Isaac Regional Council (IRC) was formed in 2008 through the amalgamation of three former shires: Belyando, Broadsound and Nebo across the Bowen Basin in Central Queensland. The Isaac Region encompasses an area of 58,862 square kilometres of agricultural land, beaches and coal mines. The Council's role is to provide facilities throughout the region in an effective and efficient manner and encourage strategic and sustainable development of the region.

Following the engagement of ASTRA to undertake a Safety Cultural Survey and a Safety Management Systems (AS4801) Audit, we were tasked with the development and facilitation of a workshop to support the Isaac Regional Council’s Visible Leadership initiative.

The workshop, entitled Understanding your Workplace Health & Safety Obligations was delivered in nine sessions to over 90 personnel at five locations across the region. Attended by a cross section of personnel that included the Mayor, Councillors, CEO and Executive Directors through to the Leading Hands and Overseers, the program was a resounding success in dispelling myths, highlighting areas of ‘must-know’ and sharing of expectations in regard to workplace health and safety.

The application of game-based theory and practical learning exercises supported by a review of the origins of workplace health and safety laws, their application and harmonisation led to a shared understanding and co-respect of obligations in relation to safety in the Council workplaces.

In 2015 we are continuing to support IRC through the facilitation of a Risk Assessment Workshop on 'Non-natural Disasters resulting from human activity.