Adding colour to a grey environment

26 August 2019



Coal mines aren’t usually the most colourful of places but one mine in Southeast Queensland has challenged conventional thinking.

Jeebropilly Mine near Ipswich has teamed up with the McGrath Foundation to paint one of their large bulldozers pink.

Mine General Manager, Trent Knack said it was a great honour to partner with the McGrath Foundation on such an important issue.

“The McGrath Foundation do a wonderful job in funding breast care nurses right across Australia,” Trent said.

“These breast care nurses are so important in supporting people with breast cancer and their families. 

“It was a pleasure to host Tracy Bevan on site embracing her passion and enthusiasm towards this cause.

“Tracy spoke at our crew Toolbox Talk conveying Jane McGrath’s story and that of the foundation.

“What better way to remind everyone of the importance of regular checks than a big pink dozer working at our mine.”

Jeebropilly is the last coal mine in Ipswich and will close at the end of 2019.

Throughout the past 12-18 months, management on the site have been working with the crews to make sure they finish well.

“We don’t want to go out on a whimper or a sad note,” Trent said. “We want to finish our mine with a bang - the Jeebropilly Way.”

“Most of the workforce have been with us for years and are like family”.

“We have spent a lot of time this year preparing everyone for the closure, from running financial planning sessions, to mental and physical health programs.”

Trent said the idea of the pink dozer was to help the crews have informed discussions with the women in their lives around breast cancer.

“September will be breast cancer awareness month at Jeebropilly and this pink dozer will be a constant visual reminder to speak to loved ones and the women in everyone's lives to ensure their checks are up to date,” Trent said.

“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.”

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.”