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Bowen Basin

Feb 22, 2021
Coal miners ‘rattled’ after another gas event

Coal miners ‘rattled’ after another gas event

The withdrawal of workers from Moranbah North is the latest in a series of events that has left Queensland underground coal miners rattled, a key union says. Operations have been suspended at Moranbah North after mine management identified carbon monoxide and ethylene gas levels in the gas monitoring system, pointing to indicated a potential spontaneous heating in the longwall panel. CFMEU...

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Feb 22, 2021
Training opportunities with  BMA

Training opportunities with BMA

BMA is recruiting for 67 trainees in its Bowen Basin operations as it welcomes 60 new apprentices to the fold. “We take great pride in training members of our community to become part of our team,” BMA asset president James Palmer said. “During a challenging time for our industry, we’re creating more than 120 jobs that provide a pathway to a career in mining...

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Feb 22, 2021
Mining suspended at Moranbah North

Mining suspended at Moranbah North

Experts are continuing assessments to pinpoint the cause of an event which prompted Anglo American to evacuate workers from its Moranbah North underground coal mine at the weekend. The company said elevated levels of some gases in the goaf had triggered the withdrawal of workers from the longwall operation as a safety precaution. “At the time of the incident, we had been mining throug...

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Feb 04, 2021
Vitrinite poised to bring Vulcan coal mine online

Vitrinite poised to bring Vulcan coal mine online

Queensland-based Vitrinite aims to start mining by mid-year at a new open-cut coal operation set to create about 150 permanent jobs. The company already has a workforce on the ground at the Vulcan site to complete pre-mining civil works as well as building its office, workshop and mine infrastructure. Vitrinite director Nicholas Williams said the work being undertaken now would pave the way...

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Jan 30, 2021
Full steam ahead for Stanmore Coal

Full steam ahead for Stanmore Coal

Stanmore Coal says its new Isaac Downs open-cut mine remains on track for development in the second half of this year, as it moves through the approvals process. The $85 million Isaac Downs mining project near Moranbah is expected to create 250 jobs in construction.The operation would also provide ongoing long-term employment for workers at the company’s existing Isaac Plains mining compl...

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Dec 10, 2020
Union survey highlights Operations Services gripes

Union survey highlights Operations Services gripes

A mineworkers’ union says a survey has shown only 4 per cent of those employed by BHP’s Operations Services are satisfied that their wages and conditions stack up with Queensland coal industry standards. It comes as the mining giant tries to lock in their substandard conditions with fresh Enterprise Agreements, CFMEU Mining and Energy says. Queensland President Stephen Smyth said the ...

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Dec 09, 2020
Macmahon seals deal on $250m Foxleigh contract

Macmahon seals deal on $250m Foxleigh contract

Macmahon Holdings says it has been formally awarded a $250 million contract for work at the Foxleigh coal mine near Middlemount in Central Queensland. It comes after the mining services firm was named as preferred contractor in October. The agreement will see Macmahon provide equipment hire and maintenance services at the Foxleigh mine over a five-year term from March 1 next year. “The f...

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Dec 09, 2020
Jobs to flow as Curragh boosts mining fleet

Jobs to flow as Curragh boosts mining fleet

Golding Contractors is bringing a fifth and sixth mining fleet online at the Curragh coal mine near Blackwater, generating about 150 new jobs. The additional fleet was set to include Hitachi EX5600 and EX3600 excavators and 13 Hitachi EH4000 trucks, along with ancillary plant, the company said. It follows a letter of direction from mine owner Coronado Curragh to increase mining plant at the...

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Nov 26, 2020
Casual mineworker case takes another turn

Casual mineworker case takes another turn

A landmark case on entitlements for casual mineworkers is set for another round in court after a decision which employers have welcomed and unionists described as a blow. The High Court of Australia today granted special leave for WorkPac to appeal the Federal Court’s Rossato decision. WorkPac v Rossato, like the earlier WorkPac v Skene decision, resulted in findings that the working ...

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