LISTENING TO OUR NEIGHBOURS and contributing to our communities
Fromthe Surat basin toGladstone, QGC is working to ensure that neighbouring communities benefit from our presence on an enduring basis. Sometimes that means funds for sporting clubs, upgrades for schools or much-needed wheels for a retirement village. It also means doing what we can to improve the environment, support human rights and listening to those in our communities. Here are some of the ways QGC is striving to be a good neighbour and employer: QGC has awarded contractsworth $13 million to build 27 homes in Chinchilla, Miles and Tara, helping to support local tradespeople anda sustainable housing market in the gas fields. Eight new townhouses and 13 family homes are also under construction inGladstone, ready to house workers and ease housing pressure. A six-week training course for 14 Imam traditional owners, jointly funded by QGC, is aimed at preparing them for a career in the gas industry. The traditional lands of the Imam people encompass areas of Taroom and Wandoan. The course provides drilling training, life skills coaching and industry familiarisations. Thenot-for-profit TaroomDistrict Development Association has been able to appoint KathyMajor to the role of Community Support and Project Officer, following an $84,000 QGC grant. Kathy will help Taroom to benefit from the resources industry expansion. Kids at the C& K Gladstone Community Kindergarten have more room to play, thanks to a $55,000 grant from QGC. The funds helped the kindy to expand storage and administrative areas, leaving larger play areas. A donation of $50,000 from QGC allowed the Dalby Tennis Club to install lighting for a strip of courts in November. The Thangool Memorial Park has newclimbing cubes, soft fall ground cover and shade cloths in time for the summer holidays, following a $49,600 grant from QGC. Ningana Retirement Village, at Dalby, has used a $31,554 grant from QGC to buy a new car to transport residents to community events, appointments andservices. Ningana Management Committee president Arthur Martin said the vehicle would enable residents to access community services and stay close to family and friends. Monto is decorating its rail bridge with a variety of drought- and frost-tolerant plants. The plants, including agapanthas, grevilleas, cycads and liriope were bought with a QGC grant. In June QGC provided $330,000 for community projects in North Burnett and Banana Shire, which has included rural fire-fighting equipment, shade for the Biloela State School, a new kitchen for the Dawson Jockey Club, refurbishment of theMonto QCWA hall, camping and sporting equipment for the Presbyterian Church and a new PA system for the Callide Valley Agricultural and Pastoral Society. QGC also provided $225,000 for the Gladstone region, helping out the Tannum Sands State High School performance centre, SunValleyPark Sports, the Gladstone Auto Club, the Volunteer Marine Rescue at Round Hill and other clubs. At the same time, the Western Downs received $196,000 which helped the Chinchilla Christian School’s pre-prep facilities, the Taralga Retirement Village, the Wandoan and District Kindergarten and other services and clubs.