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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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Aug 07, 2020
Mining shires show how to handle a pandemic

Mining shires show how to handle a pandemic

Pandemic and opportunity have combined to put mining shires on the winners podium when it comes to keeping the economy afloat. And Cloncurry takes the gold medal. The ‘big shire, few people, enormous resource wealth’ profile of the region 800kms west of Townsville has attracted unsolicited exploration attention by helping maintain production in the face of restrictions that have cripple...

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Jul 29, 2020
Women in technology take centre stage

Women in technology take centre stage

There’s been a good response to the call for nominations to the 2020 Queensland Women in Technology (WiT) Awards despite the disruptions of COVID-19.  For the first time, a regional award has been introduced to recognise and encourage women who are using science and technology to advance regional industries and communities.  The WiT Awards have grown dramatically since Women in Tech...

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Jul 06, 2020
Lessons from Defence in managing postings

Lessons from Defence in managing postings

The business of mining can be rewarding but it throws up challenges for both the staff member, his or her partner and the kids. The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has a sophisticated program for helping its members handle remote area work demands. In the first of a series of articles, the ADF outlines its approach to tackling issues involving postings. That includes changing bases, state...

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Jul 01, 2020
New era for mining safety regulation in Queensland

New era for mining safety regulation in Queensland

Queensland’s new mining safety laws came into effect this week, with executives facing up to 20 years’ jail if workers die because of their criminal negligence. Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said industrial manslaughter became an offence from July 1 in Queensland’s resources sector – better protecting the state’s 66,000 sector workers. “Sadly eight workers have died on th...

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Jun 08, 2020
Mining growth to lead recovery

Mining growth to lead recovery

Miners and the supply chain were expecting to increase staff numbers post COVID19. The Queensland government was also called out for praise in its handling of the pandemic. That’s all in the new ‘state of the sector’ report released by the Queensland Resources Council. A survey of the State’s top resource leaders in May found strong momentum towards employment growth ...

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Jun 05, 2020
University of Queensland Geoscience institutions merge

University of Queensland Geoscience institutions merge

There’ll be a merger of two key geoscience institutions at the University of Queensland. The Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC) and UQ Holding’s technology transfer company JKTech, are integrating their activities under a single management structure.The move would consolidate and strengthen both organisations said Managing Director of the Sustainable Minerals Instit...

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May 13, 2020
Calls to fast-track industrial manslaughter laws

Calls to fast-track industrial manslaughter laws

The miners’ union has called on the Queensland Government to bring forward the passage of new laws extending industrial manslaughter offences to the state’s mining industry. It comes in the wake of last week’s accident at Grosvenor coal mine.  CFMEU Mining and Energy Queensland President Stephen Smyth has written to Queensland Mines Minister Anthony Lynham calling for the urgent prog...

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