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MINERSLIFEMONTHLY

Issue 19 —October 2012

WOR WORK From outback communities in the NT to the training rooms of Oswald Bros Dalby, JP is still teaching. Story page 3

Inside this Month Page 7

Frontline medical help for energy workers

Page 8 Clive Palmer….madman or genius?

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A remarkable flood recovery for St George's Riversands Wines Page 1


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Whats on this month

Notes from the editor

FAREWELL winter, hello sun! This is what living in Australia should be all about. The time for pulling the boat out of the shed and getting some sun on those white guy-thighs (or girl thighs) has arrived. Check out our hot tips on cold water in this issue- page 21, and find out what’s behind the larger than life, always controversial Clive Palmer on page 8. Also, join us for Schmidty’s wrap up on the NRL season so far and see which Surat Basin worker has won themselves a five day Gold Coast getaway by liking us on Facebook. It’s also been a big month in politics for the energy sector, with Campbell Newman not making too many friends in the mining world. Whether the tax hikes will cripple Australia’s booming industry will become more clear over the next few months, and our team will be keeping one eye on the industry and the other on our pollies to keep you up to date. Remember, wherever you are, whatever long hours you’re working, and whichever boss is giving you a hard time, Thirsty Work will be waiting in the wings to offer solace, humour and a good read on things happening in your industry. As always keep an eye on our competitions page to get your hands on some goodies, and jump on our Facebook page to dob in a friend for something they’ve done (good or bad) at Thirsty Work Magazine. Happy working, happier play! See you in November’s pages.

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ness After Hours hosted by MYCNC 5.30pm. Saturday, October 6 – Fickle Folk Club plays at Mary’s Commercial Hotel 2-5pm. All singers, musicians and music lovers welcome. Saturday, October 6 – Opening of Trio of Arts exhibition presented by Dalby Creative Artists Inc at Arts Centre, Marble St 7pm. Exhibition runs until Sunday October 21. Monday, October 8 – Dalby Shoppingworld volunteer Justice of the Peace will be available 11am to 2pm. Saturday, October 20 – Markets at Dalby Showgrounds 6am to noon contact Stan 0429 696 775 Friday, October 19 – Business Excellence Awards Sunday, October 21 – Dalby Country Music Club will hold its monthly social at Dalby Senior Citizens Centre starting 11am. Admission $5, school-age children free, lunch provided, lucky door prizes and raffles. Sunday, October 28 – The Social Club Australia, Western Downs Chapter meets for motorcycle ride. All types of motorcycles welcome. For information phone Luigi on 0427 633 224. GOOMBUNGEE Saturday, November 3 – Goombungee Rodeo at Goombungee Showgrounds starts 3pm, includes Rodeo Queen and Princess competition. JANDOWAE Sunday, October 7 – Biggest Afternoon Tea for Cancer in the garden of Carol and Baden Hanshaw John St Jandowae – stalls Devonshire teas, lucky gate prize, multi-draw raffle, $10 entry.

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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. BOWENVILLE Saturday, October 6 – 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. BRYMAROO Friday, October 12 to Sunday, October 14 – Brymaroo Campdraft at Brymaroo Rodeo Grounds, Starts 3pm Friday with the first round of restricted open. CECIL PLAINS Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14 – Lions Club of Cecil Plains is holding the Hook-Up Fishing Competition on the Condamine River at Cecil Plains Homestead. Line in 8am Saturday, final weigh noon Sunday. Auction, barbecue and entertainment Saturday night, camping and bait available. CHINCHILLA Friday, October 19 to Sunday, October 21 – Chinchilla Campdraft Sunday, October 21 – Markets at Chinchilla Visitor Information Centre 7.30 am to 12.30 pm. CONDAMINE Friday, October 12 to Sunday, October 14 – Condamine Campdraft. DALBY Now to Sunday, November 18 – RADF 21 years exhibition in Dalby Regional Gallery showcasing art works of RADF grant recipients. Wednesday, October 3 - Busi-

Saturday, October 13 – Jandowae Catholic Fete at Catholic Hall. Sunday, October 28 - 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. JIMBOUR Saturday, October 6 – Monica Curro (violin) and Stefan Cassomenos (piano) In Concert @ Jimbour, black tie event at Jimbour House 7pm. Tickets $80 from Friendly Society. Sunday, October 7 - Monica Curro (violin) and Stefan Cassomenos (piano) In Concert @ Jimbour, Jimbour House 2pm. Tickets $30 at Friendly Society. JONDARYAN Saturday, October 20 – Old Time Dance with Halloween theme at Flagstone Creek Hall (Jondaryan Woolshed) dance to live band 8pm to midnight. Sunday, October 21 – Big Sunday Country Brunch at Jondaryan Woolshed 9am to 11am. Bookings 4692 2229. KOGAN Saturday, October 13/Sunday, Oct 14 – Art @Kogan art competition and festival includes unveiling of the Bush Friendship statue, musical entertainment, art show, Bush Poet’s Breakfast. For more information phone Lyn Taylor on 4668 1224 or Beryl Dwyer 4662 7008. MACLAGAN Saturday, October 6 – Maclagan Windermere Kindergarten annual cent sale at Maclagan Hall, barbecue 6pm auction starts 7pm, phone Leisa 0428 634 723 or Angela 4663 4110.

MILES Saturday, October 13 – Miles Markets at St Luke’s, Dawson St Mikes 8.30am to noon, phone 4627 1757 MILLMERRAN Saturday, October 6/Sunday, October 7 – Millmerran Camp Oven Festival ROMA Sunday, October 7 – Roma RSL Markets 8am to 1pm Saturday, October 20 – Farmers Markets at Big Rig Parklands Saturday, October 20 – Roma Races at Roma Turf Club, five race program ST RUTH Saturday, October 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, October 6 – Tara Markets 7am to 2pm Tara Men’s Group Shed cnr Day and Fry Streets. Contact Frank 4665 3847. Saturday, October 6 – Tara Teddy Bears Picnic 11am to 3pm Saturday, October 27 – Family Week celebrations, markets, activities for all at Settlers Park Tara Lagoon Parklands, contact Michelle 4679 4422. WANDOAN Saturday, October 13 – Jundah Heritage Festival at Jundah Historical Site, 92 Windeyer Road, Wandoan, free entry starts 9am. WARRA Saturday, October 13 - Warra Country Markets, Warra Memorial Hall, Warrego Highway 8am noon Site fee $5, Phone Stephen 0422 828 762.

A word from the CFMEU State pollies look into worker compensation THE Finance and Administration Committee of the State Parliament is currently having an inquiry into the operation of the Queensland Workers Compensation Scheme. Under the current WorkCover Scheme, 64% of all workers compensation claims are finalised in less than four weeks with 84% finalised between four and 13 weeks. The scheme is fully funded and is recognised as the most cost effective for Australian employers. Benefits for an injured worker are considered as reasonable. It also has one of the highest return to work

rates and this is a good thing for Queensland business and Queensland workers. There is no financial or other reason to have the scheme altered in any detrimental way to workers based on its performance. Every worker and partner should be aware the administration committee is likely to recommend to the Queensland Government that Journey Claims be no longer allowable and should be removed from the scheme as a compensation benefit. A journey claim is considered when a worker is involved in an incident and

SHANE BRUNKER, vice president of the Queensland District Branch of the CFMEU. Photo Debbie Beaven / is injured while travelling to and from work by what should be the most direct route. As it is at the moment, Journey Claims are 6% of all statutory claims and fatigue associated with work is a significant contributing factor to road incidents.

