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                                              December 2018, Edition 210


Adani new look and Macmines approval

What’s the future of 250 mining jobs?

Gregory Crinum - Iron Bark - Bluff Coal -
Dawson West - Winchester South
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350 jobs not far away

Fitzroy Australia Resources (FAR)     opportunities to our existing         and resources group AMCI - re-             Mines Minister Dr Anthony
has received approval for a six       workforce, the local community        purchased the Carborough Downs         Lynham publicly announced
million tonne a year underground      and the region more broadly,” he      coal mine from Vale after selling it   the approval of the mining
coking and thermal coal mine near     said.                                 to them nearly a decade ago.           lease saying Central Queensland
Coppabella East of Moranbah.              “FAR’s assets include some            FAR and Vale didn’t release        remains a great place to invest.
The new mine will operate as          98,000 hectares of tenement           details of the sale price, so we       “Ironbark No.1 comes on top
a satellite pit to the existing       holding in the world-class central    will never know whether it was a       of the 13 committed resources
Carborough Downs coal mine            Bowen Basin for metallurgical         sell-in-boom-buy-in-bust deal to       projects in Queensland with a
sharing most of the required          coal.                                 be remembered alongside Kerry          combined capital value of more
infrastructure.                           “Ironbark No. 1 is the first      Packer’s Channel Nine sale to Alan     than $9.4 billion across multiple
    According to FAR this will        new development in realising          Bond.                                  commodities.
allow first coal by the start of      the potential of this significant         However, we do know that in            “Another 42 projects are at the
2020 - just over a year from now      portfolio….will be a modern           2007 Vale paid $835 million to         feasibility stage, with a combined
- and will generate around 160        and innovative underground            AMCI for the Integra Coal mine in      capital value of more than $65
construction and 350 operational      operation.”                           NSW, 80% of Carborough Downs,          billion, again, across multiple
jobs.                                     FAR is a subsidiary of global     half the Isaac Plains mine, the        commodities.
    CEO Grant Polwarth said it’s      commodities and resources group       Broadlea Joint venture, and a suite        “Queensland remains a global
an exciting time for the company      AMCI which is controlled by           of other undeveloped deposits.         resources investment magnet, as
as it seeks to expand in the Bowen    American based coal billionaire       Then in 2009 Vale spent a further      our $56 billion resources sector
Basin.                                Hans-Jürgen Mende.                    $400 million updating the mining       generates thousands of jobs
    “This approval allows us              In late 2016, at the height of    processes at Carborough mine           and business opportunities and
to pursue our vision for the          the mining downturn, Mr Mende         to achieve saleable coal of 2.8        royalties to pay for our teachers,
expansion of FAR, providing           - through his global commodities      million tonnes a year.                 doctors and nurses.”

                                                                            Winchester locked, not loaded
 Hail Creek Option                                                          Whitehaven Coal has appointed
                                                                            a small project team to start work
                                                                                                                   project...details of the new resource
                                                                                                                   calculation will be released to the
 Soon to be redundant workers at      come up with a plan for the future.   immediately on developing the          market when it becomes available.
 the Hail Creek mine near Nebo            “Our review has identified        Winchester South coal project near         “First round meetings with key
 are facing three alternatives        a number of areas where               Moranbah.                              stakeholders have been completed,
 for the future. Find a new job       efficiency and productivity               Whitehaven purchased               and no significant issues have been
 elsewhere, get a voluntary           can be improved, starting             Winchester South from Rio Tinto        raised in these discussions.
 redundancy, or be transferred        with fundamental changes to           for around $250 million in May,            “Project momentum is building.”
 within Glencore.                     the mining methods used,” a           and have since been meeting with       Other than to say it wants it
     Glencore surprised the           Glencore spokesperson said.           stakeholders, collecting baseline      to happen as soon as possible,
 currently booming coal industry          “Our proposed changes are         data and undertaking ecological        Whitehaven has not put a date on
 by announcing in October that        designed to ensure the ongoing        studies.                               when they would like to have the
 they would be cutting back           viability of operations and               In its quarterly report,           mine up and running. However, it
 production at Hail Creek and as      reduce costs to improve the           Whitehaven said the potentially 15     won’t happen before their Vickery
 a result would be reducing the       overall business position.            million-tonne-a-year-project was       extension project near Gunnedah
 number of employees at the mine          “Unfortunately, it will           progressing.                           in NSW is operating. The Vickery
 by around 400.                       mean the mine’s workforce of              “A project director with           EIS is open for public feedback
     Glencore purchased the Hail      approximately 1360 will reduce        extensive coal mining experience       until next week and according to
 Creek mine west of Mackay and        to 930 when all changes have          and a small technical team have        Whitehaven, will generate around
 a suite of other undeveloped         been implemented.”                    been appointed,” they said.            500 construction jobs and roughly
 Central Queensland tenements             The reconfiguration is to             “Groundwork has commenced,         450 operational positions.
 from Rio Tinto for $1.7 billion      be phased in over the next 18         with ecological studies and baseline       According to Whitehaven,
 earlier this year.                   months, although the majority         data collection underway, and the      Winchester would be developed
     Having taken official control    of changes are expected to be         information will be used in the        as an above-ground coal mine
 in August, Glencore says they have   in place by the first half of next    environmental approval process.        producing between 7 and 15 million
 now reviewed the operation and       year.                                 “One of the key priorities is to       tonnes of coal a year for the next 20
                                                                            generate a JORC resource for the       or 30 years.

