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					 QAL Boosts City’s                                                                           Supporting
 History Collection                                                                          Healthy Lifestyles
 T  he city’s historical
    collection of images
 and memorabilia housed
                                          were used as a record to provide a
                                          picture of the community in which the
                                          industry was to be established,”                   C   reating a workplace with a
                                                                                                 good work-life balance is a
                                                                                             major focus of QAL’s vision to be
                                              “A great majority of the collection
 at the Gladstone Regional                is very much focussed on the people                the Employer of Choice.
 Art Gallery & Museum has                 and township during the 1960s. Of
                                          particular note are images of the early                The QAL Lifestyle Package is a recent initiative
 been greatly enhanced                    Harbour Festivals, the Brisbane to                 introduced in partnership with local businesses and
 with a significant donation               Gladstone Yacht Race and also the                  provided to employees in recognition of outstanding
 from QAL.                                town as it was before the boom – both              safety results for the past two years.
                                          at a ground level and from the air.” Mr                QAL recognises that families make a meaningful
     The QAL collection, comprising       Greenhalgh said.                                   contribution to quality of life for its employees and
 of forty years of local history, will        Gladstone Regional Art Gallery &               as such the package was designed to cover a range
 boost the city’s holdings with close     Museum Director Pamela Whitlock                    of activities for employees and their families.
 to one thousand photographic slides      said the QAL collection was a most
 and negatives of the early town          welcome addition to the city’s holdings            The package consists of:
 development and establishment of         and would provide a very valuable
                                                                                             •Unlimited free games of golf at the Gladstone
 QAL in the 1960s. The collection also
 includes the full range of aluminium
 hard hats worn on site and complete
                                          resource that was further enhanced
                                          by being well documented and
                                          accompanied with supporting material
                                                                                              Golf Course
                                                                                             •Use of the Yaralla Fitness Centre free of charge
                                                                                                                                                                  A Message from
 sets of Horizons and Aluminews
 magazines dating back to 1963.
                                          such as personal recollections.
                                              “History at community level
                                                                                             •Unlimited free Gladstone Cinema movie tickets
                                                                                                                                                                       QAL’S Managing Director
     Health,     Safety,   Environment    provides a sense of belonging and                      Health, Safety, Environment and Communities
 and Communities Manager Ross             derives from an understanding of                   Manager Ross Greenhalgh said the package was                                               elcome to our Autumn edition                   week placement at the refinery. Selected from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       around Australia, the university students spent a
 Greenhalgh said the collection was       place, time and the multitude of                   implemented in 2007 initially for 12 months,                                               of Refining Moments, QAL’s                      working holiday with QAL to complete specialised
 donated to the city as part of QAL’s     ties that bring people together,” Ms               however its success and continued good safety
 40th anniversary celebrations.           Whitlock said.                                     performance in 2007 has seen the program                                             community newsletter designed                        projects and studies, under the guidance of
     “With the 40th celebrations              “The collection will assist greatly            extended for another 12 months.                                                      to keep you up-to-date with our                      our highly skilled mentors. I know they enjoyed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       the experience of working at one of the world’s
 last year, it seemed appropriate to      in closing some of the gaps in the                      “QAL recognises the importance of maintaining                                   activities.                                          largest alumina refineries and have taken back
 gift the collection to the city. The     pictorial record of the city’s history and         a healthy lifestyle for a person’s optimal health                                                                                         to university a valuable working knowledge of
 collection will now be more accessible   development and provide inspiration                and wellbeing which in the long term will assist                                         I am pleased to announce the release of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       how a large organisation such as QAL operates.
 to the community and also kept in a      for many future exhibitions.”                      in the smooth operation of QAL and maximise the                                      QAL’s 2007 Health Safety, Environment and
 temperature and humidity controlled                                                         productivity of its staff,” Mr Greenhalgh said.                                      Communities report. The report presents an               With the 40th anniversary being such a big
                                              The collection is already proving                                                                                                                                                        part of our community activities last year, QAL
 environment to ensure its survival for   its value with some of the images                      “QAL is therefore committed to providing                                         overview our successes and challenges in
 future generations,” Mr Greenhalgh                                                                                                                                               2007, whilst also providing a background to our      celebrated the past history of the refinery and
