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Miners face cyclonic summer WEATHER experts are warning this yearâ€™s outlook is worse than 2008, when central Queensland floods plunged Ensham mineâ€™s $100 dragline metres under water. On Australia Day 2008, 315 millimetres of rain fell in 24 hours at Emerald, and central Queensland weather forecaster Mike Griffin said it could easily happen again. â€œThe wet season has started a month earlier than usual, and CQ has already experienced one of the wettest Septembers on record,â€? he said. â€œRockhampton alone has received 147mm, the highest rainfall for that month in 134 years.â€? â€œEmerald isnâ€™t far behind recording a total of 168mm, not a record but close to it.â€? The early onset of the wet season is already affecting mining operations. In the Bowen Basin, production at Cockatoo Coalâ€™s Baralaba open cut mine dropped by a third last quarter because of wet weather. The flooded Dawson River prevented miners from getting to work, and the mine lost 14 days of operations during September. Further north near Townsville, and the fledgling gold producer Maximus Resourcesâ€™ Willheim project lost 15 days to rain. Acting managing director, Nick Corlis, said he expects more disruptions as the wet season progresses.
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Mt Morgan’s gold no closer to the surface
IN the hills of Mount Morgan, under eight million tonnes of tailings dams and mullock dumps, there’s gold, at least 25,000 ounces of it, but it may never see the light of day. Almost three years ago, Norton Gold Fields acquired the old Mount Morgan mine, with plans to establish a tailings retreatment plant. Despite gold prices hitting record highs since then, there has been next to no action
since the initial announcement. In its September quarterly report just released to the Australian stock exchange, Norton said it had delayed work on the mine because of issues sourcing funding. The company is looking at joint venture arrangements and other options as a way to fund the project. The ongoing delay is disappointing news for the Mount Morgan community who had
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hasn’t happened,” Mr Tank said. And with very little information coming out of Norton, some interesting rumours have developed about the mine. “We came across a guy who was looking at buying out the lease from Norton’s about two months ago, a small organisation from Coppabella, not sure if that was genuine or not,” Mr Tank said. “The other rumour that we’re hearing is that the reason that the mine keeps changing hands is because there are tax advantages to holding it and not developing it.” However, a spokesperson for Norton has dismissed both rumours. “We can’t speculate on the strategy of previous owners we can confirm Norton’s committed to identifying potential funding partners to unlock value from the Mt Morgan asset for our shareholders,” a spokesman told Shift Miner Magazine. With the company recording a $32.8 million net loss in the last financial year, due primarily to an unrelated court matter, the project may be on hold for a lot longer yet.
“In its September quarterly report just released to the Australian stock exchange, Norton said it had delayed work on the mine because of issues sourcing funding.”
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winds and torrential rain? Where are the safest areas to bunENSHAM mineâ€™s $100 dragline sub- ker down and wait out the storm? merged in floodwaters is the lasting The mines inspectorate will release image of the 2008 Emerald floods. a safety alert later this month to The effects of that devastating refresh memories. flood were felt within the central The regionâ€™s fragile supply chain Queensland region for months, as will also be put to the test - it only locals continued the long and ardu- takes one train to derail and access to ous clean up process. port can be blocked for many mines. The ramifications for industry were It will be interesting to see how all long lasting, with de-watering regulations parties fare. overhauled in the wake of the flood. Some mines in the region, like Itâ€™s startling to think the region Cockatoo Coalâ€™s Baralaba mine, have could again bear the brunt of severe already experienced production lossweather, with all forecasters pointing es as a result of wet weather. to a cyclonic wet season. From the sounds of the predictions, Advice for mine workers, and there could be lot more lost produclocals, is to prepare now. tion time to come. Do you know what you should do if you are on site during high-speed
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Mines urged to prepare for the worst “The more water that gets into the ground the longer that production is stopped, there were periods last year when we couldn’t get through to the mine because of the Burdekin Dam,” he said. “We’re really at the mercy of the rain.” In the coal industry, underground mines often capitalise on the pain of open cut mines during the wet months. As open cut mines struggle to fulfil shipping schedules, underground operations have a chance to boost their bottom line. “If floods the scale of January 2008 happen again, some companies could be forced to declare a force majeure on sales contracts, freeing them up from penalties,” one industry insider told Shift Miner Magazine. “Obviously that significantly affects their bottom line and reduces the amount of coal available on the market.” “That’s good news though for the underground operations because it could put additional train and port allocations up for sale that wouldn’t previously have been available.” “Traditionally at this time of the year most underground ops have fulfilled their annual contracts, so any coal that’s sold now would be on the spot market where a premium price can asked.” The Queensland Resources Council chief executive, Michael Roche, has highlighted the fragility of the Bowen Basin mine to port supply chain, particularly during the wet. “It only takes one linkage under stress to have a domino effect on throughput,” Mr Roche said. “Almost a thousand kilometres from the Port of Townsville, Mount Isa knows from bitter experience last wet season the impacts of losing rail transport for weeks on end.” With the weather bureau predicting as many as six cyclones off the Queensland coast over the coming months, the ports will bear the brunt of mother nature’s fury. But the general manager of operations