You can contact the CFMEU Dalby office for further information on 4669 7088 or email dalby@cfmeuqld.asn.au.


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Gas unlikely- land released ARROW Energy has let go of 80% of its tenure in the Clarence Moreton Basin, relinquishing a total of 127,000 properties. Speculation was rife among anti-CSG campaigners that it was the “beginning of the end” for Arrow, but a company spokesperson said the relinquishments were routine. The spokesperson said the relinquishments had occurred after they had identified areas where coal and gas resources were unlikely to be found. “Arrow has relinquished areas of its granted tenure in the Clarence Moreton Basin

— which includes the Scenic Rim area — as part of a routine process we conduct regularly,” the spokesperson said. “Arrow has long committed publicly to relinquishing those properties under which there are insufficient gas resources, to give landholders certainty. “The significant core gas resource area (in the Clarence Moreton Basin) remains under tenure (about 20% of the original tenure issued for exploration).” These withdrawals follow another set of relinquishments in the Dalby to Chinchilla region from around

Workers at an Arrow Energy exploration site outside of Dalby. Photo Lisa Machin / Dalby Herald 1000 properties in August, and from around 700 properties from Dalby to Milmerran in February.

Boat license will add some water to your summertime

Sue Brown shows some trainees the ropes out on the water. Photo Contributed Want to get out on the water? Sue Brown is proof that you don’t need to live on the coast to do it. An accredited boat trainer, Sue runs boat and jet ski licensing courses throughout the south-west, from Dalby to Roma and beyond as All Australian Boating. Sue started out running marine safety courses, but soon got tired of people learning bad habits from having their mates teach them boating skills. She said that wherever you are across the southwest, she can travel to you and get you up to speed. “My saying is ‘have boat, will travel, just add water’,” Sue said. “I travel around the countryside doing training with people who want to get their license, and at the end of the course I issue them with a statement of competency to take to Queensland Transport to get their license. “People probably know the licence as a speedboat license, but it’s called a Recreational Marine Driver’s Licence, and their jetski licence is a Small Water Craft Licence. “I’m the only one who travels in south west Queensland. We go right through from the coast out to the west – Cunnamulla, Quilpie, and through

Dalby, Roma and the north and south Burnett.” Some areas present a bit of a challenge in finding a suitable waterway – particularly in a dry spell – but it’s never been and insurmountable problem for Sue. She said that anyone is capable of getting their licence with a bit of effort, and there’s plenty of fun to be had along the way. “To be honest, there is a lot to learn, but it’s not difficult to learn it. When you’re out on the water it’s about courtesy and common sense. “It’s a full day course, but I’ve been doing it a long time and I’ve got plenty of tips and techniques that make learning the theory easier. “And then we go out on the water and put that theory into practice. I get them knowing about situational awareness, keeping a lookout, knowing what side to stay on. “We go out, burn fuel and have a lot of fun – and learn a few things. The test isn’t difficult, and I won’t give up, I’m stubborn.” There’s no age limit when it comes to getting the licence – people from 15 and a half to 87 have participated in the courses. Over the September school holidays, Sue will be travelling throughout the south west.

For inquiries, give her a call on 0427 275 515 or email aab8@bigpond.com.

The original Surat Basin tenure has been reduced by around one third, from around 21,000 square kilo-

metres to 14,000 square kilometres. Anti-CSG campaigner Drew Hutton said the relin-

quishments spelt trouble for Arrow, saying that the Cecil Plains farmers will continue to blockade any drilling rigs.

Blackboard 2 boardroom You can tell JP is from a big family. He is upfront and could, in his own words, “talk under water with a mouth full of marbles.” He can juggle, is called upon to give speeches at family events, and will talk to anyone who stands still long enough. It is little wonder then that he has been employed in the Surat Basin in a position which requires two of those skills. He has been in Dalby since June, working as Learning and Development/Inductions officer with Ostwald Bros’ HR team. The youngest of six children, John Paul Carroll spent his early years on the family property in Taroom, where the Ostwald family also hail from. “The Ostwald family grew up in Taroom and my family always spoke highly of them,” he said. “They actually lived opposite us when I was a little guy.” JP is now based in Dalby, welcoming new people to the company, and is enjoying being back in the Surat Basin. “Getting back to the country and the area where I grew up has been good. “This industry is booming so I thought I’d take the opportunity to be a part of it.” He is enjoying both the challenge and people aspect of his job with Ostwald, and views his new industry as one with much room for progression. “I’m learning a lot and so many things that I wouldn’t have, had I not joined this industry. “It’s a great company. I feel very fortunate to be given the opportunity and I am grabbing it with both hands.” JP has not strayed that far from the whiteboard however, having five years of teaching experience under his belt. He cut his teeth in the Northern Territory, teaching for three years in Alice Springs before heading to the outback class-

rooms of Katherine for a year and a property on the Daly River for another. “I taught primary school grades at Katherine School of the Air. Mostly talking to a camera where we’d have up to 20 kids from all through the Territory hooked up to the class.” “I taught some expat kids who were living in Vietnam and Thailand and a boy who was travelling around on a boat. “I used to get his work sent in and it would smell like the salt of the sea.” JP also worked in Indigenous communities outside Katherine, beginning each lesson with an AFL game. “I didn’t know how old the kids were, I usually went by height. “They were beautiful kids; it was the hardest thing saying goodbye to those kids. “They’re not angry yet, they haven’t been ruined by society.” Living in Dalby also comes with the advantages of several thriving sports competitions, and JP is planning to have a run for the Dalby Wheatmen when his knee injury heals. He was a keen sportsman throughout school, across athletics, swimming and rugby,

and has recently taken to plucking a guitar on his downtime. “I have loved music since day dot, but only started playing in the last two years.” “I grew up around a lot of music and luckily my older brothers and sisters had pretty good taste. “At the moment I’m just playing a bit of guitar and learning to sing but I want to learn keys. I’m starting to put some originals together.” JP’s position with Ostwald is based around inducting new starters into the company, delivering in-house training on various topics and carrying out the day to day administrative functions for the smooth functioning of the Learning and Development team. An average day can comprise an induction process or site visits to deliver necessary training sessions. “The most challenging part is getting my head around where all the sites are that Ostwald Brothers are working on, the proximity between them and the names of all the staff. “The best part is meeting new people every week and working alongside the great people I’ve already met.”

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“Keeping it Real”

Health & Fitness Lemon Squeezer – a more effective form of a sit-up and you only need a floor. ●Start out by lying down with your feet out and arms by your side. ●Bend your knees and lift your shoulders to a crunch position, bringing your chest and knees to meet as close together as possible. ●Lower your shoulders, back and legs, but keep your shoulders and feet off the ground, before repeating the motion. Tricep Dips – all you need is a chair ●Start by sitting on the chair with your arms holding the edge of the chair, stretch your feet out in front of you on the ground. ●Move your backside forward so that your arms take your bodyweight. ●Bend your elbows to lower yourself down as far as you can comfortably go, ideally so that your elbows make a 90-degree angle. ●Lift your weight by straightening your arms. Dragon Curls – you will need a barbell, dumbbells or and two evenly weighted objects ●Bend your knees slightly and bend your torso slightly forward at the hips, firmly maintaining this position throughout the exercise ●Curl the weights as you would a bicep curl, keeping your elbows tucked by your side. ●At the top of the curl pull your elbows upward (toward the roof) as far as your can.

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STRESS is something we all feel. In small manageable amounts it can motivat us to work harder and get the job done. However, ongoing and high levels of stress can negatively impact how we feel about ourselves, our relationships and our work. Often stress comes from problems we feel we are unable to resolve. When problems impact things that are important to us it is also natural to have an emotional response and want to react in the heat of the moment or without first thinking about a solution. An alternative and helpful strategy can be to practise ‘stepping back’ and taking a look at specific problems, rather than taking on “everything” at once. It is also helpful to take time to cool down if feeling highly emotional about an issue and give yourself time to think clearly about what outcome it is you would like to achieve. Consider applying the followed structured approach. Write a list of the problems or concerns you feel you are expe-

Pshychologist, Sue Long, who specialises in issues facing people in the Mining and Energy sectors. Photo Contributed riencing. Choose the least distressing of the concerns and put the others to the side for a moment. There are generally seven steps to structured problem solving..take a moment to work through each step with the issue you have chosen. • Write down the problem causing you worry or distress • Think about your options for

dealing with this problem • Write down the advantages and disadvantages for each option • Consider other people’s perspectives and experiences • Identify the best option that will help you to resolve the issue • List the steps needed to carry out each option (including any resources or people you may need ) • Review your plan’s progress and don’t be afraid to start again. It is often helpful to discuss ideas with someone you trust for a different perspective. Encouragement can also make a previously insurmountable problem less overwhelming! Susan Long is a Registered Psychologist with Workplace Wellness Australia. E: susan@workplacewellnessaustralia.com.au The information in this column is for general purposes only. Specific advice should be sought from relevant professionals to address specific individual needs.

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Miner’s Life & The Law Children and shared care When there is a fight about children, the Court, must start from the presumption that the parents have shared parental responsibility. Parental responsibility is responsibility for making decisions about the children’s long term needs such as matters concerning health, education and religion.

Passengers disembarking a Skytrans flight from Sydney. Photo Adam Davies SINCE Skytrans’ maiden Toowoomba to Sydney flight on July 2 this year, passenger numbers have been right on target for the regional airline. Each of the daily flights have been around three quarters full, a figure that general manager of Skytrans Michael Thinee said was a target for the airline. However in the two weeks leading into the maiden flight, Skytrans had an overload of bookings with managing director Simon Wild saying there were bookings up until February 2013; more than 700 tickets pre-sold. Mr Wild said Skytrans was conservative with its forecasting and was

pleased to see the community embrace the service. But the company still has bigger and better things on the horizon, with a goal of two flights a day in and out of Toowoomba by its first anniversary in July next year. Mr Thinee said Skytrans would increase passenger numbers through effective marketing, and labelled the route as a “no brainer” way to get to Sydney. “It really is the quickest and cheapest way for people to get to Sydney,” he said. “The average flight time is around one hour and forty minutes – which is wonderful.”

Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Greg Johnson agreed with those sentiments, telling the Toowoomba Chronicle on the morning of the maiden flight it was the most exciting day in the history of Toowoomba. “This flight is not just a flight returning to Sydney five days a week, it’s a flight returning to the world,” he said. “Sydney is the gateway to Australia, to every capital city, to every major regional city, but more so onto the rest of the world. “So it (July 2) really is a wonderful day.” While Skytrans is confident of maintaining its

strong passenger numbers, the change of season also signals another new challenge for the airline. With summer fast approaching, Mr Thinee said they may need to look at using the Oakey airstrip as an alternative landing base. “There could be a concern trying to land in deteriorated weather conditions on top of the range,” he said. “So we will look at Oakey as an alternative.” While energy sector workers do mark a percentage of the Toowoomba to Sydney route, Mr Thinee said Skytrans were content with servicing Toowoomba locals.

The presumption of equal responsibility for making decisions about these long term issues will not apply if there are reasonable grounds to believe that one of the parents has engaged in abuse of a child or family violence – actual or threatened. The violence is not confined to having been directed towards the child. It may be against a family member or towards property of the family member. If the Court determines that the parents should have equal parental responsibility, it must then consider whether the child spending equal time with each parent is in the child’s interests and reasonably practicable. If it is in

Too much is not enough AS the weather warms up, we start to enjoy recreational time with family and friends. This poses a question which most of us have asked or heard; is there too much safety? The answer is NO! We all deserve the right to return to our loved ones in the same physical and mental state as when we left them at home. Since my last column, the safety alerts still keep coming about fatalities in the work place and insufficient or no guarding on conveyors and machinery. Let me remind you we are in the year 2012 and these incidents have been around since the start of the industrial age. Please take care if guarding has not been implemented on your site, as you have one life. One life and I nearly saw it taken away those years ago. Story time....it was beautiful sunny day in Tassie. The boys had

Beaconsfield Mine disaster survivor Brant Webb takes workplace safety seriously. Photo: Contributed got the bikes out for a ride down to St Helens on the east coast, through winding roads and great scenery of lush forests and vertical valleys. There is always one of the guys who has to give his bike a

Chinese tune up as it has a miss from sitting in the shed too long over winter. We followed at a fast pace having half-a-go. To our astonishment the breakaway bike left the bitumen on a hairpin corner with a bit of loose gravel from the previous rains. As we approached the hairpin the drop to the valley floor was of epic proportions. One would wonder if you’d ever get the bike back should you go over the edge. Old mate was shaken but not deterred as he still had that miss in his engine, so off he went again. When the group got to the watering hole, old mate was not to be seen. We asked the lovely barmaid of his whereabouts, then the truth of the matter came to light that old mate quickly entered and had not exited from the men’s room as he was still cleaning himself up and drying his underdacks. Keep safe, see you next month.

the child’s interests and reasonably practicable, the Court then must consider making an order to provide for the child to spend equal time with each of the parents. When considering whether to order equal parental responsibility a Court will consider whether there is a willingness of the parents to communicate and co-operate in the interests of the child, an ability of the parents to put behind them the disappointments and issues associated with their unsuccessful relationship, to overcome their mutual concern and suspicion about the other parent and to facilitate effective parenting of their children. The parents must recognise the merit in each other’s parenting and that it may be in the child’s interest to have the other parent involved in his or her life. In children’s matters, it is important to move quickly as the status quo of the child’s living arrangements can significantly influence the ultimate Court decision.

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App review

Orsesome new app WANT to test your knowledge about your job in the energy sector but don’t want to be embarrassed to get questions wrong? Problem solved! Oresome World is an interactive iPad game that takes you on a journey of discovery through your very own industry. You can swipe through the

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Intunity conducted the early concept which included workshops with Educations Services Australia, Mineral Councils of Australia and Queensland University of Technology. Design, development, testing and deployment of the app Oresome World is developed on the back of the success from Oresome Elements.

Movie review for October

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Game review for October

Mark of the Ninja

By shortandsweetreviews.co IN Mark of the Ninja you play as a silent hero that’s covered in Kratos-style reddish tattoos and the story is told through stylish cut scenes with some cheesy dialogue. The story is interesting at first; you have a guy given powers from his mysterious tattoos that will eventually cause him to go insane. There isn’t a lot of vibrant colours since most of your time will be spent lurking in the shadows, but that doesn’t take away from it, in fact it adds to the game to make this style feel separate from other games. You’ll see some really cool weather effects like the screen above, where the game really dazzles on your screen. Your ninja’s animations are really smooth, although they could have added a few more silent kill animations, but the limited number they have are really cool and gratuitous. The game’s music fits just fine into the game’s atmosphere, lurking right alongside your character. This game’s mandatory stealth gameplay is extremely polished, which it really has to

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Description: be. Its a 2D sidescroller with a lot of vertical gameplay. You’ll be crawling through small airways and jumping up into a nearby vents to avoid enemies. You will be alone for most of the game, but a ninja lady-friend will accompany you and give you little hints or advice for advancing past a new area in the game. The game rewards you for utilising your many techniques, like hiding in cover or dark areas and sneaking up behind someone for a stealth kill. If you’re looking for a great stealth game or you just want to unleash your inner ninja, Mark of The Ninja will satisfy all your needs. With a stellar presentation and polished gameplay, this is another great game for the XBLA.

