 – Warra Race Club five race program at Warra Racecourse

A word from the CFMEU

Insecure work

As mentioned in a previous column, insecure work is defined as that which provides workers with little social and economic security, and little control over their working lives. Indicators of insecure work are unpredictable or fluctuating pay, inferior rights and entitlements, including limited or no access to paid leave or irregular and unpredictable work or working hours that, although regular, are too long or too few and/or non-social or fragmented. Evidence shows Labour Hire workers are disposable and not valued by their employers. Alarmingly the growing trend in the Surat area is the increase in the use of Labour Hire employees, not only in small business where they do need some flexibility in their employment arrangements but in large established operations such as Mining and Energy. There are other forms of employment prone to insecure work, including casual work, fixed-term contracts, seasonal work, and contracting. Since the opening of our Office in Dalby we have been inundated with horror stories from Labour Hire em-

ployees about unscrupulous employers exploiting them. The common theme is employees do not know from week to week if they will have work, this leads to people just renting as they can`t commit to buying houses, hence the housing price market drops, e.g. Dalby. Other examples are of families not being in a position to take a holiday or even have a long weekend off as they have to wait for a phone call constantly for possible work. The other favourite is where Workers are told by Management “we use Labour hire as a screening process, so keep your nose clean and you’ll be ok for a permanent job”, two years down the track and the employees are trapped in the insecure work arrangement. This is a very unhealthy way to live as it causes a great deal of financial, emotional and physiological stress, especially in time of sickness and family related matters. Labour Hire workers are disposable and not valued by their employers and this is quite evident in the Surat area, surely we can all share in the prosperity of our economic boom in the Surat.

Shane Brunker, Vice presdient of the Qld District Branch of the CFMEU. Photo Debbie Beaven / Dalby Herald

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Learnt in China

Hannah Milford all dressed up with her friends. Photo Contributed

A qualified homecoming Just four years ago Hannah Milford was a country girl apprehensive yet excited to be heading off to university life in the city. Now Hannah is back in Dalby, a qualified HR professional, with a rewarding job at Ostwald Bros and a vision to grow her knowledge and skills in the booming resources sector. “When I left Dalby in 2008 to begin my tertiary qualifications at the University of Queensland I was a little apprehensive about the move. I was a young Dalby girl who had only ever been to the city with my family but at the same time, I was excited about gaining my independence,” Hannah said. “I graduated with a Business degree majoring in Human Resources (HR) and I was very

eager to gain industry experience. “I never thought I would land an opportunity back in my home town but I was always prepared to relocate for my career. “I have this opportunity at Ostwald Bros to develop my skills in the resource sector. The energy and construction industries are booming in this region and I’m gaining skills and knowledge that are vital to my professional development,” she said. “I’m looking forward to gaining on-site experience with the projects we are involved in to fully understand the requirements from a human resources perspective.” With 640 full-time staff employed at Ostwald Bros, the HR team is extremely busy but Han-

nah says she welcomes the challenge. “My work here at Ostwald Bros is constantly challenging and the HR department has a great team of people,” she said. Hannah says she is enjoying being back in her home town and now, more than ever, appreciates the sense of community that Dalby offers. “The community has grown substantially since I’ve been away and there’s been a notable shift from a major focus on the agricultural sector to the energy sector but this hasn’t affected the level of community involvement. “The town’s strong community spirit is still evident in sport, culture and other events and I really like that,” she said.

Queensland-based coal seam gas company Arrow Energy is tapping into the oil and gas expertise of its parent companies by opening a joint study centre in Beijing, China for leading gas production technology. The Arrow Beijing Study Centre is manned by 15 staff including petroleum engineers, geologists and reservoir engineers to study gas development technologies for extracting coal seam gas in Australia. Arrow Energy CEO Andrew Faulkner said the Centre was an exciting joint project for Arrow and China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) — who’s subsidiary, PetroChina, is Arrow’s joint venture partner. “This centre is designed to be a world class facility for coal seam gas production technology and research,” Mr Faulkner said. “It allows Arrow to leverage CNPC’s coal seam gas expertise from projects around the world. “This team of experts led by Dr Hon-Chung Lau from Arrow will be based in CNPC’s Research Institute of Petroleum Exploration and Development (RIPED) in Beijing. “They will take key learnings from PetroChina’s international projects

and adopt the best fit technology and methods for coal seam gas development in Australia. “The Centre will initially focus on Arrow’s upstream work in the Bowen Basin but will also look at the wider and longer term development opportunities.” Mr Faulkner said the Arrow centre not only built specialist capacity for the business but also encouraged Australian-Chinese staff exchanges across both Arrow and PetroChina. “This will promote staff exchanges between Beijing and Brisbane for periods of several months,” Mr Faulkner said. Arrow Chief Operating Officer and senior CNPC representative Feng Jianhua said the Arrow Beijing Study Centre was an important project for both Arrow and CNPC. “This centre is an important milestone for CNPC, as it represents a long-term relationship between a foreign joint venture company and RIPED,” Mr Jianhua said. “It is significant because it lays the foundation of a long-term relationship that will benefit both companies and countries.”