GONE UNDER: Ensham’s dragline was the victim of the 2008 floods, and forecasters are predicting worse to come this wet season
at the Dalyrmple Bay coal terminal, Greg Smith, is not concerned. Mr Smith said the terminal can lock down for a cyclone in three hours and is designed to withstand even a category 5 system. “Cyclones affect the shipping queue more than the terminal, our delays stem from waiting for the ships that have vacated the anchorage due to the cyclone to return to port,” he said. Mr Smith said the terminal is also well equipped to protect stockpiles from the rain. “Our stockyard has been designed to facilitate water drainage during/after heavy rain events, small delays may occur, but generally speaking, this does not cause signifi-
cant throughput loss.” The QRC has also hinted at the difficulties faced by mine mangers during the clean up phase if another Ensham style flood were to occur. “The circumstances confronting mine managers are expected to be far more challenging than in January 2008, as state government regulations covering the dewatering of mines have changed significantly,” Mr Roche said. At the time, Ensham was able to pump water from its flooded pits back into the river system, under the supervision of environmental authorities, but concerns about salinity levels led to wide-sweeping changes.
According to the Sustainability Minister more than 20 mines in the region have been inspected in the lead up the wet season, to check flood-proofing is being carried out. The mines inspectorate will release a safety alert to all miners at the end of the month, reminding them of the hazards associated with significant rain and extreme winds. Weather forecaster, Mike Griffin, said mines should be seriously looking at putting measures in place for the worst-case scenario. “We could be looking at destructive winds, flooding and storm surges damaging homes in coastal communities, and causing flooding and rain of up to 250 mm,” he said. “All the signs are there for a big wet.”
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Do you have LNG skills? FAST NEWS MORE than 9000 construction workers are needed to build central Queensland’s coal seam gas (CSG) infrastructure and competition for labour will be fierce, according to a new report. Late last week construction and CSG industry representatives met Queensland’s Training Minister in Brisbane to launch a workforce plan. The BG Group’s official announcement that it will proceed with its $15 billion LNG project in Gladstone has triggered a flurry of excitement in the port city. Investor interest in the area has skyrocketed, and a spike in real estate enquiry is also being felt right through the Surat Basin (see our story on page 24). In terms of the new industry’s workforce, a new report put together by Energy Skills Queensland Construction Skills Queensland has found 40 occupations will be in high demand including welders, pipe fitters, construction workers and electricians. In March this year the state government invested $10 million into an industry training fund to address the skills shortage anticipated when the LNG workforce kicks in.
In full swing, more than 18,000 are expected to be employed in the sector. The Training Minister, Geoff Wilson, said the construction jobs are welcome relief for an industry still bruised by the GFC. “We know the construction industry has been doing it tough in the wake of the global economic crisis,” Mr Wilson said. “This plan signals new construction jobs, and industry with the support of government will be prepared when that upturn happens.” “Skills Queensland will work closely with industry to ensure we’re skilling Queenslanders for the jobs of future.” The Queensland Resources Council’s Michael Roche said the new CSG industry was like nothing before it. “Queensland has never seen a financial investment and technology uptake of the magnitude surrounding the birth of this new export pillar for Australia’s
future,” Mr Roche said. “A coal seam gas-based export industry has moved literally from pipedream to economic reality in less than a decade, but with all the built-in safeguards that the community expects from a 21st century industry.”
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“Forty occupations will be in high demand including welders, pipe fitters, construction workers and electricians.”
are digging deeper than every before, and there are so many projects on the go or ramping up to capitalise on the big bucks.” “But eventually supply catches up with demand, and it will in this case.” Mr Richardson said eventually new investment will slow, and that will curb growth and expansion in the sector. He has also warned against believing China will be the golden-egg laying goose forever. “China is more volatile than I think people give it credit for, and the big lesson is there is no miracle economy, the US certainly wasn’t, Japan wasn’t and neither are Chi-
The state government is holding a series of information sessions this month for people who may still be confused about the new land access laws. The forums will explain how the new code relates to conduct and compensation, dispute resolution and contract complaince between landowners and resource comapnies. Sessions will be held in Dalby, Roma, Quilpie, Longreach, Emerald, Moranbah, Townsville, Mount Isa and Mareeba between 15-26 November. To register for the information sessions call 13 25 23 or visit www.deedi.qld.gov.au. .....................................................................
