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  • Rail duplication to boost capacity (0) August 28, 2008 A seven kilometre track duplication will boost capacity to carry coal in the Blackwater system in central Queensland, according to Queensland Rail (QR).
  • Equipment wear parts (0) August 28, 2008 Excel Undercarriage will feature replacement wear parts for hydraulic, electric and rope mining shovels, excavators, drills and drag lines on Stand 4000 during the Goldfields Mining Expo (GME) 2008.
  • Chemical dust suppressant (0) August 28, 2008 Vital Chemical will exhibit a cost-effective, fully biodegradable, water-conserving dust suppressant on Stand 1030 during the Goldfields Mining Expo (GME) 2008.
  • Build up the north, or bust (0) August 27, 2008 The northern half of Australia and remote mining communities of the Pilbara are fundamentally underdeveloped. Daniel Hall writes
  • Safety08 Conference and Exhibition (24) August 26, 2008 IFAP will run the seventh annual Occupational Safety and Health Conference from 23 to 24 September 2008 at the Sheraton Perth Hotel.
  • Fatal accident at Yandi (0) August 26, 2008 BHP Billiton Iron Ore has announced that an incident occurred recently at its Yandi mine site, which resulted in the death of an HWE Mining employee.
  • $10 m portable power solution (0) August 26, 2008 ABB Australia has won a $10-million contract from United Group Resources to help provide reliable power for Incitec Pivot Limited’s new ammonium nitrate plant at Moranbah in Queensland.
  • Campaign to target copper thieves (0) August 26, 2008 An alarming rise in the incidence of copper theft has sparked a national campaign, according to the Queensland Mines and Energy Minister Geoff Wilson.
  • Queensland shares expertise with US (0) August 26, 2008 Mines and Energy Minister Geoff Wilson has recently declared Queensland’s methods of monitoring mine gas as being among the best in the world.
  • Managing the fleet for higher profits (0) August 26, 2008 The fundamental elements of fleet management. Coffey Mining Chief Mining Engineer Linton Kirk writes.
  • Resources Council slams oil shale decision (0) August 25, 2008 Queensland Resources Council chief executive Michael Roche has slammed the Queensland Government over its declaration of a 20-year moratorium over the development of the McFarlane oil shale deposit.
  • Training commitment rewarded (0) August 25, 2008 A Western Australian diamond producer has been awarded top honours for its commitment to Indigenous training and workforce development, by the Chairman of national industry skills council SkillsDMC.
  • Bright future with China: Minister (0) August 25, 2008 The Minister for Resources and Energy, Martin Ferguson AM MP, has declared Australia’s strong future with China in a speech to the Australia-China Mining and Minerals Industry Dinner in Beijing.
  • Motor gearbox combination (0) August 22, 2008 Dunkermotoren has launched a combined DC-motor and planetary gearbox that is said to produce peak torques of up to 400 Ncm.
  • $300 m exploration licence for Gunnedah (0) August 22, 2008 The NSW Government will grant an exploration licence for the Watermark area near Gunnedah for a period of five years following a rigorous tender process, Minister for Mineral Resources Ian ...
  • Call for single focus Minister (0) August 22, 2008 The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) has called for both major political parties in Western Australia (WA) to dedicate a Minister to a sole resources portfolio.
  • All in the timing: Hays (0) August 21, 2008 Employers are being forced to act quickly in order to attract and retain the best candidates for jobs in the mining industry.
  • Infrastructure needed in Pilbara (0) August 21, 2008 The Pilbara region in Western Australia is in desperate need of infrastructure and solid planning.
  • Mining drama close to home (0) August 21, 2008 A new television drama, which centres on the mining industry, is currently being filmed in Central NSW and along the Kimberly coast in Western Australia and Melbourne.
  • Two miners injured in underground accident (0) August 21, 2008 The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has released a safety alert urging all mines to maintain their elevated work platforms after two workers were injured during routine maintenance work ...
  • Pilbara housing scheme (24) August 21, 2008 Fortescue Metals Group has opened the first of 250 environmentally friendly houses being built in Port and South Hedland.
  • A day to remember Queensland miners (0) August 20, 2008 The Queensland Government has announced a Miners Memorial Day to commemorate the lives of more than 1450 miners who died in mining tragedies that touch on three different centuries of ...
  • Inventive miners win innovation award (0) August 20, 2008 An innovation that makes a mine site safer while reducing carbon emissions has taken out the prestigious Queensland Mining Industry Innovation Awards presented in Townsville recently.
  • Sustainable development conference on soon (0) August 20, 2008 The Minerals Council of Australia will host the Solutions through Collaboration conference (SD08) from 15 to 19 September 2008.