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MacNellie’s in safe hands at Dalby Business success story Jenny and Mick MacNellie share their secrets for making it in Dalby. The mining boom across the Surat Basin has led to a trip to China for Mick MacNellie. He visted the orient as part of a rewards program from one of his suppliers, MSA which is part of his Dalby-based MacNellie’s workplace Safety business. What started as a small business in their lounge room in Millmerrin more than 10 years ago, is now a business success story in Dalby for husband and wife team Jenny and Mick MacNellie. MacNellie’s Workplace Safety was originally a consultancy business in workplace health and safety, and now offers a range of services that enable businesses to

meet increasingly stringent workplace safety standards. “We offer a complete package of services which continue to expand, including our own brand of products. “We acknowledge that we wouldn’t be where we are today without BMO and their sound advice and business assistance,” Mr MacNellie said. “Peter McKinnon was our accountant, and he suggested we move from Millmerrin to Dalby so we could start and employ staff and start the retail side of the business.” MSA supplies light safety equipment, gas detection devices and breathing appa-

ratus. He was selected from Australia and New Zealand to spend some time in China to tour plants in Shanghai. “The tour was an insight into what clients need and how to satisfy those needs,” he said. MacNellie’s Workplace Safety can assist business owners in developing a workplace safety plan tailored to suit their needs. “We also offer a variety of Nationally Accredited and non-accredited training courses,” Jenny MacNellie said. “We are a recognised Registered Training Organisation with the Department of Education and Training.

The business has progressed from being not just a workplace safety shop, but to being a business that can assist other businesses in all safety requirements, especially in the field of training advice and safety equipment.

Enjoying a lunch break

Troy O’Brien, Rachel Thompson and John Cullen from Arrow Energy enjoying lunch at the Coffee Club, Dalby. Photo Debbie Beaven / Dalby Herald

“We can also advise on a business’s entire safety equipment.” The business has progressed from being not just a workplace safety shop, but to being a business that can assist other businesses in all safety requirements, especially in the field of training advice and safety equipment. The latest services to be added are in house embroidery, industrial gas, welding equipment and supplies and drug and alcohol testing. The future of the business is to keep up with the resource sector’s needs with innovative training resources.

Mick McNellie with some of the products that helped in receive the trip as a reward. Photo Debbie Beaven / Dalby Herald

Footlong finds the top Their footlong subs have been selling like hotcakes. Franchisees Deb and Bob Brown have received a national award for their efforts in transforming Subway Dalby. They received the highest national average unit volume increase award – beating out all other locations in Australia. Sales at Subway Dalby have tripled in two years. Franchisee Deb Brown said the store had turned around completely since they took it over two years ago. “We put it down to good customer service and a good quality product. Having experienced staff makes a huge difference. “It’s an amazing feeling to win this award, and unexpected for us. “We were invited to Sydney to pick the award up at their annual meeting.” Mrs Brown said the award was recognition of the hard work of all the staff. “We can only go on what cus-

tomers have said, and with the huge growth in this area, we hope to keep growing as well,” Mrs Brown said. “We have a good bunch of staff. We wouldn’t be able to achieve what we have without our staff, and we value them.

“Thank you to all our customers in the local and surrounding areas for their support.” Mr Brown said he hoped the store would continue to grow and have good sales. “We want to thank people for giving the store another chance.”

Deb and Bob Brown, at their Subway store in Dalby, have picked up a national award for their store. Photo: Gen Kennedy / Dalby Herald

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Dalby ready to rock Two months ago, triple J announced that the Western Downs town had been chosen as the one town in Australia to host the One Night Stand on June 2. One Night Stand aims to bring top Australian musical acts to a rural area. The population of the 10,000strong town is expected to double for the event, which will feature Matt Corby, the Temper Trap, 360 and Stonefield. The all-age, free concert is being held at the Dalby Showgrounds, and is drug and alcoholfree. Singer-songwriter Matt Corby said he is looking forward to playing the concert, after having visited Dalby several times before. “I’ve been to Dalby a few times, I have some friends that live there, actually, and it’s cool. It’s a nice town,” Corby said. “I know exactly what to expect…it should be an interesting night. “I’m pretty excited about it, to be honest. Everyone’s in really good company, with Temper Trap and Stonefield and 360.” Corby said One Night Stand was crucial to bringing music to towns

Singer-songwriter Matt Corby will be one of the main acts at Triple J’s One Night Stand in Dalby on June 2. Photo: Contributed ing on musically, you don’t really that can feel “segregated”. want anyone to miss out. “I think it’s necessary. Because “So it’s great that we’re going out Australia’s so spread out and a lot to a town like Dalby and doing of towns are really segregated what we do. It’s really cool.” from main cultural movements, but Gates open for the concert at they need to hear music as well 3pm on June 2, and it will finish at and see shows,” he said. 9.30pm. “Because there is so much go-

