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Bowen Rail

We aim to support the community of Bowen and help drive economic prosperity for the region.

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19th June 2024
No training wheels needed: Collinsville kids ride high at official opening of Bowen Rail Company-funded ‘pump’ bike track
No training wheels needed: Collinsville kids ride high at official opening of Bowen Rail Company-funded ‘pump’ bike track

There were plenty of thrills and a couple of spills as Bowen Rail Company and Collinsville residents celebrated the official opening of the town’s eagerly anticipated $300,000 ‘pump’ bike track. Located in Darcy Munro Park, the Collinsville pump track is designed for bike and scooter riders and skateboarders to make their way over a thrilling series of rollers, jumps, and berms by generating momentum through up and down body movements, instead of pedalling or pushing. Bowen Rail Company fully-funded the $300,000 cost for the first stage of the circuit as part of a 2019 Infrastructure Access Agreement signed with Whitsunday Regional Council for the construction of the Carmichael Rail Network. The Carmichael Rail Network entered operation in 2022 and connects the Carmichael mine near Clermont to Aurizon’s Newlands System about 70 kilometres south of Collinsville. Bowen Rail Company General Manager Brendan Lane said it was terrific to see Collinsville’s young and young at heart embrace their new community asset with fearless enthusiasm. “We’re deeply grateful for the incredible support we’ve received from Collinsville and the greater Whitsunday region as we’ve built our railway and grown from a startup to a thriving rail operator,” Mr Lane said. “We wanted the construction of the Carmichael Rail Network to leave a positive legacy in Collinsville beyond the significant economic benefits of employing locals and awarding contracts to local businesses, or having rail workers spend their wage in local hotels, stores, and pubs. “As we have grown, so too has our connection to our local region. 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 make sure we’re helping to build the community that we want to live in. “Better playground equipment and new and more diverse activities for older kids were two things that resonated loudly in the 2021 Collinsville Masterplan, and the Pump Track is a perfect fit. “So while this $300,000 investment in stage one of the pump track is a considerable one for our business, we’re proud to have worked in partnership with Council to deliver a lasting community asset and it’s terrific to see the kids get out there and put it to such good use already.” Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Ry Collins said the pump track was an exemplar of Council working with local businesses to provide investments that add to community vibrancy and sense of belonging. “As a Council we spend a lot of our time upgrading existing assets and legacy assets,” Mr Collins said. “So when we’ve got the opportunity to put something new into the community it’s really valued, and that’s shown by the turnout we’ve had for the official opening of stage one of Collinsville’s pump track. “What Bowen Rail Company has done here is incredibly important and we thank them so much for being good corporate citizens for our community – not just in terms of the jobs and economic benefits they create, but for investing in bringing people together, which is at the heart of our regional towns.” ENDS DOWNLOAD PDF 

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7th May 2024
Bravus ready to supercharge regional Queenslanders’ projects careers

Bravus is building on its record of creating secure jobs for regional Queenslanders through a new internal team of projects professionals supercharging their careers at its mine and rail operations. Bravus has advertised the first of the roles for its new Central Projects function that will deliver facilities, infrastructure, processing, rail systems, and technology works across the Group’s Carmichael Rail Network, Bowen Rail Company, and Bravus Mining and Resources businesses. Bravus Mining and Resources owns the Carmichael mine which is a 10 million tonne per annum open cut thermal coal mine approximately 160 kilometres northwest of the town of Clermont. The Carmichael Rail Network is a 200-kilometre narrow gauge railway that connects the Carmichael mine to Aurizon’s Newlands Rail System through to the North Queensland Export Terminal, north of Bowen. Bowen Rail Company both rails the coal from Carmichael to the North Queensland Export Terminal and manages the maintenance and safe operation of the Carmichael Rail Network. Bowen Rail Company General Manager Brendan Lane described the opportunity to work on hundreds of millions of dollars of mining and rail projects at the same time as “career defining”. “Bravus’ mining, rail network, and freight rail businesses are billion-dollar enterprises with decades-long operational horizons,” Mr Lane said. “That means two things for prospective members of our new Central Projects function. “One is long-term, secure employment via a consistent pipeline of largescale sustaining capital projects in a Group with a proven track record for delivering major projects in regional areas. “And two, it’s that you don’t have to choose between working on mining projects or on rail projects. With us you can do both, and that’s how you supercharge your career and get ahead in this industry.” Bravus Mining and Resources Chief Operating Officer Mick Crowe said the advertised roles offered a mix of site and office-based working arrangements in Townsville, Rockhampton, and Bowen. “We’re a proud Group of regional Queensland businesses with Bravus Mining and Resources headquartered in Townsville, Bowen Rail Company in Bowen, and the Carmichael Rail Network run out of Rockhampton,” Mr Crowe said. “That provides a range of benefits to our operations, but also to our people who enjoy the social and economic advantages that come with living and working in central and north Queensland. “We’ve made sure to provide a lifestyle roster with these capital projects roles so the successful applicants can make the most of the perks life in the regions offers as well.” To view available Bravus Central Projects function positions, head to https://bravusmining.applynow.net.au/ Bravus’ Australian businesses include Bravus Mining and Resources, Bowen Rail Company, Carmichael Rail Network, Rugby Run solar farm, North Queensland Export Terminal, and Abbot Point Operations. Bravus is an Adani Group business and together its Australian operations play a leading role in the future of the global sustainable energy mix by producing and transporting high quality Australian coal, and renewable energy. ENDS Download PDF