  • The star wars effect (0) August 20, 2008 ‘Star wars’ technology being taken up by the mining industry will have implications for both efficiency and safety, managing director of Safety Wise Solutions Gerry Gibb said.
  • Carbon monoxide sensor recalled (0) August 20, 2008 Industrial Scientific Corporation 4CF Carbon Monoxide sensors have been recalled after a failure mode was identified in the sensor.
  • Whyalla iron ore export boost (0) August 20, 2008 Premier Mike Rann has welcomed OneSteel ’s announcement that iron ore exports from Whyalla are to be increased by 50%.
  • $80 m contract for CHPP (10) August 19, 2008 Sedgman Limited has secured an $80 million contract from BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) to design and supply a coal handling and preparation plant (CHPP) for its proposed Daunia mine ...
  • Through the roof: mining pay averages $100k (0) August 15, 2008 Miners earning less than $100,000 a year are on less than the industry’s average national salary, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data released recently.
  • BHP commits to sustainability (0) August 15, 2008 BHP Billiton has announced that it plans to restrict coal exploration in the farming region at Caroona near Gunnedah.
  • Worsley stacks it on (0) August 15, 2008 FL Smidth Minerals has been awarded the contract for the design and supply a two new slewing and luffing stackers at the Worsley alumina refinery at Collie in south-west WA.
  • Mine endeavours to cut 150 jobs (0) August 14, 2008 More than 150 people will lose their jobs at CBH Resources’ Endeavour Mine at Cobar in western New South Wales.
  • Attendance to mine safety conference surges (0) August 14, 2008 Close to 700 mining industry personnel will be on a mission to break new ground for the health and safety of mine workers when they pour into Townsville next week.
  • Boulder split in record time (0) August 14, 2008 A Hydraulic Splitter has been used to successfully break oversize boulders at Ridgeway Gold Mine, located near Orange in the central west of NSW.
  • Product Focus: Safety Equipment (0) August 13, 2008 Australian Mining invites editorial contributions and story ideas for its Safety Equipment Product Focus in the October 2008 issue.
  • Goldfields Mining Expo Preview (0) August 13, 2008 AUSTRALIAN Mining invites editorial contributions and exhibitor previews for its Goldfields Mining Expo (GME) preview in the October 2008 issue.
  • 100th Anniversary Issue: The Most Influential People in Mining (0) August 13, 2008 In Celebration of its 100th birthday, Australian Mining will commemorate mining’s most influential people. Editorial contributions and story ideas are welcome.
  • Pilbara Spotlight (0) August 13, 2008 Australian Mining invites editorial contributions and story ideas for its Pilbara Spotlight in the October 2008 issue.
  • Mining and farming: how and why they can coexist (0) August 13, 2008 One of the misconceptions in the current debate about mining, exploration and farming is that that the existence of one negates the other. By Dr Nikki Williams, CEO NSW Minerals ...
  • Term and volume contracts (2) August 13, 2008 McCullough Robertson Lawyers Partner Brad McCosker explores the task of preparing a standard operations mining contract in the second and third parts of this six-part series for Australian Mining.
  • A tyre’s life (0) August 13, 2008 With the increasing costs of consumables becoming more straining on both large and small mining companies it seems more attention is being placed on maximising product lifespan.
  • Investigation into health of miners (0) August 12, 2008 The Queensland Government and the University of Western Sydney have embarked on a joint investigation into the effects of silica dust on miners.
  • Simulator improves tyre life (0) August 12, 2008 Immersive Technologies has provided the world’s second largest producer of hard coking coal, Elk Valley Coal, Advanced Equipment (AE) Simulators for operator training.
  • Victorian gold mines sign aid agreement (0) August 12, 2008 Four Victorian Gold mines have signed a Mine Rescue Mutual Aid Agreement during the Annual VictorianUnderground Mine Rescue Competition held in Bendigo in August.
  • Silicosis: more science needed (0) August 12, 2008 A new study of silica exposure and silicosis is attempting to evaluate the risk of lung disease in mining. Story by Daniel Hall
  • Protecting liquid assets (0) August 12, 2008 Government and industry are so dependent on water that the efficient harvesting, storage and management of water is becoming a critical factor in the viability of existing and new development ...
  • Custom fit hearing check (0) August 12, 2008 Alcoa has enhanced its existing Hearing Conservation and Protection Program by introducing technology that accurately tests the attenuation of an individual’s hearing protection device.
  • School girls get info on mining sector (0) August 11, 2008 The Queensland Resources Council has run a forum to encourage girls to consider a career in the minerals and energy sector.
  • QME Documentary now online (0) August 11, 2008 The Australian Mining QME documentary can now be viewed online through the video portal at www.miningaustralia.com.au.
  • Mining professionals are selective: Hays Report (0) August 11, 2008 Multiple employment offers have led to candidates becoming far more selective in the vacancies considered, according to trends revealed in the latest Hays Quarterly Report.
