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Mad Mumzie – Australian Mining’s Podcast Queen

Who is Mad Mumzie? Through her podcast, Beers With a Miner, Leanne Drew is on a mission to share experiences of working in Australia’s mines. We sat down with Leanne to ask some questions about the story behind ‘Mad Mumzie’.

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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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Why BHP needs a mining camp with a three-storey cafe and cross-fit gym

BHP is banking on a $150 million mining camp to even out bumps in the fly-in, fly-out operation and smooth the way to its target of gender balance at a giant new iron ore mine in Western Australia’s rugged Pilbara. That’s why it has built a three-storey cafe, a cross-fit gym, a 3000-book library, a […]

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Capricorn makes move to develop Karlawinda

Capricorn Metals will raise $65 million to advance development of the Karlawinda gold project in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The equity raising will also allow Capricorn to satisfy a key condition and reopen talks to secure a debt and gold hedging facility with Macquarie Bank. The $107 million debt and gold hedging facility […]

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Hastings edges towards Yangibana rare earths production

Hastings Technology Metals has been granted an environmental permit for its Yangibana rare earths project in Western Australia. The approval allows Hastings to move forward on the project to eventually produce rare earth carbonate on site. It will now move into the next stage of the project’s development, which will focus on the final project […]

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Dartbrook coal mine approved to recommence operations in the Upper Hunter

A controversial plan to reopen a ‘mothballed’ coal mine in the New South Wales Upper Hunter Valley has been approved, but a five-year extension on the mine’s life has been denied. Australian Pacific Coal Limited has an existing approval to extract up to 6 million tonnes of run-of-mine coal annually from the Dartbrook mine using […]

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Civmec contract with Fortescue to create 300 jobs

Fortescue Metals Group has awarded Civmec a contract for the delivery of the primary crushing and ore processing facility at its Eliwana iron ore project in the Pilbara, Western Australia. Civmec will be responsible for the full vertical delivery of Eliwana’s iron ore loading, primary, secondary and tertiary crushing, ore screening and associated conveyor systems, […]

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Ravensthorpe mine set to re-open a third time amid demand for nickel

The owners of the mothballed Ravensthorpe nickel mine in Western Australia’s south-east say they will move to re-open the site if surging demand for the metal continues. In its latest quarterly results posted overnight, First Quantum Minerals said it was planning to restart the nickel and cobalt operation by early next year. The Canadian mining […]

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Mine Expansion: How to Score one of 600 jobs with Aquila

GLOBAL mining giant Anglo American has already started recruiting for a number of roles following its announcement last week of a US$226 million expansion to its metallurgical coal operation in the Bowen Basin. Aquila is an underground hard coking coal mine near Middlemount, expected to extend the life of Anglo American’s existing Capcoal underground operations by […]

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Gold Fields and Gold Road launch Gruyere ramp-up

Gruyere joint venture partners Gold Fields and Gold Road Resources have begun ramping up development at the Gruyere gold mine in Western Australia. Gold Road and member of Gold Fields, Gruyere Mining has completed the commissioning of the final components of the process plant, in particular, the ball mill and gravity circuit. Gold Road reported […]

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Queensland releases five areas for coal exploration

The Queensland Government is opening more land in the coal-rich Bowen Basin for exploration to fuel the next round of mining jobs. Tenders have opened for five areas with high potential for steel-making coal; and thermal coal for electricity and industry use. The new blocks also have access to the Bowen Basin’s existing rail and […]

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KCGM employees to get 22 weeks paid parental leave

Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines (KCGM) has followed the lead of joint venture (JV) owner Newmont Goldcorp by providing generous parental or adoption leave, regardless of gender. The parental leave policy includes 22 weeks paid leave, plus 10 days paid secondary carers leave and four week return-to-work payment. These changes are aimed to help address the […]

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