The triath­lete who’s run­ning QAL

MIKE DUN­STAN HAS BEEN AT THE HELM OF QUEENS­LAND ALU­MINA LIM­ITED FOR FIVE YEARS

Central Queensland News - - CQ INDUSTRY -

HUN­DREDS of Glad­stone res­i­dents see Mike Dun­stan as their boss but what many may not know is his love for loud mu­sic and pas­sion for triathlons.

CQIn­dus­try took the time to get to know the Queens­land Alu­mina Lim­ited gen­eral man­ager a lit­tle bet­ter...

Mike Dun­stan Queens­land Alu­mina Lim­ited Gen­eral man­ager op­er­a­tions

Five years.

My very first job was as an as­sis­tant to a wool classer in In­ver­cargill, New Zealand. Af­ter class­ing tens of thou­sands of fleeces per­haps this is why I moved north – so I wouldn’t need to wear wool! My first job in in­dus­try was as a me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer.

We are striv­ing to con­tinue to im­prove our safety and en­vi­ron­men­tal per­for­mance and to re­main prof­itable in the face of steeply ris­ing raw ma­te­rial costs.

I feel very for­tu­nate to have a very ex­pe­ri­enced and ca­pable team at QAL. They are fo­cussed and are proud of what we achieve.

We un­der­stand we must play our part in the com­mu­nity, not just as the largest em­ployer in Glad­stone but also by mak­ing so­cial con­tri­bu­tions and sup­port­ing the en­vi­ron­ment. Every­thing we do must have an eye for the fu­ture so we main­tain and sus­tain the plant so it can be vi­able for at least another 45 years. We run the plant with a phi­los­o­phy of re­main­ing safe, sta­ble and re­li­able. We know from ex­pe­ri­ence this de­liv­ers the best re­sults. The alu­mina in­dus­try has been very volatile over the past two to three years due to un­re­strained growth in China. It is pos­si­ble that there is a new equi­lib­rium emerg­ing in the mar­ket, which has greater pre­dictabil­ity for ev­ery­one in the in­dus­try.

The whole QAL work­force has done an ex­tra­or­di­nary job to turn the busi­ness around over the past two years. This has cre­ated a se­cure plat­form for the fu­ture.

There are many peo­ple, teach­ers, peo­ple I’ve worked for and with, but most im­por­tantly, I have al­ways tried to live by the val­ues my par­ents taught me.

A full-time triath­lete! Led Zep­pelin and Muse, the louder the bet­ter.

PHOTO: MIKE RICHARDS GLA020317QAL

BIG IN­DUS­TRY: The Rio Tinto-owned Queens­land Alu­mina Lim­ited.

PHOTO: CHRISSY HAR­RIS PHOTOGRAPHYY

Mike Dun­stan. FAC­ING YOUR BUSI­NESS?

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