Pat Madigan knows more about the mill operations at Minjar Gold’s Pajingo Mine than most; he’s been there for 30 years.
“I came to Pajingo on a four-month contract and am still here,” Mr Madigan said.
Now 66, Mr Madigan was raised in small country towns on the Queensland and New South Wales border with his farming family on wheat, sheep and cattle properties.
He met his wife at “Wondavale Station” just outside of Charters Towers and they married before moving to the United States.
“Then a contract position came up at Pajingo as a crusher operator. I’ve stayed quite a bit longer than the original contract time, mostly due to the people here,” Mr Madigan said.
“We have a good crew at site, there are eight of us and we all get along well.”
Mr Madigan said he enjoyed the challenges of problem solving in his current role as a shift supervisor.
“The plant is well maintained and any issues which arise are usually pretty easy to solve, given I’ve seen most problems before in my 30 years here,” he said.
When he’s not at work, Pat enjoys volunteering with the local fire brigade and the state emergency service. He also has five adult children he enjoys spending time with, as well as his cattle and horses.
Pajingo mine is this month celebrating 30 years of operations, marking the milestone with an open day at the mine site on the weekend (November 18).
Owner Minjar Gold said it had invested heavily within Pajingo and both immediate and future growth term prospects for Pajingo’s continuation were very promising.
General manager Pajingo operations Kerry Payne said the plant had been under-utilised, however efforts were now paying off to see the plant operate on a full-time basis.
“We have begun exploring opportunities and recently completed our first parcel of third-party ore with the processing of material from the nearby Piccadilly gold project, owned by Cannindah Resources Limited,” he said.
“This was a significant win for both parties and we are assisting Cannindah Resources in developing their project at Piccadilly by providing an avenue for cash flow and filling the spare capacity in the Pajingo plant at the same time.
“As evidenced by the Piccadilly deal, Minjar has the capacity and the expertise to provide third parties with a treatment facility with excellent results.
“We have a well-maintained mill that can handle small right through to large scale processing projects.
“Our team has the right processing facilities and the experience to deal with a wide range of ore types, and this is a window of opportunity for Minjar to partner with others as we build on other opportunities in the medium term.”