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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… ...

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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… ...

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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 Pal...

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Aug 09, 2020
Glencore rolls out coal mine stoppages to cut volume

Glencore rolls out coal mine stoppages to cut volume

Glencore has announced temporary shutdowns at its Newlands and Collinsville coal operations. Workers will be required to take leave to co-incide with the September school holidays. It is part of a push to reduce Australian coal volumes by about seven million tonnes against a backdrop of poor returns. The company also plans to roll out… ...

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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… ...

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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… ...

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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,… ...

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Jun 25, 2020
Mining resilient in face of COVID-19 jobs blow

Mining resilient in face of COVID-19 jobs blow

Employment in Queensland’s resources sector has defied COVID-19 impacts with only a 1 per cent drop in direct jobs in the May quarter. The bigger picture for Australian jobs – painted by the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures – is a 6.5 per cent drop in employment between February and May (more than 800,000 people), while… ...

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Jun 23, 2020
Adani marks Carmichael coal milestone

Adani marks Carmichael coal milestone

Adani has marked 12 months since the start of construction of its Carmichael coal and rail project with a visual wrap-up of project highlights. It includes this month’s awarding of a $350 million-plus civil construction contract to Queensland-based BMD. The BMD work package is expected to generate 600 jobs and the company says the majority of… ...

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