Families enjoy QAL picnic day



SIX-year-old Tallan Haupt couldn't sleep on Saturday night as he geared up for the Queensland Alumina Limited (QAL) family picnic day yesterday.

An excited Tallan, along with hundreds of other children and QAL families, lapped up the festivities.

'He's having a great day ? everything is put on for the kids, so Tal really looks forward to it,' Mum Judy, who has been working at QAL for more than 15 years, said.

Grant Partridge dressed up as 'Al Alumina' for the day, handing out lollies to the kids and making sure everything was running smoothly.

'It's a fantastic day ? I've been working at QAL for five years, so this is the second picnic I've been to and it's something we all look forward to ? the plant's so big we don't get much of a chance to catch up with other workmates otherwise,' he said.

Children's rides, fairy floss, face-painting and a barbecue were all part of the picnic day, which QAL public relations officer Joey Parsons said was a way to say 'thank you' to QAL workers and their families.

She said the event was staged biennially since the plant was built about 38 years ago.



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