Growth warning: Access Economics MINING activity in Queensland is expected to ramp up over the next 18 months, to capitalise on stratospheric commodity prices. The latest economic snapshot released by Access Economics has predicted the global hunger for Queensland’s resources will only strengthen in the short term. But Access Economics director, Chris Richardson, said “Boom 2” won’t last forever. “The big story of 2009 was China recovering faster than anyone expected, and that was the big saviour for the resources industry here,” he said. “The big story of 2010 isn’t on the front page of any newspapers - it is that miners
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na and Australia.” “Having said that, Chinese demand will continue to grow on average, and India will follow up behind it.” Mr Richardson said the skill shortage will continue to plague the industry, but it will initially be more of a problem in Western Australia than Queensland. “Queensland has been slower to recover [from the GFC] but in 12 months or so will see the WA skills shortage problems in Queensland.” “The emerging gas industry will be a big part of that ongoing story and will be part of the skills shortage problem.”
Two more resource industry ambassadors have been appointed by the state government, to help raise Queensland’s profile in the international and domestic exploration community. The chief of CSIRO resource engineering division, Dr Mike McWilliams, and the director of mining and geology research centre at the University of Queensland, Dan Wood, will take on the new roles. There are now 16 ambassadors working to champion exploration in Queensland bring in investment dollars. .....................................................................
Remote areas open to exploration New areas of remote land in north-west Queensland will be opened up by the state government for mineral exploration. The areas were selected after the use of new airborne geophysical and ground gravity survey data which indicated rocks may contain mineralisation. The greenfields sites are in the north-eastern section of the resource-rich North West Queensland Mineral Province, close to Croydon and 270 kilometres north-east of Mount Isa. The greenfields land, presently covered by Restricted Areas 361, 362, 363 and 364, will be released early next year, allowing companies to apply for exploration permits for minerals.
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$17K gold nugget is a looker! IT’S a nugget that once would’ve sparked a gold rush. A 404-gram gold nugget has been found at Maximus Resources’ Willheim Project -
in the Jack Patch production area, 200 kilometres south-west of Townsville. “The nugget is a substantial find at today’s gold prices, if you do the maths it’s
worth around $17,000,” said Maximus acting managing director, Nick Corlis. “It’s on its way back to Adelaide where it will be cleaned and photographed.”
The nugget is the largest ever found by the company. “I suspect it will be put up for auction, if that is the case we will put a company announcement on the ASX and it’s likely to be an online auction,” Mr Corlis said. “We haven’t made a firm decision yet.” More impressive still, it’s not the only gold found recently - in the same week another 280 grams of nuggets were also unearthed. “The area is quite well endowed, because of the way the nuggets are formed we get a lot in that area.” And it seems the nugget is also quite a looker. “Not all nuggets are so attractive, this one’s quite good looking so it’s worth giving someone the opportunity to buy it rather than melting it down,” he said. Despite the valuable finds, the mine isn’t anticipating a ramp up in production or staff. “It would make us happy if that was to happen but given how the alluvial deposits are it’s not likely at this stage,” Mr Corlis said.
“Not all nuggets are so attractive, this one’s quite good looking so it’s worth giving someone the opportunity to buy it rather than melting it down.”
400 new zinc jobs in Mt Isa XSTRATA Zinc’s George Fisher mine near Mt Isa will need to find 400 new workers over the next two to three years to build and run its $274 million expansion. The approval is set to create 250 new jobs during the construction phase, and 120 full-time jobs at the mine. The Queensland government has ticked off on the expansion that will increase production by a third to 4.5 million tonnes per annum from 2013. The mine covers one of the world’s largest zinc deposits, with 76 million tonnes of the metal buried in the area. Xstrata Zinc Australia chief operating officer, Brian Hearne, said while an increased production rate had decreased the life of the mine, a long term strategy was in place. “While the increased production rate will reduce the life of mine by five years to 21 years, the orebody remains open at depth to the north of the mine,” he said.
“The additional production capacity built into the expansion project and our ongoing exploration program will ensure the mine remains a key part of our long term strategy for Mount Isa.” Work on the expansion is set to start immediately, with equipment arriving to begin ventilation work this month. Xstrata Zinc has announced $407 million of mining projects in Mt Isa this year; the George Fisher expansion follows the approval of the $133 million Black Star Deeps open cut mine.
