Australian Mining top five for the week

Australian Mining looks at the top five stories that had you reading this week.


1. Australian Olympics tries to pull Anna Meares mining ad

Unsurprisingly the story that Australian Mining broke nationally was also the top read story for the week.

The Australian Olympic Committee told us that it asked the lobby Group Australian Mining – This is our story to pull its ad featuring Anna Meares as it was inadvertently in breach of the Olympic charter regarding advertising. The ad, which had Meares' jersey emblazoned with the BHP logo, drew the committee's attention.

The group has since pulled the ad.


2. Illegal sex traffic passing through QLD mine towns

This story focused on the booming sex trade that has followed the growing mining industry.

An investigation found that women from Southeast Asia were being trafficked for sex through Mount Isa and other mining regions, according to Queensland police.

Last year reports emerged that because of the rising wealth in mining regions fly-in fly-out sex workers in QLD were making more money in a day than miners did in a week.

Sex workers have also been targeting mining workers in Western Australia, with some approaching workers at Perth Airport immediately after they return from the mines.

Last year University of New England associate professor John Scott, who has studied sex work in regional towns, told Australian Mining people needed to be cautious of reading too far into the issue.


3. Rinehart pours $26 million into local training

Flying in the face of rallies and protests, Gina Rinehart has committed to Australian workers by promising money for local training.

Roy Hill CEO Barry Fitzgerald said up to 2,000 Australian training positions would be created, including 100 trainees, 100 apprentices, and 100 Indigenous trainees, as well as up-skilling programs for workers in other industries.

Rinehart previously came under fire for seeking nearly 2000 foreign workers for the mine.


4. US workers already here

More on the job front. Last month we highlighted the Australian mining companies looking to the US for skilled workers. Now we follow the story as these workers begin to make their way here.

New Latitude director Josh Dundon, who represented a number of Australian companies in Houston, told Australian Mining several skilled US workers were heading to Queensland.

"We're in the process of placing three individuals with our client in QLD at the moment, all civil engineers," he said.

Dundon also said New Latitude would be sending more US workers to Australia over the coming months. "We're forecasting a steady flow of around three to four placements per month over the next 12 months," he said.

"Our plan is to look at much bulkier campaigns where we can bring in up to 50 guys at a time."

However, these workers who have been brought over are the highly skilled variety, not the diesel fitters or truck drivers.


5. The end of recruitment agencies?

With the need for so many miners, a lot of companies are cutting out the middle man and recruiting their workforce directly.

This has worried mining-specific recruitment companies as perception changes from "don't bother applying for a job if you aren't going through an agency" to more workers going it along.

It highlighted examples such as Rio Tinto's massive push for 6000 workers, the largest single recruitment drive in Australia's history.

It goes on to ask – what is the future for mining recruitment companies?

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