the MESSAGE FROM THE
Times Issue 9 December 2010
Dear Sand Times readers,
Welcome to the final edition of The Sand Times for 2010.
The past year has been eventful for Unimin Mineral Sands.
We’ve continued with our Community Development program – assisting
community groups and associations on North Stradbroke Island with over $50,000
in investments and sponsorships. We’ve also sustained our economic support for
the Island – contributing over $130 million into the local economy
This year we’ve launched our campaign for a Sustainable Stradbroke. In June, the
Premier announced that mining will end on the Island in 2027. However, no
Campbell Jones further information has been provided as to what leases currently in operation will
Chief Executive Officer be allowed to continue to that date. This announcement has created considerable
uncertainty for our operations, as well as the 640 workers and small businesses that
directly rely on sand mining for their livelihoods.
Unimin has outlined our own Vision which provides a sustainable and realistic
solution to ceasing sand mining on the Island by 2027. Our solution works in
Inside this issue everyone’s interests – it allows our company to retain the bulk of our workforce
– ensuring the Island’s residents do not become unemployed – and maintains
1 Message from the Chief Executive Officer
our support of local businesses, groups and associations, while still providing the
economic investment into the Island which will see it move forward into the future
Queenslanders support a Sustainable with time and opportunities to develop new industries.
We are concerned the State Government has not yet announced its future plans for
Unimin’s koala research goes high-tech
3 New Dunwich One Mile Pontoon Opens
the Island – it has outlined its vision, but no concrete decisions have been made –
therefore the Island remains in a state of limbo.
Salt Water Murris-Quandamooka Inc. Art
Unimin is concerned the State Government is being pressured into a sudden forced
4 Minjerribah Moorgumpin Elders
closure of sand mining operations on the Island by minority groups. We believe
addition to display space this would result in a devastating impact on our workers, businesses and of course
George Herbert Employee Profile local North Stradbroke Island residents who rely on our mining operations both
5 Unimin continues to support the North
Stradbroke Island community in 2010
directly and indirectly.
Independent research completed in November indicated 81 per cent of
6 Calendar, tide times and 4WD tips
Queenslanders support the continuation of sand mining on the Island until 2027.
For the sake of all of North Stradbroke Island’s residents, Unimin employees and
Surf, sweeps and success at the inaugural the businesses, community groups and associations we support, we hope the State
8 Keen sports men and women brave the
Government listens to the majority and allows sand mining to continue on the
Island until 2027.
Straddie Salute in 2010
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our people, dedicated contractors and
Moreton Bay Research Station celebrates
9 10 years
Without sand mining – Straddie shuts down
suppliers who have each contributed to the ongoing success of our operations. I would
also like to thank the Traditional Owners, Elders and the broader North Stradbroke
Island community, with who we have formed close relationships over the past year,
10 Scooters on Straddie – Stay Safe! relationships we look forward to continuing well into 2011 and beyond.
On behalf of all Unimin employees, I would like to wish you a very happy and safe
11 Survey: how can we improve The Sand Times? Christmas, along with a prosperous New Year.
I look forward to bringing you more Sand Times and updates on the company and
12 Ferry times this great community we are a part of in 2011.
Queenslanders support a
Independent research conducted by Auspol in November 2010 suggests When asked to identify the most important environmental
Queenslanders support Unimin’s vision for a sustainable Stradbroke issues currently facing Queensland, respondents identified water
Island – including the continuation of sand mining until 2027. conservation, pollution and climate change as the key challenges, as
indicated in the graph below.
Over 1000 Queensland residents aged 18 years and over
participated in the Auspol survey by completing an online Almost three quarters of respondents indicated they were in favour of
questionnaire between 12th and 15th November 2010. The maintaining the mining operations on North Stradbroke Island in its
sample selected for research was confirmed to be representative of current form. The graph below depicts the breakdown of responses:
the Queensland population in terms of age, gender and location.
However, when respondents were advised that some environmental
Unimin received the findings on 22nd November 2010, and we groups have called for all mining on North Stradbroke Island to be
have found the results to be very interesting - read on to find out banned within the next few years, an overwhelming 81 per cent of
what Queenslanders think of sand mining on Straddie and the Queenslanders surveyed indicated they would prefer a phasing out
future of the Island. of mining by 2027 – which aligns with Unimin’s vision.