“The approval is set to create 250 new jobs during the construction phase, and 120 full-time jobs at the mine.” Page 6 - Shift Miner Magazine, 8th November 2010
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NSW scoops CQ at mines rescue comp IT just wasn’t CQ’s day at the Australian Mines Rescue Comp held last month at Anglo Coal’s Grasstree mine. The Queensland Mines and Rescue Service’s Lindsay Creighton said the New South Wales teams were too strong for CQ with NSW’s Western Districts, Hunter Valley and Southern taking out first, second and third respectively. “Our guys came after NSW, with Anglo Coal Grasstree fourth, BMA Broadmeadow fifth, Xstrata Coal Oaky No.1 sixth and Rio Tinto’s Kestrel bringing up the rear.” “The NSW teams paid attention to detail in their procedures better and they managed their time better. “They also attacked the fire a little better,” Mr Creighton said. The overall scores for the competition were well down on previous years, perhaps reflecting the tough course the teams were battling through. “I’m used to 700/780 out of 1000, the winning team got 620 out of 900, so that give you an idea of the challenge that faced the teams.”
“It’s the lowest score we’ve had for the comp in a while, but we need to test to them to put them through what could happen and I don’t apologise for that,” Mr Creighton said. “The underground exercise was really about procedure, procedure, procedure, and it was a realistic scenario that could happen in any underground coal mine.” The competition was held at Anglo’s Capcoal mine, and the mine’s John Rowe, who has 35 years of mines rescue under his belt, said all competitors should be congratulated. “These guys are giving up their time to train to become the best and that kind of dedication and passion for safety is infectious,” he said. “The number one reason why they train in emergency response is to be able to look after their mates if they are ever found in a dangerous or life-threatening situation.” “Their commitment helps build a culture of safety, with their safe practices flowing through to others around them.” And there’s no rest for the wicked, with Mr Creighton already off training the Goonyella boys for the International
Anglo’s Grasstree team competing in the national competition
Mines Rescue Competition (IMRC) being held in mid this month. “We won in the last IMRC in Reno, Nevada and I’m confident, we’re going to win this time too, we’re not just there to
make up the numbers.” “And Crinum will be there too,” Mr Creigton said. The team will compete against the USA, China, India, Poland, the Ukraine and Russia.
“The number one reason why they train in emergency response is to be able to look after their mates if they are ever found in a dangerous or life-threatening situation.”
Put a lid on it WHAT weighs 48 tonnes, sits 42 metres in the air and requires 18 personnel and a 600tonne crane to lift it into place? No, it’s not yo mamma. It’s the new lid of a 60,000 tonne alumina silo at Rio Tinto Alcan’s Yarwun facility near Gladstone. It’s all part of the site’s $1.8 billion expansion, which is now almost 60 per cent complete thanks to the hard work of more than 1000 personnel. The lid, which weighs around the same as 126 family-sized cars, was lifted into place late last month, with the help of 18 crew and a 600-tonne Demag crane.
Yarwun 2 general manager, David Yeoman, said the complicated job went off without a hitch. “This was a team, which even under the adverse conditions of the weather, kept focused and ensured safety was at the forefront of their thinking,” he said. “They were planning ahead; using foresight to identify the challenges in their path and working out solutions.” “I would like to congratulate the team for their outstanding work.” Once completed in mid-2012, the expansion will more than double the refinery’s production.
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What’s the most romantic thing you’ve ever done? Wrote a love letter and sent flowers with the letter Do you believe in love at first sight - why or why not? Yes people can just have a chemical reaction to each other
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What’s the most romantic thing you’ve ever done? Rented a beachside bungalow, set up a table for two with flowers, candles and lit a fire. Because I’m a chef I cooked a delicious three course meal and had a waiter friend serve us while we enjoyed the sunset. Followed by cocktails and a fantastic night of ....:)
What’s the most romantic thing you’ve ever done? Taken a lady to dinner while skiing in Switzerland at the chalet, had dinner over an open fire place and watched the sun set.
If you had a catch phrase, what would it be? To be honest i do not have one.
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What are you looking for in a partner? Compatibility, intelligence and a passion for life.
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Do you believe in love at first sight - why or why not? Yes I do most definitely, when I look into her eyes and my heart starts beating wildly, because the eyes are the window to the soul.
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Do you believe in love at first sight - why or why not? I do but have not experienced it yet If you had a catch phrase, what would it be? Do first what you fear the most!