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program. The centres will be staffed by doctors, nurses and administration staff while the satellite centres have highly trained paramedics on 24 hour call. They will also feature prescription services, state of the art telemedicine video

stream components of the Australia Pacific LNG project expected to peak at 4,000, the Field Medical Services will provide medical care, proactive health programs and first line emergency response as required. Origin’s Peter Hobart, General Manager Operation

The safety and well-being of employees and contractors is our number one priority, and we also need to make sure that local families are able to see their local GP when they need to. Peter said

Australia Pacific LNG has engaged Aspen Medical to provide field medical services to their project and existing Origin csg operations sites. This will involve Field Medical Services at the Condabri and Reedy Creek workers camps, and satellite paramedic facilities at Condabri, Orana, Talinga, Reedy Creek, Combabula, and Spring Gully are part of the

links to health specialists, and computer-based medical record management systems. The move is designed to not only ensure workers receive medical care when needed, but to also free up doctors in small communities who already have trouble seeing all of their local patients. With the number of workers engaged on the up-

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LOVE him or hate him, it is impossible to ignore Clive Palmer. Long the scourge of Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan (who he threatened to run against), the billionaire miner is now getting up Queensland Premier Campbell Newman’s goat. Despite being a lifelong LNP member, Palmer blasted the new state government for increasing coal royalties in the budget. The fact his own coal interests in the Galilee Basin are affected may or may not have anything to do with it. Palmer’s attack on his own side is the latest in a string of controversies for a man who has become a walking headline. There is no doubt Palmer has good tabs on himself, preferring to be called Professor Palmer (after an honorary award from Bond University) and renaming the Coolum Hyatt Regency the Palmer Coolum Resort. But he is also a clever and shrewd operator. His company Minerology has painstakingly secured 160 billion tonnes of iron ore deposits in the Pilbara Ranges in Western Australia over 15

I’m the most successful Queenslander in the commercial world that’s ever lived, yet I’m not supposed to have any say and any knowledge about that, Palmer said.

years. Palmer said his father George, a successful silent movie star of the 1920s and radio pioneer, had the greatest influence on him. "Dad worked with the then Prime Minister Lyons when he was in power, advising him on media stuff,” Palmer told the Gold Coast News in 2008. "He also set up train and buslines for transportation and broke that monopoly that the state railways had. “He was quite an amazing guy." George’s son would prove amazing too. On leaving uni, young Clive got a job in real estate in the Gold Coast. He quickly became his company’s top marketing consultant, before setting up his own business. With the coast in the middle of a 1980s construction boom, Palmer thrived and was able to retire before the age of 30, worth $40m. He got into politics and

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was a close confidant of Joh Bjelke Petersen. Like his father, Palmer became a media adviser and was the architect of Joh’s election win in 1986. But business called him back and he started to grow his iron ore interests. He also formed partnerships with Chinese consortiums just as China’s economy was going gangbusters. Palmer became incredibly wealthy. Forbes Magazine estimates Palmer as being worth $795m making him the 29th richest person in Australia. His biggest project today is the $8 billion Sino Iron Project at Cape Preston, WA. It will be the largest magnetite iron ore mining and processing operation in Australia and when it starts delivering at the end of the year, Palmer will rake in half a billion a year in royalties.

Clive Palmer addresses media at the Palmer Coolum Resort - Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily And he is unlikely to slip out of the public eye any time soon. Last week on ABC TV he got stuck into Campbell Newman for his lack of business experience. “I’m the most successful Queenslander in the com-

mercial world that’s ever lived, yet I’m not supposed to have any say and any knowledge about that,” Palmer said. But while he has flirted with Bob Katter, he still wants change from inside his party. “I love the LNP and

I’ve been a supporter of it for 43 years,” he said. “I remain the last sentry at the gate to protect democracy in this country.” What no one quite knows is whether the sentry is content to guard the gate or wants to storm the castle.

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Xstrata holds on Wandoan “Our Wandoan Project is currently in the feasibility stage and remains subject to final approval. “We are working towards the final grant of (a mining lease) by the Queensland Government. We anticipate this in early 2013. “In the long-term, we believe demand for natural resources will remain strong so the Wandoan Project continues to rank highly on our list of potential projects.” The company said that if the Wandoan project is approved, the start of production will not be for another four years. The drop in coal prices and increase in production costs has affected a number of mines around Queensland and Australia – and Xstrata said it’s up to the mining and construction sectors to work together to mitigate cost inflation.

XSTRATA Coal has held back from giving a full commitment to building the proposed Wandoan coal mine. The company recently announced it was shedding 600 jobs, including contractors and permanent positions, citing low coal prices and a strong Aussie dollar. The Wandoan project, which is set to be the largest coal mine operating in the Southern Hemisphere, is currently moving through the approvals stage. If it goes ahead, it will produce 22 million tonnes of coal each year. After a Land Court battle with landholders, the court recommended a mining lease be awarded. Xstrata said it’s not ruling the project out, with a company spokesperson saying they take a long-term view on each of their potential investments.

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6. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering. 7. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart. 8. Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie. 9. A hole has been found in the nudistcamp wall.

The police are looking into it. 10. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

A cow photobombing a horse stuck in a fence...

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Photobombing (as described by Urban Dictionary): Intentionally posing in other people’s photos, for a later surprise. Usually people making funny faces in the background, without the knowledge of the main subjects of the photo. But now animals have taken to the photo bombing world. If you’ve got a better photo of a cow photobombing a horse stuck in a fence, we’d like to see it. Posted it on our Facebook page at Thirsty Work Magazine. Photo Contributed

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SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS: The Wandoan Tennis Club’s Margaret Holland (left) and Helen Golden from the Noonga Community Association enjoy a drink after receiving their cheques.

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SUPPORTING LOCALS: Representatives from Taroom and Wandoan community groups with their donations from the Xstrata Coal Wandoan Community Fund. Photos Contributed

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Every Tuesday & Friday HERE FOR THE ARTS: Cr Andrew Smith of Western Downs Regional Council and the Wandoan Progress Association’s Margarette Sinnamon attended the art celebration.

THE Xstrata Coal and Queensland Art Gallery workshop toured regional Queensland this month. The free clay workshops provided an opportunity for Wandoan, Taroom and Miles residents to participate in a fun activity as part of the exhibition Carl and Philip McConnell: Queensland Studio Potters on display at the Queensland Art Gallery. The Wandoan workshop continued with a cocktail evening and the unveiling of Margaret Power’s Building the Future: All Hands on Deck that was created at the Wandoan and Taroom shows earlier this year.

