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  • Alert over crane hoist failure (0) October 11, 2007 A NSW mine safety authority has announced two incidents of crane operators accidentally releasing crane hooks.
  • Coal terminal approved (0) October 10, 2007 THE Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group (NCIG) has received New South Wales Government approval to build and operate a 66 Mtpa capacity coal export terminal for the Port of Newcastle.
  • ‘Lean’ wagons through the workshop (0) October 10, 2007 ‘STANDARDISED Work’, one of the foundations of Lean, has been employed in the Rail Division for the first time – and the positive results are already starting to show.
  • New machine to reduce risk and strain (0) October 10, 2007 A NEW machine to reduce the risk and “manhandling” involved in installing ore car connecting pins will soon be operating at the wagon workshop.
  • IR policy fails resources: AMMA (0) October 10, 2007 A REVISED Australian Mines and Metals Association (AMMA) analysis of Coalition and ALP workplace relations policies has found ALP IR policy still falls short in several areas.
  • New technology – crystal gazing (0) October 9, 2007 THE need to manage smaller, more highly skilled and more mobile workforces whose abilities are in great demand will require different industrial relations strategies. From the State (Western Australia) Mining ...
  • Safety keeps pace with growth – just (0) October 9, 2007 THE recently released Safety performance in the Western Australian mineral industry – accident and injury statistics 05–06 revealed a 10% increase in the average workforce from the previous year.
  • Fatalities up in Western Australia (0) October 9, 2007 A PROJECT manager, a drill jumbo operator, an electrician, a charge-up operator, and a blast hole drill operator accounted for the five fatalities in the mining industry in Western Australia ...
  • Nickel plant go-ahead (0) October 9, 2007 A NEW nickel concentrate plant will be built at the Cosmic Boy deposit in the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia.
  • Serious injuries on the rise in WA (1) October 9, 2007 SLIPS, trips, sprains, strains, dislocations, cuts, burns, amputations, breaks, fractures, crushes, tears, and hernias were among the 349 serious injuries reported in WA during 2005-06.
  • Improvement projects at Cape Lambert (0) October 9, 2007 VALUE Driven Product Planning, or VDPP, has given momentum to several business improvement projects at Cape Lambert.
  • New Poke-In delivering results (0) October 9, 2007 THE West Angelas Supplementary Ore Project, also affectionately known as the ‘poke-in’, has delivered an average additional 11,000 t/day since it began in February.
  • New technology powers haul trucks (0) October 9, 2007 YANDI minesite recently introduced Komatsu 830E AC (electric drive) haul trucks, resulting in faster material movement, greater reliability, and reduced maintenance and costs.
  • East Pilbara Remote Operations Centre (0) October 9, 2007 RIO Tinto Iron Ore’s East Pilbara Remote Operations Centre is rapidly taking shape, with walls now up and windows in place.
  • Mines safety review in WA (0) October 8, 2007 THE WA Government has appointed Commissioner Stephen Kenner of the WA Industrial Relations Commission to review the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994.
  • WA short-changed: minister (0) October 8, 2007 WA Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan claims Western Australia is being short-changed by the Federal Government for fails to invest in vital infrastructure such as roads and ports.
  • FIFO service from Busselton (20) October 8, 2007 RIO Tinto Iron Ore will start its new fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) commute roster from Busselton before the end of the year.
  • Optimum plant design (24) October 8, 2007 Technical focus: plant design and equipment. Simon Courtenay writes
  • Isolating vibration (0) October 8, 2007 WHILE air springs have proven extremely robust, environmental factors should be considered when evaluating their suitability for particular tasks. *Simon Agar writes
  • Flexible child care needed (0) October 8, 2007 CHILD care is the key to increasing female participation in the mining industry, according to the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (The AusIMM).
  • Test-rig has loads of potential (0) October 8, 2007 DRILLSTRING failures, the bane of underground and surface drillers everywhere, may one day be less of a problem. Sarah Belfield writes
  • Closing in on stick-slip (0) October 8, 2007 THE old chestnut of stick-slipping drillstrings is back again, but this time around we may come closer to understanding how this problem arises. Sarah Belfield writes for Australian Mining
  • Beware snake hazard (0) October 7, 2007 SNAKES are a daily hazard for Rio Tinto Iron Ore staff and contractors.
  • Ideas to reduce train dumping cycle time (0) October 7, 2007 Up to six minutes could be saved per train dumping cycle thanks to a number of initiatives identified by Rio Tinto Iron Ore staff during Coastal Operations first Quick changeover ...