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Adani people, not robots                                                                                                Coal QLD’s MVP
                                                                                                                        The Queensland coal industry
                                                                                                                        continues to underpin the
                                                                              real people.”                             Queensland economy entering its
                                                                                  The statement about                   22 consecutive month as the state’s
                                                                              automation puts them odds with            most valuable export.
                                                                              other big global miners such as                Queensland government figures
                                                                              BHP and Rio Tinto who have                forecast that coal will generate
                                                                              recently said that technology             around $3.76 billion in royalties
                                                                              will transform both the cost and          for the state government this year,
                                                                              safety of their mines.                    and when combined with gas could
                                                                                                                        approach $4.5 billion.
                                                                                  In it’s most recent annual report,         The quantum of royalties has
                                                                              BHP said it could drive down per          surprised government forecasters
                                                                                                                        who didn’t predict the amazing
                                                                              unit costs for their Bowen Basin          recovery in coal prices over the last
                                                                              operations through increased              12 months.
                                                                              productivity driven by more work               The Queensland budget
                                                                              standardisation, automation, and          assumed thermal coal prices for
                                                                                                                        this financial year would be $US89
                                                                              machine learning.
Adani has released a statement         and the Isaac region,” he said.                                                  a tonne, but spot prices have
again reaffirming their                    “Further jobs will be created                                                exceeded $US100 a tonne while
commitment to the Carmicheal           as the mine’s capacity grows to        Earlier this year, an internal Rio        coking coal has traded more than
mine in the Galilee, and making        27.5mtpa.                              Tinto memo from 2016 surfaced             $US65 a tonne higher than budget
the point that it will be people-          “Every job will be a new job       predicting nearly 1000 manual             predictions.
powered, as it continues its PR        in regional Queensland that didn’t     roles would become redundant as                CEO of lobby group the
campaign to win support for the        exist before and importantly;          they rolled out automated haul            Queensland Resources Council
mine.                                  these new jobs are not coming at       trucks, drill rigs and trains.            Ian Macfarlane says the figures
    Despite automation being one       the expense of jobs elsewhere in           “Automation and technology            underscore the recovery and
of the most profound changes           Australia as we will be selling into   are clearly changing the way we           contribution of the resources sector.
occurring in mining at the             new markets for Australian coal.       work, including reducing the                   “The consistent returns from the
moment, Adani CEO Lucas Dow                “The mine will use the             number of future roles for truck          Queensland resources industry fund
says it won’t be a signature part of   same conventional coal mining          drivers, train drivers and drillers,” a   schools, roads and hospitals, and
the coal mines development.            techniques and equipment used in       spokesman said in response.               are particularly important at a time
“In the initial ramp up and            other Queensland coal mines.               While there are no automated          when rural exports have hit a rough
construction phase there will              “That means people, not            haul trucks in use in Queensland          patch,” he said.
be more than 1,500 direct jobs         robots, will drive the trucks and      (yet), automation is advanced in               “On top of this record return
on the mine and rail project,          excavators, fix engines in the         drill rigs and surveying and is           for Queenslanders, there are about
and thousands of indirect              workshops, cook the meals, and         being fast-tracked in some of the         300,000 people who work in the
jobs especially in places like         maintain the conveyor belts.           more straightforward earthmoving          resources sector, either directly or in
Rockhampton, Townsville, Mackay            “We are about real jobs for        processes.                                associated industries.”

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Airstrip funding deal shelved
                                                                                      The decision casts some doubt     of CEO, Mr Lucas has sought
                                                                                  over where Adani will source its      to downsize the reality and
                                                                                  mine workforce should the mine        perceptions of the Carmichael
                                                                                  become a reality.                     project.
                                                                                      Twelve months ago both the            “Often the Carmichael mine is
                                                                                  Townsville and Rockhampton            incorrectly called a “super mine”
                                                                                  Regional Councils secured             or “mega-mine, this is simply
                                                                                  prefered status as “FIFO hubs”        not the case,” he told Townsville
                                                                                  after they jointly committed          businesses in early October.
                                                                                  to invest $30 million into the            “The Carmichael mine will
                                                                                  development of an airport at the      produce 27.5 million tonnes of coal
                                                                                  Carmichael mine.                      per annum in stage one.
                                                                                      Of the more than 3300
                                                                                  jobs Adani has said would be              “This is only a small fraction of
                                                                                  generated during the construction     the total coal produced in Australia
                                                                                  and operational phases, 2100
                                                                                  were contracted to come from          and a small percentage of coal used
                                                                                  Townsville, and 1700 from             in the world each year.”
                                                                                  Rockhampton. With the airstrip
                                                                                  no longer required that deal is
                                                                                  redundant, but Mr Lucas says both         In contrast, in 2011 former
                                                                                  Townsville and Rockhampton will       Adani CEO Jignesh Derasar told
Indian miner Adani continues to             foreseeable future.                   remain priority regions.              the Coaltrans conference (attended
scale back the dimensions of stage              “Having adopted a gradual             “Importantly, Rockhampton         by Shift Miner) they planned to
one of their proposed Carmicheal            construction and ramp-up for          and Townsville will represent the     build a mine that would reach
coal mine, announcing they won’t            the mine, the airport facilities as   primary hubs for our workforce        annual production of 60 million
be building a dedicated FIFO                originally contemplated are not       without the need for councils to      tonnes a year, employing nearly
airstrip anytime soon.                      immediately necessary,” he said.      invest at this point,” he said.       5000 people in the construction
    In a short statement, Adani                 “As such, no investment is            “We think this is a great         phase and almost 4000 in the
CEO Lucas Dow said revised                  required from the Rockhampton         outcome for Rockhampton and           operational period.
construction plans meant the                and Townsville Regional Councils      Townsville.”                              “This is a massive operation,”
airport wouldn’t be required in the         at this point.”                           Since taking on the role          he said at the time.

250 wells and 300 jobs
 Gas company QGC has announced it
 will expand its Surat Basin gasfields
 over the next two years by drilling
                                            Crinum contracts released
 another 250 wells, generating around                                                                                   the other associated equipment
 300 jobs and “opportunities for local                                                                                  that needs to come in.”
 business” in the process.                                                                                                   Once Gregory Crinum is
      Parent company Shell Australia                                                                                    restarted, possibly by April, the
 chairperson Zoe Yujnovich said                                                                                         nearby Wilton mine will then be the
 Project Goog-a-binge would stimulate                                                                                   main focus and could be operating
 the local economy.                                                                                                     as little two months later.
      “During 2019 and 2020, Shell                                                                                           Both of those mines follow
 will progressively drill 250 new gas                                                                                   the brand new, but comparably
 wells as part of the QGC venture                                                                                       much smaller Meteor Downs
 in the Western Downs region of                                                                                         South (MDS) coal project near
 Queensland,” she said.                                                                                                 Springsure which exported first
      “The wells will connect to existing                                                                               coal earlier this year.
 QGC gas processing plants and will                                                                                          That mine is limited to around
 bring approximately 930 petajoules                                                                                     500,000 tonnes a year because
 of gas to market over the next three                                                                                   all coal has to be moved by
 decades.                                                                                                               road to the nearby Minerva rail
      “The project is expected to                                                                                       loading facility. However, Sojitz
 create or sustain up to 350 jobs, the      Sojitz CEO Cameron Vorias says        “It’s not that far down the track,”   is in discussions with Aurizon
 majority of which will be in regional      the first ever mining of Fort         Mr Vorias told Shift Miner.           and another engineering firm to
 Queensland and generate business           Cooper coals in the Bowen Basin            “We are looking at trying to     fast track ways of organising rail
 opportunities for local suppliers – and    at their proposed new Wilton coal     complete with BMA by the end          infrastructure on the Bauhinia line
 be a substantial and ongoing boost for     mine could happen by June next        of the year, and we have just one     that would allow them to triple
 the local economy.”                        year subject to approvals.            outstanding condition precedent       production.
      Santos announced a similar            The project is one of three in        left to go.                                “It’s going to be a massive first
 project a fortnight ago, involving the     development for Sojitz, who                “The planning is going well,     year,” Mr Vorias said.
 drilling of between 350 and 400 new        is currently releasing work           and we have a transition team              “I think if you look at it, we are
 wells a year across Central Queensland     contracts and close to launching a    entirely in place.                    just about the only company that
 as it ramps up gas production to meet      recruitment campaign.                      “We are starting to let          is starting three operations in the
 domestic and global demand. In line            Headlining their growth           contracts go out, obviously with      space of twelve months.
 with this, Santos says it expects to       plan is the restart of the Gregory    conditions around completion,              “I think we have got a great
 increase sales of gas from the Curtis      Crinum mine which they recently       but we are starting to look at        time coming with Gregory Crinum
 Island GLNG plant to more than six         announced they were in the            refurbishment contracts for the       and the Wilton startup, and I think
 million tonnes by the end of next year.    process of buying from BMA.           dragline and wash plant, and all      all things bode well.”

