QAL general manager Mike Dunstan.
QAL general manager Mike Dunstan.

A coffee with... QAL general manager Mike Dunstan

THIS week we have a coffee with Queensland Alumina Ltd general manager Mike Dunstan.

Name: Mike Dunstan

Occupation: Queensland Alumina Ltd general manager

Years lived in Gladstone: 24

What you love about where you live: It's the perfect place. I love the weather, I can ride or run every day of the week.

My family has grown up here and live nearby. It's different when you live in a community where everyone wants to achieve things.

How do you take your favourite drink? Long, black and strong coffee - a double shot in the mornings.

On a sunny Saturday you can find me … riding between 100-150km on my bike, finishing at the Tannum Sands Coffee Club with a few coffees.

Sunday is my run day, about two hours to do 23km.

I enjoy the bike ride more, it becomes social. If you want to be competitive you've got to get up a little earlier than everyone else.

When I was young, my dream was to … run a small company or factory. Fifty or 60 people - QAL has 1200.

It's a bit bigger, but at 16 that's what I had my heart set on.

I always had it in my mind to be an engineer, but my strengths are in the people side.

I can't remember the last time I … saw a live band. As a student I used to go all the time.

There's been no good music since Led Zepplin broke up.

When I go out in Gladstone you'll find me at … work functions, but if I have free time I'll be out on the bike.

When I feel like splurging, I … buy something for my bike, like new wheels.

My favourite holiday destination is … Canada. I've done three world championships there. People are really friendly and there's great scenery.

My bike, chocolate, coffee and four'n'twenty meat pies with heaps of sauce … are a few things I can't live without.

Al Pacino … would play me in the movie about my life. I like the leadership roles he plays and the way he portrays himself.

The best piece of wisdom I've been told is … no matter what you're doing, do the best you can.

It gives you opportunities for the next thing in life.

What are you spruiking? The focus at QAL has been to stay safe, stable and reliable to get us results - and it's happening.



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