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Filling the void has vast benefits

WHEN Mark Vandongen began work in the industrial industry 16 years ago he could not have foreseen the huge benefits that the energy sector would bring to his business. Mark is a qualified diesel mechanic who runs his own business, Vanfit Diesel, specialising in workshop and on-site jobs for the mining/ transport and earthmoving industries. One of his major clients is the Acland Coal Mine and he said over half his annual turnover is due to the mining and energy sector. “I’d say probably between 55% and 60% of our work is within that industry. We also do work for the transport and agricultural industries,” Mark said. “A lot of the time we are working on transport vehicles which carry drilling rigs and goods for the CSG industry in and out of the Surat Basin.”

Mark employs two other workers in his business and said he seized an opportunity around five years ago to fill a void in the Surat Basin. “Five years ago there was a real need for mobile diesel mechanics in the Surat Basin because most of them went up to central Queensland chasing the mining in the Bowen Basin and that left a bit of a void around here. “We’ve been doing a bit of stuff for the oil and gas guys so we’re starting to build that customer base as well as the open cut mining.” Despite the uncertainty shrouding the coal industry in Queensland at the moment Mark believes the energy sector is important for Australia’s communities and economy. “I think it’s good for the country, good for communities, even though people don’t sometimes see it that way,” Mark said.

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I’d say probably between 55% and 60% of our work is within that industry. We also do work for the transport and agricultural industries, Mark said.

CLINTON APELT,Mark Van Dongen, and Dale Lucke of Vanfit Diesel. Photo Contributed “It can bring money and jobs to areas that really need it. “It’s a little bit uncertain at the moment, probably for contractors more than wages workers, but I suppose when people have got to go they’ve got to go.”

Mark’s father was in the transport industry so having grown up around trucks it was a natural progression for Mark to enter the diesel mechanic profession. He puts his passion for machinery to good use,

often travelling to Acland to work on 550 tonne excavators, diesel electric loaders and other machinery. Vanfit Diesel is based in Toowoomba however still benefits directly from developments in the Basin.

“We do a lot of component overhauls for Acland in our workshop because it is too dirty to do it on site out at Acland.” Mark hopes the future of the energy sector in Queensland will stabilise in coming months.

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Danny O’Reilly – Ostwald Bros Q. What is your position? A. Group Safety Manager – Ostwald Bros. Q. Run us through an average day. A. The activities of my role are varied and very dynamic; Mondays; review previous week, compile reports, analyse feedback and incident trends, review auto generated reporting on driver behaviour, meetings with colleagues. Mid-week; travel by air or road for project site visits involving customer meetings, contact with my colleagues in the field, contact with the plant operators at the workplace. Thursday/Friday; follow-up from site visits, recruiting activities, admin follow-up, input to tender compilation and reviews. Friday 15:00hrs onwards; plan in detail the following two week period, draft plan for the upcoming month and quarter. Confirm travel and appointments.

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Q. How long have you worked with Ostwald Brothers? A. I am a new starter, commenced on 2nd July 2012.

Q. What is your main involvement with the Surat Basin? A. Civil construction and CSG contractor support services Q. Best part of your job? A. Working with people Q. Most challenging part? A. Servicing the demands of the rapid growth that our company has experienced. Q. How many years future do you think the mining and energy sector has in Australia? A. The mining and energy sector will always be a part of Australian industry; the key variant will be the volume and its effect on our economy. There are components of the energy sector that are yet to be developed, and the one that should be next off the rank is ‘Solar Energy’. Q. What is something you have learnt about your industry since working in it? A. That it is possible for contractors, landowners and local communities to all benefit from the current industry enterprise. Q. What is a perception that

people have about your industry that you have found to be untrue? A. The stereotypical impression that the public have of miners as ‘grubby, hairy chested rabble rousers’… this could not be further from the truth! Q. Have you relocated for work? And what is the most interesting place you have ever lived? A. I have relocated for work many times, this aspect is both a benefit and a drawback of working in the construction industry, some of my relocation destinations being; Weipa FNQ, Wewak PNG, Melbourne, Hobart, Cairns, Gladstone… The most interesting place ever was Antarctica, where I was stationed for a number of years at the Australian Antarctic research bases as a part of my involvement in the Antarctic Rebuilding Program. Q. Favourite holiday destination and why. A. ‘Moreton Island’ Queensland’s best kept secret. Why? Surf, sand, sun, fish… and limited (or is that selective) mobile phone reception…


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This little gem is, as it says on the label, Russia’s standard premium export vodka. Translation, it’s a bit like Fosters: Not a bad drop, but doubtful if anyone in the mother country actually drinks it. Reasonably priced at $35-40, it’s hard to go wrong with this as a basic vodka.

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This French grain vodka is the tippy top of readily available quality spirit in Australia. At around $80 a bottle, it would want to be. Keep the bottle in the freezer, and drink as cold shots to

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My new favourite vodka is distilled in Sydney, and has almost 0% methanol, the volatile organic compound responsible for those brainraping hangovers. I have not had a hangover from Vodka O yet, even after the biggest of nights. A recent blind tasting against Grey Goose came out on top. At $40 a bottle ($33 in the city) this is the cheapest, healthiest, tastiest spirit you’ll find.

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Take one nip of good quality vodka, mix with a sweetener of your choice and pour over ice in a high-ball glass. Sugar is fine, just use half a teaspoon. The average commercial mixer has a couple of teaspoons or more per miner-sized serving, so you’re already in front. Squeeze in a quarter lime, throw in the squeezed-out quarter for more flavour, top up with soda or mineral water and swizzle.

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IN AN age of health conscious young workers who love going to the gym and buffing up, who watch their sugar intake and stick to chicken breast and protein shakes, it seems the drinking problem has not been addressed. Most pre-mixes and beers are full of sugar, so what to do? Get rid of the sugar. To do this you’ll need a clean pure spirit, and the obvious choice is Vodka. We’re going to look at three good quality vodkas, and a way to mix them that won’t undo all your hard work at the gym.

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Life insurance pivotal in energy sector LIFE insurance is something every miner should explore. Working in the mining or oil and gas industry can be an extremely rewarding and fast-paced career. Everyone knows how important the mining or oil and gas industries are to the Australian economy. But in the life insurance market, this industry is somewhat of a sleeping giant - largely due to the fact it is considered “high-risk” by many life insurance companies. It also provides a number of challenges that most occupations don’t have to worry about – like working in remote areas, and putting your body in potentially dangerous situations. Which begs the question: How well are you protected against the financial consequences of death, sickness and injury? When you have an income, debts, and a family to protect, life insurance is a vital back-up plan for any miner. And it pays to get specialist advice from someone that understands the unique demands of your industry.

Vanessa Stevenson, Para Planner, BMO Financial Solutions Photo Contributed In recognition of improved safety in the workplace, it’s now easier than ever to offer these workers affordable and comprehensive life insurance. You can find out more about the following types of insurance available: ● 62 mining occupations available with only five classified as Special Risk (8% of occupations). ● 49 oil and gas occupations available with only seven classified as Special Risk (14% of occupations). ● Generous terms are available for occupations classified as Special Risk.

Working in the mining, oil and gas industry can be an extremely rewarding and fast-paced career.