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Blasted road to reopen                                                                                                “After giving all of the options
                                                                                                                  due consideration, and taking
                                                                                                                  into account the assessment
                                                                                                                  provided by Council’s independent
                                                                                                                  consulting engineers GHD, the
                                                                                                                  Three Chain Road plan was
                                                                                                                  identified as the most practical,
                                                                                                                  cost-effective and suitable option
                                                                                                                      “There are extensive safety
                                                                                                                  issues associated with building a
                                                                                                                  road through the gas fields, and it
                                                                                                                  is because of this that the options
                                                                                                                  where the new road came out
                                                                                                                  onto Moura-Theodore road were
Anglo American will commence          Anglo American’s Metallurgical        and provides improved engineering     eliminated.
construction straight away on a       Coal business, Tyler Mitchelson       to ensure access during times of          “Council will continue
brand new 12.5-kilometre major        says the road would traverse the      flood.                                to work closely with Anglo
regional road to replace the Gibihi   Dawson mining lease.                      “As part of the infrastructure    American through the design and
road which was closed late last           “We’ve carefully considered       design, we’ve also worked with the    construction phases of the project.”
year after a routine blast at the     the route to ensure it incorporates   Department of Transport and Main          Anglo American and Banana
Dawson mine destroyed it.             feedback from the community           Roads to construct and re-design      Shire Council will work with
    It has taken Anglo and the        throughout our consultation periods   a new, safer intersection between     locally-based suppliers for the
Banana Shire Council a year           and includes important features,      the new Three Chain Road and the      duration of this project, with over
to decide the fate of the old         such as a dedicated 4.3-kilometre     Dawson Highway.                       100,000 cubic metres of road
Gibihi road and come up with          road leading to a relocated viewing       Banana Shire Council Mayor,       base to be sourced from local
an alternative route linking the      platform, which will encourage        Nev Ferrier said, Council went        quarries. Tenders for significant
Leichhardt Highway to the Dawson      local tourism,” he said.              through a rigorous process in         work packages were issued to
Highway.                                  “The road has been specifically   accessing the three options for the   local contractors in October, with
    Chief Executive Officer of        designed for all weather conditions   route for the new road.               completion expected next year.

                                        THAT’S WHAT WE CALL
                                               HEAVY LIFTING

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Surge in BHP spending
                                                                                                                    engaged with BHP ...being able to
                                                                                                                    engage through this program and
                                                                                                                    doing well.”
                                                                                                                        While there are some criteria
                                                                                                                    regarding size and locality that
                                                                                                                    businesses have to meet to be able
                                                                                                                    to participate in the program, Ms
                                                                                                                    Cuttriss-Smith says those that
                                                                                                                    are involved enjoy a far more
                                                                                                                    streamlined onboarding program
                                                                                                                    than might be available through
                                                                                                                    conventional channels.
                                                                                                                        She is also surprised at the
                                                                                                                    breadth of sectors with which BHP
                                                                                                                    does business.
                                                                                                                        “Even things like when BMA
                                                                                                                    funds the Marina Fun Run in
                                                                                                                    Mackay, and they want to engage
                                                                                                                    a masseuse for after the fun run,
                                                                                                                    we can put all that through the
                                                                                                                    local buying program,” she said.
A $50 million surge in local         Western Australia.                     “For example $50 million of that        “So it’s just not around heavy
business by BHP in the last six          C-Res CEO, Tracey Cuttriss-        $250 million has been in the last six   industrial offsite mining
months has pushed the total          Smith said spending has taken off      months, so we are definitely seeing     opportunities, it’s actually
amount spent through their local     in the last six months in line with    a rapid increase now.                   everything and anything.
buying program to more than          the recovery in mining generally,                                                  “In the communities of
$250 million according to C-Res.     but also in response to bedding                                                Moranbah, Dysart and Blackwater
    The local buying program was     down of the program.                       “For any major global               we have a gift voucher program
launched in Central Queensland           “The first three years were        company it takes a while to             so that if they want to reward
by C-Res and BHP in 2012 to          pretty steady, and it was just about   introduce these types of changes,       employees, they can give a gift
increase opportunities for local     trying to introduce that program       and it is a culture change in how       voucher that can only be spent in
businesses to provide goods and      to BMA, but it’s only been in the      you source and get confidence in        local businesses.
services to BHP’s coal businesses.   last year and a half to two years      our local small businesses.                 “So that is how things like
Since then, it has expanded to       that we have seen significant              “So what we are seeing is a         Florists, Day Spa’s and Toy shops
their operations in South and        growth,” she told Shift Miner.         lot of businesses who have never        can get that work as well.”

