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Surge in permanent roles signals mining recovery

Most regions across Australia have experienced an increase in permanent mining roles on jobs portal SEEK, suggesting renewed confidence in the sector following a five-year mining downturn. This suggests a turnaround from the 2012-16 mining slump, which was characterised by reluctance in hiring permanent staff, a climb in the ratio of contract to permanent job ads and a loss […]

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Queensland Nickel approves plans to restart Yabulu Refinery

Clive Palmer’s QNI Resources is a step closer to reopening the Yabulu Nickel Refinery in Queensland. Palmer today released a statement saying QNI had approved plans to reopen the facility near Townsville in yet another twist for this ongoing saga. The businessman claimed that “other group companies” had nearly $500 million of cash reserves in […]

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BHP starts new iron ore mine in WA

Resources giant BHP last night pressed the button on a new $4.7 billion iron ore mine in the Pilbara which it says will employ 2500 people during construction and 600 when operational. The announcement came as further evidence emerged that the WA jobs market is finally starting to stir, with the strongest growth in new […]

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Price of gold spurs wave of WA FIFO jobs in Wiluna

Rising gold prices look set to bring about a wave of new jobs for FIFO workers – turning a WA ghost town into a boom town in the process. The once-thriving goldrush town of Wiluna, 1200 kilometres north-east of Perth, has struggled since the end of the WWII but the price of gold has changed […]

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Employment opportunities on the rise

Australia’s miners are in demand again, but the sector has changed since the boom days. Research from SEEK revealed job advertisements in the mining, resources and energy sector grew 34 per cent year on year, recording the largest increase of all employment sectors in May. It was followed by government and defence (up 29 per cent), community […]

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Santos delivers QLD jobs boost with Arcadia approval

Santos, with its GLNG partners, plans to invest more than $400 million on the 137-well Arcadia gas project in Queensland’s Bowen Basin. The investment adds to the $900 million Santos is investing in upstream developments in the Maranoa, Western Downs, Central Highlands and Banana regions in Queensland. Santos managing director and chief executive officer Kevin […]

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Tasmanian iron ore mine approved

An iron ore mine project with the potential to create 100 ongoing jobs has been given federal environmental approval. Fairfax can reveal privately owned Tasmanian company Forward Mining’s Rogetta project, south of Burnie, has been approved subject to conditions. Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg said the project would be economically beneficial and environmentally sustainable. “It will […]

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Altura extends mine life at Pilbara lithium project

Lithium developer Altura Mining has added two years to the mine life at its Pilgangoora project in the Pilbara after delivering a revised ore reserve and mineral resource estimate. Altura, which is in the commissioning phase of the Western Australian project, plans to incorporate the increased estimate in its proposed stage two expansion of the operation. The […]

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FMG green lights $1.7b Eliwana with 500 jobs to come

Fortescue Metals Group has given the go-ahead to develop a new mine and rail project in the Pilbara. The $US1.275 billion ($1.7 billion) Eliwana mine will include the development of 143km of rail, a new dry ore processing facility and other associated infrastructure. Eliwana, which will replace Fortescue’s depleting Firetail mine, is expected to operate […]

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Western Australia on the brink of new mining boom

Experts say WA is on the brink of another mining boom with new projects and tens of thousands of jobs to be created in the next year. FMG, Rio Tinto and BHP are set to invest billions of dollars to recruiters struggling already to keep up with demand for workers. The Chamber of Minerals and […]

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