If you had a catch phrase, what would it be? You’re in luck at the moment I’ve got a 2-4-1 deal ... 2 of you for 1of me hahaha ; ) Why should people vote for you? I’m a fun sort of a bloke... I only entered for some fun and a laugh and I have definitely got that : ) but I’m sure if I was sent to Airlie I’d brighten someone’s day haha
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Do you believe in love at first sight - why or why not? Maybe! I believe without lust you have a hard time loving.
Jay Beattie, 23 Millennium mine, shotfirer What are you looking for in a partner?: Passion, personality, pizazz and they’ve got to love the beach What’s the most romantic thing you’ve ever done?:
If you had a catch phrase, what would it be? CRICKEY...did I just hear a cliché Why should people vote for you? Because I’m a genuine, good quality Aussie bloke ! To vote for Brian, text 9408 to 0412 055 255
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the competition closes midnight Friday 12 November. The winners will be unveiled next edition! wonder and amusement in everyday life. A love of reading and travel doesn’t go astray either.
Someone who is thoughtful, makes me laugh and always shops at home.
What’s the most romantic thing you’ve ever done? I’ve just teamed up with my sister to send the parents on a romantic ‘foodies’ holiday to New Calidonia. Although it’s not for me, I think that’s pretty romantic!
Nicole Sempf, 27 Train Driver, QR National Bluff What are you looking for in a partner? I’m looking for someone social and outgoing to enjoy the fun and simple things in life with. A best friend with that extra spark. What’s the most romantic thing you’ve ever done? Arranged a night time picnic at a lookout under the stars with some nice candles. Do you believe in love at first sight - why or why not? I believe in having an intense connection with someone at first sight/meeting, whether that is love, only time will tell. If you had a catch phrase, what would it be? “It’s all good!”
Do you believe in love at first sight - why or why not? I believe in attraction at first sight, not love. It’s the glances across the room, the common interests and that bit of ‘magic’ for want of a better word, that make me fall for someone. If you had a catch phrase, what would it be? Make your own destiny and smile as you’re going about it. Why should people vote for you? The man of my dreams might just be waiting at Airlie Beach...Please help me get there! :) To vote for Diana text 9410 to 0412 055 255
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Do you believe in love at first sight - why or why not? I believe in attraction at first sight, maybe followed by love If you had a catch phrase, what would it be? True love is hook line and sinker.
Oliviah Thelan, 22
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Karen Hirt, 49 Carborough Downs, lab rat What are you looking for in a partner? Someone who has a positive outlook on life, is fun and caring, energetic, light-hearted with a good sense of humour and happy. What’s the most romantic thing you’ve ever done? Booked a nice room for the weekend and filled it with his favorite foods and drinks. Sprayed the bed with his favorite perfume and lit candles. Bought some new lingerie, and massage oil.
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What are you looking for in a partner? I am looking for a guy that has the same goals in life as I do who is a lot of fun and accepts me for me.
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What’s the most romantic thing you’ve ever done? I shouted my ex-partner a PNO cruise for a week overseas for our fourth year engagement anniversary. I am not really the romantic type... plain and simple is the way to be
Why should people vote for you? Been through a very rough brake up. So now I am just out to live life, have fun meet new people, and go new places. And as I have that outlook on life I think a nice little holiday would just suit me perfectly... To vote for Oliviah text 9412 to 0412 055 255
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Why should people vote for you? Because my girlfriends and I really want this.
What are you looking for in a partner? Someone with a sense of adventure who finds
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Train driver, QR National Bluff What are you looking for in a partner? Honest, loyal, tall country guy with old school values.
Do you believe in love at first sight - why or why not? Yes... If the wow factor is there on first sight don’t run from it, chase it. If you had a catch phrase, what would it be? Live like u mean it.
If you had a catch phrase, what would it be? A day without laughter is a day wasted.
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Noela Burke, 46
What’s the most romantic thing you’ve ever done? A guy played his guitar and sang romantic songs to me and he could sing.
Do you believe in love at first sight - why or why not? Yes but it depends on the depth of love you mean. Lust at first sight is more likely.
Diana Barnes, 25
Why should people vote for you? Because I am good value and very single...
Do you believe in love at first sight - why or why not? Mmmm I don’t think it’s love at first sight i’ts more lust, until you get to know the person then it turns into love. If you had a catch phrase, what would it be? Hey man how are ya ... :)
Why should people vote for you? I believe I’m just a down to earth girl looking to find someone to enjoy life with. To vote for Nicole Sempf text 9409 to 0412 055 255
What’s the most romantic thing you’ve ever done? Spa on the eleventh floor of a penthouse suite
Nicole Murray, 27 Ensham mine, HSE mining What are you looking for in a partner?
