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Nov 17, 2020
Workforce cuts at Hunter Valley coal site

Workforce cuts at Hunter Valley coal site

Hunter Valley Operations in New South Wales has announced plans to lay off contractors as a result of coal market doldrums. The cuts are expected to affect 84 contractor roles from a total workforce of about 1400. Glencore and Yancoal run the Hunter Valley Operations (HVO) in joint venture. “Hunter Valley Operations has initiated discussions with the mine’s workforce on changes that...

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Nov 16, 2020
Fears over Daunia jobs as automation rolls out

Fears over Daunia jobs as automation rolls out

Mining union the CFMEU is at loggerheads with BHP again, this time accusing the company of ‘job cuts in disguise’ over automation in the coalfields. The union says BHP has told labour hire workers at Daunia they will no longer be required after autonomous vehicles are introduced early next year, although there were no details on how many workers were involved. But BHP Mitsubishi...

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Nov 14, 2020
Storm smashes Peak Downs mine structures

Storm smashes Peak Downs mine structures

A severe storm lashed the Peak Downs site on Friday destroying a workshop and another large shed at the Bowen Basin coal mine. A BMA spokesman today confirmed no-one had been hurt in the incidents. “As the storm approached the safety procedures were enacted to ensure everyone was out of harm’s way,” he said. “Safety is our No.1 priority. “Operations are s...

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Nov 13, 2020
Union win in Operations Services legal battle

Union win in Operations Services legal battle

A key mining union says BHP should apologise to its workforce after the full bench of the Fair Work Commission found two Operations Services agreements could not be approved. However, the company maintains its Operations Services positions are an attractive offering with competitive rates. Vice-president Operations Services Mark Swinnerton said the company noted the decision by the Fair Wor...

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Nov 13, 2020
Mastermyne lands contract for new Dysart coal mine

Mastermyne lands contract for new Dysart coal mine

Mastermyne Group has sealed a deal to act as mining contractor for Bengal Coal’s proposed Dysart East Underground Coal Mine in the Bowen Basin. Mining lease approvals are in place for the production of about 1.9mtpa ROM of metallurgical coal, with current JORC reserves of 84 million tonnes and the potential for further expansion at the site, 7km east of Dysart. Mastermyne has been eng...

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Nov 12, 2020
Dalrymple Bay coal port IPO to raise $656m

Dalrymple Bay coal port IPO to raise $656m

Brookfield Asset Management plans to raise at least $656 million in the initial public offering of the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal, in which it will sell a 51 per cent stake. It comes after the Queensland Government this week confirmed it was taking a stake of almost 10 per cent in the Mackay region export facility amid plans for a $1.2 billion expansion. The Queensland Investment Corpor...

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Nov 12, 2020
Mastermyne lines up  Crinum operator role

Mastermyne lines up Crinum operator role

Mastermyne Group is continuing as mine operator at the Crinum underground site while owner Sojitz Blue finalises strategy and investment approval on a proposed restart of operations there. An underground mining services contract with Mastermyne, including provision of equipment, is under negotiation as part of that process. Sojitz Blue acquired the Gregory Crinum complex near Emerald from B...

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Nov 11, 2020
Palaszczuk reveals new Cabinet line-up

Palaszczuk reveals new Cabinet line-up

Townsville MP Scott Stewart has been named as the Resources Minister in Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s new-look Cabinet. Ms Palaszczuk revealed the full line-up for her ministry this afternoon after Governor of Queensland Paul de Jersey formally invited her to form government following the October 31 poll results. The Premier, in her third term, said the ministry reflected the import...

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Nov 10, 2020
Fitzgibbon bows out of resources role

Fitzgibbon bows out of resources role

Federal Opposition spokesman for resources Joel Fitzgibbon has quit the Shadow Cabinet saying Labor is spending too much time talking about climate change and not enough talking about the needs of its traditional base.  The move prompted Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia Keith Pitt to Mr Fitzgibbon’s should resign completely from Labor if he really was concerned ...

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