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Oct 22, 2020
New laws proposed over casual miner quandary

New laws proposed over casual miner quandary

The Federal Government intends to introduce legislation to Parliament this year to give casual miners doing de facto full-time work the right to convert to permanent employment. Queensland Senator Matt Canavan and Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen revealed the plan in a joint statement today. They said Attorney-General Christian Porter had written to Mr Christensen specifying th...

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Oct 14, 2020
Axe falls on 100 jobs at troubled coal mine

Axe falls on 100 jobs at troubled coal mine

Anglo American will cut about 100 jobs at the Grosvenor mine, five months after an explosion that injured five men and brought longwall operations to a halt. Expressions of interest for voluntary redundancies have been open at the site for the last few weeks. CFMEU Mining and Energy district president Stephen Smyth has used the job cuts to again blast the practice of casualisation and outso...

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Sep 22, 2020
Mine death case adjourned to December

Mine death case adjourned to December

Middlemount Coal and three senior mine staff members are due to face court in December over the workplace death of David Routledge last year. The matter was listed for mention at the Mackay Industrial Magistrates Court today (September 22), when it was adjourned to December 15. Mr Routledge, from South Mackay, was operating an excavator on June 26 last year when a high wall collapsed on to...

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Sep 16, 2020
Day of reflection takes new format in COVID-19 era

Day of reflection takes new format in COVID-19 era

Queensland’s annual memorial for fallen mine workers will be livestreamed online for the general public for the first time in 2020. The official 2020 Miners Memorial Day ceremony will be held at the State Miners Memorial at Redbank on Saturday, September 19 at 10.30am. A closed-set, professionally staged production of the service will be live-streamed to the public as a Resources Safety &...

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Sep 10, 2020
Wheel commitment to mental health message

Wheel commitment to mental health message

Think your site went big on RU OK? Day? Well BHP’s Hay Point Coal Terminal team went wheelie big. They decided to dedicate their new stacker reclaimer bucket wheel to the R U OK? cause. Weighing an impressive 11 tonnes and measuring almost 7m in diameter, the wheel was manufactured in Mackay and took four months to fabricate. In a piece shared on social media, BHP said it...

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Sep 10, 2020
Governor pays tribute at miners’ memorial

Governor pays tribute at miners’ memorial

Queensland’s Governor has paid tribute to those killed in the mining industry, taking the opportunity to lay a wreath at the Moranbah Miners’ Memorial during a visit to the coalfields community. Paul de Jersey was visiting Moranbah as part of the sixth Regional Government House program, which saw the Governor and Mrs Kaye de Jersey undertaking vice-regal duties from Gladstone fro...

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Sep 08, 2020
Top line-up for national resources awards

Top line-up for national resources awards

The finalists for the BHP 2020 Women in Resources National Awards have been announced, featuring 37 inspiring people across six categories. Queensland contenders include Jo Best from Hastings Deering in Brisbane (Dyno Nobel Exceptional Woman in Australian Resources Award) and Kathryn Young from BHP’s Peak Downs Mine in Moranbah (Newcrest Exceptional Young Woman in Australian Resources Award)...

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Sep 01, 2020
New safety measures to fight lung dust disease

New safety measures to fight lung dust disease

New standards apply from this week to reduce coal and silica dust exposure for workers in Queensland’s quarries and mines. The allowable limit for respirable coal dust is cut to 1.5 milligrams per cubic metre from 2.5 and from 1 to 0.05 milligrams per cubic metre for silica dust. The measure follows a nationwide review by Safework Australia and aims to protect workers from t...

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Aug 07, 2020
Count on mining to prevent COVID-19 spread

Count on mining to prevent COVID-19 spread

Queenslanders can count on the resources industry to continue to strictly comply with all government protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community, said the Queensland Resources Council (QRC). The industry was working closely with the State Government and office of the Chief Health Officer (CHO) to prevent the spread of the virus, especially into regional areas, and will do what...

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