THIS IS A CONVERSATION STARTER

TradeMutt, Coalface

Dan and Ed were two larrikin tradies who would go to work every day needing to come up with creative solutions to a myriad of problems. One day instead of doing that on the tools, they decided to do that with TradeMutt, eye-catching high vis workwear that encourages tradespeople to start a conversation about mental […]

A WALK IN HISTORY

Miners' Memorial Walk, Coalface

Standing as testament to Australia’s rich gold mining heritage is the newly inaugurated Miners’ Memorial Walk in Charter’s Towers. This unique attraction serves not only as a bridge to the past, where fortune-seekers ventured into the depths of the earth, but also as a solemn tribute to those whose journeys were cut short in mine, […]

THE NEXT GENERATION OF COAL

Futura Resources, Coalface

Futura Resources has washed and sent their first load of coal from Wilton mine to the Port of Gladstone marking a significant milestone for the future of coal in Queensland. Futura Resources is Australian-owned and was founded in late 2017. That’s when the company picked up the Fairhill and Wilton coal projects adjacent to each […]

FIRST ON SCENE

Anglo American, Coalface

In an initiative to combat the alarming statistics of road crash incidents in regional and remote areas, Anglo American in partnership with the Queensland Trucking Association has rolled out a series of vital First On Scene Remote Incident Training workshops across Central Queensland. The training aims to arm motorists with crucial first aid and crash […]

DIVING INTO MINING

Maddison Keeney, World Aquatics

Balancing full-time work and a professional sporting career should be an Olympic sport on its own, but for Maddison Keeney that’s what she’s done since 2021 – and represented Australia at the Olympic Games. Maddison joined mining giant BHP through the Minerals Australia Lift Program while she was preparing for the Olympics in Tokyo in […]

CHARTING THE FUTURE OF COAL

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A recent event at the Moranbah Golf Club gathered the local mining community together in a groundbreaking event aimed at reshaping the conversation around coal. Sponsored by MEC Mining in partnership with the AusIMM Central Queensland Branch, the panel discussion titled “Repositioning Coal – Bringing Conversations Back to the Living Room” sought to navigate the […]

INSPIRING INCLUSION

International Women's Day, QRC Awards

On International Women’s Day the annual QRC/WIMARQ Women in Resources Awards were held. We caught up with the winners to find out where they got their start, what challenges they’ve overcome along the way, and what they think still needs to change for women in the mining industry. Exceptional Woman in Queensland Resources – Sonia […]

DECARBONISATION ACCELERATED

Decarbonisation Accelerated Summit

Greater Whitsunday Alliance and the Resources Centre of Excellence are hosting the region’s first ever decarbonisation summit on May 23, to help local businesses understand their role in carbon reduction. Greater Whitsunday Alliance (GW3) CEO Kylie Porter said the Decarbonisation Accelerated Summit is focused on unlocking thinking around decarbonisation and to provide a platform for […]

ON YOUR MARKS!

BMA Mackay Marina Run, Coalface

The BMA Mackay Marina Run has officially launched, with event organisers anticipating a record turnout of over 3,500 participants on June 2. Celebrating its 16th iteration, this esteemed event is acclaimed for combining athletic endurance with the allure of Queensland’s picturesque landscapes, offering a course that is both fast and flat amidst sub-tropical beauty. Event […]

HOT WHEELS

Capricornia Cup

The 2024 Rockhampton Cup on Wheels and the Capricornia Cup, held on the March 22 & 23, unfolded as a spectacular weekend of cycling, marking the 57th and 56th instalment of these prestigious events, respectively. Characterised by their feature Wheelraces, which are Handicap events, these races offer every competitor, regardless of their starting position, an […]

VULCAN STEELS THE SHOW

Vulcan Mackay

Vulcan Mackay’s brand new premises are bigger, better, safer, and of course, as tough as steel! Tell us about the journey that got the business to where it is today. Vulcan Mackay was first opened back in 2004 under the name of Interlloy. There were three staff at the time, the premises had one saw, […]

COLLINSVILLE CANTER FOR CANCER

Collinsville International Women's Day

On Sunday March 10, a wave of pink took over Collinsville as more than 80 people and five dogs took part in an International Women’s Day Fun Run event.  The second annual Collinsville Sea of Pink is the town’s ‘virtual’ answer to the Brisbane IWD Fun Run event, supported by Mater Chicks in Pink.  There […]