  • Asciano contract to shake up QR business structure (0) August 8, 2008 The Queensland Resources Council has said Asciano’s entry into the Queensland coal haulage market should make Queensland Rail look again at its business structure.
  • Fire suppression system fails (0) August 7, 2008 The NSW Department of Primary Industries has released a safety bulletin urging all mobile plants to thoroughly assess fire risks after a fire suppression system on a rear dump truck ...
  • Mt Isa set for further growth (0) August 7, 2008 Queensland Rail (now a public company registered as QR) has released a draft plan to maximise growth potential on the Mount Isa Townsville rail corridor.
  • BHP Billiton restricts Caroona exploration (0) August 7, 2008 BHP Billiton has announced it will restrict coal exploration in the farming region at Caroona, near Gunnedah.
  • QR welcomes competition in Queensland (0) August 6, 2008 National transport and logistics company QR Limited has welcomed the arrival of competition in the Queensland coal rail market and reaffirmed it would fiercely defend its market position.
  • Indigenous employment gets a Federal boost (0) August 6, 2008 The Federal Government has committed to improving resource sector employment opportunities for indigenous Australians.
  • Fosterville takes home mine rescue win (0) August 6, 2008 The Fosterville Gold Mine Emergency Response Team from Bendigo in Central Victoria, has defeated nine other teams from across the country to win the annual Victorian Underground Mine Rescue Competition ...
  • CME backs securities review (0) August 6, 2008 The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia has welcomed the review of mining securities by the Department of Industry and Resources that underpinned the recommendations announced recently by ...
  • Study to safeguard lung health (0) August 6, 2008 The Queensland Government and the University of Western Sydney has embarked on a joint investigation into the effects of silica dust on miners.
  • QCAT showcases R&D (0) August 5, 2008 World-class mining research and technological developments with far reaching implications for Australia’s future have been featured in Brisbane during the Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies’ (QCAT’s) fourth annual Innovation and ...
  • Aussie radio keeps Chile in touch (0) August 5, 2008 Benbro Electronics has successfully tested its UHF radio link at the Candelaria copper mine in Chile and, as such, it will now become a permanent fixture at the mine.
  • A basin, map and a whole lot of potential (0) August 5, 2008 A 3D model of a mining basin in Central Queensland could help explorers discover more of the untapped potential of the historic mining region, Mines and Energy Minister Geoff Wilson ...
  • Addressing the skills shortage (0) August 5, 2008 The recent AusIMM employment survey showed lack of workplace flexibility is pushing women out of the minerals sector. Jessica Darnbrough writes.
  • Virtual reality makes mining safer (0) August 5, 2008 Researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) are using video game and Virtual Reality (VR) technology to develop new training tools for mine employees working at heights on ...
  • Stay tuned for QME documentary (0) August 4, 2008 Initial visitor figures from the Queensland Mining and Engineering (QME) exhibition, held recently in Mackay, show an increase in total visits compared with the previous exhibition in 2006, despite exceptional ...
  • Zinifex prosecuted after death of worker (0) August 4, 2008 Zinifex Port Pirie Pty has been prosecuted by SafeWork SA in the South Australian Industrial Relations Court following the death of 45-year-old employee, Greg Sleep in October 2004.
  • Yilgarn project finalises export arrangements (0) August 4, 2008 Polaris Metals NL (POL) is pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Fremantle Ports focussed on finalising the best option for exporting ore from ...
  • Crushing the stereotype (23) August 4, 2008 While increasing the level of automation has been at the forefront of discussion, it seems nothing compares to old-fashioned reliability. Jessica Darnbrough writes.
  • New methods to capture and store CO2 (0) August 1, 2008 Experts from government, industry, universities and research organisations have attended a Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage seminar to discuss developments in CCS technologies to lower Australia’s emissions footprint.
  • The sound of silence (0) August 1, 2008 A new, innovative drill rig is allowing operators to work safer, longer hours.
  • Third party access scheme heats up (0) August 1, 2008 Rio Tinto has signed an agreement to purchase ore from a junior explorer in a bid to prevent third parties gaining access to its railways in Western Australia.
  • Cover supplies water evaporation reduction (0) July 31, 2008 Rio Tinto’s Northparkes mine has achieved a 95% reduction in evaporation losses thanks to a new water storage facility cover.
  • Geoscientist rewarded for excellence (0) July 31, 2008 The 2008 Butt Smith Medal for Outstanding and Sustained Research Excellence in Geoscience was awarded to Dr Nigel Radford of Newmont Asia Pacific in a special presentation during the Australian ...
  • OPR gets green light for Oakajee Port (0) July 31, 2008 Oakajee Port and Rail (OPR) has been selected by the Government of Western Australia as the preferred proponent for the new multi-billion dollar Oakajee Port project in Western Australia’s mid-west.
