About UsIf you ask a Queensland miner or gas worker what they read on site, they'll tell you it's Shift Miner. Whether it's flicking through the Miner’s Trader classifieds for a new set of wheels, doing the crossword in the crib hut, or laughing at Frank the Tank’s latest love advice in the mess, Shift Miner has been keeping miners amused for nearly a decade.
In fact, the magazine was the first to establish itself in the region, years before other copycat publications twigged to the idea that the mining industry (or specifically its workforce) was a lucrative market for advertisers trying to sell anything from motorbikes to heavy machinery.
Those publications ebb and flow depending on the economic climate (1000s of them in the boom times, not so many standing after the GFC) but Shift Miner has remained through thick and thin.
What sets the magazine apart? We care about our readership.
Not in a violin-playing, lay-on-our-couch-and-tell-us-your-problems kind of a way. But we have always poured all our capital into employing excellent writers to provide top quality news and information.
That's why we have a dedicated paid readership who'll fight over the last copy of Shift Miner when the magazines are delivered on site.
In 2013, Shift Miner is still delivered to subscribing work sites and mining camps across the Bowen Basin coalfields, Gladstone and into the Surat Basin gas fields.
However, as the habits of our readers changed, so have we.
We now have a smartphone / tablet application, and The WINO (Wednesday's Industrial News Online), is delivered to the inboxes of mining executives, business owners, government department staffers, real estate agents and other people within the broader mining support sector who are not in the field every day to read the hard copy.
We're proud to have built up a top-quality publication that is now enjoyed across the whole coal and gas community in Queensland.
Our TeamManaging director: Angus Peacocke
Angus started his career as a cadet mining and agriculture reporter with the ABC 15 years ago. During that time he worked all over New South Wales and Queensland in both radio and TV.
He is an accidental journalist having studied economics at the University of Sydney (marketing major), before working variously as a ringer, truck driver, bull catcher and agronomist across outback Australia. He still recalls those days as the greatest of his life (note to wife: except for marriage and fatherhood).
He entered media after reading One Crowded Hour, a book about Australia’s finest foreign correspondent Neil Davis.
Angus lives and breathes Shift Miner, and will always pick up the phone to talk whether you’re an advertiser, a bloke trying to sell a car in the classies or a miner who wants a chinwag about work.
Editor-at-large: Alex Graham
Alex started her career in journalism as a cadet with the ABC in Brisbane. After a year of learning the ropes, she was sent off to Rockhampton to cover the Central Queensland region for ABC TV. That stint saw her report from rodeos in Longreach to citrus farms in Emerald and footy fields in Mackay.
From CQ, she made her way back to Brisbane, as ABC radio’s state political reporter. It was during the last years of the Beattie government and the first years of the Bligh government. During that time, she covered fiery protests over the Traveston Dam near Gympie; the shake up of Queensland Health after the Dr Death inquiry; Cyclone Larry when it cut its trail of destruction through Innisfail; and the fury over forced council amalgamation.
When she married Angus in 2007, she once again returned to Rockhampton and took up the position of editor at Shift Miner. She was surprised to find how little coverage mining and industry received in mainstream media, despite its burgeoning presence in Queensland. She now works part-time in the business, writing and editing for Shift Miner and the WINO.