  • Noise reduction at Dampier (0) October 6, 2007 RIO Tinto Iron Ore recently reduced noise emissions from its Dampier operations.
  • Major shutdown at Cape Lambert (0) October 6, 2007 CAPE Lambert operations recently conducted a $1.75 million major shutdown of Car Dumper One’s primary crusher to change the concave liners and rebuild the spider assembly and apron feeder.
  • Four ships berthed at Parker Point (0) October 5, 2007 A SIGNIFICANT milestone in the Dampier Port upgrade was achieved this July when four ships were simultaneously berthed at Parker Point.
  • Simulator research grant (0) October 5, 2007 MINING industry skills training has received a $5 million dollar boost.
  • Panna payload achieves top accuracy (0) October 5, 2007 RIO Tinto Iron Ore Pannawonica’s efforts to improve truck payloads received high praise recently, with Caterpillar Global Mining saying Pannawonica’s payload accuracy was the best they had seen in Australia ...
  • First pylons arrive at Cape Lambert (0) October 5, 2007 THE first batch of pylons for the Cape Lambert wharf extension arrived on site, with the second batch due shortly.
  • 3200 South African gold miners trapped (0) October 4, 2007 Harmony spokeswoman Amelia Soares said the workers at the Elandsrand mine in South Africa’s Mpumulanga province were trapped after an electrical cable
  • Plastics engineer throws down gauntlet (0) October 4, 2007 Engineering plastics supplier challenges rusted-on traditionalists to lift their game. *Brent Whyte writes for Dotmar Engineering
  • Rock mass modelling capability boost (0) October 4, 2007 A MINING consultancy has gained exclusive access to 3D non-linear rock mass modelling technology and expertise
  • Minerals industry now hiring (0) October 4, 2007 THE Australian minerals industry is Now Hiring.
  • WA Infrastructure Inquiry (0) October 4, 2007 CME recently gave evidence and provided a written submission to the Public Accounts Committee Inquiry into Funding Arrangements for Western Australian Infrastructure Projects.
  • Centenary of the Gold Squad (0) October 3, 2007 THE Gold Stealing Detection Unit (GSDU) or Gold Squad has celebrated 100 years of protecting the integrity and security of the gold industry in Western Australia.
  • Bulk oil filtration (23) October 3, 2007 BULK oil filtration is best done close to the final point of decanting. Val Pavlic writes
  • Clean coal R&D (0) October 3, 2007 A PILOT post-combustion capture trial at the state owned Delta Munmorah power station on the NSW Central Coast has been given the green light.
  • Life study for limestone operation (1) October 3, 2007 A LIMESTONE quarry in South Australia’s Barossa Valley needed a broad 30-year, life-of-mine plan, to replace a 17 year mine life plan.
  • Lube system saves haul operator time (0) October 3, 2007 Alemite Lubrequip has designed heavy-duty lubrication system for drive trucks and triple trailers for a contract coal haulage and ancillary mining support service provider in Queensland and saved the contractor ...
  • Full production at Beaconsfield (0) October 2, 2007 THE Beaconsfield Mine expects to return to full production during the December quarter.
  • Cat wheel loader for tough digging (0) October 2, 2007 Caterpillar introduces new 993K wheel loader for tough digging and fast loading in mining operations
  • Fire in conveyor system (0) October 2, 2007 A FIRE in the conveyor system to the Heavy Medium Plant at Xstrata Zinc’s Mount Isa zinc-lead concentrator on Friday, 28 September resulted in property damage and an interruption to ...
  • Plow system sets record (0) October 2, 2007 A FULLY automated plow system supplied by Bucyrus DBT and commissioned at Jinhuagong Mine in China in 2005 is setting production records.
  • Employee engagement a must (0) October 2, 2007 HIGH levels of employee engagement can support rapid improvements in organisational performance.
  • Youth take jobs over apprenticeships (0) October 2, 2007 ATTRACTING more people into trade apprenticeships could help ease current skill shortages.
  • Alumina prospects shine (0) October 2, 2007 CRUCIAL characterisation work on undeveloped bauxite deposits is unlocking opportunities in alumina production for the Australian industry.
  • Mining better or worse under ALP? (0) October 2, 2007 VOTE on our latest online poll.
  • Extension to move from road to rail (0) October 2, 2007 THE Western Australian Government has granted MidWest Corporation a three-week extension to its permit to haul iron ore by road.
  • Geothermal energy grant (0) October 1, 2007 QUEENSLAND Premier Anna Bligh has announced a $15 million five-year contribution to a new energy research.
