Queensland coal powerbroker packs his bags for Melbourne
FROM the decadent highs atop a mining boom, through a gruelling and ferocious industrial relations dispute and now into a time of hard-nosed cost cutting, one of the forces of Queensland's coal industry has now left for Melbourne.
As the head of BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance, Stephen Dumble led the resources powerhouse through a tumultuous time for the industry and workers.
He was replaced by Lucas Dow in September - Mr Dow managed BHP's Cerro Colorado and Spence copper mines in Chile.
Mr Dumble was at the helm as BMA invested billions of dollars and created more than 4000 construction jobs to expand both Broadmeadow underground mine and Hay Point Coal Terminal while developing the now-open Daunia coal project and the still-under-construction Caval Ridge, due to start mining next year.
Mr Dumble fought in two years of trench warfare between BMA and three mining unions with each side left battered and exhausted by the time mediation was finally achieved in late 2012.
As the now former president of the Queensland Resources Council, Mr Dumble was lauded by the industry.
QRC chief executive Michael Roche said Mr Dumble was a great advocate for resources, able to explain its critical place in Queensland's economy and history.
His key opponent - Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union president Stephen Smyth - said they saw eye-to-eye on very little, but that Mr Dumble did the job the company needed him to do.
"They're representatives of the company and they have the culture they want to ingrain," Mr Smyth said.
"Every one of them wants to leave their mark on a company."
Mr Dumble will now work as a project director for BHP Billiton in Melbourne. He was not available for interview.