  • Sultans of silt (0) July 31, 2008 One minesite has employed a civil construction approach to tunnel excavation to combat a wall of clay and silt.
  • $75mill climate ready program takes off (0) July 30, 2008 The Australian Federal Government’s Climate Ready program is officially taking applications.
  • Mt Thirsty gets taste for nickel (0) July 30, 2008 Barra Resources has identified several nickel sulphide gossans located six kilometres north-west of the Mt Thirsty deposit in Norseman, Western Australia.
  • Mapping boost for Queensland (0) July 30, 2008 A 3D model of a mining basin in Central Queensland could help explorers discover more of the untapped potential of the historic mining region, according to the Queensland Mines and ...
  • BHP suspends operation on worker death (0) July 30, 2008 BHP Billiton has suspended its key iron ore rail and port operations at the Western Australian mining town of Port Hedland after a worker was killed there on Tuesday.
  • Safety review poses more questions: QRC (0) July 30, 2008 The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) says Queensland Ombudsman David Bevan’s report on the Regulation of Mine Safety in Queensland has raised serious questions over the state government’s budget decision to ...
  • Labour market stranglehold (0) July 30, 2008 A report released by the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) projects the mining sector will need to employ 86,000 more workers, from 128,000 in 2008 to 215,000 in 2020, an ...
  • Low emission technologies announced (0) July 30, 2008 The Minister for Resources and Energy Martin Ferguson has announced the formation of a National Low Emissions Coal Council and a Carbon Storage Taskforce to drive the adoption of low ...
  • John M Dew farewell (0) July 30, 2008 John M Dew, who edited Australian Mining during the 1960s, when it was called the Mining & Chemical Engineering Review, has passed away in Melbourne aged 83 years.
  • Copper Basin milestone (0) July 29, 2008 Origin Energy has committed a further $9.6 million to Geodynamics’ flagship Cooper Basin geothermal project after key milestones were achieved.
  • $280mill invested in housing (0) July 29, 2008 The Western Australian Government has announced a $280 million four-year program to supply up to 200 factory-built, transportable homes each year to regional areas.
  • Rio Tinto to invest $500mill in power (0) July 29, 2008 Rio Tinto is investing over $510 million in sustainable power generation to support expansion of its iron ore mining capacity in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
  • $2.5 billion port expansion (0) July 29, 2008 A group of 14 of Australia’s largest mining firms has proposed a privately funded $2.5 billion expansion of the Port of Newcastle, which the New South Wales Government is examining ...
  • Climate change an issue not a stunt: QRC (0) July 29, 2008 The widening gulf between ‘fundraising stunts’ and ‘the plain hard work’ needed to address global climate and energy demand was in evidence at either end of the country, Queensland Resources ...
  • Labour force in minerals (0) July 28, 2008 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has released a report that projects the demand for labour in the minerals sector for nine major commodities in Australia from 2008 to 2020. ...
  • Laws of attraction (0) July 28, 2008 A flexible work environment is just one strategy the mining industry is currently implementing in a bid to attract and recruit employees. Jessica Darnbrough writes.
  • Life in the fast track (0) July 28, 2008 A third party access scheme for the Pilbara rail is making Australia’s mining giants hot under the collar.
  • A scholarship for the future (0) July 25, 2008 An $8000 scholarship aimed at encouraging women to complete engineering degrees has been awarded to University of Queensland Student Rachel Jukes.
  • Scholarships for top engineers (0) July 25, 2008 Former Townsville Grammar School Student Andrea Dale has 40,000 more reasons to be an engineer on top of her desire to play a part in major Queensland resources projects.
  • No rest for the wicked (0) July 25, 2008 Road transport has become increasingly important in Australia’s economic growth, however, to make this method of transportation viable, more fatigue management methods are necessary.
  • Girls in trade (0) July 25, 2008 The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) is set to tackle the shortage of skilled trades people by encouraging more girls to take up a trade career.
  • Beaconsfield inquest resumes (0) July 25, 2008 The inquest into the death of Beaconsfield miner Larry Knight is continuing, more than two years after the fatal rockfall.
  • Fortescue achieves production milestone (0) July 23, 2008 Fortescue Metals Group has received independent sign off certifying ‘project completion’ of the first stage of its integrated mine, rail and port facilities in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
  • Emissions trading scheme exposed (0) July 23, 2008 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has been encouraged by the Government’s embrace of key policy principles in the design of an Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) as announced in the ...
  • Regional cities short-changed in mining boom (0) July 22, 2008 Regional communities in Central Queensland that are supporting the mining super cycle have been short-changed in the recent state budget and will flounder without a plan for growth, according to ...