EARNING the big bucks in the mining industry is a blessing, but handling that money so it does not leak away quicker than anticipated requires a bit of thinking. There are many ins and outs to income tax, investment, and financial juggling to ensure the tax man isn’t walking away with a 50% cut of your hard earned wages. One thing to keep in mind is that zone tax rebates are now referred to as tax offsets. Be careful not to fall into the trap of thinking they have been removed. These rebates are based around remote workers, with the more remote the location the better the rebate. This can be a handy thing to investigate if you are posted to the far corners or the country for work or have the option to contract in remote areas. FIFO workers may not always be eligible for this rebate as their shifts may

stop them from working the required number of days in a remote zone. Days may be accrued over more than one year, and as long as total days worked in a remote area reaches the required number, a rebate may be claimable. Add this to the list of things to bring up with your accountant or financial adviser. Another thing to remember is to keep a list of all expenditures that might be claimable at tax time. Keep a spot in your car for fuel receipts, laundering receipts from work clothing, safety glasses, work boots and any other things that are a direct cost of your profession. You will be surprised how much these things add up over the course of a year. When a family is earning a large combined income it may be wise to look into negative gearing options to reduce income tax. Negative

gearing is only available in some countries and Australia happens to be one. It involves borrowing funds to invest, whether that be through property, bonds or shares. It is advisable to talk to your financial advisor on this one as negative gearing can be beneficial if well handled but risky if poorly researched and requires job security. As always with financial advise, what you get is what you pay for. While a good accountant may cost you more from the hip pocket, it will inevitably create a better return for you in the long run, less scrutiny from the ATO and better investigation into your claimable tax deductions from someone with a real incentive. A financial advisor with experience in the mining sector finances is also a good idea.

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IF you’re selling a property that is unlikely to generate sufficient competition at auction, private sales are a far better option. The managing director of Wakelin Property Advisory, Monique Sasson Wakelin, says a private sale can be an especially smart move when the property cycle is in a slump or a flat period. The following are the most common ways to sell privately. This is often used to sell

commercial properties and top-end residential real estate. The head of buyer’s advocate company Secret Agent, Paul Osborne, said some vendors see an advantage in expressions-ofinterest campaigns because the sales method does not reveal the intent of the seller as much as other methods. They are often run very similarly to a tender,” he said. “Usually, a date and time [to complete the sale] are specified as a mechan-

ism to enforce interest.” Tender, sale by set date, sealed bid “These are similar sales methods, yet they often reveal more intent on the part of the seller,” Mr Osborne says. Usually, the vendor enforces a “one-shot” policy and all bids are put in sealed envelopes that are opened after the set period expires. If a reserve isn’t met, an owner can elect to keep negotiating with the buyers.

“Buyers are often unsure where they stand in this process,” Mr Osborne said. “A tender is often used to ensure that no money is left on the table. It’s favourable for properties that might suit highly selective tastes, or where one buyer has a higher interest in the property, such as a next-door neighbour.” Private sale “This is the most common sales method in Victoria and it is growing strongly. When

you buy by private treaty, there are no hard-and-fast deadlines and the process usually works by negotiation. The ‘staircase drop’ is a common method used by owners,” Mr Osborne said. “They start at a price and then slowly drop the price

Looking to Sydney for better yields, investors seeking further afield HOUSE prices may be treading water, but a good investment can still be found if investors focus on yield and are realistic about the prospects for price growth. Investors are more likely to want to be compensated with higher gross rental yields than in the past when easy capital gains were assured. Property experts say good properties on yields of more than 5 per cent can be found in Sydney and Melbourne, but they agree the better opportunities

are now in Sydney. Other experts, such as the founder of buyer’s agent Metropole Property Strategists, Michael Yardney, say as long as investors do their homework and buy the right property, capital gains will come down the track and buying on a yield of less than 5 per cent is acceptable. The aim should be to buy below the intrinsic value of the property in areas known to give above-average capital growth, which has scarcity and to which value can be added.

until they find their market. The advantages to buyers are being able to include clauses in offers and buying subject to finance, and the ability to access the sale through a more drawn-out process, rather than have the heat of an auction.”

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Then head to Canarvon Gorge National Park Head out past Roma to one of the most unique places in Queensland. Carnarvon Gorge, located between Roma and Emerald, is the perfect spot for a short or mid-length break away from the hustle and bustle of town. Give yourself at least two or three days to explore Carnarvon National Park, which features some of the best-preserved Aboriginal rock art in Australia. The park has a wellequipped visitors centre, which is a good spot to stop for a picnic or barbeque. You’ve also got a decent chance of spotting some of the tamer wildlife from here – eastern grey kangaroos, whiptail wallabies, apostlebirds and goannas.

There are a number of short walks to take, most fairly easy and between seven and ten kilometres. You can take a look at beautiful gullies and waterfalls on these treks, and the 10.8km Art Gallery walk will take you to a great spot to view over 2000 engravings, ochre stencils and free-hand paintings. But if a you’re up for a bigger challenge, it’s worth thinking about the Carnarvon Great Walk, a six- or seven-day hike through the heart of Carnarvon. It’s a challenging 87km trek, which criss-crosses Carnarvon Creek a number of times, and eventually rises to the most elevated area in Central Queensland,

known as the ‘Roof of Queensland’. The Great Walk starts in a clockwise direction from the visitors centre, and has five walkers’ camps along the way, three of which have toilets. All have water that must be treated before drinking. There are some beautiful sights to see along the way, but the hike is tough and walkers must be well-prepared. The trail is closed from the start of November to the end of February for safety reasons. Carnarvon National Park can be reached by conventional vehicles in dry conditions, although 15km of the road to the park is unsealed gravel.

You can take a look at beautiful gullies and waterfalls on these treks, and the 10.8km Art Gallery walk will take you to a great spot to view over 2000 engravings, ochre stencils and free-hand paintings.

RARE FLORA: A rare King fern soaks up the midday sun within Ward’s Canyon at Carnarvon Gorge. Photo: Doug Gillett / NewsMail

Get down and dirty with Tough-Mudders THERE’S a new fitness craze that’s hit the streets, and as crazy as it seems, it’s actually making people enjoy running their 10kms. Normal, typically mundane marathons and workout regimes have been taken over by Stam-

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Participants need to be dressed appropriately, and outrageous costumes are highly encouraged and rewarded. The Sydney Stampede is held in the Glenworth Valley, just outside of Gosford on November 17 this year and you can choose from either the 5km or 10km course which is set to test your limits of endurance. The Brisbane Stampede was earlier this month, the Melbourne Stampede is on October 27 and the Adelaide Stampede is scheduled for April next year. Tough Mudder, another brand embracing the new-age obstacle course, has more of a presence across the world, with the 1820km course designed by the British Special Forces. While an obstacle course with a twist is no easy task, mudder’s do not take themselves too seriously, and people are discouraged from turning up if they

don’t have a sense of humour. The Sydney Tough Mudder was last weekend, and the Brisbane one was in August. Melbourne is getting their turn in January and Sydney is getting Tough Mudder round two in February of next year. Tough Mudders are also planned for Cairns, Adelaide and Perth, as well as four towns across the ditch in New Zealand. There’s no doubting the popularity of these events. You get a great sense of camaraderie, sharing the gruelling, painful and tiring experience with your mates who are in as much of a state as you – and dressed to look equally as stupid. If putting yourself through this kind oftorture sounds like something that is up your alley, jump onto their websites at thestampede.com.au or toughmudder.com.


