Our history and contribution
Part of the fabric of Gladstone
Known as the giant that never sleeps, QAL has been part of Gladstone’s social fabric since its inception in 1964 when construction began. QAL was the first industrial plant to appear in town’s landscape and remains the region’s largest employer today.
Long term residents of Gladstone often speak of “when QAL came to town”, dividing the town’s history into two distinct eras.
The plant is officially opened by Mayor Bill Golding
Gladstone town plan developed
Commitment to the environment
QAL has maintained a commitment to the environment since its inception. With developments in Environmental Legislation over the years, the plant has undergone significant changes. One of the most momentous pieces of work to have been undertaken by QAL is the 5 Year Environment Strategy (5-YES) which is delivering on a committed $480 million spend towards environmental improvements across its lifespan.
Less emissions, More efficiencies
Thermal Oxidiser Commissioned to reduce odour emissions
Building a better tomorrow
From the very beginning, QAL has been the heart of Gladstone; working alongside the community to ensure the future of the region.
QAL Donates the land that Yaralla currently sits on back to the organisation.
Striving for equality
QAL believes that the way we treat each other matters. An active Inclusion Committee work closely with teams throughout the plant to ensure everyone feels psychologically safe to express themselves for the most positive outcome for all involved.
Engaging with our community
QAL has been the heart of Gladstone’s prosperity since we produced our first alumina in 1967 and we continue to make these contributions to the sustainable development of the region.
Our diverse communities give us the opportunity to bring positive, long-term benefits to the Gladstone region – evident in the many liveability improvement projects we have strongly supported over the years.
A key focus of our work is making Gladstone a great place for our employees and our neighbours to live and grow with their families. This starts in addressing the primary areas of need such as health and local business development.