Respondents were asked to prioritise a list of issues currently facing
Queensland. Results indicate the health system, the economy and Queensland survey participants indicating the majority believes the current mining
operations on NSI should be allowed to continue in its current form.
transport and infrastructure are currently considered the most
important issues for the State Government by respondents to the survey.
Queensland respondents 19 81
The environment, workplace and climate change were identified to
be the least important issues (out of the list provided).
I think there should be a complete ban of all sandmining on North Stradbroke
Island within the next few years
List of priorities currently facing the Queensland Government according to
I think there should be a phase out of sandmining by the year 2027 as originally
proposed by the government
The results of this survey indicate the vast majority of
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The health system
Queenslanders support Unimin’s vision for a sustainable
The economy Stradbroke which can be viewed online at
Transport and Infrastructure
Cost of housing
We believe our vision for a sustainable Stradbroke is balanced
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and addresses the needs of all stakeholders. It aligns with the State
The education system
Government’s initial decision regarding the gradual cessation of mining
Jobs and extractive operations on North Stradbroke Island by 2027, and
provides innovative alternatives for future industry on the Island.
The vast majority of Queenslanders believe in, and support our
vision for a sustainable Stradbroke.
We hope the State Government listen not only to the people of
0 25 50 75 100 North Stradbroke Island, but the people of Queensland and allow
Ranked 1st Ranked 2nd Ranked 3rd
the gradual cessation of sand mining on the Island by 2027.
The most important environmental issues currently facing Queensland, as identified by Queensland survey participants
Lack of water/Water conservation 20
Pollution (air, water, chemical etc) 19
Climate change/Global warming/Greenhous gases/Carbon emissions ect 20
Deforestation/Land clearing 12
Great Barrier Reef/Coral bleaching 8
Destruction of native habitats/Engangered species 7
Housing development/Urban sprawl 6
Renewable energy sources/Solar power 6
Cost of electricity/cost of water 5
Government policies 4
4 QLD respondents
Protection of Waterways 3 Brisbane respondents
Energy conservation/usage/electricity 5
Sustainability/conservation of natural resources 3
Loss of farming land 3
Too many cars/pollution from cars 4
Gas/Coal seam gas 2
Use of coal/fossil fuels 3
Economic effects (jobs, costs) 2
Lack of infrastructure/public transport 2
Coastal/beach erosion 2
Other comments 8
Don’t know 9
The long-term research project on the koala are not only spending time in rehabilitation to
population of North Stradbroke Island roost or feed, but seem able to find partners and
conducted by Unimin, the University of breed. This result indicates the success of the
Queensland and most recently the University of rehabilitated landscape for fauna as it indicates
New South Wales is still going strong. there is a sedentary population showing all the
In our last update (The Sand Times, April 2009), healthy natural behaviours of the species - including
we reported that 12 koalas had been fitted with reproduction. VHF collars have provided the
Very High Frequency (VHF) collars – which, research team with interesting data to date. Unimin
through the emission of a signal, allow their is now going further by fitting high-tech GPS
subsequent localisation. These koalas have collars on some of the koalas that are using the
now been followed for 18 months. Each week rehabilitation. The GPS collars will be able to record
researchers radio tracked the koalas and recorded the koala’s location every second hour, This is a great
their position, the trees they used for roosting improvement on the VHF collars which required
during the day; and even collected fresh koala researchers to spend a lot of time physically tracking
faeces to study the animals’ diets. and recording the positions of each koala on a
Of special interest to researchers has always
been the interaction between koalas and mining Christine was the first koala on the island to be
included in this new exciting part of the research.
She was fitted with her new collar last month.
A very interesting discovery of the past 18
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She and her 35 week old baby girl were then
months is that the koalas being tracked for
released back into the rehabilitated area where
this project not only use rehabilitated mining
they were located.
areas, but some of them never leave it. Of the
seven koalas initially identified in the vicinity of The introduction of the GPS collars to some of the
rehabilitated land, all of them were subsequently koalas in this research program will mean positions
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found in it. Our research indicated these koalas and locations can be described at a whole new
spend approximately 50 per cent of their level. With the GPS collars, the GPS unit turns
time in rehabilitated land – with one, named itself on, finds its location via satellites, records this
Christine – spending 100 per cent of her time in information in its memory then turns itself off. This
rehabilitation. Other results, including roost and cycle is repeated every two hours. Researchers will
food trees, are still being analysed, but we’ll keep now be able to obtain very precise descriptions of
you posted in future issues of the Sand Times. fine scale koala movements – such as when koalas
are changing trees and how often and how far they
Other positive results identified during the studies
walk each day.
include the news that many females, including
Christine, were found carrying back young. This We look forward to sharing the results of our new Romane Cristecu researcher and Phd candidate examines
means the koalas of North Stradbroke Island GPS collars in upcoming issues of the Sand Times. baby koala during Unimin monitoring program on NSI.
