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MINERSLIFEMONTHLY

Inside this Month

Issue 25 June 2013

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• NAWIC branches into the Surat Basin

Page 7 • The big guns come out to talk shop at APPEA • Homebrew on a budget

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➤ EVENTS AROUND THE REGION

What’s on this month

Notes from the editor THE overarching theme echoed by the voices of the mining and energy industry at the recent APPEA conference was that the industry still has a lot of work to do. Speaker upon speaker implored those gathered to keep communicating the message of the industry, breaking down the barriers of misinformation and lack of information. QGC’s managing director Derek Fisher said the onus was on the industry to better tell its own story. “This is probably the most regulated industry in Australia and has had so much light shone on it that it's sunburnt,” Mr Fisher said. “But this has not been enough for our critics.” Speaking plainly he urged his colleagues not to underestimate the power of misinformation. “These past few years should cause the resource sector to seriously think about how it modernises its approach to public and policy advocacy,” he said. With over 30 countries represented at the APPEA conference it was an impressive sight to see the extent of Australia’s involvement in the oil, gas and mining sector. Over three days, 3400 delegates reviewed stalls, listened to speeches, liaised with the media and engaged in discussions and constructive workshops about the progress and direction of one of Australia’s biggest industries. The talk of progress was rife, with several companies engaging in talks for branching into the Surat Basin, including particular interest shown by a Canadian company from Alberta. One thing is for certain; the energy sector has many years ahead of it and this region will remain an important one.

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Sunday, June 16 – Markets at Chinchilla Visitor Information Centre 7.30 am to 12.30 pm contact Lindley on 4665 7556. Miniature trains run at Chinchilla Museum 10am-4pm. Rides for all ages. DALBY Saturday, June 15 – Markets at Dalby Showgrounds 6am to noon contact Stan 0429 696 775 Sunday, June 16 – Dalby Country Music Club will hold its monthly social at Dalby Senior Citizen’s Centre starting 1pm. Admission $5, school age children free, afternoon tea provided, lucky door prizes and raffles. All welcome, for more details phone secretary Trish Finn on 0427 691 456. Saturday, June 29 – Dalby Players Little Theatre Inc presents Verve by Mark Lucas at Little Theatre 8pm. Phone Nancy 0427 685 048. Wednesday, July 3 – Business After Hours at Dingo Australia, Owen Street 5.30-7pm Saturday, July 6 – Fickle Folk Club plays at Mary’s Commercial Hotel 2-5pm. All singers, musicians and music lovers welcome. GOONDIWINDI Saturday, June 8 –

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A QUICK roundup of what events are happening around the district. BELL Saturday-Sunday, June 29-30 – Team Penning at Bell Recreation Grounds, free gate entry, barbecue and entertainment on Saturday night, enquiries 4663 1293 BOWENVILLE Friday, June 14 – Old Time Dance classes start at Bowenville Hall 7.30pm. Beginners and advanced, every Friday night until September, gold coin donation towards hire of hall, phone Jeanette Kummerow on 0427 924 232 Saturday, July 6 – Bowenville Hall Committee old time dance from 8pm. Music by Jus’ Dancin’. Tasty supper. Admission $9. Come along for an enjoyable night out. For enquiries phone Narelle on 4663 7736. BUNYA MOUNTAINS Saturday, June 8 – Music on the Mountain starts 11am, bring own lunch, tickets available Friendly Society Dispensary or at gate. CHARLEVILLE Saturday, June 15 – Races at Central Warrego Race Club, five race program CHINCHILLA Saturday, June 15 – Races at Chinchilla Race club, five race program

Races at Goondiwindi Race Club, five race program. INJUNE Saturday, June 8 – Five race program at Injune Race Club JANDOWAE Sunday, June 23 Jandowae Markets, 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. Saturday-Sunday, July 6-7 – Jandowae Trail Bike Ride, open, novice and pee-wee tracks, phone Darren Marshall 0428 197 237 JIMBOUR Saturday, July 20 – Opera at Jimbour JONDARYAN Saturday, June 8 – Old time dance at Flagstone Creek Hall (Jondaryan Woolshed) dance to Mark’s Music 8pm to midnight. Adults $10, children $5, includes supper. Sunday, June 16 – 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. KILCOY Saturday, June 15 –

Races at Kilcoy Race Club, six race program KUMBIA Saturday, June 30 – Kumbia Markets Bell Street Kumbia local produce, fruit and vegetables in season MILES Saturday, April 13 – Markets at St Luke’s, Dawson Street Miles, 8.30am, phone 4627 1757. MURPHY’S CREEK Saturday-Sunday, June 22-23 – Trail Bike Ride 20km north east of Toowoomba, open, novice and pee-wee tracks, contact Doug Watson 0427 591 558 ROMA Sunday, June 9 – RSL Markets at Roma RSL Hall 8am to 1pm Friday, June 14 - Roma Social Dance, RSL Hall 8pm Phone Bev 0427 864 807 Saturday, June 15 – Roma Farmers and Artisans Markets at Big Rig Parklands Riggers Road 8am to 12.30pm Sunday, June 16 – RSL Markets at Roma RSL Hall 8am to 1pm Sunday, June 16 – Motocross Club Day at Roma Motocross track from 7.30am Saturday, June 22 Races at Roma Turf Club, five race program Saturday, June 22 – Friends of Westhaven

Cent Auction at Westhaven Nursing Home Parker St Roma 2pm Sunday, June 23 – RSL Markets at Roma RSL Hall 8am to 1pm Friday, June 28 - Roma Social Dance, RSL Hall 8pm Phone Bev 0427 864 807 Sunday, June 30 – RSL Markets at Roma RSL Hall 8am to 1pm ST RUTH Saturday, June 22 – 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 Saturday, July 27 – 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, July 6 – Tara Markets 7am to 2pm Tara Men’s Group Shed cnr Day and Fry Streets. Contact Frank 4665 3847. THEODORE Saturday-Sunday, June 8-9 – Trail Bike Road at Glenmoral on GlenmoralRoundstone Rd, open, novice and pee-wee tracks, contact Tony Markey on 0403 587 947 WARRA Saturday, July 6 – Races at Warra Race Club five race program

➤ CFMEU’S SHANE BRUNKER

Visit us at energy expo TOOWOOMBA Showgrounds will again play host to the expo from June 19-20, with more than 500 exhibitors. The Surat Basin Energy and Mining Expo is in its third year and has tripled in size during this period. This is an established and respected event for the Surat region which will showcase a wide variety of equipment, products and services along with extraordinary opportunities to engage in the region’s rapidly expanding development. There are also training and recruitment organisations for employment opportunities within the mining and energy divisions. Along with international companies coming on board this year there will also be a new exhibit in relation to the welcoming news that the Queensland Government have given the green light to the proposed $1 billion Surat Basin Rail project to proceed – better known as the

Shane Brunker, Vice presdient of the Queensland District Branch of the CFMEU. ‘Southern Missing Link’. I would encourage all existing members and those who would like to know more of what we can offer as a union to visit us in the Founders Pavilion, sites P3099 and P3100. I will be there to answer any questions you may have and look forward to meeting with you. Our alliances, Hall Payne

Lawyers, Union Shopper, Westfund and Cerberos Insurance will also be there to answer any questions. If you visit www.suratbasinexpo.com.au you can register as a visitor beforehand which makes getting through the gate a lot simpler. Entry is $10 per adult, $8 per child or you can purchase a family ticket for $16.