  • Explosive tracking system (1) July 22, 2008 Advanced RFID technology is allowing companies to keep their eye on the prize. Jessica Darnbrough writes.
  • Contract Mining & Services (0) July 21, 2008 AUSTRALIAN Mining invites editorial contributions and story ideas for its Contract Mining and Services feature in the September 2008 issue.
  • Dust Control Feature (0) July 21, 2008 AUSTRALIAN Mining invites editorial contributions and story ideas for its Dust Control Feature in the September 2008 issue.
  • Wear Resistance Feature (0) July 21, 2008 AUSTRALIAN Mining invites editorial contributions and story ideas for its Wear Resistance feature in the September 2008 issue.
  • Miners safe after tyre explosion (0) July 21, 2008 The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has released a safety alert urging all mines to be vigilant when using tyre inserts after a RAM car operator was forced to ...
  • Self-contained self-rescuer malfunctions (0) July 21, 2008 A Fenzy Biocel 90 Self-Rescuer (SCSR) failed to activate correctly during a recent Level 2 Emergency Exercise at an underground coal mine.
  • DME enforces escapeway legislation (0) July 21, 2008 Inspections made by Queensland’s Department of Mines and Energy (DME ) has revealed that a number of underground coal mines are not implementing legislative requirements for escapeways, or maintaining escapeways ...
  • Website guides people into resource sector jobs (0) July 21, 2008 The Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA (CME) has launched a careers website: www.peopleforthefuture.com.au for those looking for a job in the resources sector.
  • Centenary Feature: Mining in the Eastern Goldfields of WA (0) July 21, 2008 AUSTRALIAN Mining invites editorial contributions and story ideas for its Mining in the Eastern Goldfields of WA Centenary feature in the September 2008 issue.
  • New Product Focus: Process Control & Instrumentation (0) July 21, 2008 AUSTRALIAN Mining invites editorial contributions and story ideas for its Process Control and Instrumentation Product Focus in the September 2008 issue.
  • World’s largest ‘smart’ pulp mill in Chile (0) July 18, 2008 Emerson Process Management has helped Celulosa Arauco strengthen its world class pulp supply capability by digitally integrating the world’s largest “smart” pulping mill built by the industry leader at Nueva ...
  • Green paper disregards emission technologies (0) July 18, 2008 The federal government’s Green paper on Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme leaves the acceleration of investment in low emission technologies out in the cold.
  • Upgradeable bagging machine (0) July 18, 2008 ADM Packaging has released the ADM-X240 bagging machine from Panasonic, offering quality program control and investment security.
  • Explorer confirms brown coal resource (0) July 17, 2008 Blackham Resources and Wesfarmers Premier Coal Ltd have confirmed the presence of 700 million tonnes of brown coal at the Scaddan lignite deposit.
  • NSW workplace safety row intensifies (0) July 17, 2008 The NSW Minerals Council has appealed to the Federal Government to override NSW’s “undemocratic and draconian” occupational health and safety (OHS) laws as part of its national harmonisation review.
  • Govt. should delay monitoring: Xstrata Coal (0) July 17, 2008 The federal government’s call to apply minimum standards to the measurement of carbon emissions from open cut coal mines early next decade is “too ambitious”, Xstrata Coal says.
  • Five new mining websites and e-newsletters (0) July 17, 2008 REED Business Information will launch five new mining-specific vertical websites and e-newsletters in October, aimed at keeping mining industry professionals at the cutting edge of news and developments relevant to ...
  • OHS amendment for major hazard facilities (0) July 17, 2008 WorkCover NSW has published new Major Hazard Facilities (MHFs) regulations in the NSW Government Gazette.
  • Lifting the game (0) July 16, 2008 Jandakot-based engineering firm Vector Lifting has been awarded railway maintenance equipment contracts by two major Pilbara iron ore miners.
  • An automated response (494) July 16, 2008 One minesite has teamed up with their supplier and combined automation with technology and procedure to achieve a world first production milestone. Jessica Darnbrough writes.
  • Govt considers first new coal port in 25 yrs (0) July 16, 2008 Australia’s first new coal port in 25 years could be built in central Queensland, to boost the state’s coal exports by 40%.
  • A seamless drive forward (0) July 15, 2008 An innovative drive solution has helped streamline one mine’s conveyor system upgrade.
  • Community workshops discuss oil resources (0) July 15, 2008 In a significant departure from established industry practice, the company investigating the development of oil shale resources near Proserpine in the Whitsunday region has announced it will establish an independent ...
  • WA economic outlook positive amid risks (0) July 15, 2008 The WA economy has been resilient in the face of the negative effects from higher interest rates and global economic uncertainty by continuing to grow strongly, according to Chamber of ...
