NSW coal mining ban under review - more NSW jobs needed

NSW coal mining ban under review – new mine plans revealed

Planned new coal mine to breathe life into NSW mining jobs

NSW coal mining has been hit hard over the last year or so as coal prices hamper the development of new mines and put additional pressure on existing operations.

Just when you think there is no light at the end of the tunnel, news last week from NSW lifted the spirits of coal workers in the Hunter Valley area. The Hunter Valley in NSW is well known for its coal mining history – an industry that has provided much needed jobs and security for the many workers and communities they live in.

iMINCO was pleased to hear about the Upper Hunter Shire Council’s plans to review its policy which at the moment bans open cut coal mining.

Plans are underway for a brand new coal mine west of Aberdeen.

Muswellbrook Coal Company briefed the local council on its West Muswellbrook project, which is already on its way to the Mining and Petroleum Gateway Panel for an assessment of its development proposal.

Deputy mayor Wayne Bedggood said he had expectations that the open-cut mining policy would be overhauled within the next few months.

Councillor Bedggood said the talks with Muswellbrook Coal have started positively and there is a lot of positivity about this, although as the holiday season approaches, things may slow down a bit.

“They couldn’t give us a lot of detail about the actual mine plan, but they have promised to release that to us, hopefully in mid-December when it goes before the gateway process,” he said.

“They’re going to come back to us at council and have a chat to us and give us a lot more detail, at which time we’ll be able to think about the impacts that it’ll have on the shire, because we’ll know exactly where the pits are proposed.”

Although the Muswellbrook Coal Company has indicated its plans for a new mine and the subsequent creation of more mining jobs for NSW coal workers, there is still a long way to go.

iMINCO Project News

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.

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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.

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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