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18th April 2024
Bowen Rail Company revs up as Naming Rights sponsor of Bowen’s Don River Dash
Bowen Rail Company revs up as Naming Rights sponsor of Bowen’s Don River Dash

Bowen Rail Company is revving up as the new Naming Rights sponsor of the Whitsunday’s favourite event, the 2024 Don River Dash offroad race. The Don River Dash 300 is a two-day offroad race that sees motorbikes, buggies and trophy trucks tackle a rugged “desert style” course through the dry riverbed of Bowen’s famous Don River. The event injects more than $4 million into the local economy as thousands of competitors and motorsport enthusiasts from across Australia descend on Bowen and the Whitsundays each September. Bowen Rail Company General Manager Brendan Lane said the company was delighted to partner with an event that showcased Bowen and the Whitsundays to the world. “This is the sixth year of the Don River Dash and to be able to partner with an event that showcases Bowen and the Whitsundays to the world is something we’re passionate about as a local business, but also as members of this community,” Mr Lane said. “The Dash is an event our team members are keen to participate in and keen to support and we strive to get behind the events and causes that are important to our people and their families. “It’s also another way we can add to the vibrancy of Bowen and the greater Whitsunday region on top of the economic value of the local jobs we support and the opportunities we create for local businesses. “We’re a business that appreciates horsepower, too. I doubt many competitors will match the 4,300 horsepower of one of our locomotives, but we can’t wait to see the action on the Don in September.” Bowen Rail Company rollingstock maintainer Trent Williams said he was hoping to better his ninth place in his motorbike class last year – as well as his brother and fellow BRC employee, Byron. “I’m not sure what Byron is going to ride yet, there might be a bit of a secret coming up, but it’s going to be on this year and you’re going to be seeing who’s the better brother,” Trent laughed. “I didn't really do much practice last year, just jumped on and rode. So hopefully with a bit more practice and time put into it this year I can do a bit better and maybe get a podium. “It’s always nice to see your employer putting back into the community and supporting local events that bring a lot of people and a lot of money into the town. Bowen Rail Company does a great job at that.” Don River Dash secretary Wanita Sparr said Bowen Rail Company’s support elevated both the social and economic value of the event. “Tourism Whitsundays and Whitsunday Regional Council tell us the Don River Dash’s local economic contribution is well over $4 million a year, and you only have to look at the local hoteliers and retailers who are overflowing with customers during and after the race and to understand why,” Ms Sparr said. “We had more than a thousand people camped at the showgrounds last year. “But we simply couldn’t put on the same quality of event without the support of a major corporate sponsor like Bowen Rail Company. “We’re incredibly excited to have Brendan and the team on board and working with us to get the most out of the Dash for competitors, spectators, and the local community alike.” Competitor nominations open in June. For more information about the Don River Dash, head to www.donriverdash.com.au ENDS Download PDF

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11th April 2024
Collinsville ready to ride as community ‘pump’ bike track build date announced
Collinsville ready to ride as community ‘pump’ bike track build date announced

Collinsville will be “pumping” thanks to Bowen Rail Company and construction of a new $300,000 bike track for local bike riders, scooter enthusiasts, and skateboarders. Whitsunday Regional Council has announced works on the Darcy Munro Park Pump Track will begin on 2 April, with stage one of the four-stage circuit expected to be ready for locals young and old to showcase their riding, cornering, and jumping skills by early May. Bowen Rail Company has fully-funded the first stage of the bike track, which is a circuit designed for users to apply a push-and-pull technique rather than pedalling to make their way over a series of rollers, jumps, and berms. Council will manage the construction works. Bowen Rail Company General Manager Brendan Lane said the business was excited to see such a safe, active, fun, and social community asset built for the people of Collinsville. The funding for the project is part of a 2019 Infrastructure Access Agreement signed with Council for the construction of the Carmichael Rail Network (CRN). The CRN entered operation in early 2022 and connects the Carmichael mine to Aurizon’s Newlands System about 70km south of Collinsville. “We wanted the construction of the Carmichael Rail Network to leave a positive legacy in Collinsville beyond the significant economic benefits of employing locals and awarding contracts to local businesses, or having rail workers spend their wage in local hotels, stores, and pubs,” Mr Lane said. “Better playground equipment and new and more diverse activities for older kids were two things that resonated loudly in the 2021 Collinsville Masterplan, and the Pump Track is a perfect fit. “The beauty of this new addition to Darcy Munro Park is it will be accessible to everyone, young or young at heart, and a toddler on a balance bike will benefit as much as an X-Games superstar. “We’re deeply grateful for the incredible support we’ve received from Collinsville and the greater Whitsunday region as we’ve built our railway and grown from a startup to a thriving rail operator. “Our team can’t wait to see their friends and family out there shredding around enjoying the Pump Track - and having a crack on it themselves.” Whitsunday Regional Council Capital Program and Network Planning Director Adam Hagy said detailed design of all four stages had been completed, with each adding new levels of challenge. “We have the full picture of what the finished product looks like and we’re confident the design will provide fun, challenge, and learning for years to come,” he said. “Naturally, stage one is most suitable for beginners and intermediates to get a foothold as stages two through four come online. “The timing of stages two through four will be subject to future budgets, and incremental development will ensure the facility grows with the community.” ENDS Download PDF

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