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Aug 03, 2020
Change in the air at George Fisher underground mine

Change in the air at George Fisher underground mine

Glencore has boosted ventilation capacity with a significant infrastructure project at Mount Isa’s George Fisher underground mine. The upgrade would allow for the safe extraction of a mining block affectionately known as ‘the blob’ due to the unique shape of the orebody, the company said. The project involved drilling two 335m deep shafts − a fresh air intake and a return air sh...

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Aug 03, 2020
Deal to see Tick Hill stockpiles processed at Lorena

Deal to see Tick Hill stockpiles processed at Lorena

Carnaby Resources is selling historical tailings stockpiles at the Tick Hill gold project for $6 million to private mining and processing entity BIM Metals. BIM will transport the Tick Hill stockpiles to the BIM-operated Lorena gold processing plant once final government permitting is received. Carnaby Resources says the transaction will provide a cash boost for its exploration activities. ...

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Jul 20, 2020
What mining can learn from Defence personnel management

What mining can learn from Defence personnel management

In past weeks, iQ has been looking at the similarities between the mining industry and the Australian Defence Force in terms of managing stresses on personnel. This week we look at the primary relationship between the staff member and families, not only when they’re away, but when they return from onsite. How does Defence manage it? Time apart due to deployments, training or other ...

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Jul 20, 2020
Rockfire delves deeper at NQ gold tenements

Rockfire delves deeper at NQ gold tenements

Rockfire Resources is kicking off a new drilling campaign at its Plateau gold prospect, spurred on by similarities to the 1.5Moz-plus Mount Wright gold deposit. The company recently raised the equivalent of more than $1.8 million through a share placement to fund work at Plateau, which is within its Lighthouse tenement area about 50km south-east of Charters Towers. The plan is to complete...

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Jul 14, 2020
How Defence does it – education

How Defence does it – education

Mining and Defence have a lot in common. Both can be technical exercises, both require high levels of skills and enormous logistics. Like mining, the action for soldiers, sailors and air force members is very rarely close to home. In the second of this series we look at the services offered to ADF families to help educate children. What can the mining industry learn? Defence recognis...

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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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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 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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