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THE little town of Kogan will spring to life on October 13 and 14 for the second Art @ Kogan festival. Once home to internationally known artist Hugh Sawrey the town will celebrate his legacy with a weekend of art and community activities. Highlight of the weekend will be the unveiling of a bronze statue called Bush Friendship by sculptor Bodo Munche. The statue shows Hugh

Sawrey and his best mate, publican Nelson “Darkie” Dwyer playing cards. Hugh Sawrey spent much of his early life as a stockman and is particularly famous for his paintings of horses and outback life. When he settled in Kogan, he painted murals in a number of hotels around the area but the first and his most famous works were on the walls of the Kogan Pub which at the time was owned

The Art Exhibition, with the theme ‘Bush Character’ will be open all weekend in the hall and there will also be country market stalls

by Darkie and Beryl Dwyer. The unveiling will take place during the opening ceremony along with the presentation of the art competition awards. During the weekend there will be free entertainment including performances by local and high profile musicians, Kogan State School children and the Chinchilla Instrumental Band. There will also be children’s entertainment and a Bush Poet’s Breakfast. This year’s art competition attracted more than $18,000 in prize money with the Hugh Sawrey Art Award, the overall winner of the whole competition, being worth $10,000.

SCULPTOR: Bodo Muche with the maquette of the statue Bush Friendship to be unveiled at the Art @ Kogan festival on October 13. Photo Nancy Evans

If you can’t make it home, send your sweetheart a bunch of flowers from Dalby Florist DALBY Florist is being noticed for not only its beautiful flowers, but also its personal touch for each customer. Co-owners Marlene Reed and Nikki Brown say it is the effort and thought they put into each arrangement that sets them apart from mainstream commercial florists. The pair took over the business in January and relocated it to the main street of Dalby, Cunningham

Street, where they merged it with Eloquence gift shop. The business now offers the perfect range of homewares, flowers and gifts to make picking a present or home feature easy. Dalby Florist caters for a wide range of events including weddings, funeral, bereavements, new babies, birthdays, anniversaries and also offers silk flower alternatives. Owner Nikki Brown said there is something for eve-

ryone and every occasion. “We offer the whole kit and caboodle,” Nikki said.

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There’s nothing that puts a smile on your face like receiving flowers. It’s knowing that someone is thinking about you.

“We can do corporate functions right down to baby gifts in toy John Deere

after the flowers have died.” Nikki specialises in quirky and creative arrangements

including teacups, gumboots and anything else that adds a bit of originality to a gift. Marlene specialises in the classical arrangements, and between the two of them they have all bases covered. Dalby Florist offers free delivery for anywhere on the Dalby town map and can do same day delivery for any orders placed prior to 2:30pm. “We can arrange delivery

anywhere in Australia through the petals network,” Nikki said. “We’ve found it really handy for FIFO workers who might want to get flowers to a loved one living away from them. “There’s nothing that puts a smile on your face like receiving flowers. It’s knowing that someone is thinking about you.” The ladies can take payment over the phone or in store using cash or eftpos.

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Riversands continues to rise after floods

RIVERSANDS Wines vineyard staff have been given a symbolic reminder that the winery continues to bounce back following the devastating 2012 flood in St George after newly-planted vines shot recently. The vineyard – comprising of approximately 9000 wine grape and 15,000 table grape vines – was inundated when the Balonne River broke its banks in February and remained submerged for seven days. Farm manager Trevor Forbes said the event was a first in his 23-year career. “It’s the first time I’ve ever seen a vineyard completely inundated by floodwater,” he said as he inspected the new shoots last week. “Some blocks were completely submerged.” Unfortunately, about 4000 young vines drowned and had to be replanted in spring, the third time in as many years some blocks in

the vineyard have had to be replanted. The majority of damage was caused by a combination of anaerobic conditions and root rot, according to Riversands Wines marketing manager Dana Gluzde. “The older vines are more resilient than we give them credit for,” she said. “We predominantly lost young ones due to complete inundation, while a small number of older vines were lost to root rot, not from having the leaves fall off.” The new vines are expected to yield a light crop next year but will not see full production for up to four years and Ms Gluzde said decisions made in regard to replanting were geared towards a long-term outlook. “You’ve got to get up and get going quickly after the flood but we won’t see immediate results,” she said. “The decisions we make today are far-reaching.”

While the vines continue their recovery, Ms Gluzde said the winery had been repairing accumulative infrastructure damage on old blocks since the 2010 flood, with numerous posts, trellises and watering systems mostly replaced. “We’ve completed our replanting projects, but infrastructure wise it’s been a constant rebuilding process since the first flood in 2010,” she said. In a demonstration of the bush spirit, Ms Gluzde said the winery had decided to turn the devastation of both the flood and the 2011 fire at Ballandean Estate Wines, where much of the winery’s stock was held, into a positive by releasing a 2011 Floody Chardy and a 2009 chardonnay, cheekily named Smoke on the Water. “We’ve used the flood and the fire as an opportunity to reshape our wine range,” she said. “We have turned them into a positive.”

“We’ve completed our replanting projects, but infrastructure wise it’s been a constant rebuilding process since the first flood in 2010,” Ms Gluzde said.

ALL HANDS ON DECK: German backpacker Carolin Schafer ties up the new vines at Riversands Wines last week. - Photo Lyndon Keane

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SLURPEES are wonderful things – particularly on a hot day when you finish work early. But you know what makes it even better? Days like September 5, when 7-Eleven stores had Bring Your Own Cup day. That’s right, you could bring your own size cup to any 7-Eleven store and fill it up for $2.90. It’s amazing what can turn into a cup when you want it to. Awesome.

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Darling Downs has plenty of watering holes

Water fun a drive away DELIGHTFUL little spring is smiling upon us and winter is packing up her icy bag of tricks and moving north to haunt other countries. And what better way to enjoy the sunshine than on the water, like any red blooded Australian. If the whim so takes you we are not that far from either coast, living in the Surat Basin. However for a weekend with less rules, less traffic and less travel, visiting one of our many local watering holes is the way to go. Here at Thirsty Work we have spent our winter travelling the countryside, diving into the iciest water to bring you the following vital information.

Lake Broadwater Just 30 km south-west of Dalby Lake Broadwater is the only large, naturallyoccurring freshwater lake on the Darling Downs. With a maximum stay of 21 nights, powerboats allowed and campfire camping, this is one spot that ticks all the boxes. The spot is popular for waterskiing, barbecues and picnics. The two camping areas are Lake

Broadwater and Wilga Bush. Permits are required and camping at Lake Broadwater is the best option if you want some creature comforts like showers.

Coomba Falls Found at Maidenwell, the falls are a ravishing place, featuring a deep natural swimming hole with water that never fails to refresh. The area is surrounded by stunning granite cliffs and the water is known for its iciness on a hot day. Follow the signs from Maidenwell 1km to the falls. Also popular for rock climbing and bouldering.

Condamine River Part of the Murray-Darling Basin, the Condamine drains the northern portion of the Darling Downs. It flows north west across the Darling Downs, then west to become the Balonne River. It can be reached just 20mins out of Dalby and is popular for boating, fishing and camping.

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GET WET: Water skiing is a summer favourite in Queensland and there are plenty of options in the Darling Downs to have a go. Photo Brett Wortman

South West Queensland, the Maranoa passes through Mitchell and flows south towards St George. It is a tributary of the Balonne River and is also popular for boating, camping and fishing.

The Surat basin is also scattered with plenty of creeks and dams. So take off some clothing, make some friends and go outside! Nothing wakes up the mind like plunging into water.

For a weekend with less rules, less traffic and less travel, visiting one of our many local watering holes is the way to go.