YOUTH HAVE THEIR SAY IN COMMUNITIES’ FUTURE

Smart Transformation Youth Advisory Council

Housing and childcare services are key issues to target to build community sustainability, according to members of the 2024 Smart Transformation Youth Advisory Council. The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) met in Dysart, with the support of BMA, to assess local issues and provide a youth voice into Smart Transformation’s work to help future proof Dysart […]

SCHOLARSHIPS ACCELERATE STUDIES

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Four first year James Cook University students from regional Queensland have shared in a $45,000 scholarship fund designed to help them excel in their studies. For the first time, the QCoal Foundation has awarded not only its annual $30,000 scholarship, but three additional bursaries to JCU students. Scholarship recipient and Speech Pathology student Taylor Dockerty […]

COMMUNITY GIFT – MACKAY MEN’S SHED

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This month the Complete Parts and @ The Coalface $500 Community Gift goes to the Mackay Men’s Shed, building the community, one project at a time. The Mackay Men’s Shed Inc. was founded in early 2022 by a group of retired men and has become a cornerstone for those seeking, mateship, purpose, and a sense […]

FAMILY FUN AT MOOLARBEN COAL

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Over 1,900 people streamed through the gates at Moolarben Coal in March to experience what it’s like ‘at the coalface’. Across two weekends employees, contractors and their families went through Moolarben’s gates to get a firsthand look at the mining operation heading along to pit tours,seeing excavators, trucks, loaders, drills, the coal preparation plant and […]

GEARING UP FOR A GOOD CAUSE

Expressway Spares Variety Bash

Expressway Spares’ company bash car will be hitting the road in May to raise awareness and funds for Variety – The Children’s Charity. Expressway Spares’ Gunnedah Branch Manager Anthony Smith will be jumping behind the wheel of the spruced up 1978 Ford Falcon and cruising from Gunnedah all the way up to Bymount, before heading […]

COMMUNITY CHAMPION – JOAN GRIFFITHS

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This month’s Community Champion is Joan Griffiths, Narrabri Shire Council’s 2024 Citizen of the Year. Joan was born in Armidale, was married to her husband in Wollongong and then came back to live in Armidale and raise her family. Sometime after Joan and her husband Don arrived back in Armidale, Joan’s husband was offered a […]

SAFETY STARS

Hunter Safety Awards

On Friday 15 March 2024, this year’s Hunter Safety Awards recognised individuals and businesses dedicated to championing safety, innovation and Work Health and Safety (WHS). Among the outstanding winners was Mines Rescue, demonstrating unwavering commitment to WHS by winning the Best WHS Training Program award. At the heart of their win is Mines Rescue’s Generic […]

COMMUNITY GIFT – VOCAL

Victims of Crime Assistance League

This month the Complete Parts and @ The Coalface $500 Community Gift goes to The Victims of Crime Assistance League. VOCAL is a gift-deductible charity that provides support for anyone who has experienced crime-related trauma. VOCAL was founded by a family who experienced homicide in 1989 and at the time there was no trauma support […]

MORE THAN A TRAILER

Eddies Trailers & Fab

Muswellbrook family-owned business Eddies Trailers & Fab take a lot of pride in their manufacturing and when it comes to their trailer manufacturing anything is possible. Trailers, they’re everywhere. On the road, on farms, there’s probably a good chance you’ve got one in your backyard. Trailers are so commonplace that the last word that comes […]

TRANSMISSION ON TRACK

Hunter Transmission Project

The state’s aging coal-fired power stations are reaching the end of their technical lives and with some closing faster than expected, the Hunter Transmission Project (HTP) will be operating by 2028 to help transport energy from NSW’s Renewable Energy Zones (REZ) to the east coast. The HTP involves building a new above-ground 500 kilovolt (kV) […]

STICKING IT TO THE TOP

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In the world of sports, where the spotlight often favours those from well-known hubs of talent, Jacob “Boccy” Anderson’s journey from the modest beginnings to the international hockey stage is a narrative of relentless ambition and unwavering dedication. “I picked the sport up at an early age and started making representative teams in primary school,” […]

