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Mining labour hire group One Key Resources could place 500 miners in jobs tomorrow due to the surging demand for qualified mining personnel, according to its’ managing director Grant Wechsel.

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Explosives Safety, Training & Security Products & Services December 19, 2014 Blastcon Pty Ltd is a company dedicated to safety and efficiency in the explosive and related industries. 01-Shotfiring-012Blastcon began in 2003 to meet the needs of mining personnel and assist them in understanding the application and implementation of the Explosives Legislation.

Blastcon became a Registered Training Organisation in December 2007 and is highly respected in providing quality, highly informative shotfirer training to Open Cut and Underground. Audits and Inspections Whether you are an SSE, Mine Manager, Supervisor, Shotfirer or an assistant, you all have a responsibility under the Explosives and Mining Acts. Glenn Hames is an ex-Inspector of Explosives with over 25 years experience in the explosives industry. Safety Management Systems and Procedures Blastcon has reviewed, developed and implemented Safety Management Systems for most major mining companies and contractors.

We keep ourselves up to date through industry forums, conferences and a close association with the Inspectorate. SSAN Security Plans Blastcon produced the first SSAN Security Plan in Australia for the BMA mines and has since implemented this plan into several other mines. We can do the same for you.

Seismic Drilling and Blasting Contractors and Open Cut Drilling and Blasting Contractors Blastcon can provide client’s with experienced Shotfiring services for Seismic Blasting and also Open Cut Loading and rock-on-ground contract services. Explosives Training – Becoming a Shotfirer in the Mining Industry In the past, the best way into a mining job was through the blast crew. Legislation has changed in most states, forced partly by safety but also by security. Now to get a position on a blast crew a person generally has to have some form of training in legislative responsibilities and safety in Handling, Transport and Storage of Explosives. Blastcon provide nationally recognised training programs to help you to achieve a position in the mining industry. Persons must be at least 18 years of age and have an acceptable Police and ASIO clearance certificate.

Blastcon provides an extensive range of training for the explosive/shotfiring and SSAN sectors.

A $6.4 billion coal and rail project in the Galilee Basin in Central Queensland has been approved by the Federal Government.

Clive Palmer’s Waratah Coal will construct the coal mine and rail infrastructure as part of its ‘China First’ project near Alpha in Central West Queensland.

The project also involves the construction of a 453km rail line connecting the mine to the proposed Abbot Point coal terminal near Bowen.

Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt approved the environmental impact statement for the project subject to 49 conditions that will ensure environment protection.

Waratah Coal Managing Direct Nui Harris said the project would create thousands of jobs and be an asset to the region, ABC reported.

“The reality is that the project will develop jobs, with a total of 6,000 jobs all up, seeing the mine link up with the rail and the port and it won’t be taking away with the local community it’ll be adding jobs to the local community,” Mr Harris said.

The proposed mine is expected to open in late 2016 or early 2017 and have a life of approximately 30 years

Last year saw Queensland suffer one of its worst years for safety on record, with a spike in the number of injuries.

The state’s coal mining industry was particularly hazardous with the Queensland commissioner for mine safety, Stewart bell stating “we have seen a disturbing rise in dangerous behaviour in underground coal mines”.

With this in mind the industry has launched a new program in an effort to halt this worrying trend.

RISKGATE is the largest health and safety project ever funded by the Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP).

The online information database has been specifically developed to capture and share knowledge across and between different coal mining companies about how to manage, treat, and control the risks associated with open cut and underground coal mining operations.

“The reason why RISKGATE was developed was that there was no coal industry body of knowledge available to assist individual mine sites in their aim of achieving best practice. RISKGATE is filling that knowledge void,” Centennial Coal spokesman and RISKGATE health and safety task group chair John Hempenstall said.

The first version of RISKGATE was officially released in December after “two years of solid work” project manager Philipp Kirsch told Australian Mining.

“The database we have developed is the most comprehensive in Australia. There has been input from Australia’s six largest coal companies and I am confident it will lead to fewer incidents,” Kirsch said.

The program aims to better equip personnel to handle risk within the sector.

“Australian coal companies focus significant resources in managing risk. With RISKGATE, you will have the ability to bring the industry’s current knowledge into the room when you do a risk assessment,” Tony Egan from Xstrata Coal said on behalf of ACARP

$6.4 billion coal mine approved for central Queensland

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

A 6.4 billion coal mine and a rail component of the proposed Galilee Coal Project (Northern Export Facility) in central Queensland has been approved by the State Government.

The Queensland Coordinator-General has approved the project following the evaluation of the environmental impact statement, however to proceed the project will also require Commonwealth assessment and approval.

The approved components of project involve the development of a new coal mine and associated infrastructure located near Alpha in the Galilee Basin and a rail line between the mine and the Abbot Point State Development Area (APSDA).

It is projected that the mine will produce 40 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of thermal coal for export over an expected life of about 30 years through a combination of open cut and underground mining.

The project also has the potential to create 3,500 construction jobs and 2,300 operational jobs if it proceeds.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said the Coordinator-General’s decision finalised the State environmental assessment process and he called on the Commonwealth Government to work with the proponent to expedite their assessment process.

“This is a significant step in a long and rigorous process,” Mr Seeney said.

“It is another major infrastructure decision for development of the Galilee Basin and I very much hope that the Commonwealth does not now hold up its approval and delay another vital project for the Queensland economy.”

To view the Queensland Coordinator-General’s evaluation report, visit: