TIERI housewife Kaylene Greenhalgh has found herself thrust into the national spotlight as the face of the CFMEU's Put Something Back campaign pressuring mining companies to share their wealth around.
Kaylene admitted she found the media interest in her sudden celebrity "scary" but stood by her conviction the big miners should be putting more back into their communities.
"It's the first time I've put myself out there because it's something I strongly believe in… and when you do that you have to put your hand up and say so," she said, adding that she worried about any form of retribution aimed at her husband, an underground miner.
The couple and their two teenage boys have lived in Tieri for 15 years, and before that Blackwater and Toowoomba.
Kaylene described the state of the roads surrounding Tieri as "disgusting".
"We really feel we would like to see some of the profits coming back into mining towns instead of global corporations having head offices in Zurich and London and all the profits going overseas," she said.
"And if they do come back they're going to south-east Queensland, it seems.
"We really want to see the state of the roads improved. If you have been to Tieri and tried to drive out of town, it's absolutely dangerous on the main road.
"You almost need a four-wheel-drive to get out of town.
"The potholes, the wide loads and the road deaths that we're seeing… we need to see that money coming back in to mining communities."
Kaylene said Tieri had been a good place to raise a family, but she criticised the lack of leisure outlets for children in the town.
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