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Dust levels to be slashed                                                                                                the moment the dust sampling is
                                                                                                                         undertaken by the companies.
                                                                                                                         “Having mining companies
                                                                                                                         undertake their own sampling is
                                                                                                                         like putting the fox in charge of the
                                                                                                                         chicken coup.”
                                                                                                                              There have now been 78
                                                                                                                         confirmed cases of coal mine dust-
                                                                                                                         related lung disease across Australia,
                                                                                                                         most of them in Queensland.
                                                                                                                              The CFMEU says the new dust
                                                                                                                         laws are a small bright light in what
                                                                                                                         has been a very dark month for
                                                                                                                         mine safety in Central Queensland.
                                                                                                                         Among the near misses and
Coal dust levels on Queensland         to 2.5 grams per cubic metre.              complete change to the way dust        accidents reported in Central
mine sites have been slashed by        However, the CFMEU isn’t calling           levels are measured and published.     Queensland have been a bulldozer
nearly 20% from this momth in          it a silver bullet for Black Lung,         Under the current system, the          driving over an edge at Moura, some
what mining union the CFMEU            instead viewing it as the first of         CFMEU says dust levels are             heavy vehicle collisions, and a series
says is a breakthrough in the          many steps that need to be taken to        averaged over a 12 hour period by      of light vehicle accidents.
management of Black Lung.              make coal mining safer.                    mining companies. If the average       “ The accidents lately have just
CFMEU District President Jason Hill         Safe Work Australia is                is too high, there are then further    been out of control,” Mr Hill said
told Shift Miner that the previous     currently undertaking a review of          investigations, which could take       “For me, it’s more than a spike its
rate of 3 grams per cubic metre for    the respirable dust levels in coal         weeks to complete, and all the while   just been ramping up, and to me, it’s
respirable dust would be cut to 2.5    mining, and the CFMEU hopes that           exposure continues at the coalface.    an indication of the boom coming
grams.                                 once their results are in, they will            “This is a good first step in     back.
    “We have managed to get the        be able to push through a reduction        making a safe place to work,” Mr            “Are we putting pressure
statutory dust levels reduced,” he     to 1.5 grams per cubic metre for           Hill said.                             on blokes to do the job, putting
said.                                  respirable dust levels, and 0.5 grams           “Obviously some other issues      unqualified or inexperienced people
    “Following a concerted push by     per cubic metre of silica dust levels      are going to back up behind this.      in situations? I am not sure.
the CFMEU to get some action on        by 2019.                                        “We need to get independent       “It looks to me like we are putting
dust, it’s going to be brought down         Further to this, they want a          testing for dusting because at         production ahead of safety.”

Theodore Coal mine 225 jobs in the balance
                                       said they would commence a
                                       pre-feasibility study and start
                                       looking for a development
                                       partner to develop either a
                                       longwall, shortwall or linear style
                                       underground mine.
                                           “This is a huge discovery for
                                       CMR and the State of Queensland
                                       as we have identified a new coal
                                       precinct that is close to Infrastructure
                                       and is only 233km from the
Private coal explorer, Construction    Gladstone Port region,” he said.
and Mining Resources Pty Ltd               “The second phase drilling              The future of 225 jobs at the North   continue to be taken where
(CMR) has begun working on an          campaign has been a great success,          Goonyella coal mine hinge on the      possible.
EIS for its proposed thermal coal      increasing our resource confidence          monitoring and assessment phase           “We continue to monitor
mine fifty kilometres west of          into the indicated category                 currently underway.                   temperatures, gas levels, seismic
Theodore.                              and overall inferred Resource                    In its latest update, Peabody    activity and surface air quality
    This month the Federal             significantly from the initial              said there had been no significant    which is necessary to allow
Government confirmed the Dawson        exploration program.                        developments in the past week, as     advanced planning for re-
West mining project would be a             “CMR has only explored 8%               they continued work on sealing        ventilation, mine re-entry and
“controlled action” meaning they       of the total project area, and the          the mine and established a            potential restart of operations.”
will need an EIS to move forward.      project has immense scope for               network of data monitors.             Last week Peabody said the
Earlier this year, CMR released a      significantly increased tonnages                 “The main activity on site       underground fire had so far cost
resource assessment (JORC) for         across the, and we will launch a            is the concrete sealing of the        the company more than $50
Dawson West of 645 million tonnes      pre-feasibility study in the coming         mined-out area of the 9 North         million and could balloon into
of thermal coal based on a drilling    months to look into potential               longwall panel which is nearing       the hundreds of millions if they
campaign in 2014.                      mining methods, transportation              completion,” they said.               abandon the mine.
    The resource comprised 129         options and the overall economics                “The North Goonyella team            Until they can make a
million tonnes of indicated, and 516   of the project.                             will continue to work safely          definitive decision, the long-term
million tonnes of inferred resources       “We are looking into options            from the surface to get the best      future for the 225 North Goonyella
with coal seams between 0.8 and        to further advance the Dawson               understanding of underground          miners is unknown with Peabody
3.5 metres thick from depths of 5      West project and will be running            conditions based on an expanded       saying they are currently either
metres to nearly 500 metres.           a process to find a development             network of 35 remote gas              working on site, redeployed to
    At the time, CMR Managing          partner and will be shortlisting            monitoring points.                    other Peabody operations, or on
Director Nicholas Williams             candidates in the interim”.                      “Underground camera images       paid leave.

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BMA Peak Downs ramp up                                                                                           to date for BMA (BHP Billiton
                                                                                                                 Mitsubishi Alliance) on this
                                                                                                                 project,” he said.
                                                                                                                      “We delivered it safely,
                                                                                                                 efficiently and with pride.
                                                                                                                      “We met all Thiess and BMA
                                                                                                                 guidelines and requirements, and
                                                                                                                 we delivered it ahead of schedule
                                                                                                                 and without incident.
                                                                                                                      “Our team is pleased to see the
                                                                                                                 9800 already showing its worth and
                                                                                                                 hitting its performance targets.”
                                                                                                                      Thiess’ Peak Downs/Caval
                                                                                                                 Ridge teams now have three fleets
                                                                                                                 in operation at Peak Downs, and
                                                                                                                 two at Caval Ridge. Also, Thiess
                                                                                                                 maintains two excavators, several
                                                                                                                 trucks and multiple ancillary items
                                                                                                                 operated by BMA at Peak Downs.
BMA continues to ramp up coal        nearby Caval Ridge Mine. BMA          from Europe and Adelaide and               Work started on the Southern
production from its Peak Downs       predicts this will allow them to      was assembled in just five weeks      Circuit project in mid-2016 and
coal mine as it prepares for the     increase coking coal exports by 4     by a team of Liehbher and Thiess      is expected to finish by the end
completion of its Southern Circuit   million tonnes a year.                engineers.                            of this year. According to BHP,
project.                                 To support the increased coal         Thiess graduate mechanical        it’s created nearly 400 new
    When completed, BMA will         required by BMA at Peak Downs,        engineer Warren Metz said the         construction jobs and locked in
be able to transport Peak Downs      tier one contractor Thiess has just   machine was completed ahead of        around 200 ongoing operational
coal 11-kilometres on a conveyor     finished building a brand new         schedule.                             roles associated with the increased
system to the Coal Handling          Liebherr 800-tonne excavator.             “This was an instrumental build   production supported by the new
Preparation Plant (CHPP) at the          The machine arrived in parts      for us – it was our biggest build     conveyor.