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Suns shine over Downs Workers bolster footy clubs

AN INFLUX of thousands of fit and strong young men and women in the Western Downs over recent years has grown sporting communities across the region. As the winter seasons approach, social and competitive sporting clubs are looking stronger than ever and are enjoying support from an evolving community on level never been seen before. Long time locals never predicted Aussie Rules and Rugby Union to become mainstream sports in Chinchilla. But sure enough, in 2013 the Chinchilla Suns Australian Football Club joins the Darling Downs competition, while the Chinchilla River Rats Rugby Union Club looks to dominate the region once again. One of the Suns’ founders, Helen Gent, said with so many southern and western folk coming to live in the region, the red leather was never far

Jay Paget went hard for the Suns in the first quarter of their game against Coolooroo Roos. Photo Alasdair Young away. “The interest in AFL has always been here but the influx of experience and talented players has really bolstered the local love of the sport,” Helen said. “The arrival of the club has

definitely surprised some locals but has been embraced by those seeking a different sporting code that focuses on fitness.” But it’s not just adult workers themselves who have increased the participation rate

for local sporting clubs, but their kids are joining teams as well. The Chinchilla Bulldogs Junior Rugby League has seen unprecedented growth in recent years and in 2012 underwent a massive expansion in

player registrations. For the first time ever, the pups contributed two teams to the Western Downs Junior Rugby League competition, which president Mick Ashurst said was a testament knew families in the area.

NAWIC for the Basin

NAWIC: Women of the Surat Basin working in the sector will soon have a new support network. Photo Contributed

A NEW day has dawned for women working in construction in the Surat Basin. The National Association for Women in Construction has put the wheels in motion for a Surat Basin branch of its organisation to create a support network for women working across the region. Sub-committee co-organiser Lorae Harbottle-Purs is now putting the call out to all women in the Surat Basin to join up, and enter a nomination to be involved. “It’s a support network for women. When we launched

the sub-committee to gauge interest we found that many women wanted the mentoring, wanted other women they could call,” Lorae said. “Someone who has been there, done that. All the people who are fly in, fly out don’t have the social network or knowledge about local activities, or an established friendship group out here.” “They don’t know there’s pilates being offered in Miles on Wednesday afternoons for example!” The group has received a great amount of interest from

women in the field and plans to hold the first sub-committee meeting this month. The sub-committee will be announced at the beginning of June and will include regional representatives from each region, to help break down the long distances that an area as big as the Surat Basin covers. For more information or to nominate yourself or a colleague for a position, email Gabby Bush, NAWIC QLD/ NT Treasurer and National Director at gabby.bush@leicon.com.au.

WASH DOWN AUSTRALIA Pacific LNG has partnered with Banana Shire Council on its efforts to ramp up the pressure on invasive weeds, contributing $400,000 to a new community weed wash down facility in Taroom. Providing front line control of weeds such as parthenium and ratstail grass, the new weed wash down facility is located next to the existing facilities at the Taroom Saleyards and has capacity and space to manage semi-trailers and other large machinery. Combined with upgrades to existing light vehicle wash down facilities in Taroom, local farmers, transport companies, earth moving and landscaping businesses will be able to more easily meet council requirements for weed control. Australia Pacific LNG, a joint venture between Origin, ConocoPhillips and Sinopec, identified a need for community weed wash down facilities through an Environmental Impact Statement developed for its coal seam gas to liquefied natural gas project. The project involves development of gas fields in the Surat and Bowen basins, a 530km high pressure gas transmission pipeline, and a gas processing facility on Curtis Island, near Gladstone. Australia Pacific LNG Pipelines Project Manager Graeme Hogarth said pipeline construction activities required stringent weed control inspections and certification as a routine part of daily operations. “We understand that controlling weeds is a key priority for the local community and agricultural businesses,” Mr Hogarth said.

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Fight the flab, get winter fit YOU worked hard all summer getting fit and losing those last few kilograms but now the cold has hit. Suddenly getting out of bed and donning your favourite workout gear is not so appealing. Is it possible to stay motivated through winter and come out the other side, without having to start all over again when it’s warm? The answer is yes! Take note of some of things I do to keep motivated through winter. • Put your workout gear on when you get up in the morning or when you get home from work and don’t change until you have sweat. When you are already dressed for it, you tend to feel you may as well get on with it. • I know it’s cold, I know it’s dark but exercise in the morning. You will always find some excuse not to do it if you leave it until after work. Set your alarm to go off with your goal

as the message and remind yourself why you are doing this. For example “I’ll lose 5kg by my birthday”. • Arrange to meet a friend at the gym, the park or someone’s house. Plan the session (the internet has great ideas) so you are prepared and don’t waste time thinking about where to start. • Get some new gym wear! Simply getting yourself some new workout tops or shorts can be enough to kick start you on cold day. Support your local business or have a look online to grab a bargain. • Write it in your diary. At the beginning of the week, schedule your exercise into your week and it is more likely to happen. Which days are you free after work? Which days can you do a morning session? Don’t ever feel that if you can only do one or two sessions a week, you may as well do none.

• Do some reading on how a sedentary lifestyle can affect your health. This should be enough to get anyone out of bed and out the door for a solid sweat session. You lower your risk of attracting type 2 diabetes and obesity with an active lifestyle. • Book a personal training session. This is great way to start if you are struggling with motivation or you are looking for some variety to your workouts. Personal trainers take all the thinking out of exercise and you just show up, ready to work hard. Plus if you have booked and paid for a session, you are probably going to keep it up. Most trainers have a variety of packages, so you will definitely find one to suit your goals and your budget. ** For Personal Training in Dalby, email Nikki from Focus PT. **nikki@focuspt.com.au

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SPLENDOUR in the Grass has once again delivered a killer line-up bound to make anyone not attending green with envy. Heading up the festival is indie rockers The National. Fitting in well are Friday headliners Mumford and Son, who wowed crowds at Splendour in 2010. The wildcard for the 2013 line-up is Frank Ocean, who will make his Australian debut. Ocean, a member of rap collective Odd Future, brings with

FOR those Dalby residents heading to Splendour in the Grass be sure to check out The National. The indie rock royalty have slowly grown in stature in Australia, to the point where they will now headline one of the biggest festivals of the year. Founding members Matt Berninger and Scott Devendorf first met at the University of Cincinnati before forming in 1999. Their first self-titled album was quietly received before shifting in tone for second record Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers. From this point, the band has gradually extended its fan base to become giants of the indie rock scene. The band recently released its sixth studio album Trouble Will Find Me, one of the most anticipated albums of the year. The exclusive Splendour tour marks the first time the band has toured since playing the Falls Festival in 2011. If you’re making the trip to Byron Bay, don’t miss one of the biggest acts on the American indie rock scene. Talk has been rife of who the mystery act will be. Some rumours have included.... Alt-J Daft Punk Arctic Monkeys Bob Log III

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SUZIE EDWARDS SUZIE Edwards is a born and bred Dalby local who brings her local knowledge to her work - understanding the pressures and needs of doing business in the Western Downs. Having also lived in Chinchilla for 12 months during a retail position with NAB she has developed excellent knowledge of the Downs. Working with NAB for four years, including both retail and in her current position as a business banking associate, she has developed an appreciation for the responsibility involved in handling clients’ finances. “Retail has taught me the need to take care of people’s money as though it was your own,” Suzie said. “If a customer has a problem we want to do everything we can to sort it out for them, and part of that is being easily accessible to our clients.” Suzie and her colleagues are contactable on work mobiles, landlines and emails and pride themselves on

Business banking associate, Suzie Edwards prompt and professional responses to queries. “We are here to ensure our customers get the most they can out of their banking,” Suzie said. “Customer service, and having a face to put to the name is absolutely important to us, it is what we base our service on.” If you have recently felt you are not happy with the service you are receiving with your current bank or financer, or are looking to sit down and assess your financial options, contact Suzie for a friendly chat to get the most out of your hard earned money.

