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The Importance of Drilling Down

If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that QER has comprehensively demonstrated using our Paraho technology to sustainably produce high quality Australian made fuel from the kerogen ore located near Gladstone. The proposed program will investigate the processing properties and requirements of the other deposits around Central Queensland.
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Building a Future Together

I recently attended the launch of Dr Kerry Blackman and Dr Lysbeth Ford’s book Colonisation …Through Black Eyes at the Gladstone Entertainment Centre. Dr Blackman is a well-known local aboriginal leader and decendant of the First Nation Meerooni-Gurang and Gooreng Gooreng peoples.
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Towards Reconciliation: Seeing Through Other’s Eyes

Imagine a stranger comes to your door. “Good evening” he says. “I’m from the government. We are going to be resuming your home for important government purposes. Fortunately, we will provide you with alternative accommodation in another town. We hope you enjoy your new home.”
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Cheeky Wombat Grin?

Did you know that wombats grin? According to Jackie French – who spent years studying the mysterious creatures’ individual wombats have different personalities…some are grumpy, some are placid, others cheeky and playful.
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The Future of Oil

Some people have asked me how QER’s project is affected by the current crisis. As you might know, the global oil price has halved in a month. With over three billion people locked down across the world, demand has fallen from over 100 million barrels of oil per day down to about 80 million.
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This is a Test

It’s been an amazing, and in some ways scary, couple of weeks. A pandemic has been declared; the stock market’s crashed; the oil price has tanked; borders are closed; sporting and community events halted; even Anzac Day effectively cancelled for the first time since the Second World War.
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Sparking Imagination…

This week I was invited to help out at the “Pit to Port” event for school students, run by Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA). There were about 60 Gladstone students from the local High schools learning about supply chain logistics with help from local industry representatives.
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“Restore More”: Innovation & Commitment in Our Community

Last weekend my wife and I along with some good friends attended an awareness and fundraising gala for the “Restore More” organization, held at the Gladstone Entertainment Centre. “Restore More” helps educate sufferers of breast cancer about diagnosis and treatment options.
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Back to the Future

My first part time job as a teenager in Gladstone was a milk delivery run. This meant starting work at 3am in the morning, heading to the old PCD milk factory to load up with milk and dairy products and heading off to deliver around the suburbs of Gladstone.
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Fire up the Planning

Recently we carried out a carefully controlled hazard reduction burn at our Yarwun site. Hazard reduction burning helps reduce the risk of potentially damaging, uncontrolled summer wildfires. Managing a controlled burn is a science and an art, requiring meticulous planning and careful management.
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Working without a net?

QER’s main purpose in life is to make sure Australians continue to have access to reliable, affordable transport fuel into the future. There is understandably a lot of buzz about how energy will transform into the future with the development and implementation of many new and emerging technologies.
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Gladstone’s Rich Ancient History

Ever wonder what it must have been like to live in the Gladstone Region before the arrival of Europeans? I recently participated in an indigenous history tour of the Mt Larcom area which provided an amazing glimpse into local indigenous history and culture.
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Corona Virus

It’s a difficult time for everyone as the world grapples with the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Our thoughts are with all those whose health and livelihoods have been severely affected by the crisis. 

QER is committed to protecting the health and safety of all those who work with us and doing our part to help slow the spread of the virus.

QER would like to express our appreciation to all those health workers and others on the front line of this crisis, and all those who are playing their part to help slow down the virus. 

These are difficult and unprecedented times for the world, but we are optimistic that working together and supporting each other, our community will get through this. 

Peter Zambelli. QER General Manager. 

March 2020.

Useful, up-to-date information about the current situation and what you can do to protect yourself and your family can be found at these web sites.