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230 jobs gone at JMK                                                                                                 “The past few years have been
                                                                                                                 very difficult and trying for all of
                                                                                                                 us at JMK,” he said.
                                                                                                                     “The efforts to defend our
                                                                                                                 business have had a considerable
                                                                                                                 impact on us.”
                                                                                                                     The Queensland Building
                                                                                                                 and Construction Commission
                                                                                                                 (QBCC) has previously tried to
                                                                                                                 strip Mr Murphy of his building
                                                                                                                 licence following the liquidation
                                                                                                                 of another company he had been
                                                                                                                 General Manager of in 2016.
                                                                                                                 They released a statement this
                                                                                                                 week saying they would take
                                                                                                                 further action against him.
                                                                                                                     ”In light of today’s
                                                                                                                 developments, the QBCC will again
                                                                                                                 take exclusion action against Mr
One of Central Queensland’s        over its six decades of business.     Kelly Builders Pty Ltd, JM Kelly        Murphy, as it is required to do by
biggest construction firms             Administrators Price              Management Pty Ltd, and Kawana          our legislation,” they said.
JMK Group has gone into            Waterhouse Coopers, have              Joinery Co. Pty Ltd.                        Among the suite of projects,
administration leaving creditors   confirmed they will liquidate              In a statement, John Murphy        JMK Group has built within
owed millions and hundreds out     eight businesses operating            son of founder Geoff Murphy             Central Queensland, are the
of work.                           under the JMK Group banner            blamed a lengthy court battle with      Yeppoon Town Hall refurbishment,
    The company has offices        including, BPM Cowlrick Pty           a Gold Coast developer over a           redevelopments at Rockhampton
in Mackay, Rockhampton,            Ltd, Burns and Twigg Pty Ltd,         construction project for the current    Mater and Gladstone Public
and Brisbane and has built         Cajun Pty Ltd, Central Electrics      situation. He says the action had       Hospitals, and educational
everything from award-winning      (Contracting) Pty Ltd, Central        meant the company had been              facilities at Mackay’s Emmanual
architecturally designed art       Queensland Investments Pty Ltd,       removed from government tender          College and Rockhampton’s
galleries to council buildings,    C.Q Construction Management Pty       lists losing opportunities to bid for   Grammar School.
schools and industrial complexes   Ltd, Fitzroy Industries Pty Ltd, JM   $90 million worth of work.

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Finally a payday breakthrough
BMA, Peabody and Rio Tinto have         far refused to budge on the policy,    supplier of ours from Mackay,          this burden for our suppliers,” Ms
softened there stance on hyper-         other than to offer concessions for    Moranbah, Nebo or Rockhampton,         Essa said.
extended payment terms in the           small and micro-sized business         Peabody aims to forge even                 “Our procurement spending is
Bowen and Surat Basin.                  operating within their local buying    stronger business relationships        vital to many small businesses in
    In 2016 both BMA and Rio            programs.                              with you into the future.              Gladstone, and we understand that
Tinto - followed by most others             Last week Peabody announced            “We found that some businesses     lengthy payment terms can create
- outraged local businesses when        that they would be taking this         were waiting too long to receive       cash flow pressures for small to
they decided to double the time         further with 30-day payment terms      payment and we’re on a mission         medium-sized suppliers.”
they would take to pay their bills      for all small to medium-sized          to improve our internal systems to         However, one mining support
from 30 to 60 days.                     enterprises (SMEs) supplying the       help prevent future delays.            business told Shift Miner they
    “The decision to ask our            company.                                   “We wanted to prioritise our       remain wary.
suppliers to share some of the              Peabody’s Australian President,    small to medium vendors first              “I guess we are viewing it as
burden has not been taken lightly       George J Schuller Jr said the move     because we know being paid             a move in the right direction, and
and we have endeavoured to              recognised that they could do          on time is crucial to business         that’s a good thing,” she said.
reduce the impact where we can,”        better, and that slow payments         profitability.”                            “I heard a BMA presentation
Rio Tinto said at the time.             were having an impact on business          Similarly in Gladstone, the Rio    last month, and finally they
It was the first time that the global   cash flow, especially for family       Tinto owned QAL has softened its       seemed to be listening to what we
miners had taken this step, and         businesses in regional Queensland.     stance on payment terms last week      are saying, rather than dismissing
despite deep resentment, most               “As a company, we’re               moving from 45 days from the end       it out of hand.
businesses accepted that slow pay       committed to working as hard as        of the month (so possibly 75 days          “But that said, right now we
was better than no pay at all.          we can to support the people and       if everything goes to plan) to 30      are still waiting months to get
    The decision meant some             businesses that support us,” Mr        days net for suppliers whose total     paid, at a time when we know
companies waited (and still do)         Schuller said.                         business with QAL is less than a       mining companies are making
more than four months to get                “Peabody’s proud to report that,   million a year.                        extraordinary profits.
paid by the time “delays” and           in the past 12 months, 95 per cent         QAL chief financial officer            “Relaxing this position is not
other “issues” are resolved in the      of its total spend with suppliers      Chantelle Essa said the change was     something the big miners should be
invoicing process.                      was on 30-day or less payment          implemented on November 1 and          congratulated for, they should be
    Despite ongoing                     terms and today’s announcement         affected 95 per cent of suppliers.     ashamed of their behaviour in 2016.
representations from business           will ensure all of our SME vendors         “We recognise that cash                “After all, no one really thinks
groups across the Bowen and Surat       will be paid sooner.”                  flow can be a barrier for some         they wouldn’t do it again in the
Basin, mining companies have so             “Whether you’re a committed        businesses, so we wanted to ease       future.”

