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Jun 18, 2021
Fully autonomous blasthole drilling

Fully autonomous blasthole drilling

Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions is evolving its Leopard™ DI650i down-the-hole (DTH) drill rig to support fully autonomous operation.   This meant shifting from individual automated tasks and sequences towards a genuine ecosystem of automation platforms and operating with a connected fleet of automated mining equipment, said Product Manager, Surface Drilling Jari Läntinen. “This ...

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Jun 17, 2021
Rio Tinto confirms Peter Cunningham as Chief Financial Officer

Rio Tinto confirms Peter Cunningham as Chief Financial Officer

Rio Tinto has appointed Peter Cunningham as Chief Financial Officer with immediate effect.  He’ll earn a 700,000 pound base salary with a 100 per cent target annual bonus opportunity. Mr Cunningham, who has been Interim Chief Financial Officer since 1 January 2021, will also join the Rio Tinto Board as an executive director at the… ...

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Jun 17, 2021
Queensland bucks the trend as national population growth rate stagnates

Queensland bucks the trend as national population growth rate stagnates

Australia’s annual population growth had fallen to its slowest rate since 1916 said Housing Industry Association Chief Economist Tim Reardon. New ABS data shows the estimated resident population in all states and territories. This is the compilation of the natural rate of population growth, overseas migration and interstate migration. Australia’s population growth rate had averaged… ...

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Jun 17, 2021
On the front foot recruiting for engineers

On the front foot recruiting for engineers

Queensland’s resources sector is on the hunt for at least 50 Gen Z students to register their interest in studying mining engineering as part of a campaign to address a chronic skills shortage. The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has launched a statewide digital campaign to encourage young Queenslanders in high school or first-year university to choose mining engineering&nbs...

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Jun 17, 2021
Big step for junior vanadium miner

Big step for junior vanadium miner

Junior critical minerals miner QEM has made a big step forward for its Julia Creek vanadium and oil shale project in northwest Queensland. The company has engaged E2C Advisory to undertake the design and selection of the bench-scale pilot plant to facilitate more advanced test work on a larger scale. Specialist manufacturer AMAR Equipment is… ...

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Jun 16, 2021
Golden milestone for new Pajingo mine decline

Golden milestone for new Pajingo mine decline

Minjar Gold’s Pajingo operation has struck gold from a fresh major ore source as it continues to develop a new decline. Development ore is being processed from the Steph orebody, intersected as part of the Lynne project at Pajingo, 50km south of Charters Towers. It is a milestone for the decline  project, which will provide… ...

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Jun 16, 2021
Mining rights clarified as state cleans house

Mining rights clarified as state cleans house

The state government’s cleaning house to, what it says, make life easier for miners. The Resources and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 would clarify some administrative aspects of mining and petroleum leases said Resources Minister Scott Stewart.  The proposed amendments would clarify that any leases approved between 1989 and 2010 under the Mineral Resources Act 1989 and… ...

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Jun 16, 2021
Environmental review hailed as a game changer by mining peak body

Environmental review hailed as a game changer by mining peak body

A peak mining body has hailed changes flagged in a review of the federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act saying the gates are opening wider for more timely approvals on development. The Commonwealth Government’s timeline and progress report on major reforms to the EPBC Act provides stakeholders with clarity and certainty said Minerals Council of… ...

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Jun 16, 2021
Expressions of Interest for Miners’ Memorial Advisory Committee

Expressions of Interest for Miners’ Memorial Advisory Committee

Mount Isa residents who are interested in joining an advisory committee focused on the development of a miners’ memorial in the city are being encouraged to put forward their expressions of interest. Related: Push for memorial to honour Mount Isa’s lost miners The Miners’ Memorial Advisory Committee aims to give representatives from the community, government… ...

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