Queensland gold miners lose jobs

Twenty two workers at Evolution Mining’s Mt Rawdon gold mine have lost their jobs, with a slowdown in the mining process being blamed for the cuts.

General manager of the Mt Rawdon operation, Mark Boon, said Evolution Mining had cut two jobs, while Golding, the mining contractor working at the mine, cut twenty positions.

The ABC reports that the cuts are the result of a structural review in the operation’s mining plan.

Unlike other miners who have blamed cuts on low gold prices and high production costs, Boon said the decision to cut jobs was made to align with a slowdown in the mining process.

"The changes are really a reflection of where the mining is at the moment; the waste removal for the opening up of our ore pit is at a stage where we were slowing down that portion of the mining,” Boon said.

“The numbers of people and the size will always wax and wane."

Boon said he could not rule out further job cuts, but said the mine was producing gold at levels in line with current conditions.

Mt Rawdon mine employs around 290 people, mostly from the small Mt Perry community.

Earlier this year the company opened its Mount Carlton gold-silver and copper mine in Queensland, its fourth operation in the state.


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