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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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Ausgold unearths seven-year mine potential at Katanning

Ausgold is backing potential to deliver a viable, standalone gold mining and processing operation at the Katanning gold project in Western Australia. A scoping study at Katanning confirms a base case for a 1.25 million tonnes per annum mining operation, capable of producing over 350,000 ounces over an initial seven-year mine life, according to Ausgold […]

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Saracen contracts GR to expand Carosue Dam plant

Saracen Mineral Holdings has contracted GR Engineering Services for the expansion of its Carosue Dam gold mineral processing plant in Western Australia. The $24.5 million contract is for engineering design, procurement and construction of the Carosue Dam plant, which is approximately 120 kilometres north-east of Kalgoorlie in the Goldfields region. The plant upgrade will install […]

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BMA to hand out the highest number of apprenticeships in QLD

BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) has given 62 Queenslanders reason to celebrate Christmas early, offering them apprenticeships starting in January 2020. This is the highest number of apprenticeships offered in central Queensland in years, with 15 people coming from the Greater Mackay area, 13 from Moranbah, five from Rockhampton, four from Dysart, Blackwater and Emerald and […]

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Millennium plots Nullagine mine transformation

Millennium Minerals has secured additional funding to underpin the next leg of the Nullagine gold mine’s transformation in Western Australia. An agreement has been reached with Millennium’s major shareholder, IMC Group, for the provision of a $7.5 million extension to the $20 million term loan facility announced in May. The extension of the facility will […]

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Newmont Goldcorp charges ahead with Tanami expansion

Newmont Goldcorp has moved the second expansion project at the Tanami gold mine in the Northern Territory into the execution phase. The expansion project is proposed to increase Tanami’s mine life beyond 2040. It is anchored on the expansive Auron deposit, which was discovered in 2008, and is located beneath the original Callie orebody. Tanami’s […]

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Victoria braces for another gold rush with land release

The Victorian Government will favour mining companies that can demonstrate a commitment to engaging with Traditional Owners and boosting local jobs in a release of ground for gold exploration. State Minister for Resources Jaclyn Symes made the announcement at the International Mining and Resources Conference in Melbourne yesterday. The North Central Victorian Goldfields Ground Release […]

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Fortescue sets sights on the sun to power Pilbara operations

Fortescue Metals Group plans to use solar power for up to 100 per cent of its daytime energy requirements at the Chichester Hub iron ore operations in the Pilbara, Western Australia. Alinta Energy has signed an agreement with Fortescue for the Chichester Solar Gas Hybrid renewables project, which will supply energy to the Christmas Creek […]

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Whitehaven to ramp up ‘larger’ mines

Whitehaven Coal chairman Mark Vaile has talked up two significant, near-term assets that will underpin the company’s growth – Vickery in New South Wales and Winchester South in Queensland. The projects will move Whitehaven’s saleable coal production towards 40 million tonnes a year over the next 10 or so years, Vaile said at the company’s […]

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Lithium mine expansion opens

Production of lithium concentrate from the world’s largest supplier, based in regional Western Australia, is set to top 1 million tonnes per year, with predictions it could inject $4 billion into the economy. Lorry Mignacca, chief executive of Talison Lithium, made the prediction at the opening of the company’s chemical grade processing plant 2 (CPG2) […]

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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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