Why should people vote for you? Because I am an honest caring fun gal who works hard and deserves to have a bit of rnr with some good mates. To vote for Noela text 9414 to 0412 055 255
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99th EDITION. 2010
Qld world class exploration hub by 2020 BRISBANE should be the exploration capital of the world by 2020 - that’s the goal of the Queensland Resources Council (QRC). QRC chief executive Michael Roche outlined his vision at a breakfast for the exploration industry in Brisbane last week, and unveiled a new document entitled Discover Queensland: A 2020 Exploration Vision. “Queensland’s historical position as a preferred destination for new exploration has been slipping and there is simply not enough new investment to ensure that the economic prosperity from resource production is self-sustaining,” he said. “Right now, the state and the nation are living off the proceeds of historical exploration milestones like Cannington, Ernest Henry and Century.” According to the QRC, more than 70 per cent of Queensland’s exploration expenditure is targeted at proving up known reserves, rather than greenfield projects. It’s this greenfield exploration that Mr Roche said is critical for a sustainable resources sector.
“Exploration is the R&D of resource production, because for every commercial resource development, around 1000 greenfield exploration prospects must first be investigated.” Mr Roche said junior explorers are akin to research scientists and while their work is high-risk, those who succeed generate remarkable wealth for the state and investors. He also believes the level of spending is off-kilter, with Queensland spending about $16 per $1000 of mining output, compared with Western Australia’s $37 and a national average spend of $25. “It’s about changing a mindset that currently deems Brisbane a branch office for Melbourne or Sydney headquarters and as a distant second to Perth as an exploration hub.” “Allowing this to continue will mean that Queensland continues to export valuable head office jobs and the flow-on economic benefits from exploration in Queensland to cities such as Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Toronto, Santiago and London.”
Mine brings men back to traditional roots Kestrel Mine’s new Indigenous trainees Malcolm Brown, Harrison Blair, Matthew Malone and Darryn Nimock.
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THE Traditional Owners of the area surrounding Kestrel mine have described an Indigenous trainee program at the site as “bringing their people back to their country”. Malcolm Brown, Darryn Nimock, Harrison Blair and Matthew Malone have moved from various parts of Queensland to take up traineeships at the underground coal mine in the past month. It’s all part of Rio Tinto’s Indigenous recruitment campaign, and Elder of the Western Kangoulu people, Patrick Malone, said the training opportunities are attracting these men back to their traditional roots. “Since the turn of the last century, Western Kangoulu people have been moving off our land, off country,” he said.
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“The traineeships will up-skill our people, bring more wealth into our community and provide us with access to the benefits of mining,” Mr Malone said. In the coal handling and preparation plant, Mr Blair and Mr Malone are both working towards a Certificate two in resource processing. Mr Brown and Mr Nimock are both working at the mine’s warehouse, undertaking a Certificate two and Certificate three respectively in warehousing. “Mining is something I have wanted to get in to, so I hope this traineeship helps me secure a permanent job in the mining industry,” Mr Brown said. “I also have a lot of family and friends in the area, so I’m looking forward to moving
my family up here before the end of the year.” The Indigenous recruitment drive is part of Rio Tinto’s broader strategy to help close the gap between Indigenous and nonIndigenous Australians. “According to the Australian Government, there is a 17-year life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians,” said Rio Tinto’s CQ human resources manager Daryl Calvert. “As an industry leader and major Australian employer, Rio Tinto is working to close that gap by providing Indigenous people with opportunities to participate in the financial and other benefits of employment in mining, as well as by providing better services, facilities and infrastructure to the communities in which we operate.”
