Mine closure temporary

Lady Loretta Neighbours Day, Nov 2014

Underground at Lady Loretta Glencore has reaffirmed that the decision to temporarily suspend operations at the Lady Loretta mine was strategic and not taken to reduce costs. Glencore announced this morning it will either redeploy or offer redundancies to more than 330 staff across its Australian zinc operations. Another 200 contractor positions will go. Operations Read More

Lady Loretta operations suspended

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Glencore is reducing zinc production from its mines in northern Australia by around 380,000t. An announcement this morning confirms its operation at Lady Loretta around 100km north of Mount Isa has been suspended. Workers met this morning and were advised that voluntary redundancies would be offered. There are more than 200 positions at Lady Loretta. Read More

Mining Equipment Technology and Services report presented

Mining Equipment Technology and Services report

The Australian Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) Sector has published the results of a recent national survey. The METS report includes: - State of play - impacts of the current mining market - Innovation and R&D - Export market growth and key regions to watch - Collaboration across the mining value chain Download a copy Read More

Business set for a larger stage


Carli Hobbs Gladstone Engineering Alliance general manager. The APLNG facility in Gladstone is fast nearing completion. A diverse range of highly skilled suppliers are considering their options moving forward as a momentous period of construction in the Gladstone region nears completion. Local companies must ensure they have adapted and put in place change management, innovation Read More

Focus on opportunity


Conference organisers aim to leave suppliers well informed on regional work opportunities. Photo: Murray Ware “Knowledge-thirsty” businesses are proving keen to tap into a key Gladstone industry forum amid the ongoing mining downturn and winding down of LNG construction projects. Gladstone Engineering Alliance events officer Kim Roberts said response to the 2015 GEA Major Industry Read More

Confidence despite prevailing conditions


Confidence in local and regional business conditions has gone from strength to strength in the last six months despite a continued downturn in operating conditions, a report released by Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise (TSBE) has revealed. Results show that despite businesses throughout the region reporting that the last six months have been tough, business Read More

Christmas work offer


Jamestech is promoting the opportunity for staff to work more at Christmas. The business says it is actually a lean time for willing staff and there are traditionally more workers than positions available. “To try and keep our guys working though this time we thought that we could offer a flat five per cent discount Read More

Tropics’ potential inspires new JCU leader

Ian Gordon examines our barley

A passion for sustainable development and harnessing the tropics’ enormous potential are the inspirations of the new leader of one of JCU’s academic divisions. Professor Iain Gordon has begun his appointment as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Division of Tropical Environments and Societies, based at JCU’s Townsville Campus. “This opportunity really excites me, as I am committed to Read More

Stanmore Coal gives a briefing on operations


Managing Director of Stanmore Coal, Nick Jorss, is promising to reveal how the company is expanding in a depressed market. Stanmore Coal recently bought Isaac Plains (see Mr Jorss and his team will provide insight into their plans to bring the mine back into production which will create significant employment and business opportunities. That’ll be at Read More

Grubstake finance


Jack & Newell stores gave many early arrivals to the tinfields a leg up through a practice known as grubstaking. The new miners could obtain the food and equipment needed to get them started on credit, with the account to be settled with tin from their claim. The Historical Society of Mareeba website explains how Read More

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