Letters to the editor

Thank you North Queensland

I am writing to express my deepest thanks to the North Queensland community for its strong support of Cancer Council Queensland in 2017.

Thousands of local supporters have helped us raise more than $897,800 through countless fundraising campaigns and generous donations.

With thanks to you, we can continue to invest in life-saving research, prevention programs and support services for all locals in the region affected by cancer.

This year more than 530 people affected by cancer in North Queensland were supported through 13 11 20 and by our regional support staff, who offer information and care in a time of need.

In addition, we have been able to provide wigs and turbans free of charge to local women who lost their hair during treatment, provide accommodation for regional people travelling for lifesaving treatment, and counselling to people who have experienced distress. With your help there is hope for a cancer free future. 

Thank you once again – we wish you and your loved ones a healthy and safe holiday, a happy New Year and look forward to your support in 2018.

For more information about Cancer Council Queensland, visit www.cancerqld.org.au or phone 13 11 20.

CEO, Cancer Council Queensland

Ms Chris McMillan

Slade’s support for Lady Loretta

The reopening of Glencore’s Lady Loretta Mine near Mount Isa is great news for Mount Isa and also for the Queensland economy.

With the new Fly In Fly Out Legislation which was passed this year by our Labor Government, this will mean that Brisbane based company Redpath Australia who has been awarded the mining contract to operate Lady Loretta, will have to abide by the Strong and Sustainable Resources Communities Act 2017 (SSRCA).

Under this Queensland legislation it will be mandatory for them to give preference to Mount Isa people for employment.

It will also be mandatory to give Mount Isa Contractors and Businesses a 15% leeway on goods and services before using out of town Businesses.

With Mount Isa’s being the 8th largest city in the world and the second largest city in Australia in area, and having Camooweal as our fondest suburb, Mount Isa easily meets the distance and population criteria.

I know Redpath Australia have said they will employ locally based people where possible, but under this Act I will be expecting Redpath Australia to be advertising locally in Mount Isa first, before then going out to advertise in metropolitan areas.

I have also written to the Coordinator General to ensure that the SSRCA is applied to Redpath Australia.  It would really help if the general public of Mount Isa also sent him a quick e-mail, info@dsd.qld.gov.au and just mentioned your thoughts.  Even if you feel that FIFO doesn’t affect you, it does, they contribute to our high cost of airfares and we mustn’t forget that.

If anyone uses the argument, that a Mine can have 1 local person under the new Act to be compliant, then it’s very evident that they haven’t read it.

I would also like to see Robbie and Bobbie Katter chasing this up.  Not only Lady Loretta, but I think Mount Isa, Cloncurry and Julia Creek people need to know how Capricorn Copper, MMG Dugald River and South 32 Cannington Mine have supported us in regard to purchasing, employment and using local contractors.  What gets measured gets done.  Let’s measure this.

Danielle Slade


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@leyne.ryder: Running is easy when this is the back drop. Outback sunset turning it on.


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