Queensland, Australia


Australia Fights Against Blood Cancers

Peabody employees in Australia participated in the World's Greatest Shave to raise funds for Australia’s Leukemia Foundation. Participants shaved or dyed their hair to raise donations for patients and families. Now in its 17th year, World's Greatest Shave raises about half the money the Leukaemia Foundation needs to fund its vital work – providing emotional and practical support to families free of charge, as well as investing millions of dollars in research to help beat blood cancer. Since 1998, shavers have raised around $178 million to help beat blood cancer.

Peabody Sponsors Queensland Youth Orchestra’s Tour

Peabody is a proud sponsor of the Queensland Youth Orchestra. The Queensland Youth Orchestra’s (QYO) toured venues in Mackay, Nebo and Moranbah, Australia, during the Peabody-sponsored concert series. This event enables young musicians from Brisbane to travel and perform throughout the region. QYO considered this tour to be a great success based on audience feedback, audience numbers, the high level of collaboration with local musicians, and a very positive response from the QYO musicians.

Australia Rides to Conquer Cancer

Four Peabody Energy employees rode 137 miles through Queensland’s scenic countryside for two days, raising funds for the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) during the Ride to Conquer Cancer. The employees raised A$15,764 for cancer research to help QIMR improve ways to target cancer and treat patients.

Moorvale Mine Transformed into a Classroom for the Day

Teachers and students from Valkyrie State School near Nebo, Australia, took a break from the chalkboard to tour Peabody’s Moorvale mine. The group toured facilities, learned about coal mining and saw rehabilitated parts of the mine during their visit. Students enjoyed getting a close up look at some of the equipment and the chance to test their truck driving skills using Peabody’s dragline simulator.

Peabody Celebrates Hand Safety Month

Peabody Energy launched the “Look After Your Pinkies” hand safety campaign to raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). Pink gloves replaced existing safety gloves in vending machines at mine sites, and a goal was established to achieve zero hand injuries in the month of June. The campaign was a huge safety success, with only one site recording a hand-related injury during the campaign. Peabody donated $1,000 to the NBCF for each site that achieved zero injuries, which amounted to $10,750. In addition, employees worked together to raise over $10,000 for the organization through donations and fundraising. A photo competition was also held for employees with the most original "pink gloves" photo. This is the winning photo.

Mines Join Forces to Run for Cancer

Employees from Peabody Energy’s Coppabella, Millennium and Moorvale Mines put on their jogging shoes and took part in the Mackay Marina Corporate Challenge Fun Run and raised funds for the Leukemia Foundation. Moorvale’s two teams, the Moorvale Movers and the Moorvale Groovers, together raised nearly $600 for the Leukemia Foundation.

Supporting the Hear and Say Program

Peabody Energy is a proud supporter and sponsor of the Hear and Say Program. Since 1992, Hear and Say has been one of the leading pediatric auditory-verbal and implantable technologies organizations in the world, teaching children who are deaf to hear, listen and speak. Peabody’s sponsorship of Hear and Say provides support for two children in the Mackay region who have profound hearing difficulties.

Peabody Employees Smash Fundraising Goal

Peabody Employees from Coppabella and Moorvale raise nearly $9,000 for the Cancer Council - exceeding their fundraising goal by $4,000. Employees participated in a Relay for Life challenge of running/walking for 18 hours, BBQ nights, Golf Day, and much more.

Peabody Employees Awarded for Service to Local Communities

Paul Wood and Richard Eadie have been recognised for their dedication and years of on-call service to the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service; these community-minded men tend to car accidents, house fires and fire callouts as needed. Eric Turner has been honored for his over 15 years of service with the SES and Emergency Services. He has been volunteering not only with the SES, but the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service and the Defence Force for eight years. In Eric's multiple years of dedicated service to his community he has responded to searches for missing people, Cyclone clean-up projects, flood boat and helicopter rescues.

Coppabella GOES PINK!