  • Ranger extension (0) September 30, 2007 ENERGY Resources of Australia (ERA) has approved a $57 million extension of the Ranger mine in the Northern Territory.
  • All eyes on Aurukun (0) September 29, 2007 A CHINESE mining company is showing interest in developing a Bauxite Mine and 1.8 Mtpa refinery at Aurukun.
  • FIFO operations at risk (0) September 29, 2007 A PILOT strike in Western Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory may cost the mining industry millions, according to the Australian Mines and Metals Association (AMMA).
  • Conveyor drives power quarry expansion (0) September 28, 2007 Bevel helical geared motors suited to demanding materials handling tasks is powering a supplier of road base products
  • Health and safety action plan for NSW (0) September 28, 2007 THE NSW Mine Safety Advisory Council has released a health and safety action plan.
  • Safety seminar presentations (98) September 28, 2007 A NEW section o the NSW DPI Mine Safety website has presentations from NSW DPI seminars and conferences.
  • Mines Inspectorate modernises (0) September 28, 2007 THE Queensland Government has embarked on a national recruitment drive to attract skilled mines inspectors and safety and health specialists to Queensland.
  • Underground competition at St Ives (0) September 28, 2007 GOLD Fields St Ives will host this year’s underground mine emergency response competition from 2 to 4 November.
  • Coroner highlights contractor safety (0) September 27, 2007 THE recent coronial inquest into the death of a contractor at the Foxleigh Coal Mine in the Bowen Basin, highlights the challenges of the increasing reliance on contractors to provide ...
  • Council rates blunder (0) September 27, 2007 ETHERIDGE Shire Councillors have admitted a mistake was made in setting recent mining rate categories in Etheridge Shire.
  • New skills centre in Mackay (34) September 27, 2007 The Mining Industry Skills Centre (MISC) has opened a new office in Mackay.
  • Alternative to ball milling (36) September 27, 2007 GRINDING technology has taken a major step forward with the first successful commissioning of a 3 MW M10,000 IsaMill in a mainstream coarse grinding duty for Anglo Platinum in South ...
  • Hopetoun wastewater plant approved (0) September 27, 2007 THE Western Australian government has approved the $15million first stage of a new wastewater facility for Hopetoun.
  • Boost for Pilbara planning (0) September 27, 2007 THE Western Australian Planning Commission has appointed two senior strategic planners – Jim and Wanda Kaucz – based in Karratha to help accelerate approvals processes for residential, commercial and industrial ...
  • Mining goes mobile (149) September 27, 2007 A privately owned manufacturer is developing technology that could make below-surface processing feasible, resulting in big savings. By Luke Forrestal
  • Call for national works authority (0) September 26, 2007 HSBC Chief Economist John Edwards has called for a national authority to coordinate infrastructure development to avoid constraints that are hindering exports.
  • Reagent monitoring floated (0) September 26, 2007 A CSIRO-developed on-line reagent monitoring system which measures collector levels within flotation pulps could prove valuable for the mining industry.
  • National safety standards (0) September 26, 2007 THE Australian Safety and Compensation Council has released new national safety standards and codes of practice.
  • Molybdenum green light (0) September 26, 2007 MOLY Mines has announced the completion of the Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS) of the Spinifex Ridge Molybdenum Project.
  • Simulators put trucks to the test (0) September 26, 2007 POWER train simulators put new large mining trucks to the test — long before they hit the haul road.
  • Infrastructure headaches (0) September 25, 2007 QUEENSLAND Resources Council CEO Michael Roche projects strong demand for coal will cause headaches for the Queensland coal industry beyond 2010.
  • November editorial opportunity (0) September 25, 2007 AUSTRALIAN Mining is seeking editorial contributions and story ideas for November.
  • Falls, crashes, fires and explosions (0) September 25, 2007 FALLS, rockfalls, vehicle collisions, fires, explosions and electrical incidents are among the latest summary of serious accidents and high potential incidents from the Queensland Mines Inspectorate.
  • Engineering new generation (0) September 24, 2007 A TEACHING resource to promote engineering in Australian high schools has been released.
  • Explosion-proof scanner (0) September 24, 2007 DMT GmbH and Zoller and Fröhlich GmbH, are developing a 3D laser scanner which can be used safely in explosive environments.
  • Automated train driving (0) September 24, 2007 RIO Tinto Iron Ore is investigating the viability of introducing automated train operation at its Pilbara iron ore mining operations in Western Australia.
  • Land release in South Hedland (0) September 23, 2007 FIRST homebuyers and families were the winners in the latest release of residential lots in South Hedland. Seven sites, which could provide 31 new homes, were made available through the ...