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Mayor’s ‘dollar a tonne’ for Alpha rejected A western Queensland mayor is disappointed his proposal to see mining companies pay upfront for infrastructure, instead of waiting for coal royalties to flow back into mining towns, has been knocked on the head. Barcaldine regional mayor Rob Chandler is in charge of the region that encompasses much of the Galilee Basin, and the town of Alpha that will see huge growth if any of the region’s mining projects go ahead. The town lacks any infrastructure to cope with the growth, and Cr Chandler’s proposal was for mining companies to directly pay $120 million into a fund for much needed upgrades. Those funds would then be returned through a state government rebate on royalties over five years. “The forecast here is 120 million tonnes mined annually so I said give us a dollar a tonne up front over three years which is 40 million dollars a year.” “The government would then team with with the mining companies to offer them a rebate post production,” he said. But the Queensland Treasurer Andrew
Fraser has rejected that proposal. That’s infuriated Cr Chandler, who believes it was a novel idea to tackle the same old problems that plague mining towns. “It’s just a simplistic idea but why don’t we shake the stick and do things a little differently to what we’ve done in the past?” “The government needs to have some
MINING community advocates say the state government is deliberately silencing Blackwater and Moranbah locals, after giving them ten days to respond to new town planning drafts. The Urban Land Development Authority has marked out new plans that will govern development and land availability for the next decade; public comment on the plans closed last Friday. The Blackwater plans outlines areas for more mining camps at a time when some in the Bowen Basin community are fighting the increased numbers of
fly-in fly-out workers. Union-sponsored mining communities advocate, Jim Pearce, said it’s not fair that locals don’t have enough time to submit a detailed response. “It just doesn’t make sense, it appears like it’s a deliberate move to limit the say of locals on the draft plan,” Mr Pearce said. “The main concern for locals is there are significant areas of land to be allocated for future development of camps and the people of Blackwater are saying no, we’ve had enough, no more camps, put them somewhere else.”
faith in local government, that we have the ability to be able to build this community in a very structured and sensible way.” “The one billion dollars tipped to come from the Galilee Basin is not in any government estimates yet and here is a simple way we could build the infrastructure without having the argy-bargy between, councils, mining companies and every government department,” he said. But a spokesman for the Treasurer said the government would ensure mining companies contribute to social infrastructure as resource towns grow. They said companies are made to detail plans to minimise the social impact on communities, and that includes building new infrastructure, in the planning process. “These reforms have seen two LNG proponents required to construct 440 dwellings for the Gladstone region, as a condition of
the project’s approval,” the spokesman said. “It is the government’s view that royalties belong to all Queenslanders.” “In the same vein, the majority of payroll tax is collected in Brisbane’s CBD and I don’t think anyone would argue that that money should only be invested there.” Cr Chandler said Alpha is expected to grow from a population of 400 to 2000 and infrastructure requirements include a hospital, an aerodrome, sewage treatment plant, connecting roads to the mines and the development of residential land - all of which could be funded directly by the mines. “I’m saying let’s do it nice and clean cut, all up front, and sit down with one government department instead of six or eight or 10 and talk about what these towns need and talk about how we are going to go forward.”
“It’s just a simplistic idea but why don’t we shake the stick and do things a little differently to what we’ve done in the past?”
No say for mining locals: Pearce Meanwhile, in Moranbah, locals have until November 15 to respond to BMA’s big plans to relocate and increase the capacity at its Buffel Park accommodation camp. Moranbah Action Group chair, Kelly Vea Vea met the Infrastructure and Planning Minister Stirling Hinchliffe recently to lobby the government about BMA’s plans. “We let them know how the region feels
“The main concern for locals is there are significant areas of land to be allocated for future development of camps and the people of Blackwater are saying no.”
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about being abandoned by BMA and that people are also losing faith in the government,” she said. “The social impact process just isn’t delivering for our region and they were really open to our thoughts.” “We do see the camp proposal as BMA furthering their 100 per cent FIFO agenda and the Moranbah Action Group will be putting in a submission against the camp.”
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CQ BUSINESS 99th EDITION. 2010
Mackay retail businesses battle mines to fill 3000 jobs FOR Mackay businesses it’s a double edged sword - massive mining growth in the region means opportunities for new businesses but leaves retailers competing with mines for staff and no-one to man the tills. This time next year will see the $210 million expansion of the Caneland Central shopping centre complete. That means a new Myer store and more than 100 speciality shops will be looking to fill more than 1000 retail positions. “Those 1000 staff will be required in 2011 which is huge and when you add the number of other projects in Mackay,” said Mackay Chamber of Commerce chair, Kylie Porter. “In total there is around 3000 staff required over the next two to three years just in retail positions alone.” “It’s very, very hard to attract people to your region which aren’t necessarily involved in the mining industry as an alternative source of employees.” Ms Porter said the solution to get more people behind retail counters in Mackay is
a “broad multi-layered approach” and one local organisation has a project underway to attract people to retail positions. The Retail Employment Partnership is a joint project between Lend Lease, which owns Caneland Central, and the Regional Economic Development Corporation and aims to address the staff shortage in the retail sector. The project will provide assistance and advice to retailers on best practices in workforce management, and address issues such as staff recruitment, rostering and staff retention. It will also create a one-stop-shop for retail employment in the region, using the region’s job search website www.coaltocoastjobs.com.au.