There is a definite splash of colour around Coppabella mine lately with twenty-seven employees wearing bright pink mine shirts to support the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Peabody Donates Lighting to Rural Fire Service

Coppabella Mine is helping out our local emergency services by donating LED lighting to Walkerston Fire and Rescue Service. The Walkerston Fire and Rescue Service is an auxiliary unit made up of volunteers. Auxiliary units often don’t have the same level of funding and equipment as the rural units so Peabody (through Coppabella) was pleased to assist. The portable lighting runs off its own battery supply which means firefighters will save the time they used to spend in an emergency setting up portable lights and a generator. They also eliminate the hazard of having 240V power leads lying on the ground in wet weather.

Peabody and Valkyrie Green Thumbs Go To Work

Students at Valkyrie State School kicked off a tree-planting program with support of Peabody's environmental teams. The 15 students from the one-teacher Bowen Basin school learned about mining and rehabilitation before being coached through planting native Australian trees by Moorvale Environmental Officer, Justin Vohland. Justin engaged the eager young gardeners, overseeing the planting of more than 500 trees which the students will nurture, with support from the school's purpose-built hothouse. The trees will grow to be part of Peabody's future rehabilitation program and will ultimately be planted on site at Moorvale.

Peabody Takes Centre Stage

Peabody Energy took centre stage as it was awarded the Australian Business Arts Foundation’s (ABAF) Queensland Regional Award for its partnership with Queensland Youth Orchestras (QYO) at a ceremony in Brisbane. The ABAF Regional Award recognizes partnerships between businesses and arts organizations that provide people in regional and rural areas with access to high quality arts and culture. Peabody’s partnership with Queensland’s major orchestra delights audiences from Dalby to Moranbah through QYO’s Peabody Energy Regional Concert Series.

Peabody Australia Participates in the Kokoda Challenge

Four teams from Peabody Energy participated in the Gold Coast Kokoda Challenge. Each team trekked through 60 miles of Gold Coast Hinterland, covering three miles of vertical elevation. Each team raised funds for the Kokoda Challenge Youth Program whose mission is to improve the quality of life and life skills of young Australians.

Julian Thornton Participates in CEO Sleepout

Peabody Energy Australia’s Group Executive of Operations, Julian Thornton, joined CEOs across Australia to help spread awareness of homelessness during St. Vincent de Paul Society’s (Vinnies) CEO Sleepout by “sleeping rough” on the streets of Brisbane. Julian experienced what it was like to be homeless for one winter’s night by sleeping outside in conditions no more comfortable than those living on the streets – just a couple of cardboard sheets to soften the hard ground, a sleeping bag and a cup of soup to keep warm. Julian was able to raise A$3,325 toward Vinnies’ homeless services across Australia.

Peabody Builds Ties with Valkyrie State School

Peabody Energy’s Brisbane Office supported the Brigalow Athletics Carnival hosted by Valkyrie State School, based in the Bowen Basin. Approximately 150 students from various local schools attended the event and 20 students were selected to advance to the Denham District Athletic Trials. Peabody’s Coppabella Mine Environment Manager, Craig Bushell (pictured), assisted during the long jump trials.

Funding Queensland Rescue Helicopter

Peabody's financial support of CQ RESCUE, a Central Queensland helicopter rescue service, helps the service play a vital role in the community by undertaking hundreds of rescues within a 300-kilometer radius of the city of Mackay each year and providing rapid medical assistance and transportation of patients to emergency care and trauma centers.

Bicycle Fundraiser for Epilepsy

Wilkie Creek Mine employees raised funds for the son of Mobile Maintenance Planner Jeff Dean, who has suffered from uncontrolled epilepsy since he was 18 months old. A team of 25 cycled in the “Ride for Luke and Epilepsy,” which raised more than AUD$20,000 for Epilepsy Queensland.

Restoring Vegetation in Queensland

Through a program led by Conservation Volunteers Australia, Peabody organized volunteers from its Brisbane office to help clean up property in Abberton, which suffered devastating flood damage in early 2011. The Peabody team planted more than 2,000 seedlings on creek banks to begin to stabilize the area and restore vegetation. Employees continue to plan additional plantings to help restore the land. The company also donated $250,000 to the Queensland Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal, which in total has helped more than 40,000 families.