  • Australian Mining has a new editor (0) July 14, 2008 Daniel Hall has been appointed Australian Mining editor, with outgoing editor Jamie Wade appointed Reed Business Information Manufacturing and Electronics Group associate publisher.
  • Making it through the wilderness (0) July 14, 2008 While rehabilitation methods that disturb soil and damage remaining vegetation are still widely used, the industry appears to be turning to low impact approaches that focus on ecological longevity while ...
  • Excavators go up in flames (0) July 14, 2008 The Queensland Department of Mines and Energy (DME) has released a safety bulletin after the Mines Inspectorate noticed an increase in the occurrence of diesel engine turbocharger fires.
  • Review prompts change to safety reporting (0) July 14, 2008 A damning report into the way mine safety statistics are recorded in Queensland will bring about changes to the system, Queensland Mines and Energy Minister Geoff Wilson has said.
  • Australian Mining to make QME documentary (0) July 14, 2008 In an Australian Mining first, the editorial team will be documenting the Queensland Mining and Engineering Exhibition (QME) later this month.
  • Premier opens regional mining office (0) July 11, 2008 The Premier of Western Australia Alan Carpenter officially opened Alcoa’s new Peel Regional Office recently, in front of more than 200 people.
  • Inquest into miner’s death (0) July 11, 2008 The driver of a shuttle car that crushed a miner against the wall of a central Queensland mine has told a coronial inquest a series of events could have led ...
  • A supercycle of growth (0) July 10, 2008 With another independent study confirming a ‘supercycle’ of resource sector growth, infrastructure delivery and regional planning are now priorities of national interest, Queensland Resources Council chief executive Michael Roche said.
  • Premier predicts coal boom to continue (0) July 10, 2008 Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has opened the $780 million expansion to Gladstone’s R G Tanna Terminal, and expects the State’s coal exports could almost double by 2030.
  • Mine safety legislation clarified (8) July 9, 2008 The Queensland Department of Mines and Energy (DME) has released a safety bulletin that clarifies what legislation is used and when on various mine sites during construction.
  • Mining application fees on the rise (0) July 9, 2008 Primary Industries and Resources South Australia (PIRSA) has announced a new schedule of fees under the Mining Act 1971, effective from 1 July 2008.
  • Speed management on mine sites (0) July 9, 2008 ARRB Group Mining and Resources Manager Damir Vagaja reports on speed management, an important aspect of traffic safety.
  • Garnut review prompts debate (0) July 8, 2008 The Garnaut Review’s draft report released in July has contributed to the national debate about Australia’s response to climate change.
  • Free information seminars for coal sector (0) July 7, 2008 From 1 September 2008 the NSW coal mining industry will undergo some changes thanks to the extended Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 2001 Act.
  • China gets process control centre (0) July 7, 2008 Emerson Process Management opened a new technical centre, creating the first fully-integrated process control instrumentation facility in China.
  • New chair for Dampier Port (0) July 7, 2008 Horizon Power chairman Brendan Hammond has been appointed chairman of the Dampier Port Authority (DPA).
  • Fine issued after tailings spill (0) July 7, 2008 THE Western Australian Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) has issued a $25,000 fine to a Kalgoorlie mining company for allegedly causing environmental harm.
  • Uranium policy threatens climate credibility (0) July 4, 2008 The gulf between the Queensland and Federal Governments over uranium mining was in danger of threatening Australia’s credibility as a climate change policy leader, Queensland Resources council chief executive Michael ...
  • WA to receive $70million conveyor (0) July 4, 2008 Fenner PLC has announced that it plans a major investment in growing its capability and capacity to produce steel reinforced conveyor belt.
  • Safety message falls on deaf ears (0) July 3, 2008 The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has released a safety report urging mines to review safety procedures around on-site quarry benches.
  • Pressure testing flameproof enclosures (0) July 3, 2008 ACARP has released a final report on the previously conducted research into the effect of equipment placement in a flameproof enclosure.
  • Big players bid on rail network (0) July 2, 2008 TOLL Holdings has emerged as a bidder for the Adelaide-Darwin railway in a joint approach with South Australian transport magnate Allan Scott.
  • Employers take soft approach to hiring (113) July 2, 2008 The latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey has indicated that prospects for job seekers in the Mining & Construction sector may well be softer than they have been for the past ...
  • Xstrata starts $4m study for coal port (0) July 2, 2008 Xstrata is to start a $4 million pre-feasibility this month into development of a possible $750 million to $1 billion coal port at Port Alma.
  • Overhaul of mine safety statistics report (0) July 2, 2008 The Queensland Government will bring in sweeping changes to the way in which annual mine safety statistics are recorded in the State, according to Mines and Energy Minister Geoff Wilson.
  • Peculiar Knob project 14-year lease approved (0) July 2, 2008 Western Plains Resources has been granted a 14-year mining lease for its Peculiar Knob iron ore project.
