Clean Air Group makes progress

THE Gladstone Clean Air Group is showing that it is possible to make a difference.

The community-based group will meet with QAL directors tomorrow to discuss the plant's environmental performance and the improvements that have come about since the group was formed four years ago.

Gladstone Clean Air Group spokesperson Sam Ricciu said the meeting was a chance for the community to have a say.

"Local residents are invited to either fax or mail any issues to me before (tomorrow) so that their wishes can be raised with the directors,'' Mr Ricciu said.

In recent years QAL has taken an open door approach to the community, with members from the clean air group also part of the QAL community forum.

"The QAL community forum has worked quite well and is a role model for other industries to follow,'' Mr Ricciu said.

QAL managing director Johann van Zyl said the community had become a valuable source of support and improvements for the plant.

"QAL, like many businesses, needs the support of its community to prosper and grow,'' Mr van Zyl said.

Mr Ricciu said although QAL had made noticeable improvements since the formation of the community forum and Clean Air Group, the community still considered progress to be slow.

"(However) the progress made to date shows that industry and the community can work together to bring about necessary change,'' Mr Ricciu said.

Residents can contact Mr Ricciu by fax 4979 2596 or by mail c/- PO BOX 8001 South Gladstone.



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