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Nov 10, 2020
Isaac announces $1m COVID-19 recovery plan

Isaac announces $1m COVID-19 recovery plan

Isaac Regional Council has approved a million-dollar COVID-19 strategic recovery plan to be implemented over the next two years. Mayor Anne Baker said the plan, unanimously adopted at a recent council meeting, had 50 separate strategies to be applied across the Isaac region. “This longer-term strategic recovery plan complements our shorter-term tactical and strategic COVID response and re...

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Oct 02, 2020
Welcome boost to thin blue line for Clermont

Welcome boost to thin blue line for Clermont

Isaac Regional Council has welcomed State Government plans for a new $3.5 million police station in Clermont, which is facing additional demands from having Adani’s Carmichael coal project in the region. “Clermont certainly needs a bigger police station, particularly with the ongoing protest action against the Carmichael coal project which draws police from the town,” acting Mayo...

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Sep 29, 2020
Council hails ‘vote of confidence’ in local mining

Council hails ‘vote of confidence’ in local mining

Isaac Regional Council has welcomed the approval of the $1 billion Olive Downs project as a vote of confidence in the future of Queensland coal mining. “There is a lot of discussion about the future of coal – and of course demand and prices will always fluctuate – but investments like this show it has a strong long-term future,” acting Mayor Kelly Vea Vea said. “The Isaac Regi...

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Sep 16, 2020
Day of reflection takes new format in COVID-19 era

Day of reflection takes new format in COVID-19 era

Queensland’s annual memorial for fallen mine workers will be livestreamed online for the general public for the first time in 2020. The official 2020 Miners Memorial Day ceremony will be held at the State Miners Memorial at Redbank on Saturday, September 19 at 10.30am. A closed-set, professionally staged production of the service will be live-streamed to the public as a Resources Safety &...

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Sep 16, 2020
Mackay region hospital upgrades on the cards

Mackay region hospital upgrades on the cards

The State Government is funding business cases for the expansion of the Mackay Base Hospital and redevelopments at Bowen and Moranbah hospitals to strengthen public healthcare in the region. The announcement came after the Queensland Resources Council this week urged the State Government to prioritise the upgrade of Moranbah Hospital for local residents and industry, including mining operation...

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Sep 10, 2020
Wheel commitment to mental health message

Wheel commitment to mental health message

Think your site went big on RU OK? Day? Well BHP’s Hay Point Coal Terminal team went wheelie big. They decided to dedicate their new stacker reclaimer bucket wheel to the R U OK? cause. Weighing an impressive 11 tonnes and measuring almost 7m in diameter, the wheel was manufactured in Mackay and took four months to fabricate. In a piece shared on social media, BHP said it...

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Aug 17, 2020
Have a plan to survive FIFO

Have a plan to survive FIFO

A former high performance AFL coach has lent his experience to the world of fly-in, fly-out. John Toomey is about to publish a book called ‘Mastering the FIFO Lifestyle’. John has form as ‘wellness thought leader’, having been the Richmond football club’s high performance coach during the ’90s. He has drawn on a range of philosophies and hard medical approaches to...

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Aug 12, 2020
MIM ponders copper smelter  future

MIM ponders copper smelter future

Glencore is playing its cards close to its chest on the future of the copper smelter in Mount Isa. A four-year extension was due for review this year. In the past, the owner has made a decision to continue smelting copper contingent on operating under legacy environmental standards. Mount Isa City Council and the Australian Workers Union have called on Glencore to secure a future for worker...

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Jul 20, 2020
What mining can learn from Defence personnel management

What mining can learn from Defence personnel management

In past weeks, iQ has been looking at the similarities between the mining industry and the Australian Defence Force in terms of managing stresses on personnel. This week we look at the primary relationship between the staff member and families, not only when they’re away, but when they return from onsite. How does Defence manage it? Time apart due to deployments, training or other ...

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