New Dunwich One Mile Pontoon Opens
Local North Stradbroke Island residents, workers and visitors realised a long-term An official opening ceremony for the new Dunwich One Mile Pontoon will be
goal when they were able to begin using the new Dunwich One Mile Pontoon in held soon on NSI . Local Island residents, Unimin employees and representatives
early November 2010. from the State Government (including representatives from the Department of
Unimin Australia provided $100,000 to the project as part of the company’s long- Transport and Main Roads and the Department of Community Safety) will be in
term commitment to the Island and its residents. State Government funding for attendance to celebrate the pontoon’s arrival.
the pontoon was provided through the Department of Transport and Main Roads,
the Department of Community Safety and the Port of Brisbane Corporation.
Members of the local community have long called for a floating pontoon at One
Mile to allow access to the Island for people with a disability and to assist with
emergency service medical evacuations by boat.
The pontoon has been specifically designed to be multi-use and is the first of its
type to satisfy Queensland disability access legislation for public transport.
Passenger ferries now operate from one side of the pontoon while recreational
boats and emergency services will operate from the other.
Salt Water Murris-Quandamooka Inc.
Art Gallery Refurbishment
In 2010, the Rotary Club of Wynnum Manly (RCWM) and Rotary members and some of the SWMQ young Local business Stradbroke Ferries also provided
the Salt Water Murris-Quandamooka (SWMQ) Inc. Art people to provide sausage sizzles for lunches and other assistance through offering discount ferry and water
Gallery joined forces to refurbish the front interior of the Salt refreshments. taxi services for RCWM volunteers over the two
Water Murris-Quandamooka Inc Art Gallery on NSI. working weekends.
Other SWMQ artists and friends also volunteered their
RCWM provided volunteers to the Island to time and assisted with refurbishment works. The gallery is looking fantastic and SWMQ is greatly
participate in the ‘hands on’ work, including appreciative of the support received from the RCWM,
Refurbishment works on the gallery has continued with
gyprocking the walls, re-sheeting the floor, installing a Unimin Australia and Stradbroke Ferries.
SWMQ members putting the finishing touches on the
new wall near the entrance of the gallery and painting
gallery. The SWMQ look forward to the hand over and thank
the new surfaces.
you event, being held on Saturday 4 December 2010
In line with its commitment to provide support to
The works were conducted over two weekends – 16 – at 10am, where the refurbished gallery will be officially
local initiatives and organisations, Unimin Australia
17 October and again from 23 – 24 October 2010. opened for business.
provided SWMQ with $7,000 for the purchase of
Elder Aunty Colleen Costello hosted the Rotarian materials for the refurbishment.
volunteers over the two weekends and worked with
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addition to display space
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As part of the Q150 Celebrations of 2009 the • Involvement in local, national and international Unimin Australia has since provided financial support
Minjerribah Moorgumpin Elders in Council events to the Minjerribah Moorgumpin Elders to assist in
undertook the significant task of developing a series • Local industries of importance including fishing, the development of a new display space. This area will
of history panels to capture and illustrate some of the oyster farming and mining provide space for cultural talks and presentations to
stories of Aboriginal culture and traditional heritage of local and visiting groups and will now be the focus for
• Significant achievements of local community
the indigenous people of North Stradbroke Island. future events and activities.
Throughout 2010, the Elders have continued work on Local NSI residents and visitors are welcome to visit
Elders are eager for local NSI residents and visitors
these panels – of which there are currently 24. These the Elders to view the panels and learn more about
alike to visit the display to learn more about the
panels provide a valuable insight into local Indigenous the Indigenous history of the Island. The Minjerribah
significant history of the Island.
and North Stradbroke Island history. Moorgumpin Elders new display space will be officially
In 2008 CRL provided funding towards the purchase opened to the public early in 2011.
The panels have been developed to focus on significant
of a demountable building to permanently display the
events in the lives of the Indigenous people of NSI, For more information, please contact 3409 9723.
exhibit. As the panels have continued to multiply, and
the Minjerribah Moorgumpin Elders’ have continued
• Early settlement to share their stories with the people of NSI, the space
• The formation of the Minjerribah Moorgumpin Elders has been outgrown.
Work begins on the new display space.
From surfing to sand mining
and everything in between
George Herbert Employee Profile mining, the early stages of the Yarraman project, the Bayside
plant construction and the Gordon plant. My roles have varied
With over 30 years working in sand mining projects George
from drafting, plant design through to plant construction – and
Herbert knows the history and intricate workings of sand mining
I’ve enjoyed them all.
in Australia and also overseas.
What has changed over 30 years in sand mining?
George grew up on the Gold Coast and, as a keen surfer, was
one of the founders of the Snapper Rocks Surfing Club – the While technology has improved, the production processes within
club with took out this years’ Straddie Assault team surfing the mineral sands industry have not changed a great deal.
title. George was a contestant in Queensland’s first ever surfing As an engineer, my role has been expanded, particularly with
competition in 1967 – where he came second. George has lower mineral grades. And of course we’re always kept busy
retained his enthusiasm and passion for surfing for over 50 years, ensuring the company’s plants are running and production levels
and still catches up with his mates from the early days of surfing remain as high as possible.
whenever he heads back down the coast.
One of my favourite parts of the job now is using my knowledge,
We got to spend some time with George and ask him about his expertise and experience to troubleshoot issues and identify
experience and insights into sand mining, his connection with North mitigation strategies for the organisation.
Stradbroke Island and what his plans for the future include.
One thing I have noticed during my time in the industry is
You’ve been in the sand mining industry for some time, can how staff now specialise in specific areas. In my early days in the
you tell us about your experience in the industry? industry, engineers used to take responsibility for everything – we
I’ve worked with a broad range of the key companies associated were ‘Jacks of all trades’. Now, people specialise in specific areas.
with sand mining over my career. I began working with While this specialisation has had huge benefits for the industry,
Murphyores based at Cudgen in New South Wales in 1967. I and allowed engineers to delve a lot deeper into certain areas, I
then went onto work as a private contractor with Cudgen RZ think my experience as a ‘Jack of all trades’ from the early days
and Australian Minerals Pty Ltd. has given me the ability to see the big picture associated with my
I’ve also been lucky enough to travel overseas with my work. I’ve
worked with Quebec Titanium building a heavy minerals sand What are your plans for the future?
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mining plant at Orrisa on the Bay of Bengal, south of Calcutta, I’ll be turning 70 in March 2011, and so I think I should start
and also in Indonesia and New Zealand. considering hanging up my steel caps and retiring. However I
I joined CRL as an Engineering Technical Officer more than will definitely miss work.
seven years ago, and in that time I’ve worked across the Island’s If I do retire, I plan to travel more with my wife. We love
operations. I’ve always had a special connection with North Coolangatta, but would love to be able to explore New Zealand,
Stradbroke Island. My work in engineering has seen me involved Indonesia, Phuket, England and Scotland – to retrace the family
in a number of projects on the Island, including early dry history and see where it all began!
Unimin continues to support the
North Stradbroke Island community in 2010
Unimin - Mineral Sands has continued to support the North • Trainee work placement support for the Quandamooka Land
Stradbroke Island community through its Community Council
Development Program in 2010. • Computers for the Stradbroke Early Learning Centre and
The Community Development Program sees approximately
• Materials for Yulu Burri Ba men’s shed projects
$50,000 in project and event sponsorship available to
• Installation of Dunwich Christmas banners
community based projects each year. In addition, the company
• Dunwich Easter Carnival 2010
and its employees continue to provide in-kind support to a range
• Oyster Festival 2010
of projects across the Island.
• Island Vibe Festival 2010
Some of the projects and events Unimin Australia has supported
• 2010 Straddie Salute Off-road Triathlon and 2010 Straddie
in 2010 include:
Unimin 1000 Ocean Swim.
• Support for the North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum
Unimin Australia is committed to continuing to work with local
• Saltwater Murris Gallery Refurbishment
community groups and organisations to build their capacity and
• Promotion and support for Bay Players and Youthlink
assist them in meeting the needs of local residents.