Farmers working together in Origin’s CSG pilot program THE issue of coexistence is a constant echo in the ears of those living in the Surat Basin. Origin Energy however,

seems to have come up with a workable solution for some farmers. The Working Together pilot program is a venture

involving farmers completing accredited TAFE training with the skills they already have, which qualifies them to be paid for maintaining csg

wells on their properties. The program will be trialled for two years at four properties in the Surat Basin and aims to increase farm-

WE GRADUATED: Farmers celebrate after completing their TAFE accreditation in Origin’s Working Together Program.

er’s control over csg operations on their land. That has been happening on the Drury family’s 5000 head feedlot outside Miles since Origin approached them five years ago about the drilling of four exploration gas wells on their land. “We decided from the outset to embrace csg as an opportunity,” said Simon Drury, one of the first two signatories to the Working Together program. “We’ve already been coexisting. Agriculture and csg can work, it can marry.” Under the program, landholders will perform a range of maintenance activities for csg infrastructure located on their properties. Mr Drury’s 18 year old son Will has undertaken the training, recently returning to the property after finishing school. He loves the peace and solitude of life on the land, an aspect the program will help maintain. “The fewer vehicles we have driving on our place the better,” he said. The Working Together

pilot program has been jointly funded by Skills Queensland and Origin Energy. Participants complete nationally accredited training units through TAFE and upon completion of the program participants will receive a Certificate III in Rural Operations. They will also earn accreditation through ChemCert Australia, a Construction White Card and Senior First Aid. Farming groups AgForce and the Queensland Farmers Federation have been active partners in developing training programs and landholder agreements. AgForce Vice President said he supported the program. “We have been involved in the development of this pilot from the start, and would like to see these types of partnerships between csg companies and farmers become the industry standard” Mr Burnett said. The program will be offered to landholders across the Surat Basin if the two year trial is successful. Page 21


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THE fishing is starting to pick up with the warmth. If you are heading out saltwater yabbies have still been producing some nice goldens and a few smaller cod. Some local boys have had a great weekend a little further west on the lures with some impressive cod and yellows caught on both Jackalls and Stump Jumpers.

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Nice bass and goldens are being caught by bouncing masked vibes off the bottom as well as jigging SMAK ice jigs around the start of the Stuart and Boyne. Slow trolling Green and Gold SMAK 18ft divers have also produced some nice fish. Some good goldies and

Jew caught on worms and live shrimp. No reports of red claw as yet.

Goldens have been caught on the troll using 8M divers, I recommend SMAK Blitz Baga. Some big Silver Perch are being caught on salt water yabbies.

mouth of the Noosa River, bream and trevally in Woods Bay, bream, Moses perch and flathead in Noosa Sound and at the mouth of Weyba Creek. The Tweed River has been producing flathead between Chinderah and Tumbulgum, flathead and sand crabs in Cobaki Lakes, sand whiting on the banks at Oxley Cove and the Piggery and mud crabs in the mid to upper reaches.

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Fishing great at the moment with Blades is looking well. Live bait has produced some nice fish as with salt water yabbies. Soft plastics and Masked Vibes are working well around Pelican Point.

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Bream, flathead and whiting are being caught at the

Pearl perch and trag jew are being caught at Caloundra 12 Mile. Bream and flathead are biting at the northern end of Bribie Island. Snapper have been caught on the 36s east of the Pin Bar at Jumpinpin and tuskfish, trag jew, flathead and a few snapper on the 36s east of Southport. There are several fishing

GOOD CATCH: Travis Kesson and Scott Ruhle with a nice mackerel. Photo Contributed

Send your photos through to basstobarra@bigpond.com to get your face in the paper competitions coming up soon around the area. The Lions Club of Cecil Plains is holding the HookUp Fishing Competition at the Condamine River on Cecil Plains Homestead on October 13 and 14. Line in at 8am Saturday and final weigh-in is noon

Sunday. On Saturday night there will also be a barbecue, entertainment and an auction. Camping and bait are available. There is also the Dalby Fishing Competition on the banks of Myall Creek on Sunday, October 28. First weigh in is at 10am

and last at 3pm followed by a trophy presentation. For more information phone the Myall Youth and Community Network Centre on 4662 0152. Send your photos through to basstobarra@bigpond.com to get your face in the paper .

Fettuccine Alla Panna (little ribbons with cream) By BEN HAGGEMAN

THIS traditional Italian dish can be made in record time: 10 mins for the practiced, or 15 with a beer in your hand and a bit of stuffing around. Put a big pot of water on to boil, about 1.5 litres for a packet of pasta. Put teaspoon or two of salt in the water, enough to make it taste a little bit salty and put the lid on. Start warming a big pan on the stove, not too hot. Dice an onion very finely. Slice a clove or two of garlic while you’re at it, and sauté

in the warm pan using good olive oil. You want to soften the onion, not caramelise, to keep the flavours fresh. The water should have boiled by now, so throw in a packet of fettuccine (or any kind of pasta, really), stir (to prevent sticking) and boil for SEVEN MINUTES AND NO MORE!!! Chop a couple of rashers of bacon into lardons (another fancy French word for ‘little bits’), and throw in the pan with the onion and garlic and fry for a little while until the onion is tran-

slucent. You could use ham, pancetta, coppocollo, prosciutto, Serrano, chestnutfed Iberico Jamon, or Andalusian bristle-backed whooping hogs for all I care: just make sure it came out of a pig and was salted for more than a week before you got to it. You can also chop some fresh flat leaf parsley and chuck that in too, and season with fresh ground pepper. Now add a heavy pour of cream to the pan, about 200ml, and warm until it

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Schmitty rounds up the 2012 ARL season WHAT makes Rugby League the great game it is? Is it the speed, the players’ skill or the controversies? This year sixteen teams have trained hard, worked their hearts out and busted their guts to get one more rung higher up the ladder in pursuit of the “Holy Grail” of Rugby League – the Grand Final trophy. After the first few rounds you could see a pattern developing– those with a chance and those with very little hope. But as time progressed things certainly changed – there were more upsets than a new waiter in a restaurant. This didn’t make for easy pickings in the tipping comps. There are a couple of things that I feel the NRL should be looking at. Number one is the scrum – what is the point of them? The way the ball is fed in if the opposing hooker was to win possession he would have to have legs like an octopus. I see them only as means of giving both teams a bit of a

they only interested in that line that they run up and down? These appalling decisions are bad enough happening in the games during the season, but for it to happen in the finals is not acceptable. A prime example is what happened in the Cowboys / Sea Eagles game (and no I don’t go for either team). There were two obvious refereeing mistakes that could have cost the Cowboys another chance to progress up the ladder. It will be interesting to see if there will be any improvement in the quality of the refereeing in the pointy end of the season. My pick for 2012 Grand Final will be Storm V Bulldogs, with the Storm winning by 8. By the time this goes to print I will either be right or wrong. All in all it has again been a very interesting and entertaining season and bouquets to all the players and coaches and brickbats to the officialdom of the game. No doubt we will all be waiting anxiously for the star of the 2013 season.

breather. Secondly is the shoulder charge – there are some players out there whose only real ability is this. You can watch them during the game and they are about as handy as pocket on a singlet except for the fact they are masters at the shoulder charge. In most cases it is totally uncalled for and eventually someone is going to get seriously hurt or even killed through this practice Now I want to get into the most controversial area of all – the refereeing. What a farce it has become? Years ago there was one ref and two linesmen and they seemed to be able to get things right. No doubt the game probably was not quite as fast then as it is today, but this is no excuse for the appalling decisions being made today. Give an 180cm tall guy a whistle and he suddenly becomes twice the size. As for the linesmen, do they actually keep an eye on the game to point out any indiscretions that the referee might have missed, or are

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