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Photo caption: Bowen Rail Company General Manager Brendan Lane speaking at the celebration. Regional Queensland communities have joined Bowen Rail Company (BRC) to celebrate its new rail freight performance record and the 180 local jobs created in the process. Local business and community leaders gathered at the Grand View Hotel in Bowen recently to mark the first 10 million tonnes of high-quality Queensland coal BRC has safely transported from its customer Bravus Mining and Resources’ Carmichael mine to the North Queensland Export Terminal. BRC General Manager Brendan Lane told the crowd the achievement was testament to the dedication and hard work of all who had supported the business since it set up shop in Bowen in 2020. “In just three years we’ve gone from a team of 10 people working on William Street to a thriving group of about 180 employees working across our rail operations, network control, health and safety, maintenance, environment, and professional functions,” he said. Mr Lane said BRC had focused on creating a culture that has a positive local impact and reinforces the business’ ASPIRE values of accountability, safety, people, integrity, respect, and excellence. “Every single person in our organisation – from the seasoned hands who relocated from across the country to join our business right through to the locals we have brought into the rail industry through our train driver traineeship program - has helped shape or drive our ASPIRE values,” he said. “That’s also seen our people and their families become a part of this town. Some are long-standing locals and others have moved here from as far away as Western Australia and New South Wales. “All of them are contributing to the sense of community that makes the Whitsundays such a wonderful place to live and work in. “We’re deeply grateful for the incredible support we’ve received as we've grown from a startup to a thriving rail operator. “While this celebration is about one record, the good news for Bowen is this is only the latest in many to come for our business.” Bowen Rail Company is a next-generation rail business and Australia’s first greenfield railway in more than a decade. In doing so, BRC was the first rail services operator in Queensland to be accredited under the Office of National Rail Safety Regulator regime for the provision of bulk coal services. Contact: [email protected] +61 438031780 ENDS Download PDF
Queens Beach State School’s kitchen garden program is blooming thanks to a new grant from Bowen Rail Company (BRC) to support the region’s littlest green thumbs. The Bowen state school was one of four recipients of the latest round of funding from BRC’s Community Partnership Program, which is designed to assist not-for-profit organisations and community groups with the purchase of small assets that can make a big difference. Queens Beach is part of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program and teacher Bec Trask said the children learned about food through hands-on gardening, harvesting, and cooking. “Thanks to the grant we’ve been able to expand the garden and have a bigger variety of fruit and vegetables for the kids to cook with,’’ Ms Trask said. “That’s been a huge benefit to the students and the program, and it wouldn’t have been able to happen without Bowen Rail Company’s support.” BRC General Manager Brendan Lane said the Community Partnership Program was one of the ways the organisation gave back to the community, which had so strongly supported the company as it established itself in Bowen. “We’ve gone from having five or six staff in town in 2020 to well over 150 today as we safely run our rail operation from right here in Bowen,” Mr Lane said. “As we have grown, so too has our connection to our community. We now have kids who go to school here, we have elderly parents who live here, and all of that drives the desire our people have to give back to Bowen. “That’s why we’re so excited to see our Community Partnership Program used to support the delivery of activities and services that make a tangible contribution to this place we’re so lucky to live and work in.” Bowen Rail Company’s Community Partnership Program was launched in 2022 and is awarded bi-annually in November and May. In addition to the Queens Beach State School, other recipients from the May 2023 round included the Bowen Neighbourhood Centre, which BRC assisted to fit out its large meeting room with audio visual equipment to support community groups and small businesses to hold meetings and conferences. Mr Lane said the Bowen Cricket club also received a grant to install lighting around the cricket nets so play can continue safely into the evening and Bowen Flexi Care used its grant to purchase new power tools including a leaf blower, lawn mower and whipper snipper for clients to use on gardening days. For more information about Bowen Rail Company’s Community Partnership Program, or to apply, head to www.bowenrail.com.au/sustainability/community/ For more information about the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program visit www.kitchengardenfoundation.org.au ENDS Download PDF