• Technical support including Terra Bulla Lumeah and Applications for the 2011 Community Development program
Cemetery maintenance for the Minjerribah Moorgumpin close on 15 April 2011 (Round one) and 31 August 2011
Elders in Council (Round two).
• Dunwich State School and Secondary Department - Life
We look forward to working with our local community groups
Education Program 2010, Breakfast program and Triple A
program, and prep playground refurbishment and organisations in 2011.
North Stradbroke Island
s m t w t f s
High 0532 Low 0006 Low 0059 Low 0146 Tide Times
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High 1727 Low 1248 Low 1353 Low 1451 • Always check the tide charts before driving on the beach.
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1 2 3 4 either side of high tide on North Stradbroke Island. Fines will
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time at the Brisbane bar (this is the time shown in the daily
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paper and on this calendar) for the correct high and low tide
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legislation, therefore road rules apply. Speed limits for
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• Use formed tracks only, never make new tracks and
January 2011 stay off dune vegetation – it keeps the dunes in place.
• Lower tyre pressure makes driving on sand safer and
s m t w t f s easier – consult your tyre supplier for correct tyre pressures
Low 0030 for your vehicle. Don’t forget to re-inﬂate your tyres when
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Surf, sweeps and success at
the inaugural Unimin 1000
In the first of what we hope to be a regular annual Brisbane swimmer Codie Grimsey was victorious
event the Unimin Straddie 1000 Ocean Swim on the day – overcoming the weather and the
saw over 50 competitors brave the wild weather competition to take home the grand prize of $1,000.
conditions to take to the surf off Cylinder Beach on
Unimin Australia thanks everyone involved in the
Saturday, 9 October for a 1,000m ocean race.
inaugural Unimin 1000, competitors, Weekend
Point Lookout Lifesavers were kept busy patrolling Warrior Events who coordinated the event, and
the race area, with strong sweeps and currents making especially the Point Lookout Lifesavers for keeping
it difficult for all but the most experienced swimmers everyone safe in the sea.
to navigate the course.
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Keen sports men and women
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brave the Straddie Salute in 2010
Even with some of the worst weather NSI has seen in the Rob Symmons took out his second Straddie Salute and
past year, the Straddie Salute Off-road Triathlon event Sarah Finch was the first woman to cross the finish line.
proved why, in only three short years, it has become one
The event was supported by local volunteers from the
of Queensland’s must-do multisport events.
Dunwich State School Parents and Citizens Association, the
Competing against not only each other, but heavy rainfall, Allsports Club and the Point Lookout Surf Lifesavers who
wild winds and treacherous seas, over 350 competitors took up positions as marshals and attendants for the events.
lined up on Sunday 10 October 2010 to participate in the
Unimin Australia continues to be a key supporter of
the weekend – providing staff to assist with marshalling
Appalling water conditions and safety concerns lead the on the day and encouraging staff to get involved. Our
race organisers - Weekend Warriors - to abandon the swim Unimin Australia team this year did not disappoint,
leg of the triathlon at the last minute, and replace it with finishing in the middle of the pack and providing us with
an on-road 600 metre run. a benchmark for improvement for next years’ race.
Off-road puddles, surface water on the road, high winds
and high tides all added to the excitement of the event Organisers Weekend Warrior Events estimate
and did not appear to dampen the competitive spirits or the total economic impact of the weekend’s
enthusiasm of participants. activities (Unimin 1000, Fun Run and Walk
Regardless of the weather, competitors went hard and fast and the Straddie Salute) as well over $600,000.
and completed the course in amazing time.
Image courtesy of Photoevents
Moreton Bay Research Station
celebrates 10 years
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the refurbished Moreton Bay A highlight of the Open Day were the Gecko Wildlife presentations,
Research Station (MBRS) located on North Stradbroke Island. which provided visitors with an opportunity to get up close and
personal with live reptiles and mammals native to Australia.
As one of the busiest marine research stations in the southern
hemisphere, the MBRS provides a world-class research and teaching The MBRS promotes awareness and understanding of marine sciences
facility that spans many fields of marine and coastal science. It also to the general public and primary school students, focusing on coral
provides budding marine biologists with one of the country’s best reefs, rugged rocky shores, clean beaches, salt-marshes, mangroves and
undergraduate and secondary school marine field courses through the seagrass. It also encourages cultural understanding of the Indigenous
provision of high quality field-based science camps and resources. groups from Quandamooka (Moreton Bay).