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Senior business banking manager, Leah Charteris.

LEAH CHARTERIS LEAH Charteris has been with NAB for 14 years and prides herself on delivering the kind of face-to-face service that is becoming a rare commodity in the banking world. After spending nine years in Emerald, she is familiar with the needs and goals of the resource sector and the many workers the industry encompasses. Leah has spent the last three and a half years working from the Dalby office, covering the wider Western Downs region. “We offer full relationship bankingwe are actually on the ground, travelling through the region weekly, including Chinchilla, Miles and Tara,” Leah said. “For us it is about the customer be-

ing able to come and see someone or get them on the phone. We also go out and meet clients and discuss their individual banking needs.” Handling everything from asset finance loans and working capital assistance, right through to home loans and personal investments, Leah brings experience and a personal approach to her work. She has built up excellent working relationships with companies who are self employed, many of whom contract directly to the heavy hitters in the Surat Basin energy sector. For business banking tailored to contractors in the Western Downs region, give Leah a call to discuss your path to better financial management and opportunities today.

RUNNING her own engineering business has given business banking manager Kath Driver a unique perspective for business banking. With 20 years of experience as chief financial officer in the family business, covering a broad range of areas such as procurement, accounts and general commercial issues, she has a strong appreciation for what business owners face everyday. “I’m focused on looking after your day-to-day needs as well as raising new ideas to help make your life easier,” Kath said. Having lived and worked in the South Burnett and Western Downs for nearly 25 years, she has an in-depth knowledge of the local market and opportunities and issues that businesses face. “This as well as my extensive dealings with the local coal miners, power companies and contractors helps me to connect my clients to each other when mutual opportuni-

Business banking manager, Kath Driver. ties arise,” Kath said. Her most defining characteristic as a business banker is her commitment to follow through with service to her clients, ensuring a strong financial relationship can be built. “I do what I say I’m going to do to give you peace of mind that your finances are being looked after,” Kath said. “I take the time to listen, to make sure I focus on the things that matter to you to help you sleep at night.” For a common sense approach and a definite answer on your financial questions, contact Kath.

We see Dalby business. You see local commitment. Dalby businesses need long-term commitment to succeed. With more business bankers who understand the Dalby business community, NAB can help you pursue the opportunities you’ve been thinking about. Whether they’re in Dalby or beyond.

We offer specialist business advice and can help manage both business and personal finances. And we’re committed to supporting our customers through the ups and the downs, by lending more to Australian businesses than any other bank.

Make the most of every opportunity and speak to a NAB Dalby Business Banker. Call Leah Charteris, Business Banking Manager, on    or Kath Driver, Business Banking Manager, on    or you can visit us at  Cunningham Street.

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Expanding my beer palate

By SIMON IRWIN

APPEA: Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources Ian Macfarlane addresses the APPEA conference.

Brisbane talks gas

APPEA Conference brings 3000 delegates

David Knox Santos CEO and APPEA chairman

The oil and gas industry’s ground-breaking investment in Queensland is a tradition that continues with gusto today, where three LNG projects are under construction – fed by gas from coal seam gas fields across the state

– fed by gas from coal seam gas fields across the state,” Mr Knox said. “Like the oil and gas industry in Australia, APPEA has a long history. “And for over 50 years, APPEA has consistently and effec-

tively represented the oil and gas industry in Australia.” Mr Knox spoke about the common focuses of APPEA as an association, including issues such as safety and the environment, and the work being done externally with

governments to advocate for effective regulatory and fiscal frameworks. The APPEA chairman puts the companies success down to a few key points which include the long-term contribution the industry is making to the Australian economy and also its long-standing focus on technology and innovation. “Also our commitment to working in partnership with communities and the importance of maintaining a competitive oil and gas industry in Australia.” Mr Knox said. He said increasing the public’s understanding of the industry is a focus. “We will ensure oil and gas resources are managed for the long-term benefit of all Australians,” Mr Knox said.

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utensils which might be a little head-scratching for the newbie. These cans are filled with the malt and yeast required to make a mean home brew, and come in a countless variety of styles. If you’re going to work your way up to master brewer status, start small and make sure you follow instructions. While these kits will ease you in, it won’t be long before you become swept up in the process and start tinkering with your brew.

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GIANTS of the oil and gas scene descended on Brisbane for the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association 2013 Exhibition. The conference brought together 3000 delegates from 850 companies around the world to discuss the future of the oil and gas industry. Chief executive officer and managing director of Santos Limited and APPEA chairman David Knox addressed guests, speaking on the history of oil and gas in Australia. “The oil and gas industry’s ground-breaking investment in Queensland is a tradition that continues with gusto today, where three LNG projects are under construction

AS A young bloke growing up on the southern Darling Downs, I only drank XXXX. These were the days of brewery affiliated pubs (tied houses) and the men in our family would go thirsty rather than stop at a “Carlton” pub. How things have changed. The range of international, interstate and boutique craft beers available now make a trip to the beer aisles of the local grog warehouse like a trip to Disneyland for grown-ups. Which brings me to My Wife’s Bitter. No, this is not me complaining to you all after a session at the bar brought on by domestic disharmony, but rather an impressive brew from the Burleigh Brewing Company on the Gold Coast.

A deliciously dark and tasty English-style bitter ale, it is a million miles away from the XXXX bitter ale of my youth (not that there is any wrong with that on a hot day!). You really get the caramel maltiness coming through but without the heaviness of a stout or porter. It’s not cheap – I paid about $18-19 for a six pack at my local Chapel of St Daniel – but as a special occasion brew, it is great value. PS: It is apparently named as a gift for the brewer’s wife as she liked it so much. PPS: Experience has shown that it is best to explain this before making jokes about the name in the company of one’s beloved.

