ABOUT

The Smart Transformation project brings together residents, community organisations and businesses to shape the future for Dysart and Moranbah.

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WHERE WE HAVE COME FROM

The first phase of the Smart Transformation Project involved a thorough engagement process with community members in Dysart and Moranbah. The focus of our group sessions and interviews was to understand the challenges, concerns, possibilities and perceptions of the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the region. 

The collaborative process helped us to identify five key principles that guide our future roadmap: 

  1. Change is inevitable, but it can be managed;
  2. Skills drive economic and social prosperity;
  3. Access to quality work is essential;
  4. Place-based leadership creates stronger regions;
  5. Lifelong learning and skills attainment underpin our future.

WHERE WE ARE GOING

As a community we have identified three priority areas and supporting initiatives that have guided our development of the Community Roadmap. Together we believe this plan will help to shape a future for our Dysart and Moranbah communities that we can all be proud of.

Now is the time to translate this Roadmap into action. Our plan requires community support, involvement and participation to deliver on the future we all believe is possible in our region. 

To find out more about how you can become involved in the Smart Transformation project and our next steps please subscribe below.

SMART TRANSFORMATION ADVISORY COUNCILS

Our project’s success is dependent on the people that are willing to be involved. We are incredibly fortunate to have a group of dedicated and generous members from both the Dysart and Moranbah communities serving as our Smart Transformation Advisory Councillors.  

They come from community organisations, unions, business, the education sector, health – and bring a wealth of expertise and experience to the table, along with a love for the communities which they call home.

Moranbah

Michelle Esler

Michelle Esler

Director, Moranbah Health

Michelle is the Director of Nursing/Facility Manager at Moranbah Health Service, so is on call 24/7 dealing with the health and wellbeing of the local community.  Michelle is advocating for improving local services, particularly around emergency services and mental health.

Anthony Edwards

Anthony Edwards

Moranbah State School, Principal

As Principal of Moranbah State School, Anthony draws on his extensive experience teaching in rural and remote communities.  He aims to prepare students for a life of choice, not a life of chance – getting them ready for the coming technological changes.

Carolyn Fritz

Carolyn Fritz

Board Member, Director, Greater Whitsunday Alliance, Moranbah Discount Tyres & Mechanical

Caroline is a director of Moranbah Discount Tyres and Mechanical and a board member of the Greater Whitsunday Alliance.  With over 30 years in the region, Caroline wants to see a stable economic platform developed, immune to the boom bust mining cycle.

Mitchell Innes

Mitchell Innes

Facilitator

An engagement expert, Mitchell believes communities themselves should be enabled and empowered to determine, and deliver, their own futures. Mitchell has worked with communities across the Bowen Basin for over twenty years, having held senior corporate affairs roles in some of the country’s top companies.

Melissa Westcott

Melissa Westcott

Chair Local Buying Foundation and owner of Big On Shoes

A small business owner, and active community member Melissa is working as a Director of C-Res among her many roles. She sees the potential for other local businesses to grow through access to technology and global markets.

Ash Dowd

Ash Dowd

Manager Moranbah Workers Club

Manager of the Moranbah Community Workers Club and President of Moranbah Traders Association, Ash has been in town for 11 years.  He describes the business community as “motivated” and is keen to ensure the future opportunities are realised.

Richard Engel

Richard Engel

BMA Goonyella Riverside Mine dragline operator

Richard and his family have a long history with the Moranbah Community. As a dragline operator Richard has seen the physical landscape change and is now focused on benefits that can come from changes in the technical landscape and how these benefits can be shared by the community.

Sean Milfull

Sean Milfull

BMA Goonyella Riverside Mine General Manager

Sean Milfull is a veteran mining professional and an active member of the BMA Inclusion and Diversity Council, bringing a wealth of senior level leadership within BMA to his role as Goonyella Riverside General Manager where he started in the Environment team 20 years ago.

Brianna Baggow

Brianna Baggow

Station Manager 4RFM

Moranbah born and bred, Brianna has been the station manager at community radio station 4RFM for two years.  Looking to the future,  Brianna is keen for Moranbah to become more adaptable in the face of change.

Kristy Marks

Kristy Marks

BHP, Principal Corporate Affairs

Kristy has significant experience living and working in Bowen Basin communities, which includes over three years as the Chair of the Local Buying Foundation working alongside the business and community sectors. Since shifting her career into the mining industry at BHP/BMA operations across Queensland – close to 10 years ago – Kristy has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience across the community, State government, local procurement and operations.

