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Thirty-Five Years in the FIFO Loop

By Harry Morton It’s 1985 in Useless Loop, Western Australia. You’re working a six-month FIFO job doing 12-hour shifts with no rostered days off. Your room is a little box with an old bone rattler air conditioner in the corner, no fridge and only the communal toilet block to do your business in. The site […]

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Resources sector set for growth despite rising competition

The Morrison Government has released a national resources plan to maintain the competitiveness of Australia’s resources sector. Quoting the work of Australian historian Geoffrey Blainey, “the rush that never ended,” the national resources statement will guide all governments’ future actions. “Australia’s resources sector continues to boom,” Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matthew Canavan said […]

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Wage pressure ‘inevitable’ as skills shortages worsen

Recruitment agency Hays expects skills shortages in mining to be a major concern as the sector competes with other growth industries around Australia. The agency last month revealed that a wide range of mining jobs were in demand due to escalating skills shortages. Hays’ findings confirmed that the shortages have become a national issue after […]

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Coal leads Australian mining to 2018 export record

Australia’s resources exports delivered a record $248 billion in revenue in 2018, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data. The $248 million figure accounted for 72 per cent of Australia’s goods exports overall. Coal was the highest earning export commodity for the year, accounting for $66 billion in export revenue, bolstered by improved […]

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Tanami Gas Pipeline receives NT approval

Construction of the $170 million Tanami Gas Pipeline is complete, and Northern Territory Minister for Primary Industry and Resources Paul Kirby has granted pipeline owner AGI Tanami conditional consent to commission and operate the infrastructure. Consent to commission means AGI Tanami can now test the pipeline by introducing gas at the pressure under which it […]

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Gold Fields to install mega hybrid solar facility at Granny Smith

Gold Fields’ Granny Smith gold mine is set to install one of the world’s largest renewable energy microgrids, powered by more than 20,000 solar panels and backed up by a 2 MW /1 MWh battery system. The mining company has contracted mobile and modular power company Aggreko to design, build and operate the 8 MW […]

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Production to begin at historic Victorian gold mines

AuStar Gold is to commence production this month from its historic Morning Star and Rose of Denmark mines in Victoria’s eastern goldfields, almost four weeks ahead of the original target date. Development activities including procurement and logistics began this week, with processing expected to start before month-end. AuStar said it had gained the “requisite level […]

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QLD explorers hunt for next major discovery

The Queensland Government has unlocked more land for exploration companies to identify the next generation of resources projects. Mines Minister Anthony Lynham today announced the successful tenderers for minerals and coal tenders in the state’s North West Minerals Province and the Bowen and Surat basins. Junior explorer Red Metal will be able to explore for […]

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Mining top industry for job ad growth in 2018

The mining, resources and energy industry has been cited in Seek’s latest employment report as the “star performer” for new job ad growth in 2018, with listings up 32 per cent on the previous year. The report surveyed year-on-year job advertisement growth across 29 different sectors for an overall national average of 8.6 per cent […]

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CU-River Mining to transform power station site in SA jobs boost

More than 150 jobs will be created in the Port Augusta region once the new owners of the former Northern Power Station site build a $250 million port. Flinders Power has sold the former power station site to CU-River Mining — a South Australian iron ore magnetite producer which has mine and exploration licences in […]

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