Recent Articles

Pressured gold producers call for royalty relief

Posted on April 21, 2013

Gold miners in Western Australia are calling on the State Government to provide the sector with royalty relief until prices improve.

Research to tackle mining mental health

Posted on December 16, 2012

Researchers at the University of Newcastle are examining the extent and impact of mental health problems in the coal industry.

Traditional owners greenlight NT iron ore mine

Posted on May 29, 2012

Traditional owners in the Gulf of Carpentaria region of the Northern Territory have given their approval to a proposed iron ore mine.

Australian coal exports forecast to triple in a decade

Posted on March 22, 2012

New taxes don't seem to be deterring the expansion of Australia's coal industry.

Stand-off continues in central Qld coal mines

Posted on February 26, 2012

A dispute between unions and one of the world's biggest coal miners has escalated with more industrial action planned in central Queensland this weekend.

Regional Trade School for Broken Hill

Posted on February 23, 2012

A regional trade school linking five colleges across the far west is nearing completion. The school will involve linking students at Menindee, Ivanhoe, Wilcannia, Broken Hill and Willyama. The five schools will pool new resources to teach construction,…

Greens escalate fight against proposed coal loader

Posted on February 19, 2012

The Greens step up a campaign against a fourth coal loader in the Port of Newcastle.

Proposed silver mine concerns Mid-Western residents

Posted on February 12, 2012

Opponents of a proposed silver mine say a number of Mid-Western communities will be affected by the development. The Lue Action Group says more than 95 people attended its first public meeting on Saturday, to discuss the potential noise and dust impact…

Tasmania's biggest coal mine set to go ahead

Posted on February 3, 2012

The prospect of a carbon tax will have no effect on plans to operate Tasmania's biggest coal mine in the North West.

Myuna mine to expand

Posted on January 24, 2012

Centennial Coal has gained approval to expand its Myuna underground mine as part of plans to significantly boost production at its Lake Macquarie mining operations.

Minerals Council report points to coal jobs boom

Posted on December 9, 2011

The latest annual snapshot of the New South Wales mining industry re-affirms the Hunter Valley's status as the state's engine room.

BHP to consider India uranium sales

Posted on November 17, 2011

BHP Billiton says it will review its position on selling uranium to India if the Federal Government reverses its ban on sales to India.

EPA approves huge increase in production for WA mine company

Posted on August 17, 2011

A mining company in WA's Mid West has just been given environmental approval to increase its production by over two thousand per cent.

China's nuclear ambition powers on

Posted on August 15, 2011

In the wake of the Fukushima meltdowns, some nations are looking to move away from nuclear power. But not China, which is proceeding with plans to build 36 reactors over the next decade.

As a result of such climate change concerns, as well as the need for more power in developing nations, more than 60 reactors are under construction around the world today in countries like India, Russia and South Korea. Even the US is currently building one new reactor — the second unit at Watts Bar in Tennessee.

WA announces uranium mining royalties

Posted on July 20, 2011

The West Australian Government has announced it will levy a 5 per cent royalty on uranium and magnetite iron ore.

By 2014-15 the State Government expects to reap more than $160 million a year from magnetite royalties and $28 million from uranium.

Carbon, mining taxes won't stop investment: analysts

Posted on July 12, 2011

The Federal Government's sales pitch on its carbon pollution policy is getting a boost from an unlikely source – the world's biggest privately-owned coal miner.

Men of steel breathe a carbon tax sigh of relief

Posted on July 10, 2011

Australian steelmakers could even come out ahead, in the short term at least, from the federal government's compensation package for its carbon tax scheme.

Buenaventura announces strike by contractor workers at the Uchucchacua mine

Posted on April 7, 2011

Compania de Minas Buenaventura S.A.A. ("the Company" or "Buenaventura") (NYSE: BVN; Lima Stock Exchange: BUE.LM), Peru's largest publicly-traded precious metals mining company announced today that Contractors at the Uchucchacua Mine commenced a strike related to several labor claims, but were …

Miners urged to employ training centre graduates

Posted on March 24, 2011

A training centre for unemployed people in north-west Queensland is pushing for mining and liquefied natural gas (LNG) companies to give its trainees jobs, rather than sourcing overseas labour.

The Myuma centre in Camooweal, north-west of Mount Isa, is training 30 people in roadworks, hospitality and administration industries.

Spokesman Colin Saltmere says it is negotiating with several resources companies to employ its graduates.

"The LNG [industry] need a lot, a lot of, a lot of, a lot of people and you need to be aligned with that sort of stuff," he said.