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Aug 17, 2020
Have a plan to survive FIFO

Have a plan to survive FIFO

A former high performance AFL coach has lent his experience to the world of fly-in, fly-out. John Toomey is about to publish a book called ‘Mastering the FIFO Lifestyle’. John has form as ‘wellness thought leader’, having been the Richmond football club’s high performance coach during the ’90s. He has drawn on a range of philosophies and hard medical approaches to...

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Aug 13, 2020
Geoscientists buck the COVID-19 jobs trend

Geoscientists buck the COVID-19 jobs trend

Employment rates for Australian geoscientists have improved in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. Nationally, unemployment decreased in the last quarter to 8.6 per cent from 10 per cent in the March quarter, according to the latest Australian Institute of Geoscientists report. Underemployment fell to 17.4 per cent from 18.1 per cent in the same period. “The level of improvement observed ...

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Aug 12, 2020
MIM ponders copper smelter  future

MIM ponders copper smelter future

Glencore is playing its cards close to its chest on the future of the copper smelter in Mount Isa. A four-year extension was due for review this year. In the past, the owner has made a decision to continue smelting copper contingent on operating under legacy environmental standards. Mount Isa City Council and the Australian Workers Union have called on Glencore to secure a future for worker...

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Aug 10, 2020
Projects roadmap to ‘unlock the North’ and create jobs

Projects roadmap to ‘unlock the North’ and create jobs

Peak NQ economic development group Townsville Enterprise has launched a roadmap to ‘unlock the North’, listing key local projects to help power the nation’s economic recovery. The Unlock the North: Townsville North Queensland Projects and Policies document was developed with TaskforceNQ and the regional councils of Townsville, Burdekin, Charters Towers, Hinchinbrook, and...

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Aug 07, 2020
Another record for Hastings Deering apprenticeships

Another record for Hastings Deering apprenticeships

Hastings Deering has been swamped by a record 2695 applications for its 2021 apprentice intake after applications closed in July.  The mining and construction support company opened applications for 40 positions in June for four weeks, with over 1000 applications in the first week alone. The company logged a record year for its 2020 apprenticeships with figures up by 30 per cent on the...

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Aug 07, 2020
Smelter issue smouldering

Smelter issue smouldering

There’s pressure on Glencore to commit to the future of the Mount Isa Mines’ copper smelter. A four year extension is due for review this year. In the past, Glencore has made a decision to continue smelting copper contingent on operating under legacy environmental standards. The smelter and its stack are defining images for the city and Mayor Danielle Slade said the contributio...

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Jul 08, 2020
Resilient regional Queensland – comment

Resilient regional Queensland – comment

Craig Stack is a long time Townsville businessman who has contributed on a number of levels including as president of the Chamber of Commerce. As a partner in Knight Frank, Craig has an eye on the bellweather property industry which he’ll be reporting from in regular blogs for iQ Industry Queensland. In this first contribution, Craig notes how well regional Queensland has managed the pand...

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Jun 22, 2020
Drilling for work and lifestyle opportunities

Drilling for work and lifestyle opportunities

Greek philosopher Socrates, somewhere around 400BC, said ‘beware the bareness of the busy life’.  General manager of Eagle Drilling NQ Sally Forgan draws on that sentiment by adopting the ‘work hard, rest easy’ philosophy. That’s more easily done in Charters Towers, where the surface exploration drilling company bases its operations, she says. The ‘Towers’ is one of the ol...

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Jun 16, 2020
Moves to tackle green tape a boost for mining jobs

Moves to tackle green tape a boost for mining jobs

The mining industry will be able to create more jobs more quickly thanks to a federal commitment to slash delays in environmental approvals, a peak group says. “Faster approvals for mines and other major projects will support the investment and jobs Australia needs to recover more quickly from the COVID-19 pandemic,” Minerals Council of Australia chief executive officer Tania Constable sai...

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