COMMUNITY GRANTS SUPPORT THRIVING COMMUNITIES

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New funding is now available to Central Queensland community groups and not-for-profit organisations in the Moranbah, Middlemount, Moura, Banana and Theodore areas through Anglo American’s 2024 Community Grants Program. Anglo American Australia CEO Dan van der Westhuizen said the company was committed to supporting the development of thriving communities in the Bowen Basin. “The annual […]

WANDERLUST AND DESERT DUST

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Last month, we delved into the heart of Dubai, a dazzling metropolis where architectural wonders loom and luxury shopping abounds. Our travels this month take us on paths less trodden, exploring the ancient echoes of the desert and the majestic realm of towering mountains. A short 20 minute drive from downtown Dubai leads to Casa […]

BRAIN FOOD

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As we get older, changes occur in all the parts of our body. Not just the changes that we see looking in the mirror every morning, but changes on the inside too. We all feel aches and pains but something we don’t feel is certain parts of our brain shrinking as we age, including the […]

BRIDGING THE GAP IN HEARING HEALTH

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In an innovative collaboration, Peak Hearing and BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) have embarked on a mission to safeguard the auditory health of Moranbah and Clermont’s youngest generations. At the heart of this initiative is Alison Collins, an audiologist dedicated to early hearing intervention. Her journey, which began with a psychology class at Queensland University of […]

TEE TIME

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Nestled in the heart of Mackay, Fairways Golf Simulator and Bar has opened its doors offering a unique blend of technology, sport and socialising that promises to redefine your golfing experience. Whether you’re a novice looking to learn, an amateur eager to improve, or a professional perfecting your swing, the facility provides the perfect golfing […]

HARD HATS AND HARDCOVERS

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In the world of mining, every day presents a new set of challenges and rewards. For Aaron White, the latest chapter in his mining journey is well worth a read. With over twenty years of experience in the mining industry he’s put pen to paper to show what a job in the real world is […]

OPINION: PROUD TO PROMOTE THE RESOURCES SECTOR

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It is a great honour to contribute my first article to @ The Coalface as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland Resources Council. I’m a born and bred Queenslander who’s proudly worked in the resources sector for more than 25 years, including with a coal company with mines in our world-famous Bowen Basin. […]

OPINION: DRIVING HARD WORKING AUSTRALIANS MAD

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The Government seems to believe that electric vehicle owners are a type of modern-day saint. Now the Government thinks that this group deserves yet more taxpayer largesse with the creation of new efficiency standards. These standards would set a limit for the carbon emissions that can come out of the back of the tailpipe of […]

COMMUNITY CHAMPION: ROHAN BARNES

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Working as the Supply Superintendent at Glencore’s Clermont Open Cut, Rohan’s story is a testament to balancing professional responsibilities with a personal life centered around community service. “The working hours are demanding and take up a significant part of the day. However, the advantage of living less than 15 minutes from work allows those of […]

THEN & NOW – DGI TRADING

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Ever wondered how some people started and what led them to where they are now? This month we asked some of the team at DGI Trading to share their journey. Gerard Dillon – General Manager My dad was a mechanic and I grew up on a farm mucking around on the tools. I always had […]

BRAVUS BACKS FIRST NATIONS FOOTY

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Bravus Mining and Resources was thrilled to help bring First Nations players from around central and north Queensland together in Rockhampton for the annual Warba Wangarunya Rugby League Carnival. The Rockhampton and Townsville-based operator of the Carmichael coal mine was a major sponsor of the event, hosted each year by Darumbal Community Youth Service. The […]

AID FOR AGRICULTURE

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New Hope Group has ramped up its support of the local community by donating $230,000 to 23 different schools, community groups and sporting teams over the past four months, including a sizeable donation to Quinalow Prep-10 State School. New Acland Mine’s $20,000 donation will allow the school to expand its award-winning agricultural science program. Quinalow […]

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME

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A legally binding housing agreement between a young coal mining company and a central Queensland council hopes to inspire industry players to follow suit. Vitrinite signed the housing contribution agreement with Isaac Regional Council in a bid to futureproof communities reducing impacts on Isaac’s local rental and housing market. The agreement establishes a housing committee […]

FUNDS TO HELP ENGAGE STUDENTS

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Bowen State High School has received a grant from the QCoal Foundation to support their “Engage to Achieve: Nurturing Great Humans” project. The project is a Social and Emotional Wellbeing project for secondary students who are more at risk of disengagement, have barriers to education, aggressive behaviours or prior suspensions. Its success has been recognised […]