 CIMIC’s Basin stranglehold
                                                                               2019 sweet spot                        and what I like at the moment
                                                                                                                      is that it feels like a nice sort of
                                                                                                                      sustained shift, rather than a
                                                                                                                      really aggressive shift up that is
                                                                                                                      almost invariably followed by an
                                                                                                                      aggressive shift down.”
                                                                                                                           Perhaps the most remarkable
                                                                                                                      element of the most recent mining
                                                                                                                      boom and correction was the
                                                                                                                      astonishing rise and then fall
                                                                               Mackay based contractor                in prices for everything from
                                                                               Mastermyne is optimistic about the     machinery to wages.
 Cimic Group continues its              train load-out and CHPP.               future as it reflects on what’s been        This time around, Mr Caruso
 domination of contract mining          “We are pleased to be completing       a watershed year for the mining        says the rises have been more
 across the Bowen Basin, with yet       the cycle by operating the plant.”     support sector across Central          reasonable, and a move to a
 another of its divisions securing a    Sedgman will join Cimic’s other        Queensland.                            stronger part of the mining cycle
 multi-million dollar contract.         mining contracting business                The turnaround in mining           has not been accompanied by
 CIMIC Group’s mineral processing       Thiess who earlier this year           activity has not delivered anyone      “ridiculous” inflation.
 company, Sedgman has won a             secured a $480 million extension       quick riches with continued tight           While much of the recovery
 year-long $25 million contract         to its existing contracts at Qcoal’s   margins, and most businesses           seen so far has focussed on
 to operate QCoal’s Byerwen coal        Sonoma, Cows, Jax and Drake            trying to make do with a skeleton      maintenance and operational
 handling and preparation plant         mines (Northern Hub) South of          staff from the worst days of the       support for record-breaking
 (CHPP).                                Collinsville.                          downturn.                              output from existing mines, he
     The Qcoal CHHP is in the               Under that agreement, Thiess           Despite this, CEO of               says shelved plans for greenfield
 commisioning phase, and                will provide mine planning, drill      Mastermyne Tony Caruso says it         projects are being dusted off.
 according to Sedgman Managing          and blast services, overburden         feels like the worst is behind them.        “The other thing that is giving
 Director Grant Fraser, the contract    removal, and coal mining               “I think everyone would say it’s       us confidence is that there are a
 will build on previous work.           services.                              been a positive year,” he said.        number of greenfield projects that
     “Sedgman’s strong working              The Qcoal contract is the latest       “Everyone has seen quite a bit     are starting to be dusted off,” he
 relationship with QCoal has            in a long list of contract wins by     of revenue growth, and Mastemyne       said.
 developed over many years,” he         Thiess - and by extension CIMIC        has had a strong year as well,” he          “We see some activity around
 said.                                  - who have closed significant          told Shift Miner.                      Aquila’s Eagle Downs project,
     “We have been closely involved     deals with Coronado Coal, Anglo            “Last year we had revenue of       Springsure Creek and a few other
 throughout the Byerwen project         American, BMA at Peak Downs,           just over $200 million, and this       underground projects.
 from the engineering, procurement      and Jellinbah in the last two          year we are guiding to revenue of           “There is a nice pipeline of
 and construction of the stockpile,     years.                                 $230 to $250 million.                  projects starting to emerge in
                                                                                   “So we have seen good growth,      Queensland and NSW.”
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Invisible miners do count                                                                                          for the purposes of calculating
                                                                                                                   government funding.
                                                                                                                       “That’s essentially a funding
                                                                                                                   shortfall of 33% which places
                                                                                                                   affected communities in a position
                                                                                                                   of disadvantage.
                                                                                                                       “This issue needs to be
                                                                                                                   addressed if we want sustainable
                                                                                                                   regional resource communities,
                                                                                                                   and is fundamentally an issue of
                                                                                                                   fairness and equity.”
                                                                                                                       The revival of the Central
                                                                                                                   Queensland mining sector has
                                                                                                                   translated into a more than 10%
                                                                                                                   increase in the number of non-
                                                                                                                   resident (FIFO or DIDO) workers in
                                                                                                                   the Bowen Basin.
                                                                                                                       According to recent figures
                                                                                                                   from the Queensland Government
                                                                                                                   Statistician’s Office (QGSO), on a
                                                                                                                   given day in June 2017, around
                                                                                                                   15,000 people travelled to the
                                                                                                                   Bowen Basin for work.
                                                                                                                       Given the roster systems
The Local Government Association     people living in a town on any             “In Isaac, we have a permanent     using in mining that means that
of Queensland (LGAQ) is calling      given day.                             population of about 21,000, but        something like 30,000 people are
for governments to include non-          The LGAQ resolved to make the      on any given day an additional         employed in the resources sector
resident FIFO or DIDO populations    issue part of their policy agenda      10,500 workers are also living         on a fly-in-fly-out or drive-in-
when deciding future funding.        this year after Mayor of the Isaac     in temporary accommodation             drive-out basis. This invisible
    Currently, the government        Regional Council Anne Baker            and camps in or near our               population can put considerable
only considers the full-time         moved the motion.                      communities,” she said.                pressure on local government
resident population, which for           She said the current rules             “For every two residents, we       infrastructure during their time at
many resource communities might      are short-changing most mining         have an additional ‘serviced’          work.
be only half the total number of     communities.                           resident who is not counted

BMA and BMC transport Galilee CSG joint venture
                                     the requirements of the chain of                                              regulatory restrictions currently
                                     responsibility legislation.                                                   still in place in Victoria and New
                                         “Coach travel is not what it                                              South Wales,” they said.
                                     was 10 or 20 years ago; we have                                                    “The structurally short, east
                                     onboard Wifi, toilet facilities, and                                          coast gas market presents an
                                     leather seats that recline.                                                   enormous opportunity for the
                                         “So the prospect of travelling                                            company’s gas assets.
                                     by coach is becoming more                                                          “With very few other projects
                                     convenient and comfortable and                                                in the appraisal or development
                                     offers a greater degree of safety.”                                           stage currently capable of meeting
                                         According to Greyhound, a          A joint venture seeking to be the      this shortfall, Galilee Energy is
                                     concept bus they developed in          first to exploit the Galilee Basin’s   well placed to capitalise on this
 Bus operator Greyhound has won      2016 that embedded a suite of new      vast coal seam gas reserves has        large potential given the size of
 a multi-million dollar contract     technologies like telematics, driver   commenced early survey work            our resource.”
 extension providing bus services    fatigue, passenger seat belt, and      for its preferred gas pipeline, and         According to Galilee
 to BHP’s Central Queensland         real-time tyre pressure monitoring,    begun talks with local landholders     Energy, they have one of the
 mines for the next five years.      has been critical in winning the       and councils.                          most substantial uncontracted
 Under the deal, Greyhound           contract and redefining safety.            Gas explorer Galilee Energy        contingent gas resources on the
 Resources will bus miners               As a consequence, the 49 new       and Chinese-controlled gas and         east coast, which they want to
 wherever BHP needs them to          coaches and 10 Mitsubishi Rosa’s,      electricity business Jemena entered    develop into a significant gas
 go, although mostly it involves     they will acquire to fulfil this       a non-binding agreement a year         reserve.
 taking them to and from nearby      contract will all be equipped with     ago with the intent of harvesting           However, this will require
 camps to mine sites.                the Greyhound “Techbus” safety         gas from the Glenaras gas fields       further drilling and assessment
     According to Greyhound          features.                              North West of Barcaldine and then      because in the gas sector,
 Resources CEO Alex de Waal, the         Despite the win, Greyhound         piping it across the Bowen Basin to    contingent resources, while
 contract renewal recognises their   Resources says they continue           Injune.                                potentially recoverable, are not
 efforts to inject technology and    to look for other new clients as           As a small explorer, Galilee       yet considered mature enough for
 comfort into their bus services.    mining ramps up.                       Energy has high hopes for their        commercial development. For its
     “I think BHP is very much           “We see a lot of demand, and       Glenaras gas project.                  part, Jemena says having access
 driving the safety standards in     are writing a lot of tenders and           “Prices [for gas] have increased   to a vast Galilee gas resource
 the resource sector, and helping    quotations,” Mr de Waal added.         over the last ten years from as low    would strengthen the case for an
 us strengthen our competence in     “We are seeing the marketplace         as $3/GJ to current levels of $8 to    extension to the pipeline they
 fatigue management,” he said.       being stimulated at the moment         $11/GJ, with the production of new     are currently building from the
     “That allows us to exceed       and significant growth.”               onshore gas volumes challenged by      Northern territory to Mt Isa.
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Rolleston sale cancelled                                                    Shortage of skills
                                                                                                                  medium-sized businesses or even
                                                                                                                  publicly listed companies,” he said.
                                                                                                                      “Salary growth is difficult to
                                                                                                                  support from a small business
                                                                                                                  perspective and seeking a new
                                                                                                                  challenge can be hard in a small
                                                                                                                      “A lot of businesses are
                                                                                                                  reluctant to put huge amounts of
The Rolleston coal mine has been      tonnes this year.”                                                          money into investing back into
taken off the market, after the            The move to sell the Rolleston                                         their staff when they’re losing 10
mines owner Glencore was unable       mine was not in anyway a move                                               per cent of their staff every year.”
to agree on a price with a range of   away from thermal coal mining                                                   With the improved fortunes
potential buyers.                     generally for Glencore.               A report has found that staff are     of mining in the last two years,
    In a short statement Glencore          After losing a bidding war       abandoning small and medium-          demand for skilled people
said the mine was on track for        with Chinese government backed        sized business at an increasing       in Central Queensland has
record production and possibly        Yancoal to buy Rio Tinto’s NSW        rate creating long-term problems      skyrocketed with most businesses
profits this year, and despite        based Coal and Allied thermal         for growth.                           in the mining sector listing it as
significant interest from buyers      coal business earlier in the year,        The 2018 Staff Retention          one of their primary concerns.
they had decided to abandon           Glencore struck a deal that gave      Report by the Insitute of                 However, a more stable period
selling it.                           it a 49% stake in the business.       Managers and Leaders is not           might be coming with the latest
    “While there had been             They also had mining leases           industry-specific, however, it        figures in the DFP Mining and
significant progress made with        approved for the proposed             says the hardest hit businesses are   Resources Job Index pointing
a number of parties interested,       Wandoan Mega mine in the Surat        those with turnover between $5        to slower growth in demand for
no agreement has been reached,”       Basin, and bought the Hail Creek      and $10 million.                      people.
they said.                            mine from Rio Tinto.                      Research General Manager              “September saw the first fall
    “Rolleston is delivering               Glencore is currently the        Sam Bell told media that across       in job vacancies in the mining
significant value to our Australia    world’s largest miner of seaborne     Australia, employees are chasing      and resources sector for 16
coal portfolio and given the          thermal coal, and the Rolleston       better money which makes it very      months,” they reported.
ongoing strength of the global        coal mine has government              hard for smaller businesses not           “A fall of 1.3% brought the
seaborne thermal coal market, the     approvals that would allow            seeing improved revenue.              national index to 92.51.
mine is making good margins and       Glencore to extend the mine life          “If you look at those factors,    “Permanent job vacancies fell by
is on target for a record saleable    by more than 20 years.                small businesses are probably         2.2% while temporary & contract
coal production of 15.5 million                                             disadvantaged against larger,         roles rose by 0.3%.”