Toowoomba band ready to kick start One Night Stand What has a bucket load of confidence, a motor and some rock with their roll? The opening set of Dalby’s One Night Stand of course. Toowoomba band Mace and the Motor are “speechless” with the announcement that they will opening the One Night Stand concert in June for the likes of rapper 360, Stonefield, Matt Corby and The Temper Trap. Frontman Mace McGregor said it was good to see rock and roll was still on triple j’s radar. “The state of music at the moment is indi and 80’s keyboards so we are stoked some good old rock n roll has made an impact,” said Mace. “We are going to start the party,” “Kick it all off. “Just get out there and do what we do to the best.”

Mace and the Motor is a rock trio made up of guitarist and lead vocalist Mace McGregor, drummer Luke Anderson, and bass player Mark Garland. The band have been playing together for three years and said they were over the moon to receive the phone call from triple j. “On the phone to the executive producer at triple j and the first five minutes were expletives,” Mace said. Drummer Luke and frontman Mace grew up in Toowoomba while bass player Mark hails from Sydney. The band is still coming to terms with its unexpected win. “We didn’t think we were in the running, we just entered the competition with hope,” said Mace. “It’s pretty weird. Pretty surreal.” The importance of events such

WINNING BAND: Toowoomba trio Mace and the Motor took out the Unearthed competition to win the opening spot for Dalby’s One Night Stand. Photo: Contributed/Dalby Herald

as the One Night Stand for regional music is not lost on Mace and the Motor. “It’s phenomenal. The One Night Stand in itself is brilliant.” “Coming to country towns and giving people opportunity who would normally have had to travel very far.” Mace and Motor were chosen from numerous Unearthed contenders in the Western and Darling Downs region to open the concert and will now have their music played on radio station triple j which has an international reach. Supporting UMI is a career highlight to date but the 250 strong crowd will be nothing compared to the 10,000 predicted for the One Night Stand. They plan to deliver a “pretty fast and punchy set,” to pull out all the stops and get everyone in the mood. “I’m sure we will stress out until we play and then just enjoy the experience.” “Not only will it be a big crowd, but the best sound, equipment and stage setup we’ve ever played on.” Mace and the Motor is characterised by catchy hooks and fast paced rock. They currently have a 4 track self titled EP available from Bandcamp which can be accessed through the Mace and the Motor website. The band is looking forward to meeting and playing alongside some of Australia’s best known artists in June. “We are just over the moon and plan to make the most of it.”

The Miner’s Life and the Law Be very wary of synthetic drugs Synthetic drug use amongst miners and workers in industries where drug and alcohol testing is common place has been growing (as many as 10% of West Australian miners were found to have used a synthetic cannabinoid in 2011). These drugs have found favour with workers due to perceived legality and also as current methods of drug testing used by employers may not detect all synthetic drugs. In response to the use of these synthetic drugs the Queensland Government has made amendments to the Drugs Misuse Act 1986 (Qld) (DMA), and has proposed further changes to rein in the growing use of synthetic drugs, which include cannabis substitutes commonly sold under labels such as Kronic, Kaos, Voodoo. Cannabis substitutes Kronic and other synthetic cannabis products do not contain THC (delta9 tetrahydrocannabinol), the main chemical found in cannabis, which makes cannabis a prohibited drug. Instead they contain synthesised chemical copies of THC such as a chemical known as JWH-018 (1Pentyl-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole). JWH–018 is now contained in the Drugs Misuse Regulation 1987 (Qld) Schedule 2, and therefore is an illegal dangerous drug. The law currently Until recently Kronic and similar synthetic drugs were not caught by the DMA. They did not fall within the definition of a dangerous drug as the drugs were not contained in the Schedule 1 (for example amphetamines and cocaine) or Schedule 2 (for example cannabis and diazepam) of the Drugs Misuse Regulation 1987 (Qld) (the schedules). The definition of a dangerous drug includes the following: 1. a thing that has a chemical structure that is substantially similar to the chemical structure of a thing under the schedules; and 2. that has a substantially similar pharmacological effect. This means that a number of synthetic cannabis substitutes, which are sold under a range of names and labels, are dangerous drugs and illegal even though they are not specifically listed in the schedules. Many synthetic drugs, in particular cannabis substitutes such as Kronic have been illegal since late 2011.