Dysart

Cherryl Perry

Cherryl Perry

Principal Dysart State High School

Cherryl started as the new Dysart State High School principal in mid-December 2020. She has 15 years’ experience as an educator in rural and remote areas in Cape York and the Torres Strait. Her real passion is ensuring students have authentic pathways to either work or traineeships or university.

Sandy Moffat

Sandy Moffat

Small business owner

Sandy describes her vision for Dysart as “liveable and loveable.” As a small business owner, parent and employer she also understands the importance of the community coming together to prepare for a changing future.  Sandy believes there are many opportunities awaiting the community.

John Crooks

John Crooks

John Crooks Electrical & Hardware, Owner

John, along with his wife Marina, have owned John Crooks Electrical & Hardware in Dysart for more than 25 years.  As a small business owner, John is focused on building a vibrant and thriving community in Dysart.

Liz Fox

Liz Fox

BMA Saraji Mine employee, Community advocate

As a long-term resident, community advocate and BMA employee Liz wears a number of hats. Liz believes that Dysart is strategically placed in the Bowen Basin to leverage technology changes that can deliver benefits across the community.

Brad Crompton

Brad Crompton

BMA ​, CFMMEU, Lodge President

Brad is the Lodge President for the CFMMEU at BMA’s Saraji Mine.  His priority is developing new initiatives to grow Dysart’s population, and ensure services are maintained.

Richelle Toshack

Richelle Toshack

Dysart Community Support Group

In her role at the Dysart Community Support Group Richelle connects with individuals and organisations across the local community and region.  From this perspective Richelle can see the positive impact effective collaborations can achieve.

Royce Bailey

Royce Bailey

BMA Saraji Mine employee, Small business owner

In his twenty years at Saraji, Royce has experienced firsthand global technological changes.  Royce is committed to highlighting and promoting local innovation and creative talent.

Dan Iliffe

Dan Iliffe

BMA Saraji Mine General Manager

Dan has 20 years’ experience in the Mining industry, predominately within Coal sites in the Bowen and Surat Basins. Dan has spent the last 8 years with BMA and held a range of senior operational roles at Peak Downs, Saraji, and Caval Ridge Mines.

Rhiannon Rowe

Rhiannon Rowe

Rhiche Business Solutions

Born and bred in Dysart, Rhiannon AKA Rheenie absolutely loves the Dysart community and has a passion to bring it back to it’s former glory from when she was growing up. She loves being involved and making a difference within the community and is very excited to see our town transform!

Mitchell Innes

Mitchell Innes

Facilitator

An engagement expert, Mitchell believes communities themselves should be enabled and empowered to determine, and deliver, their own futures. Mitchell has worked with communities across the Bowen Basin for over twenty years, having held senior corporate affairs roles in some of the country’s top companies.

Kristy Marks

Kristy Marks

BHP, Principal Corporate Affairs

Kristy has significant experience living and working in Bowen Basin communities, which includes over three years as the Chair of the Local Buying Foundation working alongside the business and community sectors. Since shifting her career into the mining industry at BHP/BMA operations across Queensland – close to 10 years ago – Kristy has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience across the community, State government, local procurement and operations.

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YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL

The Youth Advisory Council provides key input and feedback – a youth voice – for incorporation into the Smart Transformation Project.   The Council is made up of two students from each year level, 9 through 12 from Dysart and Moranbah State High Schools.  

The Council meets quarterly to review and advise on work being undertaken through Smart Transformation, as well as provide input into BMA’s skills and training partnerships. 

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BHP Mitsubishi Alliance

BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) is Australia’s largest coal producer and supplier of seaborne metallurgical coal.  Owned 50:50 by BHP and Mitsubishi Development, BMA operates seven coal mines in Queensland’s Bowen Basin, and also owns and operates the Hay Point Coal Terminal near Mackay.  

Established in 2001, BMA strives to be a valued partner in the communities in which it operates, and seeks to foster meaningful, long-term relationships that respect local cultures and create lasting benefits. 

BMA recognised the Fourth Industrial Revolution as a global challenge that would create both impacts and opportunities for the communities it operates in and therefore chose to support the Smart Transformation Project in Dysart and Moranbah, providing both financial support and expertise. BMA’s Saraji Mine General Manager sits on the Dysart Smart Transformation Advisory Council and Goonyella Riverside Mine General Manager sits on the Moranbah Smart Transformation Advisory Council.