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Landmark for Labour Hire?
A former Workpac labour hire            immediate supervisor disagreed,       employees had been engaged                Ms Star be removed from the site
employee at BMA’s Goonyella             although after the issue escalated,   to “undertake the same or                 was related to her conduct on that
Riverside mine has successfully         lights were assembled as she          substantially the same work”.             shift,” she said.
had her “demobilisation” from           requested.                            Workpac argued that Ms Star’s                 “It’s more than coincidental
the mine classified as an unfair            However, by the time this         employment only ended when she            that the email from BMA stating
dismissal by the Fair Work              happened, she was on a crib break     expressed disinterest in other roles      that Ms Star was no longer
Commission.                             and did not return to the area as     presented after her removal from          required at the mine effective
    Machinery operator, Kim Star,       she was on a different machine        Goonyella Riverside; However,             immediately was sent to WorkPac
had been employed by Workpac            after her break.                      Deputy President (DP) Asbury              on 10 November 2017 at or around
under a labour-hire contract                She recalled a conversation       rejected the argument saying              9.38 pm.
supplying the BMA owned mine            with her supervisor during her        that the terms and conditions of              “Based on the facts, I have
for about four years when she was       break.                                employment provided by Workpac   is more probable
demobilised late last year.                                                   did not constitute an ongoing work        than not that Ms Star’s dismissal
On the 13th November 2017,                  “I may have come across angry     contract.                                 related to a conduct issue.
Ms Star received a letter from                                                    “Rather it is a contract in the           “Ms Star was dismissed before
                                        on the radio, but I was just very
Workpac advising her that BMA                                                 form of a standing or framework           any attempts were made by
had told WorkPac “that they             frustrated as the grader driver       agreement under which an                  WorkPac to redeploy her and I do
wish to demobilise” her position        should have known what the SOP        employment relationship or a              not accept that any inability to
immediately, putting her out of         were for the task the grader was      series of employment relationships        redeploy Ms Star was the reason
work. However, the letter did           performing,” she recalled saying.     may be entered into on particular         for her dismissal.
say the termination was “non-                                                 sites or at particular locations, on          “The dismissal was unfair
performance related” and that she                                             either a casual or a maximum term         on the basis that there was no
could seek other work through           “I thought it was ok to do it the     basis,” she said.                         discussion with Ms Star about the
Workpac.                                way you were doing it without             “Further, the employment              decision to remove her from the
    The court examined the timing       the lights because the grader was     relationship for each assignment          site and ..there was no attempt
of the “demobilisation”, the use        spotting you and the ramp was         is established by a letter of offer,      made to discuss the directive
of the word “termination” and the       60 metres wide,” the supervisor       when the assignment ends, so does         with a relevant manager of
fact that BMA gave no reasons           responded.                            the employment relationship.              BMA or to confirm the reason
to Workpac regarding the sudden             She also told the court the           “This was not a case of an            for the directive or whether the
action. During this period, Ms          mines Open Cut Examiner arrived       employee moving around a variety          contractual provisions between
Star gave evidence regarding her        advising her that he had told the     of sites for relatively short periods..   BMA and WorkPac with respect
time at the mine, outlining some        grader driver that he needed lights   Ms Star was employed by WorkPac           to unsatisfactory performance by
incidents that she felt may have        and signage in order to discharge     to work at a particular site and          WorkPac personnel applied.”
had a bearing on her employment.        the load safely. She also claimed     only at that site and Ms Star’s offer         However, the victory might be
The first involved a rejected request   he also pointed out that she          of employment, related only to            a hollow one for Ms Star because
for leave over Christmas in October     had been “assertive” during the       one site.....and the terms on which       as the court conceded, Workpac,
2017. Ms Star said she was aware        conversation about the issue on the   employment was offered make               do not have the power to force
BMA management “would not               two-way radio. Ms Star responded      clear that when the assignment            BMA to reinstate her to her former
have been happy” about it given         that she had been firm during         ended so would the employment.”           position if she chooses to pursue
she was a casual employee of a          the discussion because she was            Having therefore established          that outcome.
contractor.                             concerned about not breaching the     that Ms Star was dismissed from               If they did - which seems
    The second incident on the          SOP.                                  her employment, DP Asbury then            unlikely - she would only receive
9th November involved a safety              The court also heard evidence     concluded that her dismissal was          around $5000 in wages back
incident where Ms Star refused to       from three other people at the        unfair.                                   payment, because ironically, her
unload her machine in a designated      Goonyella Riverside mine that             “The documentary evidence ....        new job in the mining sector is
area at night because she felt          following Ms Stars removal            allow an inference to be drawn that       higher paying.
there was inadequate lighting. Her      from the mine, other labour hire      the reason for BMA’s directive that