However the law at present requires that the schedules must be updates to include new drugs as they are discovered if they are to be caught by the definition of a dangerous drug. The changes proposed by the Criminal and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2011 (Qld) will result in more synthetic drugs being caught by the definition of a dangerous drug, despite the fact that the schedules do include a specific chemical structure. Proposed amendments Given the current law requires synthetic drugs to be listed on a schedule, synthetic drug makers can stay one step ahead of the law. The proposed amendments would close this loophole, and catch any synthetic drugs that have a similar effect to a non synthetic drug. In an attempt to close this “loophole” the government introduced the Criminal and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2011 (Qld) (the bill), however this bill has now lapsed. The amendments sought to amend the definition of a dangerous drug in the DMA to include drugs with a chemical structure substantially similar to the chemical structure of a drug contained in the schedules: (i) that has a substantially similar pharmacological effect; or (ii) is intended, or apparently intended, to have a substantially similar pharmacological effect. Despite the lapsing of the bill it is anticipated that the Government will renew its efforts to have this amendment made to the definition of a dangerous drug in the near future. A word of warning Do not fall into the trap of believing that just because your workplace drug testing does not detect these drugs that they are legal. The only sure way of determining whether the synthetic drug is legal is to have its chemical structure scientifically analysed. A big risk. Contact Us We are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week on the Creevey Russell Crimeline 0415 463 966 for no obligation advice and assistance. We are available to attend police stations throughout Western Queensland and South East Queensland at all times. If you are contacted by police call the Creevey Russell Lawyers Crimeline 0415 463 966

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Workers pull out all stops for future family security Leaving the family for three weeks every month is a tough life, but that’s what thousands of resource industry workers do to provide future security for their partners and children. One of them is Jason Gregory, a gas gathering superintendent on QGC’s gas fields south of Chinchilla.

“It’s not ideal for me or my wife, Delwyn,” says Jason. “But we are ensuring that our two boys get a good education – which means a good start in life. “We’ve travelled around a fair bit over the years, but Jacob is now seven and Joshua is nine. It’s time they had a bit more stability in their life, both socially and

QGC’s Jason Gregory at work. Photo Contributed

educationally. “That’s what we’re giving them.” Apart from the time away from home that comes with swing-shift jobs, Jason enjoys working in the gas industry. “It’s challenging and you have to be spot on every time, but you’re working in a good environment with a good bunch of blokes – and women, of course. The time moves along pretty nicely most days. “People sometimes say that camp life is just working, eating and sleeping, but I don’t find it that repetitive. We’re well rewarded and life’s what you make it.” Jason enjoys a beer after work occasionally, but this is always done in moderation. QGC has a zero alcohol policy and there is regular breath testing to ensure the workforce complies. A breach of the rules can mean the loss of a job. There’s also a ban on driving a company vehicle at

any time with an alcohol reading above zero. Like most of his mates on the Queensland Curtis LNG Project, Jason saves his thirst for his week at home – where he loves lighting up the barbecue and having a beer or two, or a glass of wine. “Food tastes better off the barbie, don’t you reckon?” he asks. “And I really like cooking. I’ve always been interested, but in recent years I’ve been taking it a bit more seriously. “I love trying something new; new ingredients, new techniques, modern cuisine. But I think everyone still has their traditional favourites. And the seasons tend to dictate what you’re cooking to some extent.” Although Jason is originally a Brisbane boy, he has worked in the construction and resources industries in most parts of Australia. He feels he’s now back in Brisbane for the long term. Apart from giving the boys

QGC’s Jason Gregory and Murphy Pipe & Civil’s Hamish (left) and Jimmy. Photo Contributed a solid home base, his father lives in Brisbane and is not enjoying the best of health these days. “Delwyn and the boys go to see him regularly, and he loves that.” Woking 12-hour shifts most days limits Jason’s opportunities to play sport – something he loves – but he tries to fit in a couple of rounds of golf and a bit of tennis in his week at home. “I really enjoy golf, however, you have to play regularly

to be consistent,” he said. “I’m usually under 100 for a round, and in the low 90s if I play well. One day...” Having spent a bit of time in Victoria, Jason is right into AFL footy – and he’s confident Hawthorn is in for a big season in 2012. “I think it’s going to be Buddy’s (Franklin) year as well. He’s really matured and is playing much more consistently.”


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Start your engine with Dalby Moto For thrills, spills and friendly service Dalby Moto is the place to see. Located at 19 Hospital Rd, on the Bell side of Dalby, the family owned business has been servicing customers for 28 years. Owners Robyn and Craig Hartley said good service and follow up are the foundation of their business. “We have a long history of servicing the motocross, trail ride and farming communities,” said Robyn. “We can help you with pretty much anything within this field.” Dalby Moto floors a good stock of road bikes as well as new and second hand adventure bikes, catering for all ages and experience levels. They also stock a full range of

Barry Suhr, Justin Jansen and Grant Hartley from the Dalby Moto team. Photo: Lisa Machin / Dalby Herald

riding gear and accessories and can offer payment schemes on all bikes less than 10 years of age using Yamaha Motor Finance. Riding licenses and Swann insurance are also available. The business also has a social aspect with heavy involvement in regular trail and adventure rides around the district and support of the Dalby Motocross Club. Manager Justin Jansen said the events proved a great way to meet people with similar interests in the region. “So far this year we’ve had 22 ride events,” Justin said. “They are great weekends, everybody comes out and camps and all ages and experience levels are welcome.” Registration for the trail rides can be made at Dalby Moto. Stewart ‘frog’ Smith has been going to Dalby Moto for 27 years and said he plans to continue. “I’ve been seeing these guys since I was 14 and had my first bike, a DT400,” Stewart said. “They know their products and they are always happy to help you out.” For bike specials and trail ride information visit the Dalby Moto website or call into their premises and meet the team.

