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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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Australian mining needs 21,000 new workers by 2024

Australia’s mining industry will require around 21,000 new onsite operational employees by 2024 in order to meet the demand for mining projects. The forecast was made by the 2019-2024 Mining Workforce report released by the Australian Resources and Energy Group, AMMA. It found that 57 projects worth $41 billion, either ‘committed’ or considered ‘likely’ by […]

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Byerwen coal mine opens to boost QLD economy

The opening of the Byerwen coal mine in North Queensland has been welcomed by the resources industry ahead of its anticipated contribution to the state. The $1.76 billion joint venture between QCoal and JFE Steel is set to employ 350 people during construction and 500 when in full production. As a result of a site […]

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$500m methanol plant project in NT to create thousands of jobs

A $500 million methanol plant has been proposed to be built near Darwin in the Northern Territory and the project has the possibility to create up to 1,000 jobs during construction as well as about 350 direct and indirect ongoing jobs. Chemical company Coogee will be developing the methanol plant, with a feasibility study already underway. Methanol is utilised […]

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Proposed NT gas plant requires 1000 workers

West Australian chemical company Coogee has commenced a feasibility study into a methanol plant near Darwin. The 350,000tonne per annum methanol plant would be located at Middle Arm industrial precinct. A final investment decision is expected in Quarter 1 early 2021, with construction commencing soon after. The Project will cost approximately $500 million and commence […]

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Alcoa coal site transformation to deliver 1300 jobs boost

The Eden eco-tourism project in Anglesea (VIC) is set to provide a range of economic benefits, including the creation of 1300 new jobs in the region. This will coincide with generating an estimated $350 million in the Surf Coast Shire in the first 10 years of operation. The project, which was revealed in May this […]

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Queensland safety reset reaches 96% of state

Queensland’s safety reset is nearing completion, with just a small number of the state’s mine and quarry workforce left to complete the program. Official figures show that 96 per cent of workers in Queensland’s resources industry have completed the safety reset despite the deadline being at the end of August. It comes as the state […]

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Australian Vanadium receives major project status for WA project

The Australian Vanadium project has been awarded major project status by the federal government, highlighting the contribution it is expected make to the Western Australian economy. Major project status has been awarded for a period of three years and provides a single point of contact for assistance with navigating the approval process and relevant government […]

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Adani steps up recruitment for Carmichael project

Adani Mining will support job recruitment and contracting of local businesses by opening a new business centre in Rockhampton, Queensland. Lucas Dow, chief executive officer of Adani, said the business centre would provide a base for major procurement and recruitment programs for the Carmichael project during the construction and operations phase. “This gives us the […]

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Glencore and Peabody clear key approval for United Wambo

Joint venture partners Glencore and Peabody Energy have received a conditional approval for the $381 million United Wambo coal project in New South Wales. The United Collieries JV had sought to integrate and expand open cut mining operations at the existing United Wambo coal mine and United Colliery near Singleton in the Hunter Valley. It […]

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Venture to create up to 100 jobs at Tasmanian mine

Venture Minerals plans to restart operations at the Riley iron ore mine in Tasmania after a pre-feasibility study showed $31 million of potential cash generation. The company previously mined at the project in 2014, but suspended operations the same year due to low iron ore prices. Its pre-production capital expenditure (capex) is estimated at a […]

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