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TOP FISHING SPOTS

Bundaberg Spot 1: Break Sea Spit off the northern tip of Fraser Island Species: billfish, red emperor, mahi mahi Spot 2: Lake Monduran just north of Gin Gin Species: barramundi - impoundment, australian bass Spot 3: Baffle Creek Species: flathead, mangrove jack, barramundi - wild Spot 4: Kolan River Spot 5: The Elliott River

Warwick Spot 1: Leslie Dam Species: murray cod, golden perch and silver perch Spot 2: Connelly Dam Species: golden perch, silver perch and murray cod, spangled perch and eel-tailed catfish Spot 3: Condamine River Species: Golden perch, murray cod

Gympie Spot 1: Double Island Point NOTE: 4WD access only Species: taylor, dart, whiting, flathead, trevally, mackerel, squire and sweetlip Spot 2: Inskip Point Species: flathead, bream, whiting, taylor and dart but many come to target the big golden trevally, mackerel and tuna Spot 3: Kauri Creek Species: mangrove jack, threadfin salmon and barra, whiting and flathead Spot 4: Borumba Dam Species: saratoga, yellow belly, silver perch and mary river cod

Yeppoon and Rockhampton Spot 1: Barren and Child Islands 23 09 129 151 04 422 Species: spanish mackerel and coral trout Spot 2: Corio Jew hole 22 56 044 150 48 077 Species: black jew

Spot 3: Fitzroy River 23 22 179 150 30 397 Species: barramundi

Fraser Coast Spot 1: Burrum Eight Mile (GPS approx: 25 09.728S 152 43.968E) Species: trout, red emperor, tuskfish, pink snapper, sweetlip, blackall, trevally, and mackerel Spot 2: Rooneys (GPS approx: 24 49.784S 153 07.440E) NOTE: Rooneys is only accessible by boat. Species: marlin, sailfish, wahoo Spot 3: Moon Point (GPS approx: 25.13 000S 152 56.000E) NOTE: Access is by boat Species: golden trevally to long-tail tuna, cobia, queenfish Spot 4: Urangan Pier Species: mackerel, trevally, tuna, squid, whiting, flathead, bream Spot 5: River Heads Species: threadfin salmon, mangrove jack and barramundi

Sunshine Coast Spot 1: Northern surf beaches Species: bream and dart, tailor Spot 2: Sunshine Reef – off Sunshine Beach Species: sweetlip (autumn), snapper (winter), spanish mackerel (summer), coral trout (winter) Spot 3: North Reef – north east of Noosa Heads Species: sweetlip (autumn), snapper (winter), spanish mackerel (summer), coral trout (winter)

Toowoomba Spot 1: Brisbane River, downstream of Wivenhoe Dam Species: australian bass

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Spot 2: : Cooby, Leslie, Coolmunda and Somerset Dams Species: golden perch

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Spot 3: Condamine, Dumeresq and Macintyre River Species: murray cod

Mackay Spot 1: Shoal Point Species: whiting, flathead and bream Spot 2: The V in Pioneer River Species: whiting, flathead and bream Spot 3: Flat Top and Round Top islands Species: snapper Spot 4: Far Beach

Gladstone Spot 1: Lake Awoonga Species: barramundi Spot 2: Boyne River below the dam Species: barramundi,mangrove jack Spot 3: The Narrows, Gladstone harbour Species: blue salmon, king salmon, mudcrabs, fingermark Spot 4: Great Barrier Reef Species: coral trout, red emperor, sweetlip, spanish mackerel

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THIS WEEK’S TOP FOUR DROPS Reviews by Food EditorPeter Chapman peter.chapman@apn.com.au

With nippy weather coming start preparing comforting cold weather fare

ENTICING Italian chianti with rich red cherry aromas blended with a touch of tobacco leaf and spice. Wonderfully medium-bodied with typical juicy richness.

Shannon Newley shannon.newley@dailyexaminer.com.au

I LOVE the changing of the seasons – it means a change in menu. With winter just around the corner it’s time for soups and pies – comforting cold weather fare. After a few really busy weeks I have found it hard to make time to get into the kitchen for a big cook-off, but happily this weekend I had a little time. With the fire going and a glass of red wine, we cooked up an old favourite – steak and kidney pie. I also did a batch of my dad’s famous soup and while it’s never as good, I have to admit it was my most successful try. My housemate also dished up buffalo wings with a blue cheese dressing – so it was definitely a feast at our house. Then a trip to a friend’s place for lunch meant more feasting, this time on a Moroccan chicken pie. Delicious green olives and preserved lemons, with cinnamon and apricots, the blend of sweet and savoury is a combination used in a great deal of Moroccan cooking and something I love. Despite being really excited about the food in the North African country, it wasn’t until I managed to get away from the tourist areas that I actually experience really great fare. Even though Moroccan cooks use many spices, the food somehow ended up being very bland. Fortunately that wasn’t the case with this Moroccan pie – it was bursting with flavour

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with just the right balance of sweet and savoury. The preserved lemons add a depth of flavour you won’t get by using fresh lemons. Preserved lemons are readily available at supermarkets these days but they are also easy to make – you just need to let them sit for a few weeks. I’ll put a recipe for them on this page in coming weeks.

Moroccan chicken pie (Serves 4) INGREDIENTS: 500g chicken thighs, diced into bite-sized cubes 1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon ground cumin ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon ¼ teaspoon turmeric 4 slices preserved lemon, washed and cut into small pieces 1 onion, diced 1 cup green olives, pitted, chopped 1/3 cup dried apricots, diced 1 cup chicken stock 1 sheet puff pastry, cut into four squares 1 cup plain flour 1 egg, beaten Olive oil Salt and pepper to season METHOD: Mix the paprika, cinnamon, cumin and flour together. Coat the chicken pieces with the

flour, shaking off the excess. Heat oil and fry onion until soft. Add chicken, frying until cooked through. Add stock, olives, lemon and apricots, season with salt and pepper and bring to boil. Turn heat down to low and let simmer for about 20 minutes, until chicken is tender. Divide the mixture up into four small bowls or ramekins. Cover each ramekin with a piece of pastry, sealing the edges of the bowl. Pierce the middle of the pastry with a knife and cover the pastry with a thin layer of the egg using a pastry brush. Cook for about 15 minutes in 180 degree oven or until pastry is cooked through.

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PHOTO: TOURISM QLD

A CITY OF SURPRISES

EVER since Captain Cook set off from England in 1768 with a brewery on board the Endeavour, Australians have had a healthy appetite for a good home brew. And with plenty of craft brewers taking up the challenge to create something new for some of Australia’s best loved breweries, there’s sure to be a premium beer waiting for you. Here are some places to try in your travels:

Country charmer Tracy Vellacott Warwick Tourism and Events CEO and long-time local tells of her love for the Rose City.

THERE are places of quiet beauty and distinctive heritage buildings to charm visitors, but the most amazing and unusual “must see” is Warwick’s Jumpers and Jazz in July Festival. Over 10 days, art takes over Warwick’s CBD streets with more than 110 trees ablaze with vivid, colourful and often comical textile installations ranging from knitting and crochet to felting, weaving or inventive creations with recyclables. The program buzzes with craft workshops, dinners at local restaurants, jazz music and major free events across both weekends.

Must do:

SIT in an authentic C17 steam locomotive. Passengers can retrace the path of the Sydney Mail on the trip from Warwick to Wallangarra or experience the serenity of the beautiful Darling Downs as they visit Clifton.

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Thousands of volunteer hours have gone into the steam locomotive and carriage restoration project, along with development of a world-class railway precinct.

Best local dish:

SPRING Creek Mountain Cafe is renowned for its fresh, wholesome, local produce including Killarney beef and lamb so you can’t go past Bev’s beef and shiraz pie or her herbed lamb cutlets, topped off with apple baklava tart with burnt honey ice-cream.