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Bikes business booms JADE Skuse has owned Roma 4x4 and Bikes for only five years but in that short period of time, staff numbers have been boosted by four due to the booming success of his small business. Jade is a mechanic by trade which helps his store, located on the corner of Raglan and Spencer Sts in Roma, offer a vast range of services and products. Roma 4x4 and Bikes stock three main products: Polaris,

Husqvarna and ARB. Jade said that by far the Polaris range is the most popular, with Husqvarna is a creeping into a very close second. “I’ve been selling Polaris for eight years so I know them inside out,” he said. “But they are very popular in the agricultural industry.” Roma 4x4 has a heavy retail section at the front of the store, but when you step out the back

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Importance of TLC Individuals working in the fly-in-flyout industry can experience stress and strain due to the toll that travel, long shifts and being away from family and friends, may take on them. These strains can lead to being frustrated, irritable or angry at times. It may be difficult to change aspects of your work situation, however, by having an understanding of what triggers your anger and then implementing some simple strategies, it is possible to develop more productive and helpful responses. It’s helpful to ask yourself “what is the purpose of the being angry?’ in any given situation. Anger is often a miss-applied strategy in an attempt to resolve something that is bothering or distressing. It is may be useful to think back to strategies that you have used in the past that were constructive in resolving issues that made you feel angry. These strategies may have included taking time out or talking the issue over with someone you know and trust. Other suggestions for managing anger include: Aim to deal with small irritations and frustrations when and as they arise, rather than bottling them up. Be aware that there is more than one way to see any situation and aim to develop the habit of looking at the situation from another’s point of view. Aim to develop the habit of giving yourself time before reacting

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Builders, Onsite Rental Group, Exchange Track Services, Skytrans, Careers in Energy, Coca-Cola Amatil, the Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE, AllightSykes, and the University of Southern Queensland. Event Organiser, Bob Carroll said: “We have dozens of huge companies taking space at this event, but it’s the local businesses within the region that should also have a presence.” Toowoomba business has struggled in recent years but is now seen to be playing a vital role in the growth of the industries within the Surat Basin.

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Local businesses in the region and across the Darling Downs are capitalising on the growth by investing heavily in extra resources, plant and equipment to ensure that they benefit from the boom. “Now is a great time for local businesses to put their best foot forward , especially with the incoming work from Big Businesses taking part in the FK Gardner development at Charlton-Wellcamp”, said Mr Carroll. Visitors to the event can expect to see a great range of products supporting the Surat Basin, not all of them however will be directly linked with mining equipment. The expo will also showcase a range of companies from supporting industries such as real estate and property development, light and commercial vehicles, telecommunication, trucks, rail works, environmental services, financial advisors and accounting, surveyors, security, waste management and much more. The Expo will also feature two Exhibitor Networking

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Charleville’s hidden treasure dishes up delight

The Bailey Bar Caravan Park in King Street, Charleville is doing its bit for the tourist industry while supporting other local businesses and organisations. This year owners of the park, Wendy and Julian have negotiated with six other local store owners to provide a Stay-n-Save voucher. Tourists and locals benefit from this arrange-

ment because it encourages visitors to spend their dollars locally before they head off and they can save money on the discounted prices offered through the voucher. Next week the Bailey Bar’s famous yabby races are starting again. These always attract a lot of tourist and local interest. Over the last four years the park has donated approximately

$8,000 of funds raised through these yabby races to the Royal Flying Doctor Service. From time to time the park also has musical entertainment. Wendy and Julian are interested in hearing from local talent. “If anyone plays an instrument or wants to busk – just get in touch. We’re open to all music whether you play the wash-

COUNTRY HOSPITALITY: Bill and Marj Counihan and Jenny and John Beynon are from Bairnsdale, which is in Gippsland Victoria. They are overnighting in Charleville and have stayed at the Bailey Bar Caravan Park before. They enjoy the shady green park, but that’s not the biggest attraction. “It’s the friendliness and the welcome you receive after being on the road all day – it’s fantastic!” said Jenny. Photo Leanne Day / Western Times

board, harmonica, banjo or guitar,” said Wendy. Another drawcard is the delicious camp oven and meat on the spit meals that are served up with loads of vegies and gravy. These are evening meals and are available to visitors and locals as dine there or take-away. When considering the price it’s a good idea to divide the advertised price of the meal by two because the servings are so generous they can easily be divided into a couple of helpings. Here’s what’s on offer: Tuesdays: Lamb on the spit, vegies and gravy as well as desert – $20 per head Wednesdays there is a meal and entertainment package: Enjoy a Camp Oven Dinner of beef and red wine stew while being entertained with the yabby races $20 per head. (Wendy likes to let people know that the yabbies are the entertainment and not part of the menu.) Fridays and Sundays: Camp Oven Dinner of beef and red wine stew, damper, dessert and hot tea - $15 per head.