  • SA mining to continue strong jobs growth (0) July 2, 2008 Strong jobs growth in South Australia’s mining sector is expected to continue this year, with a survey estimating an average increase in employment of nearly 20% in 2008.
  • Uranium: opportunity awaits (0) July 2, 2008 The Queensland Resources Council has issued a Resource Report on uranium in Queensland, incorporating findings from the latest independent economic research on the sector’s potential contribution to economic growth and ...
  • Safety warning over exploratory drilling (0) July 1, 2008 SafeWork SA is urging the mining industry to review its safety procedures for exploratory drilling after a worker was injured recently on the Yorke Peninsula.
  • Grant fuels largest software package (0) July 1, 2008 Micromine has been awarded a $5 million grant by the Australian government to develop a software platform which promises to transform the industry.
  • Award modernisation has priority (0) July 1, 2008 The Australian Mines and Metals Association (AMMA) has welcomed The Australian Industrial Relations Commission’s decision to include mining on the priority list of industries for award modernisation.
  • A climate of change (0) July 1, 2008 An emissions trading scheme introduced ahead of a global agreement will harm, not benefit our most competitive exporters. Minerals Council of Australia chief executive Mitchell Hooke writes.
  • Rig-Mate lever hoists recalled (0) June 30, 2008 Noble & Son has detected an issue with some of its 1.5 tonne Rig-Mate lever hoists.
  • Winners are grinners: mine rescue challenge (0) June 30, 2008 Zinifex Century Mine’s Emergency Response Team has placed second in the Queensland Resources Council’s Queensland Mines Rescue Challenge, held at Townsville’s Dairy Farmers Stadium in June.
  • Contract extension for contractor (0) June 30, 2008 Macmahon Holdings has announced a $100 million extension to the contract at the BMA Coal Operations owned and operated Saraji surface coal mine in Queensland.
  • Simulator to improve underground safety (0) June 30, 2008 Queensland researchers are working on a special simulator to help coal miners better adjust to the breathing apparatus they wear in the event of an underground explosion.
  • New survey date for Mt Isa region (0) June 30, 2008 The Queensland Government has released new survey data which involved 900 kilometres of deep seismic reflection in the Mount Isa Inlier.
  • Tough new conditions for Super Pit (0) June 30, 2008 The operation of the iconic Kalgoorlie Super Pit will be subject to a new regime, after the Western Australian Government ordered the appointment of an independent auditor to oversee the ...
  • Mining outlook strong for NT (0) June 30, 2008 Northern Territory Mines and Energy Minister Chris Natt says mining and exploration will further improve next financial year.
  • Outsourcing ends progress (0) June 30, 2008 There is a growing realisation that the outsourcing of instrumentation can be fatal for a process plant. John Immelman writes.
  • Clean coal Bill paves way for research funding (0) June 30, 2008 The NSW Government can fund research into clean coal technologies after the passing of the Clean Coal Administration Bill 2008.
  • Company receives contract for PNG (0) June 27, 2008 Wärtsilä has been awarded contracts to supply two power plants to be installed in the Madang region of Papua New Guinea.
  • QME registration now open (0) June 27, 2008 Online registration for the 2008 Queensland Mining and Engineering Exhibition (QME) is now open
  • SA invests in exploration (0) June 27, 2008 The South Australian Government will invest $14.1 million in the next four years to ensure the State realises the full potential of the mineral exploration boom.
  • Failure of escape ladderway in underground rise (0) June 26, 2008 The Western Australia Department of Consumer and Employment Protection (DOCEP) has released a significant incident report after segments of a 100 m long underground ladder were found in a twisted ...
  • Coal industry wins consultation commitment (0) June 26, 2008 Queensland coal industry leaders have received assurances from Treasurer Andrew Fraser that the government will more closely examine the sector-wide implications of massive mineral royalty increases and a new industry ...
  • Back on track after gas blast (0) June 25, 2008 Apache Corp aims to return to 60% production by mid-August after an explosion at the Varanus Island facility off the coast of Western Australia knocked out a third of gas ...
  • Operator crushed in longwall mine accident (0) June 25, 2008 The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has released a safety alert urging mines to review safety procedures after a shearer operator was crushed between the front of a longwall ...
  • Invisible gold clear as day (0) June 24, 2008 Nanoparticles of gold too small to be seen with the naked eye have been created in laboratories, but up until now, have never been seen in nature.
  • Third party gets access to rail (0) June 24, 2008 Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) has welcomed the draft recommendations by the National Competition Council (NCC) to declare the rail services of Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton for the Robe, Hamersley ...
  • Faulty tow attachments prove fatal (0) June 24, 2008 The construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has released a safety alert urging all coal mines using haulage arrangements to check tow attachments for competency and signs of fatigue.
