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Aug 07, 2020
DriveIT NQ Construction underway creating 50 jobs

DriveIT NQ Construction underway creating 50 jobs

Heavy machinery has moved in and work is underway on a long-awaited driver education and motorsport precinct for Townsville. Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said construction on Stage 1 of DriveIT NQ in Calcium was excellent news for the region. “This is much-needed construction activity supporting 50 jobs at a time when our community really needs them,”… ...

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Aug 05, 2020
Coal safety boss grilled on union cold-shoulder concerns

Coal safety boss grilled on union cold-shoulder concerns

Queensland’s Chief Inspector of Coal Mines has denied allegations of a deteriorating relationship with union check inspectors or pushing them out of investigations. Peter Newman was giving evidence on day two of the public hearings of the Coal Mining Board of Inquiry, called after an explosion at Grosvenor mine in May injured five men.  He was… ...

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Aug 05, 2020
Inspectorate has a hard time filling vacancies

Inspectorate has a hard time filling vacancies

Queensland’s Mines Inspectorate has difficulty filling positions and remains below strength, the Coal Mining Board of Inquiry has heard. Chief Inspector of Coal Mines Peter Antony Newman was among the State officials giving evidence on the first day of public hearings. He spoke of the qualifications required for inspectors, and noted that those with the… ...

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Aug 04, 2020
Coal safety Board of Inquiry kicks off public hearings

Coal safety Board of Inquiry kicks off public hearings

The Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry is set to begin public hearings in Brisbane today. The Board of Inquiry was established to investigate the serious accident at Grosvenor mine near Moranbah on May 6 in which five coal mine workers were injured. It is also looking into various high potential incidents involving long-wall related… ...

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Jul 31, 2020
Get to grips with mine fire risks and responses

Get to grips with mine fire risks and responses

Ken Thomas is the director at Total Fire Solutions, a fire suppression systems provider in Australia and the Asia Pacific region. He says his vision is to create a ‘one-stop shop’ fire protection company committed to NSW and Queensland mining and heavy industry. He has provided some pointers highlighting key fire prevention and control measures… ...

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Jul 30, 2020
Carborough Downs coal fall investigation continues

Carborough Downs coal fall investigation continues

Mining activities in development areas at Carborough Downs remain suspended as investigations continue into an incident that left two workers injured on Monday night. Paramedics transported a man in his 20s and another in his 30s to Moranbah hospital, but both were discharged by the next day. Mine owner Fitzroy Resources said they were struck by… ...

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Jul 30, 2020
Grosvenor coal mine to remain offline for a year

Grosvenor coal mine to remain offline for a year

Anglo American will permanently seal the section of longwall panel at the Grosvenor coal mine where a blast in May injured five men and does not expect to restart the Bowen Basin site’s production until the second half of 2021. The move to seal off the area will result in a $75 million write-down relating… ...

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Jul 28, 2020
Two injured in coal fall at Carborough Downs

Two injured in coal fall at Carborough Downs

Two men were injured when coal fell from a rib in a development area at the Carborough Downs underground mine last night. It comes within weeks of an incident described as a localised ignition of methane gas, which caused activity to be suspended in the mine’s development panels. Mine owner Fitzroy Resources said first aid… ...

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Jul 14, 2020
Sealing to control Grosvenor coal heating issues

Sealing to control Grosvenor coal heating issues

Anglo American has confirmed it is taking further steps to control an overheating issue on the longwall at Grosvenor coal mine, the scene of an explosion that injured five men in May. A company spokeswoman said temporary sealing was being undertaken in a section of the mine which had experienced issues of coal heating since… ...

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