Ms Porter said the project is incredibly important to the region, because everyone is playing catch up after such a long period of growth. “The growth has been very positive but from a business perspective as a community it doesn’t come without it’s challenges.” “We have some infrastructure and social issues which come from a high period of growth and it’s a continual battle for business to stay on top of those issues, but we are all working together with government to address these challenges.” She said improved social infrastructure like childcare facilities all contribute to making the region more appealing and competitive and easier for people to fill retail roles.
“It’s very, very hard to attract people to your region which aren’t necessarily involved in the mining industry as an alternative source of employees.”
Sarina skills centre flings doors open Daryl Watson Engineering
THE Sarina Rural Skills Centre (SRSC) is opening its doors to the wider community in a bid to boost skills in the Mackay region. The centre, in the small town just south of Mackay, is owned by the the local high school, but will now be open after school and on weekends for personal and business training. SRSC community board president Ron Gurnett said the aim is to provide a training space for everyone. “The centre is a well-equipped engineering, rural skills and computer training facility,” Mr Gurnett said. He said the centre was originally built to Former students Ryan Creber and Blair Heath work on a milling machine with school teacher Kerry Penola.
Springsure Creek coal reserves doubled THE quantity of coal believed to be contained in Bandanna Energy’s Springsure Creek project in the Bowen Basin has doubled. The company’s latest statement puts the amount of coal at 324 million tonnes, including 252 million tonnes of inferred resources and 72 million tonnes of indicated resources. That represents an 108 per cent increase in the indicated resources compared to the last resource statement released in March. The new estimates follow the detailed analysis of 17 chip and 20 cored boreholes. Additionally, geological consultant, Resolve Geo, has conducted a seismic review and has confirmed there is no discernable faulting within the resource. The Springsure Creek project is owned Bandanna subsidiary Springsure Creek Coal. Springsure Creek is found within Bandanna’s so called ‘Golden Triangle’ of projects - their close proximity to each other and other major infrastructure are critical factors as the company decides whether to develop the province. Bandanna recently announced it had secured four million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) export capacity through stage one of the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal (WICET) at Gladstone. “This resource increase at our Springsure Creek project clearly vindicates Bandanna’s successful participation in the WICET allocation process,” said managing director, Ray Shaw.
give students an alternative to standard academic courses in agriculture and engineering. “But this new program means that businesses and the general public can use thecentre’s facilities to conduct training or complete personal projects like repairing property.” “We also aim to offer a range of training courses for people who want to update or learn new skills.” “For example, we’ll soon begin running two separate 12 week courses in gas welding and stick welding.” The centre currently offers training in areas like horticulture, mechanics, animal handling, aquaculture, and hydroponics. Rio Tinto’s Hail Creek mine has contributed $11,000 to provide an administration officer during the first year of the new program.
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Traffic jams growth in Mackay’s industrial hub
TRAFFIC congestion is the biggest obstacle to growth in Mackay’s industrial precinct of Paget, according to businesses in the area. Paget has more than doubled in size in the last quarter of its lifetime, with more than 7,000 people now working in the area. Strategic Paget Group spokesman Allan Ruming said that means there is double the demand on infrastructure and it’s absolutely not up to standard given the expected growth in the future. “We have very serious problems that all impact on our ability to grow at at time where it is crucial,” he said. “Paget will grow again and we are going to see 7000 people working here increase to 8000 or 9000 and unless that road infrastructure is fixed they are just not going to be able to get in there.” “The road system is totally in inadequate, we have only two major access points and these roads aren’t up to standard.” He said the group has been working closely with the Mackay Regional Council, which has committed to upgrading the roads.
However, it has come at enormous cost to businesses in the area. “The council needs extra funding for the improvements and have had to turn to businesses and we have to pay a 30 per cent increase in rates.” “While we don’t look at it as a cost that can be made up easily we are also realists and unless we get these things done we can’t go ahead.” Mr Ruming said the challenges Paget faces are wider than just the transport issues, with the group identifying a total of twenty issues that need attention and five absolute priorities. Power, telecommunication, water, skills and roads are the group’s main focus. “They are the five that sit at the top of the pile that, if addressed, will increase the accessibility to the area.” “It’s a unique estate because there is such a concentration of capabilities here, as mining grows so will Paget and we want all these things in place to make it a great place to work.”
“Paget will grow again and we are going to see 7000 people working here increase to 8000 or 9000 and unless that road infrastructure is fixed they are just not going to be able to get in there.”
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