                                          displayed in the exhibition ‘Racing                employees with the opportunity to participate                                                                                             its relationship with the local community. In
 said.                                    Onwards: Celebrating 60 years of the               in health and lifestyle enhancing activities and                                     organisation and the environment in which we
                                                                                                                                                                                  operate. Details of how to secure a copy of the      recognition of this milestone and to ensure the
     “The survey work and research        Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race                   encouraging our people to adopt healthy lifestyles,                                                                                       history of QAL is retained, the entire history
 conducted prior to QAL’s establishment   1949 – 2008’ during Easter.                        including a balance between work and other                                           report is included in this issue.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       collection was gifted to the city’s collection
 was extensive and many of the images                                                        aspects of life.”                                                                        QAL has extended the Lifestyle Package for
                                                                                                                                                              Autumn 2008         employees, whereby everyone on site has access
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       housed at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery
                                                                                                 Plant Support Engineer Lance Clulee uses the                                                                                          & Museum. This donation, which consisted of
                                                                                             package on a weekly basis and has found many                      In This Issue      to free gym membership, golf and movies as part
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       over 2 000 items including photographs and
                                                                                             benefits from the program.                                                            of their employment package. Introduced for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       memorabilia will provide a valuable resource for
                                                                                                                                                              New Apprentices     first time last year in recognition of exceptional
                                                                                                  “I use the gym as part of the package every                                                                                          the community and ensure its survival for future
                                                                                                                                                                                  safety performance, the package has proved
                                                                                             week day and I play golf on every RDO. A healthy                                                                                          generations.
                                                                                                                                                                                  to be a great success and provides enormous
                                                                                             body holds a healthy mind, so the benefits are                    Vacation Students   benefits towards creating a healthy lifestyle and         I trust you will enjoy reading more about
                                                                                             not only of a monetary value but they also have                                      work life balance for our workforce.                 these stories and others which are contained in
                                                                                             improved my fitness and general wellbeing,” Mr                    2007 Report                                                              this issue of Refining Moments.
                                                                                             Clulee said.                                                                             A total of 17 new apprentices commenced their
                                                                                                                                                                                  careers with QAL this year and were welcomed
                                                                                                 “There are so many advantages to the package.                                    on site in January. QAL is proud to be one of the       Kind regards
                                                                                             Being new to Gladstone, it has also provided me
                                                                                                                                                              Tree Planting
                                                                                                                                                                                  largest apprentice employers in Queensland and
                                                                                             with the opportunity to meet new people and make                                     with a total of 86 apprentices now on site, we are
                                                                                             friends at the gym and golf club.”                               Eco Report Card     providing exceptional training opportunities to
                                                                                                 A number of other health related rewards and                                     address the current skills shortage experienced
                                                                                             incentives have been introduced for QAL employees,               History Donation    across the country.
                                                      Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and
                                                      Museum Director and QAL Chief          contractors and their families. These include free                                       Career opportunities at QAL were also               Johann van Zyl
                                                      Financial Officer Peter Odgers take     skin cancer checks and flu vaccinations, provided                                     explored by 17 vacational students during a 12          Managing Director
                                                      a look at some of the QAL collection   as part of QAL’s commitment towards providing a                  Lifestyle Package
                                                      donated to the city.
                                                                                             healthier and more balanced lifestyle for all.

