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Vale Woodduck

May 29, 2024

This month we lost our much-loved Queensland Check Inspector Stephen ‘Woodduck’ Woods who passed away after a battle with cancer.

Duck will be remembered for his passion to help others, his commitment to our Union and our members for thirty years, and for the friendship we were fortunate enough to share with him.

We would like to take some time to commemorate Woodducks’ contribution to the life of our Union and his story.

Woodduck commenced his career in the mining industry at Cook Colliery UG mine as a fitter and turner apprentice. He then worked at Mount Isa mine, as part of one of the first intakes at North Goonyella UG coal mine where he joined our Union and became a Deputy.

Woodduck played an active role in the North Goonyella Lodge, serving members as President for two years, Vice-President for five years, as well as holding the role of SSHR at the mine for four years.

In 2012 he was elected to the role of ISHR (District Union Inspector) and he diligently served in that role until now.

Woodduck led from the front in fighting for workers’ rights, and health and safety each and every day. He was a leading advocate in the fight for justice after the re-emergence of black lung was discovered in 2015, and his focus and commitment ensured that we delivered on what is now seen as worlds’ best practice for health screening, prevention, dust monitoring, enforcement and rehabilitation.

In addition to his work in the health and safety space, Woodduck was also a community minded member of our Union, establishing a retired members group in Mackay.

Woodduck will be remembered for his warm smile, his humble nature, his absolute commitment to the health and safety of our members and his passion for helping others. We will honour his legacy by putting safety first every day.

Our condolences go to Stephen’s cherished wife Suzanne and their family.

Rest in Peace Woodduck, we will miss you.

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