  • Alcoa’s environmental excellence (0) September 22, 2007 MINING giant Alcoa has won one of the Western Australian resources sector’s most prestigious environmental excellence awards.
  • Mineral project for Queensland (0) September 21, 2007 A SECOND stage of mineral mapping will begin in north-west Queensland.
  • Awaba mine video clip (0) September 21, 2007 AUSTRALIAN Mining’s cameras go deep underground at Awaba Colliery.
  • No end to bottlenecks (0) September 21, 2007 Coal supply chain bottlenecks will not be solved by 2010.
  • Pogo thickener testing (0) September 21, 2007 Outotec and Teck Cominco have conducted test-work to determine the best thickening solution for flotation tailings, flotation concentrate, and post CN destruction CIP tailings stages at Pogo mine. Karl Dietz ...
  • Flotation cell recovery (14) September 21, 2007 Endress delivers a two-channel four-wire device Prosonic S system for floatation cell recovery. John Immelman writes
  • Emission reducing technology (0) September 21, 2007 A UNIVERSITY of Queensland researcher is developing technology to trap greenhouse gas emissions in coal mining and power generation.
  • Clean coal centre (0) September 20, 2007 QUEENSLAND’S peak resources sector body is calling on federal parties to support a national clean coal research centre.
  • Coal supply feature (0) September 20, 2007 AUSTRALIAN Mining is seeking expressions of interest from mining executives linked to the Australian coal supply chains.
  • Latin American Mining (0) September 20, 2007 THIRTY six Australian companies have participated in one of Latin America’s largest mining trade shows, Peru’s Extemin 2007.
  • Miners hit out at rate hike (0) September 20, 2007 PROTESTS have taken place in northern Queensland as miners face local government rate increases.
  • A buzz in the air in SA (0) September 20, 2007 Minerals exploration expenditure in South Australia has smashed the $200 million mark, with annual spending in the minerals sector hitting an all-time high.
  • Mining thanks a legend (0) September 19, 2007 JEFF Whittle wins the Prospect Awards Outstanding Contribution to Mining Award.
  • Strong employment in 2007 (0) September 19, 2007 A NATIONAL employment survey has released statistics results that show employment prospects for Australians are expected to remain strong.
  • Local network works with desert knowledge (0) September 19, 2007 A network of small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) in the Northern Territory is maximising work opportunities for local suppliers. Jamie Wade writes
  • Port Pirie bracing for boom (0) September 19, 2007 WITH expenditure on mining exploration in South Australia reaching a new record high, and with several major projects poised to commence, moves are underway to promote the Southern Flinders as ...
  • Automation breakthrough (0) September 18, 2007 RIDGEWAY copper-gold mine’s mechanised bit changing system is a breakthrough for drilling automation in underground operations
  • Sustainable development must endure (0) September 18, 2007 A new-found enthusiasm for mining will be tempered by the extent of the industry’s enduring commitment to social and environmental stewardship responsibilities. Minerals Council CEO Mitch Hooke addressed these issues ...
  • Online recruitment forum (0) September 18, 2007 ENGINEERS and scientists from Queensland are taking it to a new level launching their own blogs and producing You Tube videos to increase interest in the profession.
  • Small mine wins big (0) September 17, 2007 Awaba Colliery has won the Coal Mine of the Year Award sponsored by NLT Australia
  • EPA okay for Mesa A, Warramboo (0) September 17, 2007 RIO Tinto Iron Ore has welcomed the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) decision to endorse the proposed Mesa A/Warramboo mine as environmentally acceptable.
  • New life for traditional lands (0) September 17, 2007 ALCAN’s comprehensive rehabilitation technique shows excellent environmental management
  • Illawarra mining spotlight (0) September 14, 2007 AUSTRALIAN Mining is inviting editorial contributions and story ideas for its Illawarra mining spotlight in the November 2007 issue.
  • Consulting, testing and analysis feature (0) September 14, 2007 AUSTRALIAN Mining is inviting editorial contributions and story ideas for its consulting, testing and analysis feature in the November 2007 issue.
  • Computer hardware and software feature (0) September 14, 2007 AUSTRALIAN Mining is inviting editorial contributions and story ideas for its computer hardware and software feature in the November 2007 issue.
  • Pumps, pipes, valves and compressors (0) September 14, 2007 AUSTRALIAN Mining is inviting editorial contributions for its pumps, pipes, valves and compressors showcase in the November 2007 issue.
  • Thumbs up for belt replacement (0) September 14, 2007 DAMPIER costal operation’s 6 km long C208 belt, was replaced recently following three months of work.