We value your support of our operations. If you would like to know more information from this edition, or would like to give
feedback on the impact of QAL’s operations, please contact QAL Community Relations, Parsons Point, Gladstone, Queensland

4680, telephone 1800 181 110 (for community related issues) or (07) 4976 2211 (for general enquiries),
email or visit our website at
Apprentices Start                                                                                                                                                                                  Greening for the Future
New Career Path
                                                                                                                                                                                                   T  he QAL Tree Planting
                                                                                                                                                                                                      committee will be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              to the buffer zone to create a lush
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              green corridor between the refinery and

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              intertidal area and provide a habitat for
    AL has an impressive                   opportunities         through         the                                                                                                               putting their green thumbs                 local fauna,” Mr Greenhalgh said.
                                           apprenticeship program.
    86 apprentices on                                                                                                                                                                              to work in the coming                          “Our planting sessions are re-
                                               QAL Managing Director Johann van
site this year, with 17                    Zyl said employing apprentices was of                                                                                                                   months as another 2 100                    commencing soon and the committee,
new recruits commencing                                                                                                                                                                                                                       which consists of QAL employees,
                                           long-term benefit for both QAL and the                                                                                                                   seedlings will be added to                 retirees and members of the community
their careers at one of the                Gladstone community.
                                               “It makes perfect sense from
                                                                                                                                                                                                   the buffer zone between                    welcome new members to join them.
world’s largest alumina                    a business point of view. Our                                                                                                                           QAL and Barney Point.                      Everything is supplied including pre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              dug holes ready for planting, so it
refineries in January.                      apprenticeship scheme not only                                                                                                                                                                     is very easy to take part and enjoy
                                           provides young people in the region                                                                                                                        Health,     Safety,     Environment
    QAL’s recruitment team had the                                                                                                                                                                 and Communities Manager Ross               the experience of contributing to the
                                           with solid employment, but also                                                                                                                                                                    betterment of the local environment.”
enormous task of selecting the first        ensures us a future pool of skilled                                                                                                                     Greenhalgh said over 18 000 native
year apprentices from a staggering         workers, which is necessary for                                                                                                                         species including Acacias, Casuarinas,         If you would like to join us for the

                                                                                       Students Gain
194 applications received throughout       growth,” Mr van Zyl said.                                                                                                                               Eucalyptus, Hibiscus and Melaleuca         tree planting sessions or obtain further
the region.                                                                                                                                                                                        have been planted in the old sand          information, please contact Community
                                               “At QAL we recognise that                                                                                                                           pond areas so far.                         Relations on 1800 181 110.
                                                                                       Industry Experience
    QAL Senior Human Resources             productivity and job satisfaction are not
Specialist Vicki Bruton said the task      just about having a good income but                                                                                                                        “QAL is keen to continue with its
proved extremely challenging given                                                                                                                                                                 long term plan to establish local plants