  • Best practice for Alcoa (0) June 23, 2008 One of the largest process control projects in the world undertaken by Alcoa World Alumina and Honeywell, QUASAR (Quality Automation Solutions in Alumina Refining), was awarded Engineers Australia’s 2007 National ...
  • A storing solution for carbon dioxide (0) June 23, 2008 The Minister for Resources and Energy Martin Ferguson has introduced landmark legislation to Parliament which will establish the world’s first comprehensive framework for carbon dioxide capture and geological storage.
  • A safety pin-up (0) June 23, 2008 The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Mine Safety Branch has developed a dedicated safety information and alerts web page.
  • Trainee or Apprentice of the Year category (0) June 20, 2008 Australian Mining has introduced a new category into the 5th Annual Prospect Awards: Trainee or Apprentice of the Year.
  • Best Contract Miner of the Year category (0) June 20, 2008 Atlas Copco is again sponsoring the Best Contract Miner of the Year Award.
  • Processing excellence category (0) June 20, 2008 ABB Australia is again sponsoring the Minerals Processing Plant of the Year award.
  • Excellence in Mine OH&S category (0) June 20, 2008 Sandvik is again sponsoring the 5th Annual Australian Mining Excellence in Mine OH&S award.
  • Excellence in Environmental Management category (0) June 20, 2008 Metso Minerals is sponsoring the Excellence in Environmental Management Award.
  • Community Partnership of the Year category (0) June 20, 2008 ENTRIES are open for the Community Partnership of the Year category in the 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards.
  • A safety first appeal (0) June 20, 2008 The Union representing workers in Queensland’s booming mining Industry has welcomed the Queensland Ombudsman’s comprehensive report into the Queensland Mines Inspectorate.
  • Innovative Mining Solution category (0) June 20, 2008 BASF Construction Chemicals Australia is again sponsoring Australian Mining’s Innovative Mining Solution category.
  • Prosecutions following death of a quarry worker (0) June 20, 2008 A senior site executive and quarry worker from far North Queensland have pleaded guilty to breaches of the Mining and Quarrying Safety and Health Act 1999 in the Mareeba Industrial ...
  • Most Outstanding Contribution to Mining category (0) June 20, 2008 Siemens is again sponsoring the Most Outstanding Contribution to Mining category in the Australian Mining Prospect Awards.
  • Great employers wanted (0) June 20, 2008 Monroe Engineering Services has announced its support of the 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards as sponsor of the inaugural Australian Mining Employer of Choice category.
  • Explorer of the Year category (0) June 20, 2008 ENTRIES are open for Explorer of the Year category sponsored by Maptek in the 5th Annual Prospect Awards.
  • Coal Mine of the Year category (0) June 20, 2008 ENTRIES are open for the Coal Mine of the Year category in the 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards.
  • Best Metalliferous Mine of the Year category (0) June 20, 2008 Atlas Copco is again sponsoring the Metalliferous Mine of the Year category.
  • Australian Mine of the Year category (0) June 20, 2008 MMD Australia is again sponsoring the Australian Mining’s Mine of the Year category.
  • Mine Manager of the Year Category (0) June 20, 2008 Hella Australia is again sponsoring the Mine Manager of the Year Award.
  • Explorers receive practical guidance (0) June 19, 2008 The Minerals Council of Australia welcomed the release of the Victorian Code of Practice for Mineral Exploration to provide practical guidance to explorers regulated under the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) ...
  • Entries for 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards closing soon (0) June 19, 2008 The Awards program rewards innovation, initiative, hard work and superior performance in a range of mining categories. The deadline for nominations is Friday 27 June.
  • Back in black in the Bowen (0) June 19, 2008 From modest beginning to coal reserve powerhouse, the Bowen Basin has come a long way in a short time. Fran Molloy writes for Australian Mining.
  • Female attraction (53) June 19, 2008 With the skills shortage at boiling point, the Bowen Basin is implementing some innovative initiatives to retain and attract women to the mining industry. Jessica Darnbrough writes for Australian Mining.
  • Safety review raises more questions (0) June 18, 2008 Ombudsman David Bevan’s self-initiated review of the Queensland Mines Inspectorate (QMI) has raised serious questions over the state government’s budget decision to transfer its funding to industry, according to Queensland ...
  • Using local know-how to win work (0) June 18, 2008 The Pilbara Development Commission and Kimberley Development Commission have standardised their Business Capability Registers to help their local suppliers connect more efficiently with major projects that are using ProjectConnect ...
  • Reed business gives another high-five to industry (0) June 18, 2008 REED Business will be launching five new industry-specific websites and e-newsletters in July, aimed at keeping manufacturers and industrial professionals at the cutting edge of news and developments relevant to ...