Surat Basin gas sector building
                                        - could see the development of        domestic gas network.                     potential,” they said this week.
                                        around 1000 coal seam gas wells           Back in 2015, Senex sold                  “This initial development
                                        over thirty years, across nine        off part of the Western Surat             will focus on the Glenora and
                                        hundred square kilometres.            Gas Project to Gladstone based            Eos blocks, with expansion
                                            In August, Senex finalised        gas exporter Santos GLNG for              potential into the neighbouring
                                        all the required government           around $42 million and signed             Mimas and Tethys blocks, now
                                        approvals to develop the              a binding 20-year gas supply              collectively referred to as Roma
                                        425-well-stage-1, and have            agreement.                                North.
                                        spent the time since, appraising          Senex says recent agreements              “The gas sales arrangements
                                        the viability of the proposed         between the two companies will            provide flexibility and
                                        project.                              expedite development.                     optionality for initial
Senex says it expects to make a             Senex has previously said             “Senex and GLNG                       development of Roma North,
final investment decision about         stage one would happen over           agreed on separate gas sales              with development of the
the Western Surat Gas Project           about five years, with the            arrangements, paving the way              remaining WSGP acreage subject
(WSGP) in the next six months.          compressed gas collected and          for a final investment decision           to a future final investment
   The WSGP is located just             piped east for export out of          for an initial 16 TJ/day gas              decision.”
North of Roma, and - if built           Gladstone or into the East Coast      development with expansion

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  All dressed up

  Warren Draper and William White         (L-R) Abigail, Caitlin and Melissa Briggs   (L-R) Dan Acton, Julie Lambie, Shannon
                                                                                      Dunne and Sandra Acton

  Kirralee White and Nicki McClymont      (L-R) Luke and Annie Metcalfe, Ashlea       (L-R) Georgia McNamara, Asher Kirk and
                                          Morgan and Mitchell Reeve                   Jane McNamara

  (L-R) Maddy and Annette Hatton, Allie   (L-R) Kieran Mahoney, Tahlia Abaw, Anthony (L-R) Joanne Carey and Thomas and
  and Evie McLaughlan                     Canning, Jess O’Hara and Fiona Maltery     James Cragg

  (L-R) Loiuse and Genna Dunne, Kyran     (L-R) Kyle Jarrett, Reece Flesser, Elliott (L-R) Joanne Truelson, Mai Olive and
  Tobin, Stacey Clatrke and Caleb Green   Griffin, Paul Duncan and Darby O’Sullivan Peter and Therese Foley

  (L-R) Joanne and Brett Truelson with Portia Under 13 years was won by Layla Bulman Ladies Over 35 Runner up was Jen Marsh
  And Lexi Draper                             from Rockhampton                       and Winner Emma Files

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FRANK THE TANK’S                                                                                Streaking good love advice
Dear Frank,                                In short John, no, it is not      little too heavy-handed, and I can
                                       wrong to want to discipline           tell by all the ‘Missing’ posters in
I have been seeing a really great      your partner’s child, in fact, I      the main street that his parents       SENSIBLE SUSAN
lady for a few months now, and         frequently find myself wanting        are not on board with my plan,         John,
everything has been going really       to discipline complete strangers’     but I can virtually guarantee my
well. Except for one thing - she       children. Recently I was grocery      methods will get results.              This is an all too common
has an undisciplined 14-year-old       shopping when I came across an             In your case, John, I don’t       problem for couples with
son who is rude to me, rude to         alarmingly obstreperous child         think kidnapping is the answer.        children from previous
his mother, and rude to just about     in the frozen foods section. His      I recommend you start actively         relationships. You should
everyone else he meets. I am           poor mother was so embarrassed,       letting this teenager know who’s       not try to replace the boy’s
really serious about this woman,       she had no choice but to walk         boss. The next time he sasses          father, but instead attempt
but I feel like I need to straighten   away from him in an attempt to        you, sell his Playstation on eBay,     to form a bond with him as
this kid out for the both of us        force him to break the tantrum        or slash the tyres on his bike.        a friend or mentor.
to be happy. Is it wrong to play       and follow her. At that moment        If these tactics are ineffective           Hopefully, if he comes
‘stepfather’ after such a short        I decided that something had to       you can always resort to more          to respect you as a role
amount of time?                        be done, someone needed to take       desperate measures. For example,       model, he will be more
                                       action in an attempt to straighten    you could force your prospective       receptive to your advice
               John, Rockhampton       out the younger generation, and       stepson to wear a dress to school      regarding his ill-behaviour,
                                       who better than me?                   every day. He’ll endure so many        and may be more likely
                                           While his mother’s back was       beatings in the playground that        to settle down. Talk to
Dear John,                             turned I abducted that child and      he’ll be too exhausted to cause        your partner about ways
                                       have been keeping him in my           any trouble at home. As a word         in which you can address
This is quite a coincidence, my        garage ever since. On a daily basis   of warning though, there is a          her son’s behaviour
lady friend and I play ‘stepfather’    he is taught various life lessons     slight chance this course of action    together, that way you
sometimes. She dresses up in a         (Tuesday is arts and crafts). When    could promote a tendency toward        should be able to devise
school girl costume and I pretend      I feel he is ready to return to his   transvestism. However, in my           some strategies regarding
to come home drunk and help            mother I will release him back into   view, you are better off with a        appropriate punishments
her with her ‘homework’. We            the frozen foods section where I      well-behaved son who dresses as a      for poor behaviour, and
discovered it in a book called 100     found him. Now, I’m sure there        girl, than an ill-behaved, regularly   positive reinforcement for
Highly Inappropriate Role Plays,       are some softies out there who        dressed son.                           appropriate behaviour.
but that’s a story for another time.   consider this course of action a                                                                    Susan

20 December 2018
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