Jobs go at Kalgoorlie Super Pit following rock fall

The Super Pit rock fall. Image: Glenn Wilson.

Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines (KCGM) has cut 36 positions at the Super Pit gold mine in Western Australia due to last month’s rock fall.

The Super Pit experienced rock movement on the eastern wall of the Fimiston open pit on May 14–15, forcing mining rates at the operation to be reduced.

KCGM general manager Cecile Thaxter conceded later in May that the incident would impact the mine’s workforce numbers.

The operator, a joint venture between Barrick Gold and Newmont Mining, today advised Australian Mining that 25 permanent employees had been made redundant and 11 fixed-term contracts would not be renewed from its open pit crews.

According to Thaxter, there may be further cuts to the Super Pit workforce.

“KCGM will continue to assess alternative business plans aligned to lower mining rates which may impact employee numbers at some point in the future,” Thaxter said in a statement.

“But for now, KCGM is not looking at addressing further redundancies anytime soon.”

Contractor Ausdrill, a long-term provider of mining services at the Super Pit, has also been affected by the rock fall.

Earlier this month, Ausdrill reported that its scope of works has been reduced by 35 per cent while KCGM reviews the longer-term mine planning.

“At this stage, it is difficult to provide a definitive timeframe for the reduction and we continue to work closely with KCG as they develop their future plans,” Ausdrill reported.

The Super Pit produced around 170,000oz of gold during the March 2018 quarter.

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