Queensland Alumina (QAL) has a new general manager. Former QAL utilities manager Pine Pienaar replaces former Mike Dunstan who retired in May.
Mr Pienaar brings with him more than 20 years of experience in the aluminium industry across South Africa, Mozambique, Canada as well as Boyne Smelters Limited and Yarwun.
“QAL has been historically known as being pioneers for community and industry collaboration. The partnerships between QAL and the local region have enabled the town to go from strength to strength,” he said.
“Since the opening of the refinery 52 years ago QAL helped shape the town with projects such as the development of the Boyne Bridge and the Green Belt scheme.”
The Green belt scheme included the duck ponds, swimming pool, tennis, netball and basketball courts plus the hockey fields that are located in the Gladstone CBD.
“Gladstone’s make up of community, industry and tourism and the collaboration between each, is something new in his experience said Mr Pienaar.
“Our community is fortunate to have all of these elements right here at our door steps. This is an aspect that I personally believe is extremely important and look forward to continuing in my new role.”
He said he recognised there were many of opportunities for QAL to improve QAL’s environmental footprint within the community highlighting the five Year Environment Improvement program which includes an investment of over $300 Million towards improvement projects onsite.
“We have a defined strategy and a clear vision of where we want to be and when.”
“Improving our environmental performance is a key priority for us going forward, I am excited to see this change and for QAL to transform over the next few years.”