THREE THINGS YOU CAN EXPECT AT QME 2024

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Get ready – the countdown is on to the highly anticipated Queensland Mining & Engineering Exhibition (QME) in 2024!  With all the buzz around increased mining activity and an uplift in industry confidence, QME 2024 is set to break records. This unmissable industry event has everything for mining professionals who want to strengthen their business, […]

2024 IS YEAR OF THE VOLUNTEER

Smart Transformation

Smart Transformation has kicked off its brand new Volunteering Project – to both celebrate existing community volunteers and attract new helpers to not-for-profit organisations and sporting groups. With support from BMA, the Smart Transformation Volunteering Project will increase community awareness of the need for volunteers to keep important community events on the social calendar and […]

STEPPING UP FOR LIFESAVING SERVICE

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The RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service is an essential aeromedical service in Central QLD, but they wouldn’t be able to do what they do without an army of volunteers. RACQ CapRescue operates over a huge area, spanning 350,000 square kilometres, helping more than 300,000 people per year. Racking up almost 30 years of operation in […]

QLD MARCH 2024

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There’s always something going on in our mining communities, and a lot of it is driven by a plethora of volunteers.  The RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Service is an essential aeromedical service in Central QLD who wouldn’t be able to provide their services for free without the help of their amazing volunteers. This month we’re recognising […]

MAILRUN RETURNS

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Registrations for the annual Mailrun Charity Bike Ride are now open with this year’s ride held on Sunday April 14. For over a decade the Mailrun Charity Bike Ride has been raising vital funds for not-for-profit charitable organisation, Singleton Family Support, while also providing a fun event for the whole community to enjoy. This year […]

ONE FOR THE HISTORY APP

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The history of the Northern District coalfields will soon be preserved forever in an interactive history app by filmmaker Sandra Pires. From Harry’s miners’ lamp that was left at the Neath Hotel in World War I while he went to fight, to the 3000 miners who helped clean up after the 1955 Maitland Floods, these […]

HOME SWEET HOME

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After working from a shed on private land for nearly 100 years, the Kayuga Rural Fire Brigade will now be able to work from their very own shed on public land thanks to the collaborative efforts of the NSW Rural Fire Service, a local mine and state and local governments. In 2021 the brigade received […]

A BACKPACK WITH HEART

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For many years, Complete Parts and Equipment Solutions have been proud supporters of the @ The Coalface monthly Community Gift. But you might not know that they have also been running their own charity in the Singleton community for nearly three years. Felicity and Sean Dyson started their earthmoving and mining equipment business, Complete Parts, […]

COMMUNITY GIFT – SOUTHLAKES INC.

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This month, Complete Parts and @ The Coalface $500 Community Gift goes to Southlakes Inc. Over the last 10 years, this amazing local organisation has helped more than 1.5 million people. Christine Mastello is the founder of Southlakes Inc. Through her work as a social worker, Christine knew many families were struggling to make ends […]

TRUCKS DELIVER BUCKS

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Five Upper Hunter charities have shared in $32,500 because of the coal hauled by five Hunter Valley Operations (HVO) mining trucks. Representatives from the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, Hunter Prostate Cancer Alliance, Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation, Type 1 Foundation and Singleton Family Support recently received their donations from HVO General Manager Dave Foster. Dave said […]

VOLUNTEERS KEEP THE BLADES TURNING

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There are over 850 ‘red shirts’ across Northern NSW raising money to help keep the Westpac Rescue Helicopter in the air for anyone who finds themselves having possibly the worst day of their life. It costs approximately $40 million a year to keep the Service’s four helicopters and crew in the air. Of that, 14 […]

THEN AND NOW – EXPRESSWAY SPARES

THEN AND NOW

Ever wondered how some people started and what led them to where they are now? This month we asked some of the team at Expressway Spares to share their journey. Geoff Fowler – National Operations Manager Wauchope NSW (49 years of service) I started with Expressway Spares in 1975 working as a yardman. 12 months […]

SMART TRANSFORMATION TURNS 21!