To celebrate the milestone, a family-friendly Open Day was held on For more information on the MBRS, or to organise a visit, please
Saturday 20 November 2010. contact the Moreton Bay Research Station on 07 3409 9058 or
Community members were invited to participate in activities,
workshops and demonstrations highlighting conservation, recycling and
the future of the MBRS.
The Open Day provided an insight into the rich diversity of marine life that
surrounds North Stradbroke Island and Moreton Bay, with special touch
tanks and live animal displays set up for visitors’ enjoyment and education.
Special presentations held throughout the day featured researchers
discussing their current MBRS research projects, including declining
catch rates, fisheries management, observations of the tiger shark on the
east coast of Australia, and nesting turtles on Milman Island. 9
UQ PhD student Lydie Couturier also presented Project Mantra –
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discussing the biology and ecology of the iconic species, while Louise
Saunders from Batcare Australia provided a myth-busting presentation
on these nocturnal creatures.
Without sand mining – Straddie shuts down
Mining for mineral sands and silica has had a special relationship with the at school on the Island come from mining families. Without sand mining,
North Stradbroke Island community since operations started in the 1950s. many Straddie families will be forced to leave the Island.
Since its inception, mining has brought prosperity to the Island and Impulsive removal of the industry from North Stradbroke Island, and forcing
helped established the communities you see today. Whether through the largest company in the Redlands Shire to close, would have a severely
directly employed local people, or the indirectly subsidised economy, the detrimental effect on the future viability of the Island and its residents.
public interest of North Stradbroke Island depends on the presence of To ensure an economically sustainable future for North Stradbroke
mining companies. Island, Unimin has developed a vision for the future. Our vision is
An independent analysis shows sand mining accounts for almost half of balanced and addresses the needs of all stakeholders – the Government,
the NSI economy, generating $130 million in economic value each year. local Island residents and environmental groups. It enables the gradual
Currently, 50 per cent of the Island is under mining leases with the State cessation of our mining and extractive operations on the Island and
Government – however approximately half of that area will never be proposes innovative alternatives for future industry and use.
disturbed by mining operations and have in fact been protected due to Our vision proposes the gradual cessation of mining operations on the
the conditions applied to mining leases. Island until 2027. Our proposal maintains maximum employment,
Products from sand mining activities on North Stradbroke Island form recognises resource life and allows for the continued long-term
the basic building blocks of many everyday items – from the windows restoration of mined land and ensures certainty for the economy of the
in your house or car, to the coffee cup on your work desk, right down Island to provide a solid foundation for a future, alternative industry.
to the components of your mobile phone. Industrial minerals are an We believe, after being such a vital part of the North Stradbroke Island
essential part of modern-day life. community and economy for over 40 years, we are well placed to
A sustainable future for North Stradbroke Island must incorporate the provide comment on the future of the Island.
significant social, economic and environmental contribution mining We realise that our involvement with the land will cease at some
makes to life on the Island. time, however we feel a responsibility to ensure the environment and
For more than 40 years, Unimin Australia, including CRL, has operated community we have worked hard to maintain is not adversely affected
mines on the Island and supported critical services pivotal to the by rash decisions made to please minority groups.
development of the Island community. Without careful planning and consideration the future of North
Mining on North Stradbroke Island not only directly employs over 270 Stradbroke Island is in jeopardy. We want to work with the State
staff, but due to mining activities on the Island, another 640 people are Government and the people of the Island to ensure the Island can
indirectly employed to support services including the Stradbroke Island continue to prosper into its future.
Ferries, Straddie Fruit Barn and the Straddie Bakery. For more information on our vision, please visit
Mining families account for one in five of the 2,000 permanent residents www.sustainablestradbroke.com.au.
on the Island. Approximately 40 per cent of all children in child care and
Straddie – stay safe
Motorised scooters are a great way to move around and keep mobile. Recently, we’ve noticed a number of
NSI’s community members using motorised scooters as their means of transport around the Island, and
with the festive season approaching, and many more visitors to the Island expected, we thought we’d share
with you some helpful hints on how to stay safe.
These tips have been provided by Redland City Council – if you have any additional questions regarding
scooter safety, please contact Jennifer Schoof, RCC Community Development Officer on 3829 9837.
