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Safety and health

Mar 26, 2020
Mining companies urged to step up COVID-19 measures

Mining companies urged to step up COVID-19 measures

Mining companies will be required to submit specific plans to Queensland Health about interstate worker procedures amid calls for the industry to step up coronavirus protections. Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said  all state, territory and national resources ministers had agreed that the sector was essential to maintaining a strong Australian economy. “However, public safety… ...

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Mar 26, 2020
Strategies to separate FIFO workers from communities

Strategies to separate FIFO workers from communities

The mining sector is implementing procedures under a national protocol to slow the spread of COVID-19, including strategies to separate FIFO workers from regional communities, the Queensland Resources Council says. “We have worked with the industry across the country to develop national protocols to protect our staff, our families, our suppliers, our communities, our State,… ...

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Mar 26, 2020
Miners risk social licence in COVID-19 failings: MP

Miners risk social licence in COVID-19 failings: MP

The mining industry will be ‘picking up the pieces’ of its social licence to operate in regional and remote areas of Queensland if it does not do more to avoid the spread of COVID-19, a local MP warns. Member for Traeger Robbie Katter has been pushing to quarantine North, North West and South-Western Queensland from… ...

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Mar 25, 2020
Glencore details steps to stop COVID-19 spread

Glencore details steps to stop COVID-19 spread

Glencore has outlined a range of measures it is taking across copper and zinc operations to minimise the spread and impact of COVID-19. The company said its COVID-19 Strategic Response Team was following a Trigger Action Response Plan which set out response and actions against the situation as it continued to evolve. Measures include additional… ...

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Mar 24, 2020
Border closure not aimed at interstate workers

Border closure not aimed at interstate workers

People travelling to and from work, including FIFO mine workers, are exempt from new restrictions which see Queensland closing its borders for the first time in more than a century. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the border restrictions were essential to slow the spread of coronavirus on the advice of the chief health officer Dr Jeannette… ...

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Mar 21, 2020
Special meeting to address COVID-19 response

Special meeting to address COVID-19 response

Gladstone Regional Council will call a special meeting next Tuesday to discuss a proposed COVID-19 support package for the Gladstone region. The proposed package would contain:  Rent relief in Council owned and leased facilities  Extension of time for Food licensing by six months  Extension of time on Trade Waste licensing by six… ...

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Mar 20, 2020
Community lockdowns a new challenge for Qld miners

Community lockdowns a new challenge for Qld miners

Diatreme Resources is among the mining and exploration companies impacted by restrictions on entry to Cape York and Gulf Indigenous communities as COVID-19 measures increase. The company plans to develop a new silica mine at its Galalar project, about 200km north of Cairns, in partnership with the traditional owners, Hopevale Congress. Only last month Diatreme… ...

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Mar 20, 2020
Coal dust danger reassessed

Coal dust danger reassessed

A James Cook University scientist claims it’s likely miners’ exposure to dangerous coal dust has been underestimated, as the communities they live in are polluted too. Associate Professor Gunther Paul from JCU’s Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) was one of an international team of scientists who analysed Australia National Pollutant Inventory (NPI)… ...

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Mar 19, 2020
Mining sector’s ‘people first’ approach to virus response

Mining sector’s ‘people first’ approach to virus response

Temperature checks at mine site entries and staggered crib breaks are among the measures being taken across Queensland’s resources industry to curb the spread of COVID-19. Queensland Resources Council chief executive Ian Macfarlane said the QRC COVID-19 Working Group today shared information and responses to the virus. “As an industry, we are following the advice of… ...

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