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Brett Jenkins – “A Boy Miner”

Brett Jenkins, author of “A Boy Miner”, decided to capture his experiences in FIFO as a young man nearly twenty years ago. His book explores the trials of negotiating the meaning of masculinity, of mateship, and the effects that absence and isolation can have on FIFO workers and their families.

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Rix’s Creek receives approval to operate until 2040

The New South Wales Independent Planning Commission (IPC) has approved Bloomfield Collieries’ proposed expansion of Rix’s Creek south mine in the Hunter Valley. Rix’s Creek will continue operating until 2040 and produce an estimated 25 million tonnes of product coal, with royalties of more than $104 million under the new proposal. This decision comes after […]

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Hundreds of jobs to be created in $685 million Cadia mine expansion

Hundreds of jobs will be created in a $685 million expansion of the Cadia mine, announced on Tuesday morning. And a further $185 million will be spent in the planned second stage of the expansion. The announcement is set to provide a major boost to the Orange economy with demand for housing for the additional […]

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Fenner Dunlop opens idler manufacturing plant in Brisbane

As a long-standing Australian manufacturer of premium conveyor belt and trusted brand in quality products, Fenner Dunlop has taken a significant step forward by adding a new local idler manufacturing plant alongside its existing sales, engineering and warehouse operations in Brisbane. Fenner Dunlop has designed and supplied conveyor idlers and structures for over 15 years […]

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Pembroke granted environmental approval for $1bn coal project

Pembroke Resources has received environmental authority (EA) for its Olive Downs coking coal project in Central Queensland. The EA, granted by the Department of Environment and Science, authorises activities for Olive Downs’ 79-year mine life and provides the conditions, including environmental obligations, for the operation of the mine. Pembroke chief executive officer Barry Tudor said […]

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Kalium Lakes gives Beyondie green light for full-scale construction

Kalium Lakes has received board approval for its Beyondie sulphate of potash (SoP) project, allowing full-scale construction to begin at the Western Australian operation. The final investment decision allows the acceleration of activities from current approved early works programs to construction, meaning the company will now look to finalise remaining construction contracts. It follows Kalium’s […]

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Arafura begins Nolans mine life extension plans

Arafura Resources has commenced drilling and metallurgical programs aimed at increasing the mine life of the Nolans neodymium-praseodymium (NdPr) project in the Northern Territory. The original definitive feasibility study projected a 23-year mine life, 4357 tonnes of supply per year and earnings before interest, depreciation and amortisation of $377 million per year. The $23.2 million […]

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Idemitsu pledges to make Boggabri workers top-paid in the Gunnedah Basin

Idemitsu Australia Resources has proposed to make its Boggabri Coal employees the highest paid open-cut mine workers in the Gunnedah Basin in New South Wales. The Japanese company has agreed to increase its workers’ remuneration by 2.5–3.5 per cent a year, while ensuring they receive training for a number of skills over time. Idemitsu’s proposed […]

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Australian resources exports continue to grow

Australia’s resource export earnings are continuing to grow, with surging commodity earnings expected to offset global market volatility in the midterm. The latest Resources and Energy Quarterly from the office of the Chief Economist projects resource exports will rise to a record $282 billion in 2019-2020, backed by an increase in gold export earnings and […]

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Strong NSW coal demand drives job growth

The strong demand for New South Wales Coal has created more mining jobs in the state. A study by Coal Services found that there were nearly 1000 more coal miners in NSW since last year, rising to 22,300 workers. Illawarra saw the largest growth in coal mining, with 2934 coal miners, almost 500 more than […]

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Australia’s first Aboriginal-owned iron ore mine to be built in WA

Australia’s first Aboriginal-owned iron ore mine is one step closer to becoming a reality as Australian Aboriginal Mining Corporation Pty Ltd (AAMC) secures a debt funding of approximately $27.1 million for the development of the First Iron Project in Western Australia. “This is a landmark moment in the development of Australia’s first Aboriginal-owned iron ore producer and […]

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