  • CQU tackling skills shortage (0) September 14, 2007 CENTRAL Queensland University has been working with the Queensland Resources Council and mining companies to implement and support work integrated learning.
  • Byrnecut sets pace in drilling (137) September 14, 2007 SLASHING world records in underground drilling is becoming a way of life for leading Australian contractor, Byrnecut Mining.
  • Digging deep for success (0) September 14, 2007 AVOCA Resources is the Australia Mining Prospect Awards Explorer of the Year
  • Wheel loader fatality (0) September 14, 2007 THE Queensland Department of Mines and Energy (DME) Mines Inspectorate has reported the death of a loader driver.
  • True leadership (44) September 14, 2007 THIESS’ Simone Wetzlar has won the Mine Manager of the Year Award sponsored by Hella Australia. Daniel Hall writes
  • West Cliff to slash CO2 (0) September 14, 2007 BHP Billiton has launched a world-first greenhouse gas reduction initiative.
  • Underground drilling feature (0) September 14, 2007 AUSTRALIAN Mining is inviting editorial contributions and story ideas for its drilling feature in the November 2007 issue.
  • Mixing with the best (0) September 13, 2007 JS MELBOURNE Control’s Hydro De Wetter has won the Prospect Awards Innovative Mining Solution Award.
  • Shelter from the storm (0) September 13, 2007 WA-BASED engineering firm, Ridwest Engineering, has launched the first of their new cyclone shelters.
  • AIMEX attracts global visitors (0) September 13, 2007 FOUR solid days of business for exhibitors and visitors and a record number of visitors – including a big jump in the number of international visitors – have cemented AIMEX ...
  • Boom a bust for local councils (0) September 13, 2007 THE resources boom has soured for Queensland’s rural and regional councils facing higher infrastructure costs, less economic benefits than in previous booms and widespread community disruption, delegates to the Local ...
  • New life for Awaba (0) September 13, 2007 AWABA Colliery wins the Australian Mine of the Year Award sponsored by MMD Australia. Daniel Hall writes
  • Think outside the box (0) September 13, 2007 AVKO Mining’s approach to innovation has been rewarded in the 4th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards.
  • Community respect equals business sense (0) September 12, 2007 AN OXIANA partnership wins Community Partnership of the Year.
  • Outokumpu now Outotec (0) September 12, 2007 OUTOKUMPU Technology’s global business name has changed to Outotec.
  • Thickeners fast-tracked for nickel project (0) September 12, 2007 OUTOTEC, formerly Outokumpu Technology, has delivered a pair of paste and high rate concentrate thickeners, for rapid installation to Allegiance Mining’s new $77 million Avebury nickel project in Tasmania.
  • Employer of choice (0) September 12, 2007 ARGYLE Diamond mine is the inaugural Australian Mining Prospect Awards Employer of Choice.
  • Coming together to save lives (0) September 12, 2007 THE Cornwall Coal Mine Rescue Team has won the Prospect Awards Excellence in Mine OH&S Award. Daniel Hall writes
  • Asset management council (0) September 11, 2007 THE Asset Management Council and Maintenance Engineering Society of Australia have launched a publication to support physical asset management education.
  • Kwinana wins from sustainability (0) September 11, 2007 ENVIRONMENTAL initiatives, high productivity, and a commitment to safety have seen Alcoa’s Kwinana Refinery recognised as the Minerals Processing Plant of the Year.
  • Bulk handling problems solved (0) September 11, 2007 ESS which exhibited at AIMEX 2007 provides solutions to common bulk handling problems such as spillage, carryback, blockages and dust control through custom designed systems.
  • New life for Eastern Goldfields (0) September 10, 2007 THE $13.62 million Kambalda Community and Recreation Centre is soon to become a reality.
  • Indigenous jobs make business sense (0) September 10, 2007 WITH the availability of skilled workers an ongoing issue contract mining companies in remote locations are looking to increase the number of indigenous employees in the workforce.
  • Folly in federal free ride says QRC (0) September 10, 2007 QUEENSLAND’S $25 billion a year resources sector has released a federal election policy agenda alerting political parties to the folly of assuming a free ride for the Australian economy on ...
  • Coal industry welcomes support for FutureGen (0) September 10, 2007 THE Australian Coal Association has welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement that the Australian Government would become a member of the FutureGen International Partnership.
  • Australia’s largest indigenous contract (0) September 10, 2007 WA Premier Alan Carpenter has welcomed Australia’s largest indigenous contract between BHP Billiton Iron Ore and Ngarda Civil and Mining.