Arrow invites tenders A Melbourne man has allegedly destroyed a work ute with heavy machinery on a Western Downs mining site to take revenge against a former employer. Padder operator Daniel Kavanagh, 26, appeared in Chinchilla Magistrates Court last week charged with entering a premises, two counts of unlawful use of a vehicle and two counts of wilful damage. He was arrested at Dalby while sleeping in his van on the side of the road at Malaleuca Avenue. The charges stemmed from an incident on the ChinchillaMontrose Rd where it was alleged Kavanagh was reacting to a dismissal by employer MCJV.

It is alleged Kavanagh broke into his former place of employment, where he stole alcohol, around $2000 cash and keys to a late-model Mitsubishi Triton work utility of another staff member. He then allegedly took the ute to KP39 on the QCLNG pipeline export line and used a side boom to completely destroy the vehicle. Kavanagh was also alleged to have damaged eight joints of steel pipe used in the coal seam gas production process, valued at close to $50,000. Magistrate Matthew McLaughlin noted police said Kavanagh was in possession of a mobile phone with a picture of the wrecked utility when he was apprehended.

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"It appears to be a revenge attack," Magistrate McLaughlin said. Police prosecutor Sergeant Derek Brady objected to bail. Magistrate McLaughlin said there was a risk Kavanagh would fail to appear for a future mention of his charges because a warrant had been issued in Victoria for his arrest after he failed to appear in a Victorian Court on a separate matter. Kavanagh was granted bail on the condition someone provide a $20,000 surety and that he reside with his family in Maroochydore until his next hearing. His matter will be mentioned before the same court on June 6.

QGC Pty Limited, developer of the Queensland Curtis LNG Project, has awarded a A$70 million pipe supply contract to Tyco Water, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tyco International. Tyco is supplying carbon steel, concrete-lined trunklines and pipe fittings to support water gathering in QGC’s gas fields in the Surat Basin of southern Queensland. QCLNG Senior Vice President Alexander (Sandy) Nairn said Tyco had sourced all materials from Australian suppliers, delivering a significant boost to local manufacturing. “Tyco has ordered 20,000 tonnes of steel and 10,000 tonnes of cement mortar,” Mr Nairn said.


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Theiss floats its way into May Day

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Crowds of Chinchilla residents flocked to the main street to see the Rotary May Day parade on Monday, which was proudly sponsored for the first time by Theiss. With about 40 floats and trade displays there was plenty to see for the young and young at heart alike. All the floats followed a rural theme, as 2012 is the Australian Year of the Farmer. Children were enchanted by the festive colours, fantastic custumes, and all manner of lollies thrown from the floats. Rotary Club president Ian Sperling said the event was very well received, judging by the turn out. “This has certainly been one of the biggest May Day weekends ever in Chinchilla,” he said. “We had good crowds,

and entertainment such as the Farmers Challenge and the ‘Bag a Jumbuck’ got a great response.” “The money raised will be donated to various local charities, in the spirit of continuing to spread the benefits around the community,” he said. “The Rotary Club is very grateful to the whole of the Chinchilla community and our sponsors such as Theiss for getting behind the event and showing their support with such enthusiasm.” As well as being major sponsors of the May Day Parade and Family Festival, Theiss also set up the children’s activity ‘Little Green Thumbs’. Little Green Thumbs provides a hands on experience for children, giving them the opportunity to plant their own seedling to take home a nurture.



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Logan Holder having his face painted. Photo Debbie Beaven / Dalby Herald Michael Hartin (New Acland), Shane Brunker (District Vice-President) & Michael Holder (Wilkie Creek). Photo Debbie Beaven / Dalby Herald The Dalby branch of the CFMEU celebrated May Day at the Dalby Leagues Club. Almost 100 people, including a swathe of children enjoyed the family fun day with rides, face painting, a bar-b-cue, broom tossing, tug-a-war and sack racing. The union is becoming a strong force on the Western Downs, with dozens of new members signing up Casey McEwan and Daniel Hickey. Photo Debbie Beaevery week. ven / Dalby Herald

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Meet some of the team The Theiss office in Dalby employs a large number of people from various companies. Here are just a few of those ‘very’ hard workers.