Best place for a picnic:

FOR natural beauty you can’t beat Killarney’s Browns Falls or Queen Mary Falls picnic areas. The well-defined 2km walking track at Queen Mary Falls takes you to the base of the falls where you can gawk at Spring Creek plummeting 40 metres to the pool below. See spectacular waterfalls,

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THE heart of this community beats strong. It is the people who have lived here forever who show such fierce pride, and it is the newcomers who then find their own “pride of place” in Warwick, bringing with them new ideas and a spirit of getting involved. As Lawrence Springborg once noted, it is the laconic finger raised in greeting on a steering wheel as you travel a country road.

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WARWICK is home to the longest continually operated market in Queensland – the Pig and Calf Sale. The Wednesday morning jumble-style auction has everything from guinea pigs to goats, farm equipment to furniture and very intriguing bric-a brac.

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Some projects are done and dusted WITH mining investment tipped to have reached its peak in Australia, it has never been more important for mining workers to know what is happening with major projects around the country. Below, we have a list of some of the projects that have completed the construction phase and are ready for full-scale commercial production. Meanwhile, in April 2013 there were 174 projects that were at the feasilibity stage, with an estimated investment value of $232 billion. While this is three more projects than at this time six months ago, the estimated value was $49 billion lower. Much of the decline can be attributed to the delaying of Woodside Petroleum’s Browse and Sunrise LNG projects and Aquila Resources’ West Pilbara Project. For another list of committed projects in the industry flick to page 18. Additionally, there are a 26

PROJECTS * Argyle underground diamond mine, Rio Tinto, Western Australia * Cadia East gold mine, newcrest, NSW * Carosue Dam (Red october) gold mine, Saracen Minerals, WA * Chichester Hub hermatite mine, Fortescue Metals Group, WA * Cloncurry copper and gold mine, Xtrata, QLD * Ensham thermal coal mine, Ensham Resources, QLD * Hamersley Iron Brockman 4 (stage 2) hermatite mine, Rio Tinto, WA * Kipper Gas Project (stage 1), Esso/BHP Billiton/Santos, VIC * Kooragang Island project (port expansion), Port Waratah Coal Services, NSW * Meekatharra Gold Project, Reed Resources, WA * Mt Carlton (Silver Hill) gold and silver mine, Evolution Mining, QLD * Murchison gold mine, Silver Lake, WA * Orebody 24 hermatite mine, BHP Billiton, WA * Western Turner Syncline II hermatite mine, Tio Tinto, WA

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ALL DONE: There are 14 projects which are ready for full-scale commercial production.

Big Eales joins Thiess

John Eales “We did a lot of research and tried to give companies insights into their people and the culture of their organisations.” For Eales it was a chat with Thiess’ managing director

that inspired him to join up. “I’m really looking forward to it. It’s the opportunity really, I think there’s a lot of parallels between different industries,” Eales said. “I’ve had a lot of experience in business and I’m quite excited to sit on the advisory board for a major company.” While he thought the future of Australia’s resources sector was bright he admitted it wasn’t all roses. “I think all industries go through cycles and I speak to a lot of people who speak about the challenge ahead,” he said.

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Model: Holden VF Commodore. Details: Four-door large rear-wheel drive sedan, five-door Sportwagon or two-door ute. Engines: 3.6-litre LPG V6 generating maximum power of 180kW @ 6000rpm and peak torque of 320Nm @ 2000rpm; 3.0-litre V6 petrol 185kW @ 6700rpm and 290Nm @ 2600rpm; 3.6-litre V6 petrol 210kW @ 6700rpm; 6.0-litre V8 petrol 260kW @ 5600rpm (270kW @ 5600rpm manual) and 517Nm @ 4400rpm (530Nm @ 4400rpm manual). Transmission: Six-speed automatic or six-speed manual. Consumption: LPG - 11.5 litres/100km; 3.0-litre - 8.3 litres100km; 3.6L 9.0L100km; 6.0L 11.5L100km (figures vary depending on body choice). seen before from Holden. One of the most impressive things is the noise…hardly any enters the cabin. Tyre rumble is more audible mainly because little comes from the engine. But the headline act is the interior fit and finish. It’s almost European, even from base model Evoke. The instrument cluster is leather-clad, with a more concise speedometer and tacho gauges. A digital trip computer, which provides average and real-time fuel consumption along with a digital

Holden Commodore VF Evoke (auto only).....................$34,990 SV6 (manual) ...........................$35,990 SS (manual) .............................$41,990 SS-V (manual) .........................$45,490 SS-V Redline (manual)............$51,490 Calais (auto only) .....................$39,990 Calais V V6 (auto only) ............$46,990 Calais V V8 (auto only) ............$52,990 Sportwagon body style adds $2000 (auto transmission only), automatic adds $2200, prestige paint adds $550. Utes Ute (auto only) .........................$32,990 SV6 (manual) ...........................$32,990 SS (manual) ............................$38,990 SS-V (manual) .........................$42,490 SS-V Redline (manual)............$48,490 Automatic adds $2200, prestige paint adds $550. speedo, sits in the middle of the gauges. Thankfully, the power window controls are back on the doors instead of the centre console, while the hand-pinching embedded park brake is replaced by a switch. As you step up the range the finishes become more lavish, with the SS and Calais featuring some nice carbon-fibre-look inserts across the dash and doors. There are black and ivory colour combinations depending on model. All look upmarket and the hard plastics are restricted to the centre console. From the fabric trim in the

Evoke through to the suede and leather trim on sports and Calais variants, the seats offer excellent support at the base and laterally. The chunky steering wheel with telescopic flexibility feels great in your hands while it also features better functionality with cruise control now at your thumb tips rather than on a stalk.

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Forget the plain-Jane Omega, the new Evoke and the entire range is packed with good gear. On the standard list are an automatic parking function, rear view

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The good stuff: Improved cabin ambience, great interior finishes are European-like, new colours on sports models, brilliant technology, even in Evoke specification. What we’d like to see: Split-fold rear seats in the sedan, better feel with the manual transmission. Warranty and servicing: Three-year, 100,000km warranty. Servicing is capped at $185 for the first four services over three years or 60,000km. Servicing is every 15,000km or nine months.

THE LOWDOWN

Is it too late for the best Commodore ever produced? This is a car which offers outstanding features, space and drivability at an impressive price point. But the challenge remains for Holden to get this message across to Australians shunning large cars. It’s time for Holden to roll the dice and try new things to get the message out. Take it for a spin and your perspective on the Commodore will change. ★★★★✰ system, which works well once you know the commands and enables the driver to control everything from the radio through to sat nav by just talking – and it even has an Australian accent. Safety is five-star, and includes an awesome reverse traffic alert feature which can peer around corners – perfect for when backing from a park when your vision is impaired by a SUV, van or ute. Warning systems for your blind spot, imminent forward collision and lane departure are standard on top-spec models, and are options on base variants.

