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Bandanna Energy Ltd`s managing director, Michael Gray, has told the Gladstone Observer that its mine at Springsure Creek is set to become Australia`s next major thermal coal project, providing a ton of mining jobs for the Gladstone region.
The project has two main parts: the Springsure Creek Coal Mine Project and the Springsure Creek Agricultural Project. The purpose of the Springsure Creek Project is to demonstrate that underground longwall mining can co-exist with agriculture.
It is located in the Bowen Basin approximately 47 kilometres south east of the town of Emerald, and is known as the Springsure Creek Coal Mine. The underground mine is expected to be in operation for 40 years producing up to 11 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of thermal coal, to be extracted using the longwall method.
Mr Gray, said because of its size and high coal quality, location close to existing infrastructure, contracted port and rail capacity, competitive cost structure and advanced approvals, the mine was positioned well for the future.
Bandanna Energy is a 14% shareholder in the huge Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal (WICET) project, and Mr Gray will be one of the speakers at the Gladstone Engineering Alliance’s Golding Major Industry Conference this week.
When asked if his company was bringing jobs to the region and what sort of production he expected to go through the Gladstone Port, Mr Gray said:
“The project will involve 380 direct full-time and 560 flow-on jobs in 2015. When fully operational the project will employ more than 580 full-time employees.
“We have a 4Mtpa contract for export through Gladstone. We do have plans for expansion of the project to ultimately more than 11Mtpa and hope to obtain additional capacity at Wiggins over the long term”ť.
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Mining companies are searching to hire individuals who have a track record of being `safety-aware`. New workers who can demonstrate maturity and can follow safety instructions will always be sought after by mining recruiters and employers.
“being safety-aware and adapting to a mining culture”ť
Another point to make here is ““ whilst many people who are searching to get into the mines may not have much or indeed any mining experience ““ simply possessing a mindset of continual improvement, being safety-aware and adapting to a mining culture are some of the keys to scoring a mining job for the many thousands of people who have no previous mining experience.
Some of the big Australian mining companies are even today, hiring people with no or relatively little mining experience and they also offer exceptional safety training via specific site inductions. With hundreds of mines currently operating in Australia and new ones still to be developed, there are many vacancies waiting to be filled by people who are actively searching.
A shortage of unskilled and skilled labour
Increasing demand for minerals such as metallurgical coal, coking coal gold, copper and nickel globally, has been at all time high and this has created a shortage of unskilled and skilled labour in the Australian mining industry.
People are now changing their professions to take up mining jobs, as they chase the juicy benefits of high wages and favourable working conditions associated with a FIFO. Even for new starters who have found mining jobs with no experience, can expect bigger pay packets compared to other industries in Australia.
There are also many pilot-programs offered by mining companies in conjunction with the Australian Government. Some of these involve mining apprenticeships for all ages. These employment and job-search programs provide incentives for unemployed people to take up the many mining jobs that require little or no mining experience. Such jobs can be can be found on the online mining jobs boards like SEEK, Career One and Indeed.
People searching for jobs in the mining industry with no mining skills or experience in a mining environment, can work confidently alongside experienced mine workers as assistants, caterers, cleaners or simply doing a variety of kitchen-hand and food preparation jobs.
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Some courses you can do if you`re thinking of applying for mining jobs
- Standard 11 Induction Training Mining Induction (recommended)
- Dump Truck / Haul Truck Driver Course
- A Heavy Rigid (HR) licence (not essential in QLD but often seen as favourable in WA for haul truck jobs)
- Working at Heights (recommended)
- Enter and Work in Confined Spaces (recommended)
- 4WD License or Light Vehicle Course. (recommended)
Reference: Mining jobs for Gladstone.
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About the Bowen Basin
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.
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.