  • Alliance to attack regional skills shortage (0) September 10, 2007 KEY regional stakeholders in the Goldfields-Esperance region have formed an alliance with the aim of tackling the region’s critical workforce and skill shortage.
  • Balmoral port development (0) September 10, 2007 CITIC Pacific (CITIC) is planning to develop a second 1 billion tonne project at Balmoral, in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
  • Dust control in the Pilbara (0) September 10, 2007 DUST management was often viewed entirely from an engineering perspective, before considering site management and procedural opportunities for dust reductions
  • Ground imaging technology (0) September 10, 2007 A NEW ground imaging system developed by Canadian technology supplier MicroMentis was launched in Australia this week
  • Safety alert on asbestos gaskets (0) September 10, 2007 A WESTERN Australian safety authority is concerned about gaskets containing asbestos imported into Western Australia.
  • Mt Whaleback drilling innovation (0) September 10, 2007 THE 4th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards, Metalliferous Mine of the Year
  • Big lift for Goldfields (0) September 10, 2007 GOLDFIELDS Crane Hire has added a 70 t GR-700EXL Tadano rough-terrain crane to their Tadano fleet.
  • Export deal worth millions (0) September 7, 2007 AGREEMENTS signed between China and Western Australian resource companies could produce millions of dollars of export income, according to the Western Australian Department of Industry and Resources.
  • Canada export potential (0) September 6, 2007 THE Australian Government’s export development agency says Canada is offering significant export opportunities for Australian businesses, especially in the resources and infrastructure sectors.
  • Awaba is mine of the year (0) September 5, 2007 AWABA Colliery, an underground Centennial Coal Company mine south of Newcastle, has been awarded Australian Mine of the Year at the 4th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards gala ceremony last ...
  • QRC meets ALP (0) September 5, 2007 QUEENSLAND’S peak mining industry association has met with the Australian Labor Party to discuss industrial relations policy.
  • Boost to training benefits (0) September 5, 2007 THE Australian Government has announced a new list for determining the eligibility of employers and their Australian Apprentices for a range of Australian Government incentives.
  • Exploration grants (0) September 4, 2007 TWENTY exploration companies will share in grants worth about $2 million for joint industry-government drilling projects throughout Queensland.
  • Serious accidents report (0) September 4, 2007 THE Queensland Government Department of Mines and Energy mines inspectorate has released a Serious Accidents and High Potential Incidents Report.
  • IR policy falls short (0) September 3, 2007 THE ALP’s revised industrial relations policy is an important shift, but falls short on real flexibility and choice, according to Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) chief executive Mitchell Hooke.
  • Greenfields Agreements costing employees (0) September 3, 2007 A REPORT commissioned by the Fair Employment Advocate has highlighted the high use of Employer Greenfields Agreements in the Western Australian mining and construction industries, resulting in lost entitlements for ...
  • Digging deep on coal crises (0) August 31, 2007 COAL mining supply chains in Australia’s major coal mining regions are in crises, and Australian Mining is profiling the issues in a special December edition of the magazine.
  • Power tools warning (0) August 31, 2007 THE New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (NSWDPI) has released a safety warning following a number of electric shock incidents
  • Boost for science skills (0) August 31, 2007 THE Queensland Resources Council and the CSIRO have joined forces to develop minerals and energy sciences education, careers and skills initiatives
  • Resources sector applauds smart women (0) August 30, 2007 QUEENSLAND’S peak minerals and energy sector body says the quality of winners in this year’s Smart Women Smart State Awards augers well for attracting women into non-traditional career paths such ...
  • Resource sector teaching aid (0) August 29, 2007 THE Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CME) has developed new secondary science teaching resources in partnership with the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA), and Perth’s Presbyterian Ladies ...
  • Indigenous community support (0) August 29, 2007 PILBARA based industries, governments and local communities are attempting to increase Indigenous participation in the local economy.
  • Rio Tinto welcomes Shovelanna decision (0) August 29, 2007 THE Western Australian Court of Appeal has endorsed the retention of its interest in the Shovelanna deposit in the Pilbara.
  • Treading safely at Blackwater (0) August 29, 2007 CHANGING the huge earthmoving equipment tyres weighing up to 10 tonnes is now a much safer task since the delivery of two new purpose-built OMEGA tyre handlers at the BMA ...
  • Coal supply chain crisis – have your say (0) August 29, 2007 WILL supply chain problems in Australia’s major coal producing regions be solved by 2010? Vote yes or no at www.miningaustralia.com.au.
  • Queensland fatalities still too high (0) August 27, 2007 THE latest bulletin from the Queensland Injury Surveillance Unit (QISU) at the Mater has revealed that despite progressive safety efforts, mining remains an industry where the potential for serious injury ...
  • Dispute resolution in danger (0) August 26, 2007 QUEENSLAND expertise in resolving disputes over resource development proposals was in danger of being diluted by legislation for the merger of the Land and Resources Tribunal with the Land Court, ...
  • What about the weather (0) August 24, 2007 WEATHER stations which allow accurate monitoring of wind speed and direction, barometric pressure, air temperature and relative humidity can help mine managers control dust.
  • Tall order for CEO (0) August 24, 2007 NORTH American BlueScope Steel president Lance Hockridge has been announced CEO of the embattled Queensland Rail (QR) in a climate of blame and mistrust.
  • Look beyond the bucket (0) August 24, 2007 AUSTRALIAN mines are lagging in the uptake of fusion cladding products, according to Alloy Steel International regional manager Greg Muller
  • Big business gets smart (0) August 24, 2007 THE 2007 Australian Mining Prospect Awards will showcase a whole-of-mine approach to innovation, safety and optimisation.
  • Born to be worn (0) August 24, 2007 WEAR components manufacturer Davies Wear Plate Systems Australia is attempting to solve the problems of maintenance and down time caused from worn components.
  • Unwind with hydraulic bolting technology (0) August 24, 2007 THE introduction of hydraulic bolting technology into the maintenance workshop of Queensland Bulk Handling (QBH) at the Port of Brisbane is said to have made bolting tasks easier, safer and ...
  • Housing boom for Kalgoorlie-Boulder (0) August 24, 2007 HOUSING shortages in the Eastern Goldfields have received a boost with new housing estates planned for the region.
  • Russian nickel producer gains foothold in Western Australia (0) August 24, 2007 THE latest issue of the Western Australian Department of Industry and Resources Prospect magazine has reported a rise in Russian investment in Western Australia.
  • Back long-term coal growth: QRC (0) August 22, 2007 THE peak representative body for minerals and energy companies in Queensland says regional communities can look forward to continuing growth in the coal industry despite recent setbacks.
  • The Prospects are booming (0) August 22, 2007 NEVER mind that we’re in a resources boom; we’re in a technology and innovation boom!
  • Redundancies at Coppabella Mine (0) August 21, 2007 MACARTHUR Coal has confirmed that the Coppabella mining contractor, Downer EDI Mining, will be reducing its staff and subcontractor numbers at the Coppabella Mine.
  • Mining skills conference (0) August 21, 2007 THE 2007 Mining Industry Skills Centre Conference and Awards Dinner will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from 13 to 14 September.
  • Limited tickets for awards dinner (0) August 20, 2007 LIMITED free tickets are available for the 4th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards presentation dinner on Tuesday evening 4 September 2007 at Waterview Convention Centre, Bicentennial Park, Olympic Park in ...
  • Electrical fuse safety alert (0) August 19, 2007 A NUMBER of incidents have occurred where fuses have failed, resulting in arc blast damage to electrical enclosures in a motor control centre, according to NSW Department Of Primary Industries ...
  • Northparkes, Cadia Valley saluted (0) August 18, 2007 NORTHPARKES Mines (Rio Tinto) has won the NSW Minerals Council’s Environmental Excellence Award for its Floating Module, an initiative to improve water efficiency by reducing evaporation losses through technology innovation.
  • Tyre muffler a quiet achiever (0) August 16, 2007 A TYRE deflating muffler developed by Alcoa is a finalist in the 4th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards.
  • Fortescue commits to housing boost (0) August 16, 2007 CONSTRUCTION of the initial 100 homes for Fortescue Metals Group Ltd has come to fruition with the signing of a Heads of Agreement with HFN Housing Group (HFN) to build ...
  • Green light for Mount Gibson Iron Ore project (0) August 16, 2007 THE Western Australian Government has approved approved the Mt Gibson Iron Ore and Infrastructure Project.
  • Matthew Gill appointed Monarch MD (0) August 15, 2007 MONARCH Gold Mining Company has appointed Matthew Gill – former manager at Beaconsfield Gold Mine in Tasmania, and three-time consecutive recipient of the Australian Mining Prospect Awards Mine Manager of ...
  • Derby-Gibb River Road upgrade (0) August 15, 2007 THE Western Australian Government will spend $1.75million towards a $6.5million Derby-Gibb River Road project.
