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Jul 21, 2020
Recognition for women at forefront of technology

Recognition for women at forefront of technology

Women working in the resources sector have been invited to nominate for a new national award celebrating achievements in technology and innovation.The Maptek Women in Resources Technological Innovation award has been added to the annual Women in Resources National Awards, presented by the Minerals Council of Australia in partnership with state and territory mining chambers. Research conducted ...

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Jul 20, 2020
What mining can learn from Defence personnel management

What mining can learn from Defence personnel management

In past weeks, iQ has been looking at the similarities between the mining industry and the Australian Defence Force in terms of managing stresses on personnel. This week we look at the primary relationship between the staff member and families, not only when they’re away, but when they return from onsite. How does Defence manage it? Time apart due to deployments, training or other ...

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Jul 14, 2020
How Defence does it – education

How Defence does it – education

Mining and Defence have a lot in common. Both can be technical exercises, both require high levels of skills and enormous logistics. Like mining, the action for soldiers, sailors and air force members is very rarely close to home. In the second of this series we look at the services offered to ADF families to help educate children. What can the mining industry learn? Defence recognis...

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Jun 22, 2020
Drilling for work and lifestyle opportunities

Drilling for work and lifestyle opportunities

Greek philosopher Socrates, somewhere around 400BC, said ‘beware the bareness of the busy life’.  General manager of Eagle Drilling NQ Sally Forgan draws on that sentiment by adopting the ‘work hard, rest easy’ philosophy. That’s more easily done in Charters Towers, where the surface exploration drilling company bases its operations, she says. The ‘Towers’ is one of the oldest and most e...

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Jun 17, 2020
A mining ghost town writ large in living memory

A mining ghost town writ large in living memory

A recently published ‘biography’ of the North West Queensland uranium mining centre of Mary Kathleen has breathed new life into what is now a ghost town. ‘Mary Kathleen Reflections’ is written by retired geologist Andrew Cuthbertson whose first days in the mining industry in 1981 were among the last for the on-again, off-again operation.   Geologist and author Andrew C...

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Jun 08, 2020
Mining growth to lead recovery

Mining growth to lead recovery

Miners and the supply chain were expecting to increase staff numbers post COVID19. The Queensland government was also called out for praise in its handling of the pandemic. That’s all in the new ‘state of the sector’ report released by the Queensland Resources Council. A survey of the State’s top resource leaders in May found strong momentum towards employment growth ov...

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Jun 05, 2020
JCU professional development courses

JCU professional development courses

James Cook University’s Economic Geology Research Center is conducting short courses for mineral exploration professionals and geology postgraduate students aimed at professional development in exploration and applied geochemistry. It’s being led by Dr Dennis Arne from Telemark Geosciences. There are three modules presented late in June and July each contributing to seven professional devel...

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Jun 05, 2020
Tailings offer a beachhead for production at Tick Hill

Tailings offer a beachhead for production at Tick Hill

It looks like being a tailings led start for junior gold miner Carnaby Resources in north west Queensland. The company has just released its Pre-Feasibility Study (PFS) on mining the historic Tick Hill site 110 km south-east of Mount Isa. Drilling at Tick Hill Carnaby’s primary goal remained the discovery of the fault offset of the Tick Hill orebody said managing director Rob Watkins. ...

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