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Moranbah and Dysart’s Smart Transformation Advisory Councils have celebrated their 21st meeting with cake and recognition of their major achievements over the past four years. The community-based Advisory Council members volunteer their time to drive Smart Transformation and give direction, advice and support on various projects and issues of importance to the futures of Dysart […]

COMMUNITY CHAMPION – NICK WHEELER

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Dysart is a thriving community thanks to the dedication of its residents. Among them stands Nick Wheeler, a pillar of the community whose journey in Dysart spans over four decades. Nick Wheeler’s connection with Dysart began 43 years ago, driven by opportunities in the mining industry. “I started at Norwich Park back in the Utah […]

MAGNETIC SOUTH KICKSTARTS DONATIONS WITH DEFIBRILLATOR

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Dingo residents are better protected in the case of an emergency thanks to the donation of a defibrillator which has been installed outside the library and can be accessed by anyone in need. The donation was made as part of the launch of Magnetic South’s pre-construction Community Benefit Fund, which is now open and taking […]

COMMUNITY GIFT – BREAKAWAY HORSE RIDERS CLUB

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This month the Components Only and @ The Coalface $500 Community Gift goes to the Breakaway Horse Riders Club, an organisation that has significantly contributed to the Mackay District since its inception in 1986. Affiliated with the Australian Trail Horse Riders Association (ATHRA), the club has been a beacon for trail riding and endurance enthusiasts, […]

BRAVUS RIDES WITH COWBOYS

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Bravus Mining and Resources was front and centre at the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys annual community day recently as excitement for the return of footy season builds across regional Queensland. Hundreds of footy fans descended on the Cowboys Training Field in South Townsville to celebrate the new “blue and grey” line-up and rub shoulders with […]

INTRODUCING THE 2024 QMEA AMBASSADORS

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The 2024 Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) Ambassadors program, an initiative by the Queensland Resources Council (QRC), recently conducted a camp in Brisbane. The event marked the start of a year-long journey for 20 selected students and heralded a new era of talent in Queensland’s resources and energy sectors. The students, selected for their […]

PITT’S PATH TO PACIFIC GAMES

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Moranbah’s own Jovyn Pitt recently represented Australia on the international stage, participating in the 2023 Pacific Games in the Solomon Islands. The former Moranbah State High School Captain and Indigenous Captain is studying Health Science at James Cook University in Townsville. Having stood out for his academic excellence and his compelling application, Jovyn was selected […]

COLLINSVILLE TURNS PINK

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The mining town of Collinsville in outback Queensland is set to transform into a ‘Sea of Pink’ to celebrate International Women’s Day and help raise funds for the Mater Foundation to fight breast cancer.  The ‘virtual fun run’ will take place on Sunday 10 March, embracing the spirit of the Sea of Pink seen in […]

GLENCORE SUPPORTS SPORT

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Junior athletes across regional NSW will soon have greater access to skills, equipment and important safety programs thanks to almost $95,000 in collective funding from Glencore’s Junior Sports Development Program (JSDP). Fourteen junior sporting clubs across the state have received JSDP grants of up to $7,500, with the aim of enhancing the sustainability and strength […]

CELEBRATING COMMUNITY SUPPORT

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Mount Thorley Warkworth (MTW) has granted over $115,000 in funding to local community organisations, aiming to make a positive difference to the Hunter Valley region in 2024. This funding will be shared by nineteen local community organisations that work in the areas of health, social and community, environment, and education and training.  Some of the […]

UNDERWATER PARADISE

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After so many years of reviewing fun things to do in our region, there was still one place I had yet to explore. And it just so happens to cover 71% of the planet! If you haven’t guessed it already, this month I did a lot more then stick my toes in the water. I […]

LIDDELL’S LEGEND LIVES ON

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On March 9, the Liddell tradition of keeping its history alive continues at Club Singleton with the 2024 Liddell Coal & Allied operations and collieries staff reunion. It’s a must attend event that grows each year it’s held. Liddell started in 1923. As one of the biggest mines in the district, it was the training […]

CHRISTMAS IN THE CLASSROOM

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The Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue helped spread some Christmas cheer in local schools. Delivered in conjunction with the Hunter River Times newspaper, the Dialogue Christmas in the Classroom competition aims to help local schools and their students showcase the festive season while celebrating and farewelling the school year. For the third year, schools involved with […]

UHMD APPOINTS NEW CHAIR

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The Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue recently appointed a new Chair, John Watson. John is the Director Environment and Community Coal Assets Australia – Glencore, and takes on this role from Sarah Withell, who has held this position since 2019. Sarah has played an invaluable role in setting the Dialogue’s strategic direction and ensuring it remains […]

