In what`s being called an addition to WA`s skills shortage, Gina Rinehart`s $7 billion iron ore mine in the Pilbara will need at least 10,000 workers to achieve operational status.
And in spite of youth unemployment being 19 per cent in the region and going as high as 28 per cent in one area, project operators Roy Hill applied to the federal Enterprise Migration Agreement (EMA) in an effort to make it easier for them to import overseas workers to fill mining job vacancies when the time comes.
Fearing foreign semi-skilled workers will dominate the work; Hill`s application for the EMA raised the ire of Unions WA who says locals should be trained for the mine jobs. A spokesman for Roy Hill responded by saying 2000 of the 10,000 mining jobs would be “highly paid” permanent positions intended for Australian residents.
Locals first choice for jobs
According to the Roy Hill spokesman, locals would be first choice for the remaining 8000 mine jobs, but labour market analysts had predicted not enough mining and construction workers would be found in Australia. He added that under EMA rules, employers had to show that local workers were unavailable before searching overseas to fill the vacancies for the numerous mining job positions.
Unions WA secretary Simone McGurk said minerals the mining industry relied on are owned by West Australians and their extraction is a one-off.
McGurk added: “Once they’re gone, they’re gone. So we only get one shot at securing long-term benefits, such as employment for our kids.”
$7bn iron ore project needs 10,000 workers
iMINCO Mining Information
Learn more about the Bowen Basin mining location.
The Bowen Basin contains the largest coal reserves in Australia. This major coal producing region contains one of the worldâ€™s largest deposits of bituminous coal.
The Basin contains much of the known Permian coal resources in Queensland including virtually all of the known mineable prime coking coal. It was named for the Bowen River, itself named after Queenslandâ€™s first Governor, Sir George Bowen.
The Bowen Basin covers an area of over 60,000 square kilometres in Central Queensland running from Collinsville to Theodore and is dotted with many coal mines operated by multiple mining companies.
Caterpillar Haul truck 793
The 793F has a load cpacityof 226.8 ton (US) and a top speed of 60 kilometres an hour. It's a turbocharged air-to-air aftercooled diesel engine that has enhanced power management capability for maximum hauling performance. The C175-16 is a 16-cylinder, four-stroke design that uses long, effective power strokes for optimum efficiency.
The 793F, is an autonomous-driven truck. Over 100 793F trucks are now operating via Command for hauling, the Cat autonomous truck operations system, which is a part of Cat MineStarâ„˘
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Resources and Infrastructure Industry (RII)
Commonly refered to as Black Coal Competency (BCC), the RII competency is one that can be attained by an operator who has previously worked in the industry and has completed a number of operating hours on various types of machinery.
RII competency is granted to prove correct and safe operation of mine site machinery. It is a very useful qualification to have, as it confirms the operator has the required experience and expertise.
You can transfer your nationally recognised civil Excavator, Front End Loader or Dozer tickets only to RII Black Coal Competencies.