Coal mines can tend to be a bit drab but that is no longer the case at Ipswich’s Jeebropilly Mine.
There is one very distinct piece of equipment making its way around the pits and all for a very good cause.
The mine unveiled the pink dozer this week to serve as a constant visual reminder to speak to the women in their lives to ensure their checks are up to date.
Mine general manager, Trent Knack said it was a great honour to partner with the McGrath Foundation on such an important issue.
“Being a predominately male workforce the mining team decided to flip the focus around and discuss a predominantly female related topic as we all have women in our lives – mothers, sisters, wives, daughters,” he said.
Ipswich Health Plaza has two breast care nurses who support breast cancer patients from diagnosis and throughout treatment. They are a free service provided by the McGrath Foundation.
“The McGrath Foundation do a wonderful job in funding breast care nurses right across Australia,” he said.
Regular checks mean early detection which is important in treatment being more successful.
The mine runs regular toolbox talks which are part of the West Moreton Wellness program.
The Wellness committee recently winning the Best Health Program award at the Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference.
“We run toolbox talk sessions and McGrath Foundation Ambassador Tracy Bevan attended to share her story about her best friend Jane McGrath and how the foundation was established,” Mr Knack said.
Tracy Bevan represented the McGrath Foundation at the unveiling and said she was thrilled with the promotion.
“We have worked with mine sites before but this is the first time anyone has painted a dozer pink for us,” Tracy said.
“It is absolutely fantastic.”
Jeebropilly is the last coal mine in Ipswich and will close at the end of 2019.
“This particular dozer has been chosen as it will be making its way to our Bengalla mine in the New Year. This will ensure the Jeebropilly legacy and visual reminder lives on,” Mr Knack said.