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Poised and confident, the VF retains the rear-wheel drive virtues but with a flatter cornering ability and better steering feel. The Commodore has lost about 43kg over the VE, and while the underpinnings have been shared, engineers have made advances in the areas that matter most. Major fuel efficiencies have been gained, primarily through the use of aerodynamics, more aluminium components and electric power steering. It took five years to get the steering right and the end result is outstanding. The steering is responsive and maintains an excellent feel and the

Commodore’s new suspension set-up delivers greater car control. Despite losing 5kW in power, the Evoke is a surprise package. Its fuel consumption is down to 8.3 litres/100km while the CO2 emissions are below 200g/km, bringing it back into the fleet-car realm. Most drivers would be more than happy with the 3.0-litre V6 Evoke’s performance. It’s strong and linear with its power delivery and happy to work up into the rev range for overtaking. Those seeking more punch can go for the 3.6-litre bent six, while the rev heads will still appreciate the burly

V8. The six-speed automatic would be our pick, the manual option still feels somewhat clunky with long throws between cogs.

Running costs

All models are more efficient, but the Evoke is the leader at 8.3-litres /100km (our test climbed to 9.5L/100km with heavy use of the right foot). Servicing is among the cheapest you will find, insurance should be at the lower end of the scale and the national dealership spread is excellent.

Practicality

Five adults can appreciate the space. Head, leg and knee room is excellent. The seats don’t fold in the sedan, and the boot load area is narrow, so those who regularly want to carry bikes, golf clubs and other equipment should go for the Sportwagon. ISOFIX car restraint fixtures (soon to be given the Standards Australia stamp of approval) are now in all Commodores, which enables three seats to be fitted across the back seat. Space savers are standard, but for $350 you can get a full-size alloy spare.

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NLIKE other actresses who prefer to shake off the sex symbol tag, Jordana Brewster is keen to embrace it. The 32-year-old actress and star of the action-filled street-racing franchise The Fast and Furious, often finds herself on the Hottest Women and Sexiest Women lists compiled by the various men’s mags and gets a thrill every time. “I like it,” she said. “Looks don’t last so I’ve got to milk it while I can. “You start off in the industry thinking ‘no I don’t want to be a sex symbol, I want to be taken seriously.’ Then the more you get older you realize it doesn’t last so you’d better make the most of it while you can.” The sixth instalment of the popular franchise is about to hit screens where Brewster stars alongside Paul Walker, Vin Diesel and Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson. After the nitro injection of 2011’s Fast 5 to the franchise, expectations are high for the sixth instalment. This time around the action centres on the aftermath of the revelation that Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) is alive and working for master criminal Owen Shaw (Luke Evans). Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his team of road-rage outlaws join forces with their old adversary Agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) to rescue her and foil Shaw’s plans. Brewster had a taste of being a part of the action sequences in the last film and since then she has been hooked. There was no way she was taking a back seat even though her character is now a mother. “Now she’s had a taste of the action, that’s not going to change now that she’s a mum. She doesn’t

YOU WILL LIKE THIS MOVIE IF YOU LIKE THESE... Fast and Furious, Death Race, Gone in Sixty Seconds ACTION PACKED: A scene from the movie Fast and Furious 6, opening on June 6. Below, Michelle Rodriguez checks things under the hood. get as many scenes as the last film but the scenes she does get to be a part of, they are pretty cool.” Brewster tries to do as many of her own stunts as she can although they are not for the faint-hearted. “There’s one scene in the last film where I’m running with a baby, and it’s not a doll. I was so scared I’d shake the baby too much. “And I ripped my hand open jumping off a roof in Rio. “At first we just superglued it on set and kept going but then I had to go to the ER and get stitches. You can see my hand is bandaged and bloody in the scene. They kept that in as an almost-homage to the incident.” And yes there is a seventh Fast and Furious in the works. Brewster can’t give any details as yet but is already excited by the prospect. “I’ll do as many as they would like me to do, it’s such a great franchise to be a part of.” Fast and Furious 6 opens June 6.

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TOUGH TIMES: Working away can cause conflict in relationships

Q: I WORK away from my family, on a two week on/off roster. The advice I require is that when I return home I have found that my family have taken care of most issues that arise without my input, where as I was once involved in all decisions. My wife has become independent and is making these without me. While this is admirable, my concern is that I

might become redundant in my own family. I would welcome your advice. A: Don’t stress! Try to turn this into a positive for you and your family unit. You need to realise the family dynamic has changed. Talk to your wife, ask her to give you a rng and discuss things as a partnership but be aware she will need to make calls while you’re

gone- you need to learn to let go a bit too. Q: I am a working woman in a FIFO camp and am in a serious relationship with my partner back home. I’m becoming lonely and my interaction with some male workers is now becoming flirtatious. How do I go back to my partner, and think he is the right one for me? Also, I think that maybe he is doing the same

when I am away? A: You need to remind yourself that you and your partner are in a relationship together, and that’s that. Often temptation is just that. If you cheated on your partner for a quick thrill would it be worth it? Remember that this is normal, but putting passion over principle will never end well. ■ Ask your questions, thirstywork@suratbasin.com.au Page 17


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IT’S been a heap of fun getting out there and catching those elusive blighters, and you’re feeling nice and relaxed. And now for the healthy benefits of dining on the catch. They say if you eat more fish and less meat you are on your way to a healthier body. It’s true. A lot of research has been done with Inuit natives recording their high consumption of salmon and correspondingly low rate of heart disease. And the reason has been put down to the fact that they are eating fish that are high in mono unsaturated fats, especially Omega 3 fats. There’s a lot of research on the

ability of fish to prevent heart disease – fish such as tuna, salmon, sardines, swordfish, mackerel or bluefish. They all are high in Omega 3 fatty acids, and many of them are well in reach of us on the east coast of Australia. There is now evidence that the salmon you’ll have for dinner tonight can actually treat heart disease. There’s also evidence that fish are beneficial in protecting against many health problems, including osteoporosis and infections. There are even studies that show that fish has a major role in the prevention of cancers, including kidney, skin and colon

cancers. The old adage that “fish is brain food” is true, and many studies support this. One study reported that a single meal of fish per week reduced the normal age-related decline in intelligence by 10% to 13%. This is the equivalent of being mentally three or four years younger. In another study, scientists looked at fish consumption as it related to mental decline.

Beer battered fish and chips – they’re lager than life You will need: ■ 4 large potatoes, peeled, cut lengthways into 1cmthick chips ■ 185g plain flour, plus extra to dust ■ 330ml of lager ■ Sunflower oil, to deepfry ■ 800g skinless flathead fillets, halved into long strips if necessary ■ Lemon and iceberg lettuce wedges, to serve What to do: Bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to the boil over high heat. Add chips and return to the boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes or until just tender. Drain well and spread

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minutes until crisp and golden. Drain on paper towel, place on a tray, in a single layer, and keep warm in the oven while you cook your waiting fish. Dust flathead fillets in the flour. Dip into the batter, one at a time, allowing excess to drain off. Carefully place into the hot oil. Cook the fish, in batches if necessary, for 3-4 minutes until golden and crisp, then drain on paper towel. Remove chips from oven and sprinkle fish and chips with a little more sea salt. Serve immediately with lemon wedges and iceberg lettuce.