                                           also about having access to upskilling,
the high calibre of applications.          career paths and diversification,”                hile some university students                    section, Stephen used his knowledge in particle
                                                                                                                                             analysis to find ways to prevent breakage of
    “QAL has a strong reputation               “We attempt to expose our                    were enjoying a break over                       alumina crystals when passing through pumps.
as a favourable employer so it is
encouraging to see that so many of
                                           apprentices to the widest range of          the holidays, 17 students took up                         “The work I have completed at QAL really
                                           experiences and training opportunities
our younger generation in the region       that the organisation can offer. Our        the opportunity to gain valuable                      backs up what I have been learning during my
are keen to begin their careers with       apprentices can be assured that             work experience at QAL.                               study to gain my Bachelors degree in Chemical
us,” Ms Bruton said.                       the training they will receive during                                                             Engineering.     I enjoyed the challenge and
    “This year’s apprentices represent     their time at QAL will put them in             Providing 12 weeks of paid employment, the         opportunity to gain hands on experience in a
a large cross-section of the community     good stead for their future career          QAL Undergraduate Vacation Program allows             large refinery such as QAL.” Mr Jacob said.
creating a very diverse workforce for      opportunities, either within or outside     students to work alongside professionals in their         “The vacation program is a great initiative
QAL. In particular, we have apprentices    of the organisation.” Mr van Zyl said.      field to assist with projects and to experience a      as QAL has plenty of expertise within their
from both ends of the scale – some             Of QAL’s new apprentices, eight         real-life working environment.                        supervisors and it is a very friendly workplace
are straight out of school, while others   are mechanical, six are electrical             QAL Managing Director Johann van Zyl said          to work. I have also been able to discuss future
are mature age having accepted adult       and instrumentation, three are              the vacation program had been going for over 30       career prospects with other vacation students
apprenticeships.”                          boiler-making. They will be officially       years and provided students with the opportunity      and graduates in similar fields.”
    As one of the state’s largest          welcomed and presented with their           to work on projects that value added to the               Although the major focus of the Vacation                                                      QAL Environmental Specialist Richard Haward
apprentice     employers,      QAL    is   toolboxes at the QAL Apprentice of          refinery operations.                                   Employment program is on engineering                                                               inspects the health of recently planted trees.
committed to providing the local           Year awards ceremony on 21 May.                “In twelve weeks the students start and            disciplines, there are also opportunities within
community with viable employment                                                       finish a project which contributes to the refinery
                                                                                       operations in some way. The project may be
                                                                                                                                             the science, chemistry, commercial, business,
                                                                                                                                             accounting, community relations and human             Keeping Waterways Healthy
                                                                                       stand alone or subset of a larger project, though     resources departments.
                                                                                       either way the outcome benefits both the student           The Australia-wide selection process is
                                                                                                                                                                                                       AL    is  committed                    detailed research findings.
                                                                                       and QAL,” Mr van Zyl said.                            undertaken in the last quarter of the year                to contributing to                         “The PCIMP research team have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              conducted extensive studies on the
                                                                                           James Cook University student Stephen Jacob       and advertised through universities. Further          a sustainable aquatic                      water quality, seagrass health and
                                                                                       was one of many who enjoyed their time with           information is available from the QAL website or
                                                                                       QAL. Working in the Research and Development          by contacting Human Resources.                        environment as an active                   intertidal health monitoring for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                   member of the Port Curtis                  whole of Port Curtis over the past two

                                                                                       A Year of Solid Achievements
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              years,” Mr Greenhalgh said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Integrated    Monitoring                       “This research has set an
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Program (PCIMP) since
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              independent benchmark for industry
                                                                                           AL released its annual Health,                        Highlights include the introduction of
                                                                                                                                                                                                   2001.                                      and the region to ensure future
                                                                                                                                             case studies providing in depth details of our
                                                                                           Safety, Environment and                           successes, tracking of progress towards QAL’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              sustainable development and provides
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Regular on site monitoring is          additional information and reference
                                                                                       Communities (HSEC) Report in                          vision of zero harm in both the environmental         undertaken in order to meet QAL’s          points for our own internal monitoring
                                                                                       April which details the refinery’s                     and safety areas as well as details of community      environmental licence requirements         programs.”
                                                                                                                                             relations initiatives that have benefited a wide
                                                                                       performance over the past twelve                      cross section of our community.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   however, we also have a commitment             The results of this study were
                                                                                                                                                                                                   to ensure our operations do not            made available to the community on
                                                                                       months.                                                   If you would like to receive a copy and/or join   impact the environment outside our         4 March, in the form of an Ecosystem
                                                                                                                                             our mailing list for this report, please contact      operations, which includes the health      Health report card for Port Curtis, which
                                                                                          The Report provides a summary of QAL’s social,     Community Relations on 1800 181 110 or email:         of the whole harbour and the local         provided a health rating for each of the
                                                                                       environmental, health and safety programs and The report is also available        waterways.                                 nine harbour zones, based on the data
                                                        QAL’s 2007 Apprentice Intake   results for 2007, as well as identifying challenges   online at
                                                                                       and opportunities for the future.                                                                               Health,    Safety,    Environment      collected during the monitoring.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   and Communities Manager Ross                   The full report and further
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Greenhalgh said that one of the many       information about PCIMP is available
                                                                                                                                                                                                   benefits of being a member contributing     online at
                                                                                                                                                                                                   to the program, is having access to the

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