Graduate engineers and environmental scientists have a unique opportunity to build on their tertiary education through a new graduate recruitment program on offer from Bravus’ Australian businesses. Beginning in 2024, Bravus Mining and Resources and Bowen Rail Company have developed an integrated 18-month program, giving graduates the chance to immerse themselves in both the mining and rail businesses. Head of HR, Rebecca Wells said it was a once in a lifetime offer for grads to work on a new mine and Australia’s first new rail business in more than a decade. “This isn’t your run-of-the-mill grad program where you are pigeon-holed into a single discipline,” Ms Wells said. “We’re looking for the best and brightest who are ready to challenge themselves, step outside their comfort zone and soak up everything they can across our two newest businesses. “With both now full steam ahead into operations, this is an extraordinary opportunity for new graduates to learn, while earning and gaining critical industry experience across two industries. “As both businesses are still very new, we have the benefit of being agile, responsive, and open to new technology and ideas to better our operations and make sure we are meeting our strict environment and other regulatory conditions.” The program is open to graduates up to two years post-graduation, in the following fields: Mining Engineers Civil Engineers Mechanical Engineers Electrical Engineers Environmental Science Successful graduates will join our 18-month graduate program that includes competitive salaries, a lifestyle-friendly 7-days on, 7-days off roster, free air travel to and from the Carmichael mine from Townsville, Mackay or Rockhampton, as well as free meals and accommodation at site. Graduates will benefit from the tutelage of our senior team members on-site, with additional off-site training provided though our learning partner, CQUniversity Australia. “We are a proudly regional Queensland based company with Bravus Mining and Resources headquartered in Townsville and Bowen Rail Company in Bowen,” Ms Wells said. “This is a wonderful opportunity to take advantage of the relaxed north Queensland lifestyle as well as the economic benefits that come with living in regional Queensland such as lower cost of entry to the housing market, access to top notch schooling and world-renowned tertiary institutions.” Bravus Mining and Resources and Bowen Rail Company are part of Bravus, an Adani Group business which is at the forefront of the global energy transition and committed to delivering a sustainable energy mix. Our other Australian businesses include Rugby Run solar farm, North Queensland Export Terminal and Abbot Point Operations. For more information about the Graduate Program, visit www.bravus.com.au or www.bowenrailcompany.com.au. Contact: [email protected] +61 438031780 ENDS Download PDF
Lincoln Thicker’s dreams of being an aerospace engineer are one step closer thanks to a balsa wood scale model of a Formula One car, and Bowen Rail Company’s new Community Partnership Program. The Year 9 student was one of 27 budding engineers, mathematicians, and roboticists from Bowen State High School to travel to Brisbane recently to put their car design and general Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) knowledge to the test in the 2022 F1 in Schools Challenge. Lincoln, who had the role of car manufacturer on the team, said the opportunity was invaluable as he geared up to pursue a career in aviation engineering specialising in drones. “The learning curve with new things like creating a car in (computer-aided design software) Inventor and having engineers come in and talk to us about Computational Fluid Dynamics was so much fun,” he said. “I think we collaborated well as classmates with our strengths helping cover each other’s weaknesses and the experience definitely made me think engineering is right for me. I’d love to do it again.” Lincoln and his F1 in Schools teammates were able to build their car and make the trip to race it after receiving the inaugural grant from Bowen Rail Company’s (BRC) Community Partnership Program. BRC General Manager Brendan Lane said the Bowen State High School students’ experience was an example of the community outcomes the business wanted to deliver through the program. “This is something the BRC team has been wanting to do for a while, and, now that we’ve moved into operations, we’re really excited to be able to give back to our community in a new way,” Mr Lane said. “The program is purposefully designed to help with the purchase of the small assets that can make a big contribution to what makes Bowen such a great place to live and work in. “Tangible things like a new oven for the P&C tuckshop, kickboards for swimming training, or new football jerseys to help players get on the field and make new friends are what we’re looking to support.” Mr Lane said the annual program would be awarded bi-annually in May and November with applications for the first round open now. For more information about Bowen Rail Company’s Community Partnership Program, or to apply, head to www.bowenrail.com.au/sustainability/community/ ENDS Download PDF