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Sep 16, 2020
Heart Truck enters new territory

Heart Truck enters new territory

Heart of Australia’s HEART 1 truck has made its first visit to the towns of Middlemount, Moura, Theodore and Banana as part of the organisation’s expanding service areas. Since commencing operations in October 2014, Heart of Australia has provided life-saving health services to regional Queenslanders aboard its customised specialist medical clinics-on-wheels, affectionately known a...

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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 15, 2020
BHP details billions spent in Australia

BHP details billions spent in Australia

BHP has injected more than $33 billion into the Australian economy in the past financial year. The company’s latest economic contribution report showed this included about $11.2 billion in taxes, royalties and other government payments during the year. In Queensland, where BHP operates a raft of Bowen Basin coal mines, the company paid $919 million in taxes and royalties. Nationwi...

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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 15, 2020
Copper dragline cable gives local charities a lift

Copper dragline cable gives local charities a lift

Three Mackay charities have received a donation from Stanmore Coal after a discarded, 4.2 tonne copper dragline cable was sold for recycling, raising close to $8000.    Isaac Plains dragline supervisor Dave Straw was the brains behind the idea, and selected suicide prevention group, Suicide and Spirituality; Special Olympics Mackay; and junior teams at the Mackay Magpies Norther...

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Jul 29, 2020
Women in technology take centre stage

Women in technology take centre stage

There’s been a good response to the call for nominations to the 2020 Queensland Women in Technology (WiT) Awards despite the disruptions of COVID-19.  For the first time, a regional award has been introduced to recognise and encourage women who are using science and technology to advance regional industries and communities.  The WiT Awards have grown dramatically since Women in Tech...

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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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