Peter Rolfe. Photo Debbie Beaven / Dalby Herald

Sue Christenson, in the Dalby Thiess office. Photo Debbie Beaven / Dalby Herald

Gobalan Joseph at work in the Dalby office. Photo Debbie Beaven / Dalby Herald

Kaitlin Dean, receptionist at the Thiess office. Photo Debbie Beaven / Dalby Herald

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Straight talking with Susie What is your name? Susie Bate. Where are you from? Gindie, it’s about 52 km South East of Emerald. What is your role with Santos? Community engagement advisor. What does your role entail? I look after the sponsorship program and support and deliver stakeholder engagement. I also support and deliver training programs and identify, monitor and address community issues and perceptions. How long have you been working with the company? I started in January. What do you like about Roma? I worked in Roma a couple of years ago and loved my time here and wanted to come back. I like that it’s a large, country central hub. It’s big enough to always be enjoyable but small enough to keep that friendly local aspect. I also like the diversity out here with the farming of cattle and sheep, it’s really interesting. What did you do before you worked for Santos? I worked in public relation in agriculture. So I’ve gone from doing public relations in the agriculture in-

Susie Bate has been the Santos Community Engagement Advisor since January. Photo Rebecca George / The Western Star dustry to public relations in resources. I also used to work for the Western Star in the advertising department. What do you enjoy about working with Santos? They really look after their staff and there are opportunities for growth and personal development. I like being able to work inside and outside and enjoy being in a people focused role. What do you do in Roma for fun? I play polocrosse, go to the country races, have barbeques with friends and visit home. What are your plans for the future? I plan to stay in Roma for quite some time, staying within the community and support services team.

QGC Pty Limited has awarded a A$15.5 million contract to Queensland company J Hutchinson Pty Limited, trading as Hutchinson Builders, for a twostorey operations and production support centre in Chinchilla. The new building will be on the corner of the Warrego Highway and Carmichael Street, near QGC’s temporary offices in Taylor Street. It will accommodate up to 128

people in 2800 square metres of floor space. Construction is scheduled to be completed by early 2013. The project will employ up to 70 people, creating up to 50 new jobs across a range of trades, administration and health and safety. QGC Managing Director Derek Fisher said QGC’s investment in the new building demonstrated the company’s long-term commit-

ment to the area. “Our operations will last decades and Chinchilla will be an important hub for our gas field operations,” Mr Fisher said. Hutchinson Builders recently completed a A$7 million supply warehouse for QGC near Miles and in 2011 the company won a A$57 million contract through WorleyParsons to supply modular accommodation and facilities for QGC gas field developments.

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Chinchilla show revamp wheelchair access to the lower level. The work, which has been carried out by local contractors, was undertaken in conjunction with the Chinchilla Agricultural and Pastoral Association. The Association’s President Greg Stanke said that in the pavilion’s heyday it had been used for community functions, including debutante balls, square dancing and skating. “But for many years it was only used for two days a year during the show, and the rest of the year it was collecting dust,” Mr Stanke said. “It had been a strong building but it was deteriorating from lack of use. “Now we have something we can build on. Our next plan is to make the outside of the pavilion more presentable.” QGC Vice President Corporate Brett Smith said the pavilion was

QGC Pty Limited has contributed $100,000 to help revive a historic Chinchilla showground pavilion in time for the town’s centenary show. The pre-fabricated structure was originally intended to be an RAAF hangar during World War II but was never assembled. The sections were bought in 1947 by the then newly appointed Chinchilla Shire Council Chairman Jack Dorney and assembled on site at the showgrounds by volunteers that same year. After more than 50 years the two-level building has been showing its age and was used only sparingly during the past two decades. QGC’s funding enabled the interior to be renovated. Old fittings have been replaced with modern display panels for show entries, tables and a portable stage. Safety and access have also been improved, providing

the result of the business’s commitment to support the local community. “The building can now play a full part in the Chinchilla community and can be used outside show-time by local groups and businesses for a variety of reasons,” Mr Smith said. “It will also help the hard-working committee of volunteers to generate income on an ongoing basis.” The funding is part of QGC’s Social Impact Management Plan to manage social impacts and maximise benefits from the Queensland Curtis LNG Project (QCLNG). The $150 million plan aims to address potential impacts from across the QCLNG Project in areas such as health and safety, housing, local employment and training, economic development and social infrastructure.

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Chris and Doug Machin with his Dalby based team. Photo Debbie Beaven / Dalby Herald

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DMC Spare Parts is the latest venture for Dalby business identity Doug Machin. Unlike in previous businesses, in which Mr Machin has taken the helm, he has now handed the reins to his son Chris. “I have done everything from buying and selling heavy machinery, agriculture, earth moving and land development,” Mr Machin said. “I also owned the local traffic control business, DMC Grains, which is still in business today. “The mining industry and energy sectors have breathed fresh life into the local economy, and our business is one to benefit from this.”

Mr Machin is now taking a back seat while his some, Chris embarks on taking the Machin name into the future. “I started the business a year ago to cater to the growing needs of agriculture and the mining and energy sectors,” Chris Machin said. His business supplies fillers fleet guard and Balwin filter, truck parts, mobile oils and batteries. “We are now supplying regularly to the gas exploration companies,” he said. “The success of mining here in the Western Downs has also lead to a number of local companies benefiting from the boom.”