COMMUNITY CHAMPION: ZOE MAWKES

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About 50 per cent of new mothers experience the ‘baby blues’ in the first few weeks after giving birth, and 1 in 6 women will experience the longer-term postnatal depression. It is difficult to fathom that one of the happiest moments in a mother’s life can also be one of the saddest. The childbearing years, […]

BOOST FOR BEES

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A Hunter Valley Operations (HVO) community grant has helped a newly formed community group to value and protect Australian native bees in the Hunter. The Australian Native Bee Association (ANBA) is a national member-based organisation that promotes the conservation, cultural significance and sustainable management of all Australian native bees, and the development of native bee […]

MY MINING LIFE – OLIVIA HULBERT

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Who are you and what do you do? My name is Olivia Hulbert, I am 26 years old and an Environmental Advisor working for Whitehaven Coal Mine Closure Unit. The unit undertakes the rehabilitation of historic and closed mines, and supports rehabilitation for our Gunnedah Open Cut coal mines.   When did you start in […]

COMMUNITY GIFT – Coalfields Local History Association Inc.

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This month the Complete Parts and @ The Coalface $500 Community Gift goes to the Coalfields Local History Association Inc. Operating out of the Sir Edgeworth David Memorial Museum in Abermain and made up entirely of volunteers, they are passionate about preserving our region’s history. Established in 1996 with the objectives of discovering, recording, preserving […]

THE CAMERON’S AND CENTENNIAL HELPING HMRI

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The Cameron Family and Centennial Coal have a long history with the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI). It started with Dr Bob Cameron who was a GP for 70 years. He trained at Sydney University and was based at various places throughout his career including at Cessnock District Hospital. During the war he amputated the […]

HOT WHEELS TRANSPORT TOYS

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Most of us don’t like spending time in company cars as it means we’re normally out and about on work business. But at Expressway Spares, employees and customers can’t wait to jump into their one of a kind company car. A few months back, Expressway Spares came up with the creative idea to invest in […]

SUPPORT FOR LOCAL SPORT

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Junior athletes across regional Queensland will soon have greater access to skills, equipment and important safety programs thanks to almost $120,000 in collective funding from Glencore’s Junior Sports Development Program (JSDP). Eighteen junior sporting clubs across the state have received JSDP grants of up to $7,500 each, with the aim of enhancing the sustainability and […]

LIFE IS ABOUT CLIMBING MOUNTAINS

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Challenging. That’s the word Newcastle Knights old boy Danny Buderus would use to describe his recent adventure to Mount Everest with 20 others to raise money for the Mark Hughes Foundation (MHF). In the name of MHF, supporters have climbed to the Mt Everest Base Camp, been up Mt Kilimanjaro and along the Borneo Sandakan […]

BOOST FOR TOURISM

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Broke Fordwich Wine and Tourism Association has receive a $10,000 boost to tourism efforts to showcase the region’s vibrant wineries, rich cultural heritage, stunning natural beauty, and unique experiences. The funding, made possible through a partnership with Glencore’s Bulga Coal mine, will support marketing resources to attract more visitors to the region ahead of the […]

NEW LIFE FOR LAPTOPS

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What does a mine production manager do on his weekends off? Well Glencore’s Integra Coal Underground Production Manager Evert Smit spent two weekends last month spending his time doing something pretty special. When the mine had to upgrade laptops, there were 53 they could no longer use. Instead of tossing them, Evert took them home, […]

TOMAREE TWELVE 2.0

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Daniel Robinson and his mates from Bulga Coal are back again, hitting the heights of Mt Tomaree in a gruelling fundraising challenge. When he’s not thinking up crazy new ways to test himself to the limits in the name of fundraising, Daniel is a Senior Open Cut Examiner at Bulga Coal. Last year he convinced […]

Sowing the seeds for a healthier community

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Queens Beach State School’s kitchen garden program is blooming thanks to a new grant from Bowen Rail Company (BRC) to support the region’s littlest green thumbs. The Bowen state school was one of four recipients of the latest round of funding from BRC’s Community Partnership Program, which is designed to assist not-for-profit organisations and community […]

