Mines Inspectorate modernises

THE Queensland Government has embarked on a national recruitment drive to attract skilled mines inspectors and safety and health specialists to Queensland.

The Mines Inspectorate is being revitalised to reflect a new modern era of mining in Queensland, according to the State Government.

According to the Government, the Inspectorate will be reinvigorated under a restructure. Already some senior inspector positions have been taken out of head office and transferred to regional Queensland.

Occupational health and safety officers have been appointed to the Mines Inspectorate in the regions.

Mines and Energy Minister Geoff Wilson has flagged proposed changes to nine Acts with the Mining and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2007 introduced into State Parliament in August.

He said 41 out of the 42 recommendations in the Review of the Queensland Mines Inspectorate had been implemented.

Amendments to the legislation are expected to be introduced next year.

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