Before heading off:
• Check your batteries are fully charged, and ensure • Ensure your seat is at the right level for you, and
you are aware of how long a fully-charged battery double check it is locked in position
will last • Be prepared for the weather – ensure you have a hat,
• Check your tyre pressure, under-inflated tyres can sunscreen and sunglasses or an umbrella
impact your stability • Take your mobile phone with you in case of an
People using scooters are often more difficult to see than • Using lights if you have them. Lights should be clearly
pedestrians. Ensure you are visible to cars and other visible to other road users for at least 200 metres.
pedestrians by: • Fitting reflectors or fluorescent tape to the front,
back, sides and wheels of your scooter.
• Wearing bright coloured clothing or a high visibility vest
10 • Attaching a fluorescent orange visibility flag (at head
• Bike lights, reflectors and fluorescent tape are all
available at your local bicycle shop.
height when standing) to your scooter
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Choose a safe route
• Always turn the key to the off position or hit the off • Avoid hills – if this is not possible, slow down and
button when you are getting on or off your scooter use extreme caution
• Avoid busy roads and use quieter streets • Don’t stop on an incline – even to rest
• If you must travel on the road, keep as close to the • Don’t make sharp turns at high speeds – your scooter
kerb as possible may tip
• Watch out for cars going in and out of driveways • Only cross at a level crossing if there are suitable
pedestrian facilities available.
Sharing the footpath, and avoiding footpath rage!
• Many people are not used to seeing scooters on • Warn pedestrians when you are turning by using
the footpath. Because they move so quickly and your indicators or giving a hand signal
quietly, they can catch other pedestrians unaware • Ensure you always stop and check before changing
– particularly those who may have visual and/or direction
hearing impairments - scooters can cause accidents. • Be careful of using audio headphones – they restrict
• Whenever possible, travel on the left hand side of the your hearing and reduce your awareness of your
• Travel at a speed which will enable you to stop
quickly if need be
Crossing roads...when you’re most at risk
Scooter users are most at risk of accidents when crossing • Choose a safe place to cross – ideally a designated
the road. Remember you’re travelling at a very low speed, so pedestrian crossing, however one which provides you
follow the same steps as you would as a walking pedestrian. with a clear view of approaching traffic will also do
• STOP, LOOK, LISTEN and THINK • If you must use a roundabout, cross as if you were
• STOP as close to the edge of the kerb as you can walking and give way to vehicles
• LOOK for traffic in all directions • Don’t assume cars will stop for you, particularly at
• LISTEN for traffic you may not be able to seen intersections or crossings that are not controlled by
• THINK if you have enough time to cross safely. traffic lights.
• When approaching the road, reduce your speed. Once
you start to cross, increase you speed (but do not travel
so fast so that you cannot control your scooter)
• Motorised scooter users are classed as pedestrians, • Thinking of travelling by public transport? It is
and as such, are allowed to travel at up to 10 always a good idea to plan ahead by at least 24 hours
kilometres per hour and contact the relevant operator to ensure they can
• Queensland Legislation requires that all motorised cater to your requirements.
scooters and wheelchairs are registered. There is no
Happy scooting everyone!
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... it would ... the banks ... we don’t want to lose ... we would have to
devastate us. would shut us down. our township. shut down jobs.
... where will our young ... we’d have to ... we’d have to leave ... the whole community
people find work? lay off staff. the Island. would suffer.
For a sustainable future, the Stradbroke community
needs mining. Don’t shut it down.
Straddie residents and small business owners are concerned about their future. Unimin has presented its submission to the Queensland Government’s public
The Bligh Government says it will allow sandmining on Straddie to continue until consultation process outlining a gradual phasing out of sand mining to 2027,
2027, but has not nominated what mines will close and when. Without sand mining, meaning the Island and its businesses have time to adjust.
many Straddie families will be forced to leave. Independent analysis shows that sand Help save Straddie jobs and our community.
12 mining accounts for almost half of the Stradbroke economy, generating $130 million
in economic value and 640 jobs.
Visit www.sustainablestradbroke.com.au to find out how.
Eco-tourism has been nominated by the government to take sand mining’s place, but
residents are rightly sceptical as the Island will only be fully utilised by tourists for a few Sustainable
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weeks of the year (Easter, Christmas and some school holidays).