HVO Helping Train Mental Health First Aiders

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More Singleton residents have become mental health first aiders thanks to funding through Hunter Valley Operations’ (HVO) community grants program. Novaskill Hunter Valley has been able to provide 18 free places for its Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses this year with its HVO Round 1 2023 community grant. About 1 in 5 Australian adults […]

A Space For Sharing

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Recently @ The Coalface attended the opening of Kirkton Public School’s newly built Yarning Circle. This lovely outdoor learning space was made possible thanks to the Glencore Schools P&C Grants program, and the tireless efforts of the Kirkton Public School P&C Committee. Kirkton Public School is a tiny school with only 35 students enrolled. Due […]

Hats off to CAPS

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When the team at CAPS aren’t busy coming up with compressed air and power generation solutions, they’re busy encouraging people to get behind a fundraising campaign to fight cancer. Compressed Air and Power Solutions (CAPS) are a key supporter of the MACA Cancer 200 Ride for Research, a massive event from October 14 that raises […]

COMMUNITY GIFT – Mudgee Historical Society

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This month the Complete Parts and @ The Coalface $500 Community Gift goes to the Mudgee Historical Society. Every day of the week, volunteers from Mudgee lovingly look after the Mudgee Museum and work to improve its buildings and surrounds. The Mudgee Museum, at 126 Market Street, is based in the former West End Hotel […]

Funding was Music to College’s Ears

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Students at Australian Christian College (ACC) Singleton have struck a chord on their new musical equipment, thanks to a $3,700 donation from Ashton Coal. The funding has purchased new musical instruments including 28 classical guitars and 28 ukelele’s to enhance the junior school music program. Melissa Goodworth at Australian Christian College Singleton was delighted with […]

Serving the Community

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Despite the 3.30am starts, Boggabri Lions Club has found a way to rejuvenate the service club’s membership. Over the past 15 years, more than a million meals have been served by club members at barbecues around Boggabri communities. President Craig Devine said four or five years ago, the club was going to fold, but then […]

Making Radio Waves

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Capella is nestled away from the bustling cities and features a single street lined with houses and shops stretching along it. Its unique charm stems from a history entwined with coal mining and agriculture. Capella was founded on traditional Wangan land in the 1860s by graziers influenced by the good reports of Ludwig Leichhardt. Today, […]

EDGE Expands Horizons

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At Clermont High School, young individuals are not only breaking a sweat but are also breaking down barriers with the Blue EDGE program, a joint initiative of the Clermont Police Station and the school. @ The Coalface had a chance recently to chat with Sergeant Steve French, about this impactful program which involves a blend […]

Checking with Community

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Every year in Australia, skin cancers account for around 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers. Glencore’s Rolleston Open Cut understands how important regular skin checks are and so in 2020 they began providing free checks to all their employees. Then they took it a step further, running free skin check clinics in their neighbouring communities. […]

New name, new game, same important cause.

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Over the past 7 years, the annual Hunter Valley Mining Charity Rugby League Day has raised more than $500,000 for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. Now it’s time for a new ‘battle of the miners’, the A-Plus Contracting Hunter Valley Mining OzTag Challenge. The new look event will continue the tradition of previous years, bringing […]

Kyle Rides for Kids

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As I write this, Kyle Large is riding a Postie bike through regional Queensland. By the time you read this he will have ridden for nine days and covered around 2,000km. Kyle, who is a Maintenance Planner at Glencore’s Collinsville Open Cut, is particiapting in the Postie Bike Safari, an annual charity event that raises […]

State of Unity

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Amidst the buzz and excitement of the highly anticipated second State of Origin, there was a heart-warming story that captured the hearts of Central Queenslanders. Former NRL legend PJ Marsh and his mates at Glencore’s Rolleston Open Cut coal mine came together to show the true spirit of mateship and generosity. PJ, renowned for his […]

Rally for Cancer

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Merriwa locals Craig and Emma Douglas are participating in this year’s Mystery Box Rally to raise money for Cancer Council and to honour those they have lost to cancer. Craig, who is an operator at Mangoola Coal, and Emma who works at the local CRT in Merriwa, are taking on the event together for the […]

Table Talk

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In the space of four years there’s been a huge expansion of a program helping men meet others just to sit down over a meal and talk. The Men’s Table began with a single meeting in Sydney in 2019 and has expanded throughout NSW and the rest of Australia with new groups about to start […]