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Best on show, Chinchilla

QGC Miles base completed with congratulation for Rob Shelton, Craig Reeves and Bob Tedford. Photo Contributed.

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QGC Pty Limited, developer of the Queensland Curtis LNG Project, has reached an important milestone with completion of a logistics base at Miles, about 340km west of Brisbane. The Miles base will deliver essential infrastructure support for the QCLNG Project in the gas fields and will enable a substantial reduction in the number of truck movements on local highways to transport project materials. Queensland companies Ostwald Brothers and Hutchinson Builders constructed the base after winning a contract worth about A$25 million. The base, comprising a 2500 square metre warehouse, 60,000 square metre lay-down area, offices and a rail offloading siding, will be operated by Toll Energy Logistics. The first rail deliveries of pipe, cables and other key materials are

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Get best snaps from cold snap Fishing is fairly steady at the moment because of the cold snap. There are still a few nice goldens being caught on saltwater yabbies and worms. Bobbing is working best in the deeper water. Boondooma Dam: Quality bass are being caught using Soft Plastics, Jackalls and Little Max 3/8oz blades – casting with a really slow retrieve or slow trolling. Around Pelican Point, the junction and Stuart Arm are working. Fishing schools found to be tough going this week. Schools are starting to move to deeper water. This week blue, yellow and green, yellow and brown and silver SMAK Blitz Baga’s and 19ft divers are working in 19-25ft of water trolling the banks in the Stuart River and the main basin. Live Bait: Some nice bass and yellow belly have been produced on live shrimp in the main basin and timbers. Red claw - still the odd one is on the crawl - mainly overnight.

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This year’s Kaimkillenbun trail bike ride boasted fantastic weather, a family atmosphere, and a distinct lack of broken bones. Organiser Johnny Lord said although they were down on numbers from last year, the weekend was a great success. “We had over 200 hundred riders including our 32 volunteers,” Mr Lord said. “The upside to that was that this year they had more room to maneuver on the track.” The ride spanned two days with people camping overnight at the event held on private property. There were three tracks of varying skill level available to riders who could complete the circuits as often as they liked over weekend. The peewee track was held on flat ground, the novice track which spanned 2km, and the open loop which was 45km’s on Saturday and 55 on Sunday. The open loop also featured a steep hill climb which proved challenging to some riders who stalled while navigating the track. Mr Lord said conditions were good despite the dust and the tracks were enjoyed by all riders. “It’s a great chance for people to get out and ride at their own pace through private property, and it caters for whole family,” Mr Lord said. “It’s not a competition, it caters for the slowest to the fastest.” The event saw riders aged 60 years right down to four or five year olds participate, with money raised going to the Kaimkillenbun Parents and Citizens Association. Association secretary Sue Port-

bury said weekends like this were important to small communities. “There’s always a really good feel, it’s a good community bonding event,” Mrs Portbury said. “We had a lot of outside helpers with gates, road closures and water trucks. “It was a real community spirit weekend.” The clash with Mothers’ Day this year may have contributed to lower numbers, however camp spirits were not dampened. Footage of the day’s riding was played on a projector screen each night and showers and a licensed bar

were also operating. Catering for the weekend was run by the Wheatmen rugby club with committee member Andrew Johnston at the helm. Special thanks went to John and Brendan Nation and their team of track markers and sweeps as well as all local past parents and friends who helped out Thanks also to Arrow energy who supplied a generator. Next trail ride in the region will be held at Greenlands June 2 and 3. Details and registration enquiries can me made at Dalby Moto.


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Cory Donpon shows off some impressive bike control at the Kaimkillenbun trail bike ride. Photo: Lisa Machin / Dalby Herald

Thrills in Kogan There were thrills and spills in Kogan as Andrew Bannister took out the town’s first bullride. Kogan Publican Doug Ashmore described the night as “very, very successful”, with around 350 spectators through the gates. Andrew Bannister won first place and $800 for coming first in the bullride, while Anthony Ellem and Ken Hilan tied for second place and Matty Bunn won third. Cody Greally was the only rider in his category to make the eight seconds in the novice bull ride category, and Sam Dolbel won the juvenile bull ride. Cody Burgess was second place in the category and Dustin Alwood came third. Luke Burgess and Jake Kay were at the top of the junior steer ride. Doug Ashmore said after the success of

the weekend, he was planning on making the event at least annual. “We were hoping for 250-plus, so to get 350, we were very happy with that,” Mr Ashmore said. “Everyone had a great time. “(Redrock) were originally going to have it on a property in Kogan, but they couldn’t get sponsors. It’s never been done in Kogan before, and it was very risky, but it paid off.” Mr Ashmore said that the bullride was well-supported by both people from in town and surrounds. “People came from everywhere – Jandowae, Chinchilla, Miles. We’ll make it at least an annual event. “The crowd was very well-behaved. Most of them brought their swags and stayed here for the night.”

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