Those who did not eat fish had a decline four times the rate of those eating fish twice a week or more. Eating fish is just as important as it is to eat heaps of vegetables. Make a list of fish (or shellfish) that you do like (it will be longer than you might think) and then look for healthy recipes. Good ol’ fish‘n’chips is a great start, but there are also some wonderful recipes around to whet every person’s appetite.

| Win for small business This week Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise celebrates the Federal Government announcement that their recent funding bid through the Small Business Advisory Services Program Queensland Natural Disaster Assistance round has been successful. The TSBE application for $198,676 financial assistance proposed to conduct a risk proofing Business Assistance Program for businesses across the Surat Basin region specifically around providing small businesses with the tools, skills and advice to become better equipped to manage risk. The proposal focused on those areas of small business most under pressure when quick changes to operational and organizational circumstances occur, particularly in relation to Natural Disaster events. TSBE chief executive Shane Charles welcomed the announcement as a positive for the region. “The key motivation for this project is to assist businesses on the back of repeat flood events in our region, which have caused significant interruption to operations,” he said. “This initiative, now made possible by the provision of Federal funding assistance, will provide direct support to small business. Good news for our region” Mr Charles concluded.

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It’s a great way to bond with family and leave behind life’s distractions

We have the ocean at arm’s length and hundreds rivers, dams and streams, so why not take advantage of these great attributes and go fishing. ALLEN WINTER wets a line. MANY people on Australia’s east coast have taken up the hobby of fishing, and in fact, there seem to be as many boats as families. So, what is it about this hobby that makes it so interesting? There are lots of reasons, but here are a few: It’s a way to involve the entire family. A person can take the whole gang out on to the water and relax, talking about life while still getting the thrill of chasing a fish. Many take this time out to talk about tougher issues with their children since they are away from the distractions that they may have at home

such as the mobile phone, computer and television. Fishing is a great way to bond with family and leave behind life’s distractions. Casting a line also involves being away from the hustle and bustle of life. The average fisher is going to be on the ocean, at the lake, ponds or rivers, away from the hi-tech world that stresses so. Out among nature, families can enjoy peaceful silence and have some time of their own in which they don’t have to worry about everyday concerns. It doesn’t have to be an expensive hobby. You don’t have to buy a flash boat, or the big 4X4 to haul it. These days you can buy inexpensive amateur fishing gear and wander down to the local river or the beach with your rod and reel, bait and

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tackle box and try your luck. People who fish often find that it can help them get rid of stress and just relax – something we all need to do from time to time. And that’s most likely to help them through the time when they are not fishing. Then, of course, there’s the thrill of hooking a fish and hauling it to the boat, or on to the land – a moment of triumph and satisfaction. Once you’ve got started, often you’re hooked and find it hard to give up.

SHH! KEEP IT TO YOURSELF ... FISHERFOLK are very, very secretive about their favourite fishing spots. Of course, the last thing they want is for other people to clean the place out, so they generally keep their mouths shut and hope to keep the spot for themselves. Some suggestions to protect that special spot: Don’t be too excited when another boat goes by, just as you’ve hooked one of the big catches of the day. If another boat approaches, it’s best to just sit there with your rod down and look bored. And don’t get too keen to set that hook if there are other boats approaching. The fish aren’t likely to run away in a hurry, so just wait a bit. If you’ve got a good fish hooked and you’re fighting it when another boat comes by, just lower your rod and let the fish swim for a while. It’ll still be there when you put the pressure back on.

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NOT ON: Sydney Swans superstar Adam Goodes was the subject of a racism taunt.

THE debacle surrounding the Adam Goodes racism incident seems crazy. It’s 2013, yet there are still knuckleheads out there that think this kind of stuff is acceptable. And the aftermath of this drama proves that it is not okay. This saga is made so much worse by the fact the person who instigated it was a 13year-old girl. Then the president of the club who the girl supports – an extremely prominent figure in AFL, Eddie McGuire – has a “slip of the tongue” in a radio interview a matter of days later, adding fuel to the fire with new remarks. But perhaps it tells a story; how prevalent is casual racism in today’s society? Very, by the look of things. There are a number of issues here; the girl’s initial remarks, McGuire’s comments

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Let’s hope this nation-wide attention she has attracted gives her a kick up the bum on air, and Goodes’ reaction to single out the girl. If you watched the incident on TV it looks totally innocuous. A player runs over the boundary line in front of the crowd who in turn yells things at him; it happens many times every match. But this time was different. Goodes made a concious decision to stop what he was doing and single the person out, he didn’t care it was a young girl; and that’s bloody fantastic.

The sad reality is this girl didn’t think her racist remarks were out of line, and I dare say she wouldn’t be the only person in her peer group with her way of thinking. Let’s hope this nationwide attention she has attracted gives her a kick up the bum. But not just her, other people of any age who think comments like the one she made are okay. They’re not. Goodes didn’t single her out just because he thought he was on some sort of powertrip. He was making a stance against something that should have been eradicated years ago. As for Eddie, well that’s another story for another day. There has been pressure for him to step down from his role of president of Collingwood Football Club. Do you think he will? Let us know by jumping on our Facebook page at Thirsty Work Magazine.

➤ FISHING REPORT Local Fishing Reports DARK coloured, black bladed spinnerbaits seem to be the go in Myall Creek. Some nice fish are being caught at Loudoun with some good 6 to 15 pound cod being caught on salt water yabbies and light coloured hard body lures. A lot of locals have been heading to the Cecil Plains area catching good goldens with frozen prawns, saltwater yabbies and shrimp. Coolmunda Dam Golden perch and cod are biting on live shrimp, frozen saltwater yabbies and crays

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How casual is casual racism?

NOT ON: Sydney Swans superstar Adam Goodes was the subject of a racism taunt.

THE debacle surrounding the Adam Goodes racism incident seems crazy. It’s 2013, yet there are still knuckleheads out there that think this kind of stuff is acceptable. And the aftermath of this drama proves that it is not okay. This saga is made so much worse by the fact the person who instigated it was a 13year-old girl. Then the president of the club who the girl supports – an extremely prominent figure in AFL, Eddie McGuire – has a “slip of the tongue” in a radio interview a matter of days later, adding fuel to the fire with new remarks. But perhaps it tells a story; how prevalent is casual racism in today’s society? Very, by the look of things. There are a number of issues here; the girl’s initial remarks, McGuire’s comments

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Let’s hope this nation-wide attention she has attracted gives her a kick up the bum on air, and Goodes’ reaction to single out the girl. If you watched the incident on TV it looks totally innocuous. A player runs over the boundary line in front of the crowd who in turn yells things at him; it happens many times every match. But this time was different. Goodes made a concious decision to stop what he was doing and single the person out, he didn’t care it was a young girl; and that’s bloody fantastic.

The sad reality is this girl didn’t think her racist remarks were out of line, and I dare say she wouldn’t be the only person in her peer group with her way of thinking. Let’s hope this nationwide attention she has attracted gives her a kick up the bum. But not just her, other people of any age who think comments like the one she made are okay. They’re not. Goodes didn’t single her out just because he thought he was on some sort of powertrip. He was making a stance against something that should have been eradicated years ago. As for Eddie, well that’s another story for another day. There has been pressure for him to step down from his role of president of Collingwood Football Club. Do you think he will? Let us know by jumping on our Facebook page at Thirsty Work Magazine.

