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Feb 23, 2021
Suppliers urged to speak up on ‘anti-resources activism’

Suppliers urged to speak up on ‘anti-resources activism’

The Queensland Resources Council is urging businesses supplying the mining sector to have their say in an inquiry into the impact of recent banking and insurance policy changes on export industries. The QRC plans to highlight the impact of ‘anti-resources activism’ on the ability of some businesses to renew insurance policies and their ability to access finance. This will be part of its sub...

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Feb 19, 2021
Queensland exploration riding high

Queensland exploration riding high

Strong commodity prices are expected to help fuel a continued climb in exploration spending in Queensland, after a 77 per cent rise in the past three years, a peak group says. Queensland Exploration Council chair Kim Wainwright said exploration expenditure in the state had been robust over most of the past 10 years, apart from a drop in 2015-17, but had been on a steep upwards trajectory sinc...

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Feb 19, 2021
National strategy to help boost resource workforce

National strategy to help boost resource workforce

Ensuring that people living in regional communities are ready for work opportunities in the resource sector is a major focus of a new national strategy. The Federal Government released Australia’s National Resources Workforce Strategy this week, highlighting the need to make sure Australia has the skilled workers needed to meet future demand. Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Austr...

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Feb 16, 2021
WA miner deploys driverless utes

WA miner deploys driverless utes

Fortescue Metals Group has turned four Ford Rangers into driverless utes at its Chichester Hub mining operations in Western Australia. With the assistance of Ford Australia, the Ford Rangers have been retrofitted with an on-board vehicle automation system. This features an integrated Lidar/Radar perception system for obstacle detection and avoidance, an independent safety management and fa...

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Feb 15, 2021
Drilling industry courts women

Drilling industry courts women

The drilling industry is encouraging more women into its ranks. Most drill rigs are still single-sex says Australian Drilling Industry Association board member, Charters Towers driller and outlier Sally Forgan. Ms Forgan says there’s pressure to change the balance. “There is a shortage in our industry … especially attracting new talent to the pool is quite problematic sometimes,” she say...

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Feb 12, 2021
Komatsu mining truck with emissions-busting tech

Komatsu mining truck with emissions-busting tech

Komatsu has commissioned the first Tier 4 Final version of its 930E-5 ultra-class mining truck in Australia. The emission control technology, which meets the most stringent North American and EU emissions regulations, has been adopted by Komatsu Australia to meet a client’s specific operational needs. Komatsu’s Tier 4 Final compliant 930E-5 incorporates an on-board after-treatment system th...

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Feb 11, 2021
Queensland primed to lead the way says peak group

Queensland primed to lead the way says peak group

Queensland is poised to become a global leader in the supply of a raft of key minerals needed to create renewable energy, says Queensland Exploration Council chair Kim Wainwright. Speaking in the lead-up to the QEC’s annual exploration forum in Brisbane on February 19, Ms Wainwright said local exploration companies were busier than ever across all commodity sectors. “We are seeing renewed e...

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Feb 11, 2021
Drilling business DDH1 launches $150m IPO

Drilling business DDH1 launches $150m IPO

Australian drilling firm DDH1 Group has launched a $150 million initial public offering valuing the company at $376.5 million. The group comprises the three brands DDH1 Drilling, Strike Drilling and Ranger Drilling. Founded in 2006, it operates a fleet of 96 mineral drilling rigs to support drilling programs throughout Australia. The prospectus indicates the business is expected to del...

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Feb 11, 2021
Lack of drilling staff sours cream conditions

Lack of drilling staff sours cream conditions

The lack of qualified drilling staff could take the glint off the current gold-lined period operators in mineral industries are enjoying says the peak industry body. Australian Drilling Industry Association chief executive officer Peter Hall says the industry is very strong, with buoyant iron ore and gold markets that have been allowed to continue operating during the pandemic.  A lack of s...

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