Australian Mining

WA keen to take QLD’s unwanted uranium dollars

Western Australia’s Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion says the Queensland government’s decision to ban uranium mining is good news for WA.

Newcrest on target to produce 2.5 million ounces of gold

Newcrest has slashed operating costs at its Cadia Valley operations as commercial production commenced at its newly built panel cave two.

Uranium exploration deal for Northern Territory

Uranium mining hopeful Toro Energy has signed a farm-in joint venture deal with nuclear powerhouse AREVA Resources.

Why Australia's mining explorers have stopped exploring

Australia’s most successful mining prospector has warned juniors face unprecedented hurdles to bring projects to market as excessive ­regulation and high start-up costs threaten to derail the next leg of the resources boom.

Fly-in Fly-out Australian miners to blame for rise in STIs

The Australian Medical Association says fly-in fly-out work in Queensland has led significant increases in sexually transmitted infections in mining communities.

Australian miners face depression and anxiety

Australian health professionals say depression, anxiety, and stress are hidden in workers on most mines and companies should spend more on protecting mental health.

Sex infections and mental health problems trouble Australian FIFO workers

Sexually transmitted infections, relationship breakdowns, and parenting difficulties are the most common issues for doctors treating fly-in fly-out workers, according to the Australian Medical Association of WA.

BHP Billiton to permanently close Norwich Park coal mine

BMA have today announced it will cease production at the Norwich Park coal mine.

Greenpeace push for "scandal research" to end mining

A coalition of environmental activists lead by Greenpeace has developed a secret plan to fund "scandal research" in the hope of shutting down the coal industry.

We won't kill driver jobs: BHP

BHP Billiton has confirmed that drivers will still be needed for new trains heading to its Pilbara operations. The confirmation comes after BHP awarded Downer EDI a $292 million five year contract to supply new locomotives to its iron ore operations.

Weir Group enters bidding war for Ludowici

Global engineering firm The Weir Group has bettered a takeover offer by rival FLSmidth for Brisbane mining equipment manufacturer Ludowici.

Miners face anger over water discharges

Queensland miners and the DERM are facing community ire over water discharges.

Major shakeup for WA ports

The WA Government has announced a major shakeup to how the state's industrial ports are managed.

Seabed mining applications spike in the Northern Territory

The Northern Territory has received a number of proposals for exploration of the seabed off the coast.

Outrage over Lynas approval

One of the most vocal opponents to Lynas Corporation's plans in Malaysia says it is "outraged and appalled" by the Government's decision to grant Lynas a temporary operating licence.

World's first mobile underground mine gas lab launched

Queensland has unveiled the world's first mobile mine gas laboratory for mine emergencies.

Push to block Wyong coal mine

A new proposal from Wallarah 2 Coal is unlikely to go ahead as tougher laws are brought into place.

WA government commits to Esperance port expansion

The WA Government’s commitment to upgrading Esperance Port has been welcomed by industry as an important step in developing mining in the state’s south.

Coal mining manufacturing plant to be built in Mackay

A new massive mining equipment facility will be built in Mackay.

Western Areas looks to expand in WA

Western Areas says it is aiming to ramp up production in WA and become Australia’s second largest nickel miner.

Cracked coal ship on the Barrier Reef

A ship carrying more than 67 000 tonnes of coal has been discovered to have a cracked hull.

Meth use on the rise in Australian mining camps

A mine site drug tester says methamphetamine, commonly known as ice, is starting to make its way to mining camps around Australia.

New China system hopes to break iron ore monopoly

China has launched a rival online iron ore trading platform it hopes will allow it to weaken the monopoly of Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton.

Atlas Iron flags need for 1,000 mining jobs

Atlas Iron chief executive David Flanagan says the Pilbara iron ore miner might need an extra 1,000 workers within three years to feed its expansion projects.

Desperate search for 10,000 mining jobs in WA Goldfields

New analysis of upcoming resource and infrastructure projects in Western Australia indicates a desperate need for workers to fill job vacancies.