  • New mapping technology (0) August 15, 2007 THE Queensland mining industry is assessing the first reports and maps from an infrared mapping project between the Department of Mines and Energy’s Geological Survey of Queensland and CSIRO.
  • APEC disruption minimal: AIMEX organisers (0) August 15, 2007 DESPITE concerns over the holding of the APEC conference – with its high security plans in place – on the Friday and weekend immediately following AIMEX, it appears that disruption ...
  • Iron ore supply strategies (0) August 15, 2007 DRIVEN by China’s burgeoning iron and steel industries, iron ore exports increased for the fifth year in a row in 2006, as international trade in the commodity reached record levels.
  • Allegiance is prospector of the year (0) August 15, 2007 THE Association of Mining & Exploration Companies (AMEC) has awarded its 2007 Prospector of the Year award to Tony Howland-Rose, Lindsay Newnham and David Deitz of Allegiance Resources NL for ...
  • Mining and exploration conference (0) August 14, 2007 THE Excellence in Mining and Exploration conference will be held at the Hilton in Sydney from the 9 to 11 September 2007.
  • New CEO for Queensland Rail (0) August 14, 2007 GLOBAL steel executive Lance Hockridge is the new CEO for Queensland Rail (QR).
  • Back with a blast (9) August 14, 2007 A MINE drilling company thought it had the answer to dangerous explosives underground – until its global ambitions exploded in the face of reality. By *Tim Treadgold
  • Concrete repair solutions that stack up (0) August 14, 2007 WHEN the maintenance engineers from Loy Yang Power began working on solutions to repair the plant’s concrete chimney stacks they sought Henkel Australia’s expertise in Loctite Composite solutions. *Samantha Wright ...
  • Eliminating brittleness (0) August 14, 2007 Research has markedly improved the toughness of high carbon hypereutectic high chromium white irons. *Dr Graham Powell writes
  • A new tool makes reporting easier (0) August 13, 2007 A NEW Management Reporting System is on its way to BHP Billiton Iron Ore.
  • Port Hedland to receive further dust busting (0) August 13, 2007 APPROVAL of the new conditions for BHP Billiton Iron Ore’s Port Operations under Section 46 of the Environmental Protection Act is in the final stage in a review process to ...
  • Substation power for Hope Downs (0) August 13, 2007 ABB will install a $13.5 million substation for Rio Tinto which will provide power to the Hope Downs iron ore mine in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
  • Zinifex receives Diggers Award (0) August 13, 2007 INTEGRATED zinc and lead company Zinifex has been awarded the prestigious “Diggers” award at the 15th Diggers and Dealers Forum recently held in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.
  • Editorial open for October 2007 issue (0) August 13, 2007 EDITORIAL contributions are open for the October 2007 issue of Australian Mining.
  • Sorting out lumpy issues (0) August 13, 2007 SOME of the best examples of gains in BHP Billiton Iron Ore’s Shipping Challenge have come from people taking a closer look at their own areas to se if they ...
  • Drilling efficiency boosted, costs cut (0) August 13, 2007 A WHALEBACK Mining Six Sigma Business Excellence team has made blast hole drilling a more efficient and less costly task.
  • Industrial and earthmoving tyres (0) August 12, 2007 BEARCAT Tyres will display the new Solideal Loadmaster L-3 17.5 – 25 20 ply hard rock lug loader tyre for the first time on Stand R096 at AIMEX 2007.
  • Conveyors on the road (0) August 11, 2007 MATERIALS hanlding equipment supplier Kinder & Co is running a conveyor road show.
  • Dust under control (0) August 10, 2007 DUST filtration supplier Donaldson Australasia is assisting the quarrying and mining industries to maximise profits significantly by trapping – and later reclaiming – the fine dusts that are normally lost ...
  • Get sharp or get out (0) August 10, 2007 DRILLING Technology Innovation Group (DTIWG) chairman and BHP Billiton operations team leader John Emerson warns that shrinking lead times and poor standards in drilling will continue to undermine the industry ...
  • Rotary blast-hole drilling rig (0) August 10, 2007 ADVANCED drilling technology, training systems and rock-bolting products will take centre stage at Atlas Copco’s Stand 316 at the show.
  • Magnetic services attraction (0) August 10, 2007 AN Australian magnetic separation provider has moved to a new facility in Victoria to meet increasing customer demand in Australia.
  • Bespoke downtime cut at uranium mine (0) August 9, 2007 SPECIALIST on-site machining including bespoke developed equipment by Furmanite has enabled downtime of a ball mill at an Australian uranium mine to be minimised by machining a trunnion journal in-situ, ...