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WA’s Widgiemooltha gold project approved

Mincor has secured approvals for its 100 per cent-owned Widgiemooltha gold project in Western Australia, managed by Goldfields Technical Services (GTS). The announcement comes following the completion of a successful enhanced feasibility study (EFS), the outcomes of which included pre-production capital costs of $2.2 million, all-in sustaining costs of $1133/ounce (oz), and after-tax cash flow of […]

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NSW coal sector boosted by 2,000 jobs

Almost 2,000 jobs were added to New South Wales’ coal industry in 2017, the latest figures from Coal Services have revealed. A revival in global coal prices and steady demand for the state’s product from export markets has sparked the gradual recovery. According to the Coal Services figures, there were 20,872 coal production jobs in NSW […]

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Australian trade rebounds with a $1b surplus as gold delivers

Australian trade has rebounded from a surprisingly large deficit at the end of last year, to record an unexpectedly large surplus in January. In seasonally adjusted terms, Australia recorded a $1.05 billion surplus, a more than $2 billion turnaround on the $1.1 billion deficit the month before. While total exports of goods and services jumped […]

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Mining jobs continue to dominate SEEK ads

Mining and engineering continue to be key industries driving the growth in job opportunities on online recruitment portal, SEEK. The latest data from SEEK showed a 16.2 percent increase in new job ads during February compared to this time last year, with mining, engineering and agricultural the major contributors to the rise. SEEK’s strongest performing […]

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Manufacturing continues expansion in February

Australia’s manufacturing sector has continued its positive start to the year, racking up its 17th month of expansion in February – its longest run since 2005. According to the latest survey by the Australian Industry Group, the Australian PMI slipped 1.2 points to 57.5 in February, indicating further expansion but at a slightly slower pace […]

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Workplace flexibility a key factor for mining’s future

Australian resources and energy group, AMMA (the Australian Mines and Metals Association) has submitted a report to the Senate Select Committee on the Future of Work and Workers citing the desire for flexible, non-traditional work opportunities as a key trend for Australian resources and energy workers. In the submission, entitled Inquiry into the impact of technological and […]

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Solar now employs over 10,000 Australians

The latest Renewable Energy Index (REI) compiled by Green Energy Markets and funded by GetUp, shows that 16,042 rooftop systems were installed over January — supporting 5,337 full-time jobs. The news keeps getting better with another 5,456 jobs set to be created by large-scale solar farms which are currently under construction, which will also kick […]

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Australia on track for record gold production in 2018

According to reports in today’s West Australian – Australia is on track to produce record gold tonnages in 2018 after last year clocking its highest output since 1999. Research by mining consultants Surbiton Associates showed the nation produced 301 tonnes (9.67Moz) of gold in 2017, up 3t (96,452oz) on 2016’s figure. Surbiton Associates’ director Sandra Close […]

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Santos announces $900m investment in new gas developments

Santos and its GLNG partners will invest $900 million in gas developments in Maranoa, Western Downs, Central Highlands, and Banana this year. Mines Minister Anthony Lynham said the investment will generate about 400 Queensland construction jobs and boost the state’s gas production to 70% of the east coast supply. “This development will offer jobs, as […]

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NT government approves restart of Roper Bar iron ore mine

A defunct iron ore mine project in the Roper River region has been given the green light to restart operations by the Northern Territory Government. International shipping and mining company British Marine, which also has an interest in Queensland bauxite operations, has invested in the mine through its subsidiary Britmar (Aust). The site has been […]

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