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Queensland in good hands with Big Mal

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FROM the outside looking in, Mal Meninga gives the impression of a big kid having the time of his life with his mates. The words camaraderie and Queensland sit sideby-side so easily with him at the helm. His success as Maroons coach is unrivalled and seven successive series wins is, in the context of this event, almost beyond belief. It flies in the face of his 52% winning record as Raiders coach. Admittedly Big Mal has had the luxury of some brilliant players and exceptional leaders in his unbeaten seven series wins with the Maroons. The names Lockyer, Civoniceva, Smith, Thurston, Inglis and Slater will one day be rugby league folklore. But what he has seemingly brought to this history-making team is an air of relaxation, enjoyment and attachment that has taken harmony to another level. The joy of them being together is palpable in everything they do as a team. He is also passionately loyal. Only those who don’t give him their all are summarily dispatched from the inner sanctum, as Dave Taylor can attest. When a team is together for just 10 days, three times a year, the bond between player, coach and staff is paramount. Meninga has been magnificent at forging that over eight successive series, a period when NSW has had four different coaches. Laurie Daley is a good bloke with – on paper – a great team. But in the face of his current enemy, the task is massive. Blues fans will hope he has done his homework.

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Leak was poor

MAROONS centre Greg Inglis has denied there is any disharmony amongst his camp despite the media circus surrounding second-rower Ben Te’o. Brisbane woman Katie Lewis, 22, made a formal complaint to police about Te’o. She alleged that in April the South Sydney and Maroons forward punched her in the face, fractured her eye socket, and left her bloodied in the hallway of Bronco Corey Norman’s home. Te’o has vehemently denied the allegations. The police have launched an investigation and asked the NRL to cease their integrity-unit investigation. Blues prop James Tatou said the Maroons’ camp was in disarray but Inglis said his teammates were still smiling.

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WHILE many may have considered it a mere ripple on the pond, the naming of the NSW team in a Sydney newspaper last weekend 48 hours prior to the official announcement - was a poor look for the game. And as the team was obviously leaked by someone in an official capacity, evidently little has changed in the administration of

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the game since the ARL Commission took charge. Scoops only materialise because of loose lips, and – naively, obviously - I thought that under the new management structure the leaking sieve may have been plugged. While the usual entourage of media attended the ‘official’ team announcement on Sunday afternoon, if no-one had turned up they could hardly have been accused of neglecting the event. After all, there was nothing new to learn. No doubt those who paid $500a-head to attend a dinner at Suncorp Stadium on Monday night when the Queensland team was announced would have been livid had the line-up been leaked to the press that morning.

Consistency, please

PLAYERS, coaches and fans seek nothing more from referees than consistency. A poor decision will be accepted on the basis that what goes around usually comes around, but discrepancy in rulings reeks of incompetence. The worst last weekend was at Mudgee with Titans halfback Albert Kelly disallowed a first-half try after being ruled to have deliberately propelled the ball forward before regathering. As spectacular as it was, under the strict letter of the law it was illegal. However, just three weeks earlier the Titans were beaten 25-24 by the Warriors after Shaun Johnson had done the exact same thing, and the try was allowed. Thankfully – for the sake of the referees last Sunday – the decision did not impinge that result. And while all and sundry were delighted to witness Ben Barba back to somewhere near his best against the Broncos last Friday night, surely the little bloke is not immune to a penalty. His tackle on Lachlan Maranta to prevent a certain Broncos try in the first half had the desired affect – only trouble being was he caught the winger flush around the throat,

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Regrettably, after a positive start to the season, the standard of refereeing has slumped. And while the man in the middle was making some courageous on-the-spot decisions in the early weeks of the competition, more and more often now they are calling on the crutch that is the video referee. It is simply not good enough.

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Gidley ruled out yet again

THE Blues are hoping it won’t end with the blues after naming their squad for the 2013 State of Origin series. Four fresh faces will hit the paddock for the first game, including James Maloney, Blake Ferguson and Andrew Fifita. Origin veteran Kurt Gidley has again been ruled out of this year’s series with a foot injury despite being announced in the initial squad when a shoulder injury forced him out of last year’s series. New Blues coach Laurie Daley has popped Bulldogs player Josh Reynolds into the five-eighth vacancy on the bench. Daley said Reynolds’s versatility and super-competitiveness was why he was chosen in the previously-vacant utility bench spot. The Canterbury livewire got the nod ahead of the Rabbitohs’ John Sutton when Gidley was ruled out with a foot injury. Daley said Reynolds, who he described as fearless when taking the ball to the line, could play hooker and in the halves, and his competitiveness was suited to Origin football.

NSW state of origin team. Blues team mates threw their support behind Reynolds, who joins the other three debutants. Prop James Tamou said Reynolds thrived on big matches.

And Bulldogs team mate and centre Josh Morris said the 24-year-old has been outstanding for the blue and whites this season, and would not let anyone down. Sutton has been in excel-

lent form for the Rabbitohs this year; coach Laurie Daley saying the big five-eighth was understandably disappointed at being made 18th man. “He’s been around for a long time and he obviously

wanted to play State of Origin,” Daley said. “It’s never easy telling anyone that kind of news.” Parramatta’s shining light Jarryd Hayne will move back to fullback for the first time

since he played that position in 2010. Another player who will be making a come back this season is Melbourne Storm’s Ryan Hoffman. Hoffman has played in five previous origin matches and will hit the field in a blues jersey for the first time since 2008. The Blues were on the receiving end of a war of words last week when billionaire mining magnate Clive Palmer labelled Daley a grub. The slur came when Plamer was speaking with Fox Sports last week, and vowed to do anything to help Queensland win this series. Palmer offered the use of his private jet incase JT needed to shoot home for the birth of his first child. “He (Thurston) is the best halfback in the world,” Palmer told Fox Sports. “We know that, those grubs Laurie Daley and those (NSW) guys, they know that too, and they're desperate to win.”

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Blue feeling must end

TITANS and former NSW prop Luke Bailey believe the Blues have got the team to end Queensland’s seven-series winning streak this year. But he called on the starstudded side to start showing more belief in its ability. “NSW players need to back themselves and show some belief. That’s what they’ve been lacking a little bit of,” he said. “In the past they’ve been guilty of trying to compete with Queensland, rather than trying to beat them. “They’ve got youth and ex-

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NSW lock Greg Bird), we should be right.” Bailey, 33, also supported discarded Blues prop Tim Grant, and left-out Tigers bookend Aaron Woods. “They’re only young fellas – they’ve got a lot of time ahead of them, so I’m sure they’ll bide their time and get another opportunity,” he said. Bailey said 121kg Titans front-rower Ryan James was ready to help lead the Titans through the Origin period in the absence of Bird, and Maroons back-rowers Nate Myles and Ashley Harrison.

➤ ORIGIN STATS ■ Most points Mal Meninga (Queensland) 161 Johnathan Thurston (Queensland) 140 Michael O’Connor (NSW) 129 Andrew Johns (NSW) 94 Ryan Girdler (NSW) 82 ■ Most tries Greg Inglis (Queensland) 14 Dale Shearer (Queensland) 12 Michael O’Connor (NSW) 11 Billy Slater (Queensland) 11 Allan Langer (Queensland) 10 ■ Biggest crowds 88,336 at Stadium Australia, Sydney, June 9, 1999 87,161 at MCG, Melbourne, June 8, 1994 83,110 at ANZ Stadium, Sydney, June 13 2012 82,487 at Telstra Stadium, Sydney, July 7, 2004

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