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Mines In Queensland

Mines In Queensland Are Part Of The Landscape

Mines In QueenslandMines in Queensland have been a way of life since the late 1800`s, when gold and other precious metals were first discovered there. Not long after, the first vein of coal was found and the mining industry took off and never looked back. Today, mining remains one of the largest and most profitable industries in all of Australia, and especially so in Queensland.

Many mines have opened and closed over the years as individual veins were worked to capacity. Fortunately, the natural resources of the country seem to be so rich that whenever one vein is tapped out, another is discovered. One of the oldest operations was the Mount Morgan Mines, which closed in 1981 after 99 years in operation. That particular facility produced gold and copper and was one of the more successful operations in the entire region.

When discussing mines in Queensland, it is important to note the wide range of natural resources produced here. Precious metals such as gold, silver and copper are one end of the spectrum with coal representing the fossil fuel arena. The continuing push for sustainable energy resources has kept coal at the forefront of the commercial market and coal-mining operations remain some of the most valuable of all excavations.

Among the more unique mining operations is the Mount Isa Mines. Run by the Xstrata Corporation, these vast excavations produce copper, lead, zinc and silver. These rich veins were first tapped into in the 1920`s and since then, they have seen the present day city of Mount Isa grow up around them. The city currently has a population of just over 21, 000 with another 30,000 in the surrounding district.

What makes Mount Isa stand out among mines in Queensland is how vast the operation is and how it is almost the sole source of income and commerce in the city. Not only are the mines themselves located here, but the city also houses large smelting facilities as well. In fact, Mount Isa is one of the top two mining and smelting operations in the entire country.

Of course, not all mining is done underground and the region sports quite a few open pit operations as well. These include New Oakleigh Mine and Peak Downs Mine, both of which use heavy equipment like front end loaders to extract from their particular deposits. Whether above or below ground, there is little doubt that this region owes its livelihood to the industry.

Like many mining communities, mines in Queensland tend to be run by tight-knit groups who stick together through good times and bad. The inherent dangers of the industry leave workers and their families open to many forms of illness and injury, but safety standards are also higher here than in almost any other mining centre on the planet and that has been reflected in injury and casualty numbers that have gradually declined over the years.

Mining may be a rough and tumble profession, but it has been embraced in this region unlike any other. The dedication, strength, and determination of workers at every level of the industry stands out along with the rich bounty of Queensland`s natural resources. It has been and remains the crown jewel of Australia`s mining industry with good reason.iminco logo

Mines In Queensland

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 world’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 Queensland’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

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 MineStar™

Read more about the CAT 793 automomous mining dump truck on our website.

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.

Find out more about RII Competencies here

You can transfer your nationally recognised civil Excavator, Front End Loader or Dozer tickets only to RII Black Coal Competencies.

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