Vehicle Ferry Timetable - Effective 30th Nov 2010 Water Taxi Timetable - Effective 30th Nov 2010
Monday to Friday Monday to Friday
DEPARTS CLEVELAND DEPARTS DUNWICH DEPARTS CLEVELAND DEPARTS DUNWICH
5.30am – Q 5.55am – 6.25am
5.30am – M 6.30am – M 6.55am – 7.25am –
6.30am – Q 7.30am – Q 7.55am – 8.25am –
8.00am – M 9.00am – M 8.55am – 9.25am –
9.00am – Q 10.00am – Q 9.55am – 10.25am –
10.30am – M 11.30am – M
10.55am – 11.25am –
11.30am – Q 12.30pm – Q
12.55pm – 1.25pm –
1.00pm – M 2.30pm – M
1.55pm – 2.25pm –
2.00pm – Q 3.30pm – Q
3.30pm – M 4.30pm – M 3.25pm – 3.55pm –
4.30pm – Q 4.25pm – 4.55pm –
5.30pm – M 6.30pm – M 5.25pm – 5.55pm –
Friday (as above + extra trips) 6.25pm – 6.55pm –
7.30pm – M 8.30pm – M Saturday & Sunday
Unimin Head Office:
Saturday 6.55am – 7.25am –
Level 16, 5.30am – Q 7.55am – 8.25am –
8.55am – 9.25am –
111 Pacific Highway, DEPARTURE TIMES ONLY 5.30am
Q 9.55am – 10.25am –
1 MILE JETTY
CLEVELAND 8.00am – M 9.00am – M 10.55am – 11.25am –
North Sydney NSW 2060 DUNWICH
#4.55am #5.25am 9.00am – Q 10.00am – Q 12.55pm – 1.25pm –
Tel. +61 2 9458 2929 #5.55am 6.25am 10.30am – M 11.30am – M
1.55pm – 2.25pm –
6.55am 7.25am 11.30am – Q 12.30pm – Q
Fax. +61 2 9458 2900 3.25pm – 3.55pm –
7.55am 8.25am 12.30pm – M 1.30pm – M
8.55am 9.25am 1.30pm – Q 4.25pm – 4.55pm –
9.55am 10.25am 2.30pm – M 3.30pm – M 5.25pm – 5.55pm –
10.55am 11.25am 4.30pm – M 5.30pm – M 6.25pm – 6.55pm –
Queensland Head Office: 12.55pm 1.25pm
1.55pm 2.25pm Sunday Connects with bus from Cleveland & Railway
Unit 1, 58 Metroplex Avenue 3.25pm 3.55pm 6.00am – M 7.00am – M Connects with bus from Point Lookout
4.25pm 4.55pm 8.00am – Q
Murarrie Queensland 4172 5.25pm 5.55pm · Buses only connect with water taxi services not vehicle ferry services
8.00am – M 9.00am – M
Phone: (61 7) 3909 4500 6.25pm 6.55pm 9.00am – Q 10.00am – Q
· Timetable is subject to alteration
As of the 31st
#7.25pm March 2008 #7.55pm · Please check with us for Public Holiday & Christmas Day timetable
10.00am – M 11.00am – M
Fax: (61 7) 3909 4501 Times in Red Denotes no services at that time
11.00am – Q 12.00pm – Q
· Water Taxi travel time between Cleveland & Dunwich is 25 min each way
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays. · NO BOOKINGS REQUIRED
# Denotes No Bus at that time. 12.00pm – M 1.00pm – M
Limited services Christmas Day please enquire.
1.30pm – Q 2.30pm – Q
North Stradbroke Island Office: 2.30pm – M 3.30pm – M
3.30pm – Q 4.30pm – Q
PO Box 47
4.30pm – M 5.30pm – M
Dunwich Queensland 4183 5.30pm – Q · Catch this bus from Cleveland shops / train station
6.30pm – M 7.30pm – M · The Veolia Bus No. 258 transfers to the Stradbroke Ferries Water Taxi Terminal
Phone: (61 7) 3409 6800 · M : Minjerribah (access lift to café) Q : Quandamooka
· Vessels subject to change
Fax: (61 7) 3409 6801
· Please arrive 20 minutes prior to departure to allow time for loading
· Timetable is subject to alteration
This magazine is printed on · Please check with us for Public Holiday & Christmas Day timetable
· Ferry travel time between Cleveland & Dunwich is 45 min each way
ENVI Recycled Paper
· BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL