A WALK IN HISTORY

Miners' Memorial Walk, Coalface

Standing as testament to Australia’s rich gold mining heritage is the newly inaugurated Miners’ Memorial Walk in Charter’s Towers. This unique attraction serves not only as a bridge to the past, where fortune-seekers ventured into the depths of the earth, but also as a solemn tribute to those whose journeys were cut short in mine, […]

DOWN TO EARTH TALKS WHERE IT’S NEEDED MOST

Glencore, Oaky Creek, Coalface

About 750 mine workers at Glencore’s Oaky Creek mine in the Bowen Basin have listened to a mental health presentation that really hit home. Craig Hamilton worked at an underground coal mine in NSW for 16 years before he jumped on the radio to talk about cricket and found he was a natural. That’s where […]

CHARTING THE FUTURE OF COAL

AusIMM, Coalface

A recent event at the Moranbah Golf Club gathered the local mining community together in a groundbreaking event aimed at reshaping the conversation around coal. Sponsored by MEC Mining in partnership with the AusIMM Central Queensland Branch, the panel discussion titled “Repositioning Coal – Bringing Conversations Back to the Living Room” sought to navigate the […]

ON YOUR MARKS!

BMA Mackay Marina Run, Coalface

The BMA Mackay Marina Run has officially launched, with event organisers anticipating a record turnout of over 3,500 participants on June 2. Celebrating its 16th iteration, this esteemed event is acclaimed for combining athletic endurance with the allure of Queensland’s picturesque landscapes, offering a course that is both fast and flat amidst sub-tropical beauty. Event […]

HOT WHEELS

Capricornia Cup

The 2024 Rockhampton Cup on Wheels and the Capricornia Cup, held on the March 22 & 23, unfolded as a spectacular weekend of cycling, marking the 57th and 56th instalment of these prestigious events, respectively. Characterised by their feature Wheelraces, which are Handicap events, these races offer every competitor, regardless of their starting position, an […]

COMMUNITY CHAMPION: ANNE MEEHAN

Anne Meehan, Coalface

In the tapestry of the Isaac region community, Anne Meehan stands as a vital thread that binds the community’s fabric with unwavering strength and commitment. For over forty years, Anne’s journey through the heartlands of Central Queensland has been less about the path travelled and more about the lives she’s touched, the initiatives she’s spearheaded, […]

YOU’LL NEVER KNOW IF YOU DON’T GIVE IT GO

Callide International Women's Day

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Batchfire Resources is proud to share two of its New to Industry success stories and shine a spotlight on the opportunities available for women in the resources sector. Bek Roy’s dump truck dreams became a reality when she became a machinery operator at Batchfire Resources’ Callide Mine. Bek and her […]

COLLINSVILLE CANTER FOR CANCER

Collinsville International Women's Day

On Sunday March 10, a wave of pink took over Collinsville as more than 80 people and five dogs took part in an International Women’s Day Fun Run event.  The second annual Collinsville Sea of Pink is the town’s ‘virtual’ answer to the Brisbane IWD Fun Run event, supported by Mater Chicks in Pink.  There […]

HILLCOCK’S HOME SWEET HOME

Hillcock Mackay Coalface

Hillcock Industrial owner’s, Jarryd Hill & Sandra Alcock, recently celebrated the opening of their new business in Mackay. Tell us about the journey that got the business to where it is today. Both of us have a long history working together in the consumable distribution industry and working alongside the mining sector, delivering large change […]

COMMUNITY GIFT – MACKAY MEN’S SHED

Mackay Men's Shed

This month the Complete Parts and @ The Coalface $500 Community Gift goes to the Mackay Men’s Shed, building the community, one project at a time. The Mackay Men’s Shed Inc. was founded in early 2022 by a group of retired men and has become a cornerstone for those seeking, mateship, purpose, and a sense […]

SUPPLIER INSIDER – HIC SERVICES

HIC Services

Tell us about the business. HIC Services began operations in 1978 as Bynon Industrial Ceramics, providing industrial tiling services to the NSW steel and coal markets. By 1995, the business had grown significantly and the name was changed to HIC Services. We now have facilities in Newcastle, Mudgee, Gunnedah and Mackay. In 2017 HIC Services […]

FAMILY FUN AT MOOLARBEN COAL

Moolarben Coal

Over 1,900 people streamed through the gates at Moolarben Coal in March to experience what it’s like ‘at the coalface’. Across two weekends employees, contractors and their families went through Moolarben’s gates to get a firsthand look at the mining operation heading along to pit tours,seeing excavators, trucks, loaders, drills, the coal preparation plant and […]

WHO’S IN THE ZOO? ME!

Taronga Zoo Rebecca Connolly

I love animals, but people? Not so much. So, spending a day at the zoo with crowds of tourists is not really my thing. Then I heard about a behind the scenes experience at Sydney’s iconic zoo, Taronga. Among the experiences offered at Taronga is its Zookeeper for the Day program. If you’re a fan […]

GEARING UP FOR A GOOD CAUSE

Expressway Spares Variety Bash

Expressway Spares’ company bash car will be hitting the road in May to raise awareness and funds for Variety – The Children’s Charity. Expressway Spares’ Gunnedah Branch Manager Anthony Smith will be jumping behind the wheel of the spruced up 1978 Ford Falcon and cruising from Gunnedah all the way up to Bymount, before heading […]

COMMUNITY CHAMPION – JOAN GRIFFITHS

Joan Griffiths

This month’s Community Champion is Joan Griffiths, Narrabri Shire Council’s 2024 Citizen of the Year. Joan was born in Armidale, was married to her husband in Wollongong and then came back to live in Armidale and raise her family. Sometime after Joan and her husband Don arrived back in Armidale, Joan’s husband was offered a […]

COMMUNITY GIFT – VOCAL

Victims of Crime Assistance League

This month the Complete Parts and @ The Coalface $500 Community Gift goes to The Victims of Crime Assistance League. VOCAL is a gift-deductible charity that provides support for anyone who has experienced crime-related trauma. VOCAL was founded by a family who experienced homicide in 1989 and at the time there was no trauma support […]

KEEP YOUR SKIN IN CHECK

Hunter Melanoma Foundation

Have you ever had a skin check? Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world. Melanoma is the most common cancer in the 15-29 age group, while in the overall Australian population melanoma ranks as the third most common cancer. It only takes 10-15 minutes to have a skin check and if […]

WOMEN ON THE JOB AT MEU

Mining and Energy Union organisers

With a combined more than 50 years’ experience in the mining industry, Jodie Cam and Kerry Konieczny have taken up positions as Mining and Energy Union (MEU) organisers in the northern region and plan to use their experience to help as many mining employees as they can. Jodie has been in the mining industry for […]

TEN REASONS TO CELEBRATE

Ashton Coal

Ten local community groups in the Upper Hunter region will share in over $55,000 of funding thanks to the Ashton Coal Community Support Program. The 2024 community support program is helping fund new signage at Mitchell’s Flat Recreation Club, lighting and a generator at the Muswellbrook Rotary Club, outdoor musical instruments at Singleton Heights Pre-School, […]

MORE THAN A TRAILER

Eddies Trailers & Fab

Muswellbrook family-owned business Eddies Trailers & Fab take a lot of pride in their manufacturing and when it comes to their trailer manufacturing anything is possible. Trailers, they’re everywhere. On the road, on farms, there’s probably a good chance you’ve got one in your backyard. Trailers are so commonplace that the last word that comes […]

EXPERIENCE SPEARHEADS HEAD OF ENERGY COAL

BHP Vice President Energy Coal Liz Watts

As Mount Arthur’s BHP mine edges closer to the end of its life, a new Vice President New South Wales Energy Coal (NSWEC) has been appointed. Liz Watts has been acting in the role since October last year and prior to that she was supporting the NSWEC team as Head of Transition, spearheading the mine’s […]

ALL ABOUT APPRENTICES

MMS Engineering

While MMS Engineering doesn’t like to boast about the quality of the products and services they provide, they have no qualms boasting about the quality of their apprentices. MMS Engineering Operations Manager Brad Smith contacted @ The Coalface for one reason. He wanted to give a shout out to all the apprentices working for the […]

TRANSMISSION ON TRACK

Hunter Transmission Project

The state’s aging coal-fired power stations are reaching the end of their technical lives and with some closing faster than expected, the Hunter Transmission Project (HTP) will be operating by 2028 to help transport energy from NSW’s Renewable Energy Zones (REZ) to the east coast. The HTP involves building a new above-ground 500 kilovolt (kV) […]

FUNDING PROSPERITY AND WELLBEING

Singleton Community Fund

From solar panels and mountain biking to support for businesses and tourism, the latest round of the Singleton Community Economic Development Fund will deliver $462,521 to benefit residents over the next three years. In addition, a further $120,000 will be added to the total in 2024/2025 and 2025/2026, pending the successful outcomes of a pilot […]

HVO APPRENTICES HELP OUT

Hunter Valley Operations

With help from HVO apprentices, children attending Branxton Preschool will have a fantastic new space in which to play. Second year apprentices spent a day this month helping to put the finishing touches on the new 300 square metre playground space. The HVO apprentices rolled up their sleeves to get the play space ready for […]

OPINION: Mount Pleasant to test new Same Job Same Pay laws

Same Job Same Pay

The MEU has made an application for Same Job Same Pay orders for Programmed labour hire production workers at Mount Pleasant coal mine near Muswellbrook. It is the first application in NSW under new federal laws and paves the way for many more.  The new laws allow for applications to be made to the Fair […]

STICKING IT TO THE TOP

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In the world of sports, where the spotlight often favours those from well-known hubs of talent, Jacob “Boccy” Anderson’s journey from the modest beginnings to the international hockey stage is a narrative of relentless ambition and unwavering dedication. “I picked the sport up at an early age and started making representative teams in primary school,” […]

COMMUNITY GRANTS SUPPORT THRIVING COMMUNITIES

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New funding is now available to Central Queensland community groups and not-for-profit organisations in the Moranbah, Middlemount, Moura, Banana and Theodore areas through Anglo American’s 2024 Community Grants Program. Anglo American Australia CEO Dan van der Westhuizen said the company was committed to supporting the development of thriving communities in the Bowen Basin. “The annual […]

BUILDING A BETTER WORLD FROM QLD

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As the new BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) Asset President, Adam Lancey is focusing on steel and how a better world can be built from Queensland. “The world will need almost twice as much steel in the next 30 years as it did in the past 30,” says Adam. “And Queensland has the world’s best metallurgical […]

BRIDGING THE GAP IN HEARING HEALTH

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In an innovative collaboration, Peak Hearing and BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) have embarked on a mission to safeguard the auditory health of Moranbah and Clermont’s youngest generations. At the heart of this initiative is Alison Collins, an audiologist dedicated to early hearing intervention. Her journey, which began with a psychology class at Queensland University of […]

SUPPLIER INSIDER – VULCAN

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Tell us about the business. Vulcan is distributor of metal, aluminium and steel with 2 locations in Mackay. Our site in Dozer Drive stocks Stainless Steel and Engineering Steel products and our site in Maggiolo Drive stocks Aluminium products. We have 37 other sites across Australia and 30 sites in New Zealand. How long have […]

HARD HATS AND HARDCOVERS

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In the world of mining, every day presents a new set of challenges and rewards. For Aaron White, the latest chapter in his mining journey is well worth a read. With over twenty years of experience in the mining industry he’s put pen to paper to show what a job in the real world is […]

IT’S A KNOCKOUT

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In the heart of the coalfields an extraordinary event brought together the boxing community and showcased talent, determination and sportsmanship. The In-house Open Sparring Night, organised by Dig Deep Boxing in Dysart, emerged from a year of achievements and challenges, including extensive travel across Queensland, participation in national titles in Adelaide, and international representation. Craig […]

OPINION: PROUD TO PROMOTE THE RESOURCES SECTOR

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It is a great honour to contribute my first article to @ The Coalface as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland Resources Council. I’m a born and bred Queenslander who’s proudly worked in the resources sector for more than 25 years, including with a coal company with mines in our world-famous Bowen Basin. […]

OPINION: DRIVING HARD WORKING AUSTRALIANS MAD

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The Government seems to believe that electric vehicle owners are a type of modern-day saint. Now the Government thinks that this group deserves yet more taxpayer largesse with the creation of new efficiency standards. These standards would set a limit for the carbon emissions that can come out of the back of the tailpipe of […]

COMMUNITY CHAMPION: ROHAN BARNES

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Working as the Supply Superintendent at Glencore’s Clermont Open Cut, Rohan’s story is a testament to balancing professional responsibilities with a personal life centered around community service. “The working hours are demanding and take up a significant part of the day. However, the advantage of living less than 15 minutes from work allows those of […]

THEN & NOW – DGI TRADING

THEN AND NOW DGI

Ever wondered how some people started and what led them to where they are now? This month we asked some of the team at DGI Trading to share their journey. Gerard Dillon – General Manager My dad was a mechanic and I grew up on a farm mucking around on the tools. I always had […]

BRAVUS BACKS FIRST NATIONS FOOTY

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Bravus Mining and Resources was thrilled to help bring First Nations players from around central and north Queensland together in Rockhampton for the annual Warba Wangarunya Rugby League Carnival. The Rockhampton and Townsville-based operator of the Carmichael coal mine was a major sponsor of the event, hosted each year by Darumbal Community Youth Service. The […]

CHEERS TO 40 YEARS

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Abbot Point Operations (APO) is celebrating four decades of safe and responsible operations at the North Queensland Export Terminal, Australia’s most northern deepwater export port. It was this week in 1984 when the Fukukawa Maru arrived at the Terminal, located north of Bowen in Queensland, to load 60,000 tonnes of coking coal from the Collinsville […]

FLEXILAB TRANSFORMS THE FUTURE

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Mackay recently took a significant step towards the future of Queensland’s resources sector with the unveiling of the FlexiLab concept design. This pioneering pilot critical minerals processing plant aims to be at the forefront of research, development, testing and training in the resources industry. Backed by a $5.7 million investment from the Miles Government, FlexiLab […]

OPINION: IT’S TIME TO FIX OUR KILLER ROAD

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‘The most important thing to come out of the mine is the mine worker.’ It’s a great slogan at the heart of much of our union’s work around safety. With the imperative to continually increase production, workers need a strong voice for safety on our mine sites. But our advocacy around safety doesn’t stop at […]

AID FOR AGRICULTURE

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New Hope Group has ramped up its support of the local community by donating $230,000 to 23 different schools, community groups and sporting teams over the past four months, including a sizeable donation to Quinalow Prep-10 State School. New Acland Mine’s $20,000 donation will allow the school to expand its award-winning agricultural science program. Quinalow […]

COMMUNITY GIFT – ROCKHAMPTON FOOD BANK

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This month the Complete Parts and @ The Coalface $500 Community Gift goes to the Rockhampton Food Bank, a service aimed at supporting its community’s most pressing needs. The Rockhampton Food Bank, an initiative by Hands of Compassion Inc., originally started in Logan City in 2006 and in 2017 extended its mission to Rockhampton, responding […]

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME

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A legally binding housing agreement between a young coal mining company and a central Queensland council hopes to inspire industry players to follow suit. Vitrinite signed the housing contribution agreement with Isaac Regional Council in a bid to futureproof communities reducing impacts on Isaac’s local rental and housing market. The agreement establishes a housing committee […]

OPINION: THE BOWEN BASIN’S LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS ARE THE FUEL IN THE TANK

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As producers around the globe juggle growing demands to produce more with less (and with net zero impact), simultaneously performing advanced acrobatics to manage the expectations of investors, shareholders and communities, how is the state of play in our own Bowen Basin? At the Bowen Basin Mining Club, we’ve seen two principles emerge as key […]

FUNDS TO HELP ENGAGE STUDENTS

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Bowen State High School has received a grant from the QCoal Foundation to support their “Engage to Achieve: Nurturing Great Humans” project. The project is a Social and Emotional Wellbeing project for secondary students who are more at risk of disengagement, have barriers to education, aggressive behaviours or prior suspensions. Its success has been recognised […]

THREE THINGS YOU CAN EXPECT AT QME 2024

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Get ready – the countdown is on to the highly anticipated Queensland Mining & Engineering Exhibition (QME) in 2024!  With all the buzz around increased mining activity and an uplift in industry confidence, QME 2024 is set to break records. This unmissable industry event has everything for mining professionals who want to strengthen their business, […]

KICKSTART YOUR CAREER

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Applications are now open for Glencore Coal’s 2025 Graduate Program and emerging professionals are invited to apply. Starting in February 2025, this two-year program provides aspiring professionals with a chance to kickstart their careers within one of Australia’s leading mining companies. Graduate opportunities are available across a range of disciplines including engineering, environmental science, surveying, […]

SMART TECHNOLOGY

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This month we caught up with Peter Horsburgh from SORBA.ai to learn about a technology designed to unlock the full potential of a mining operation’s assets. Peter is a reliability engineer, for more than two decades he has been using his technical expertise to assess the risks and reliability associated with assets in business operations. […]

MY MINING LIFE – CARRIE BENDEICH

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Who are you and what do you do? I’m Carrie. I’m the First Nations Programs Coordinator with Glencore Coal Australia, working on lands where Glencore operate in both Queensland and New South Wales. I’m originally from the Hunter Valley, and have worked in Indonesia, Western Australia, Northern Territory and now across Queensland and NSW. When […]

2024 IS YEAR OF THE VOLUNTEER

Smart Transformation

Smart Transformation has kicked off its brand new Volunteering Project – to both celebrate existing community volunteers and attract new helpers to not-for-profit organisations and sporting groups. With support from BMA, the Smart Transformation Volunteering Project will increase community awareness of the need for volunteers to keep important community events on the social calendar and […]

STEPPING UP FOR LIFESAVING SERVICE

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The RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service is an essential aeromedical service in Central QLD, but they wouldn’t be able to do what they do without an army of volunteers. RACQ CapRescue operates over a huge area, spanning 350,000 square kilometres, helping more than 300,000 people per year. Racking up almost 30 years of operation in […]

FOLLOW THE SILO ART TRAIL

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Since being forced to stay within Australian waters during pandemic, travelling around our own backyard became increasingly popular. I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors but since 2020 I have done a whole lot more camping, jumped in the car for more road trips and explored a lot more of NSW than I would’ve if I had […]

MINERS SUPPORTING MENTAL HEALTH

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The Moolarben Coal Maintenance team are proudly wearing their bright and colourful TradeMutt shirts onsite in support of the ‘Not weak to speak Wednesday’ initiative. Speaking about mental health is something that is encouraged every day, however employees at Moolarben Coal have taken it a step further, introducing ‘Not weak to speak Wednesday’, an awareness […]

MAILRUN RETURNS

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Registrations for the annual Mailrun Charity Bike Ride are now open with this year’s ride held on Sunday April 14. For over a decade the Mailrun Charity Bike Ride has been raising vital funds for not-for-profit charitable organisation, Singleton Family Support, while also providing a fun event for the whole community to enjoy. This year […]

ONE FOR THE HISTORY APP

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The history of the Northern District coalfields will soon be preserved forever in an interactive history app by filmmaker Sandra Pires. From Harry’s miners’ lamp that was left at the Neath Hotel in World War I while he went to fight, to the 3000 miners who helped clean up after the 1955 Maitland Floods, these […]

SUPPLIER INSIDER – FILTER TECHNOLOGY AUSTRALIA

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Tell us about the business. FTA was founded in 1997 by a local family for the purpose of providing the highest possible quality products and services within the filtration industry. After many years of success in this field, FTA has proudly expanded our product and services lines to include custom dispensing and refueling solutions, reel […]

HOME SWEET HOME

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After working from a shed on private land for nearly 100 years, the Kayuga Rural Fire Brigade will now be able to work from their very own shed on public land thanks to the collaborative efforts of the NSW Rural Fire Service, a local mine and state and local governments. In 2021 the brigade received […]

A NEED FOR SIDECAR SPEED

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Trevor Harvey has worked at Glencore’s Mangoola mine at Muswellbrook for 14 years, but in his spare time he’s just retired after 43 years motorcycle racing. He started at the bottom, pit crewing at races in Sydney when he was a teenager, and working his way up to racing when he was 17 years old […]

OPINION: WOMEN IN OUR INDUSTRY DESERVE REAL SUPPORT

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In March, we celebrate International Women’s Day. March 8 is an important day to recognise the progress and achievements of women in society and in the male-dominated mining industry. But despite the flurry of Awards and events celebrating women, mining companies must lift their game offering the support women need to thrive in the industry. […]

A BACKPACK WITH HEART

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For many years, Complete Parts and Equipment Solutions have been proud supporters of the @ The Coalface monthly Community Gift. But you might not know that they have also been running their own charity in the Singleton community for nearly three years. Felicity and Sean Dyson started their earthmoving and mining equipment business, Complete Parts, […]

GUNNEDAH CHPP CELEBRATES SAFETY MILESTONE

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Whitehaven Coal’s Gunnedah Coal Handling and Preparation Plant (CHPP) recently achieved a remarkable milestone as it marked 4000 Lost Time Incident (LTI) free days. This is equivalent to approximately 11 years without a Lost Time Incident, showcasing the team’s unwavering commitment to creating a safe and secure work environment. Production Superintendent Derek Welsh said the […]

OPINION – MINER’S MASSIVE CONTRIBUTION

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We all know our world class miners contribute an enormous amount to local communities and to the NSW economy. Exactly how much is highlighted every year when we release our annual Economic Impact Survey. Our latest Survey found in the last financial year, participating mining companies supported over 31,500 full time equivalent jobs, the highest […]

NEW DIGS FOR MTW

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Yancoal’s Mount Thorley Warkworth (MTW) mine in Singleton is due to operate until 2037, and in a bid to increase their maintenance efficiency and productivity, construction has finished on a new eight-bay workshop. It has been a long time coming, but the doors are finally open on the new Ultra Class Truck Workshop, adjacent to […]

COMMUNITY GIFT – SOUTHLAKES INC.

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This month, Complete Parts and @ The Coalface $500 Community Gift goes to Southlakes Inc. Over the last 10 years, this amazing local organisation has helped more than 1.5 million people. Christine Mastello is the founder of Southlakes Inc. Through her work as a social worker, Christine knew many families were struggling to make ends […]

TRUCKS DELIVER BUCKS

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Five Upper Hunter charities have shared in $32,500 because of the coal hauled by five Hunter Valley Operations (HVO) mining trucks. Representatives from the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, Hunter Prostate Cancer Alliance, Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation, Type 1 Foundation and Singleton Family Support recently received their donations from HVO General Manager Dave Foster. Dave said […]

VOLUNTEERS KEEP THE BLADES TURNING

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There are over 850 ‘red shirts’ across Northern NSW raising money to help keep the Westpac Rescue Helicopter in the air for anyone who finds themselves having possibly the worst day of their life. It costs approximately $40 million a year to keep the Service’s four helicopters and crew in the air. Of that, 14 […]

NSW March 2024

NSW MARCH FRONT PAGE

It always surprises us that so many of the stories in the media about coal mining are negative when there is an abundance of positive stories out there just waiting to be told. Stories like that of Complete Parts and Equipment Solutions owners Felicity and Sean Dyson who run a charity to benefit the Singleton […]

Queensland February 2024

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HELLO 2024! Holidays are over and now it’s time to buckle down and get serious. Serious about showcasing our fantastic industry! Sometimes we all need a reminder of why we do what we do. At the end of last year, after the busiest year @The Coalface has ever had, the team were barely hanging in […]

THEN AND NOW – EXPRESSWAY SPARES

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Ever wondered how some people started and what led them to where they are now? This month we asked some of the team at Expressway Spares to share their journey. Geoff Fowler – National Operations Manager Wauchope NSW (49 years of service) I started with Expressway Spares in 1975 working as a yardman. 12 months […]

SUPPLIER INSIDER – CONTROL SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY

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Tell us about the business. CST was founded in 1984 in response to a long-standing industry need for more accurate, reliable and durable in-motion weighing equipment than was currently available. A key element of its success has been focusing on developing the technology to bring high accuracy weighing technology to critical, and high value material […]

UNVEILING THE FUTURE AT QME 2024

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2024 will see the return of the much-anticipated Queensland Mining and Engineering Exhibition (QME) at Mackay Showgrounds on 23-25 July 2024. We caught up with QME Exhibition Director Samantha Martin to get a sneak preview into what we can expect from the event this July. So what can everyone look forward to at QME this […]

SMART TRANSFORMATION TURNS 21!

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Moranbah and Dysart’s Smart Transformation Advisory Councils have celebrated their 21st meeting with cake and recognition of their major achievements over the past four years. The community-based Advisory Council members volunteer their time to drive Smart Transformation and give direction, advice and support on various projects and issues of importance to the futures of Dysart […]

COMMUNITY CHAMPION – NICK WHEELER

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Dysart is a thriving community thanks to the dedication of its residents. Among them stands Nick Wheeler, a pillar of the community whose journey in Dysart spans over four decades. Nick Wheeler’s connection with Dysart began 43 years ago, driven by opportunities in the mining industry. “I started at Norwich Park back in the Utah […]

WELLBEING EXPO HITS MOURA

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An intergenerational initiative involving student volunteers and community working together to improve access to health and wellbeing services in the Central Queensland rural mining community of Moura have had a busy few months’ preparing to host Anglo American’s 2024 Wellbeing Expo.  Dawson Mine General Manager, Dan Illiffe, said Anglo American was pleased to be partnering […]

A ‘SNAPPY’ ADVENTURE

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In search of a family adventure that’s off the beaten path? Look no further than the Whitsunday Crocodile Safari. Just a 30-minute bus drive from Airlie Beach, our adventure began on a drizzly summer day. Not ideal conditions for crocodile sunbaking! Yet, we were reassured that this all-weather tour was perfect for a rainy day […]

WIMARQ READY TO ROLL IN 2024

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Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) has marked 2023 with significant achievements in the Bowen Basin, thanks to the collective efforts of its members. Members such as Kristy Purdon, a seasoned professional with over 15 years of experience in the mining sector, will notch up 10 years as the group’s regional lead in March. […]

MAGNETIC SOUTH KICKSTARTS DONATIONS WITH DEFIBRILLATOR

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Dingo residents are better protected in the case of an emergency thanks to the donation of a defibrillator which has been installed outside the library and can be accessed by anyone in need. The donation was made as part of the launch of Magnetic South’s pre-construction Community Benefit Fund, which is now open and taking […]

HOWZAT!

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The Central Queensland (CQ) under-18 cricket team, representing the vast and diverse mining regions of Central Queensland, has clinched a historic victory at the North Queensland Under 18 Zone Championships in Mackay. This achievement highlights the burgeoning cricket talent in the area, drawing players from various towns including Gladstone, Emerald, and Rockhampton. Team Manager Geoff […]

PATHWAY TO EMPLOYMENT FOR QLD’S FIRST NATIONS AUSTRALIANS

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Applications are now open for Glencore Coal’s 2024 Queensland First Nations Pathways Program (FNPP). Commencing in April, the FNPP is a 26-week education to employment program which aims to provide employment opportunities for First Nations Australians with connections to the land near Glencore Coal operations. Now in its sixth year, the program has a proven […]

MY MINING LIFE – JODIE KELLY

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Who are you and what do you do? I’m Jodie, and I’m employed by Anglo American where I hold the position of Operating Model and Business Improvement Manager. My primary responsibility revolves around providing support to our mining sites across Australia. In essence, my role entails aiding these sites in comprehending and executing the foundational […]

COMMUNITY GIFT – BREAKAWAY HORSE RIDERS CLUB

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This month the Components Only and @ The Coalface $500 Community Gift goes to the Breakaway Horse Riders Club, an organisation that has significantly contributed to the Mackay District since its inception in 1986. Affiliated with the Australian Trail Horse Riders Association (ATHRA), the club has been a beacon for trail riding and endurance enthusiasts, […]

OPINION: WHAT DO SAME JOB SAME PAY LAWS MEAN FOR YOU?

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New laws are in place to stop labour hire workers being paid less than permanents for the same work. A Central Queensland mine site has been identified as the first cab off the rank for a union-led application to bring labour hire wages up to the same rate as permanents. Before Christmas, the Fair Work […]

HAUL TRUCKS TO HELP EARLY CANCER DETECTION

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Peabody’s Coppabella Moorvale JV has taken delivery of two new Komatsu 930 E-5 haul trucks to start work at the mine and to raise awareness and encourage the early detection of breast and prostate cancer. The trays of the trucks at the Central Queensland mine have been painted pink and blue in the colours of […]

NO HOT AIR ABOUT THIS TECHNOLOGY

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New technology that has been used for the last three years at a mine in the Bowen Basin has saved 50 b-double loads of truck filters from going to landfill. Six years ago, Maven Greentech came up with the AirX Robot System which is a robot-driven air filter cleaning system tailored for heavy vehicles. The […]

BRAVUS RIDES WITH COWBOYS

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Bravus Mining and Resources was front and centre at the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys annual community day recently as excitement for the return of footy season builds across regional Queensland. Hundreds of footy fans descended on the Cowboys Training Field in South Townsville to celebrate the new “blue and grey” line-up and rub shoulders with […]

THE BEST OF THE BEST

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Submissions are now open for Queensland’s premier mining excellence showcase, the Queensland Mining Awards (QMA 2024). QMA 2024 offers a prestigious platform to recognise innovation, courageous leadership and outstanding contributions to Queensland’s flourishing resources sector. Covering eight categories in innovation, productivity, new products, collaboration, environment, safety, and community engagement, the Awards recognise achievements across the […]

A JOB WELL DONE

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For more than four decades Mick Buffier has worked in coal mining. While he officially retired on January 31, it’s safe to say that Mick will never stop advocating for the coal industry. In 1975, after completing a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Hons) from Sydney University, Mick worked as a civil engineer on Kooragang Island […]

OPINION: ANOTHER BIG YEAR FOR RESOURCES

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2024 will be another big year for Queensland’s resources sector, and that includes here at the QRC. We will shortly be welcoming our new Chief Executive Officer, Janette Hewson, to lead the peak body for Queensland’s mining and energy sector and our state’s most important export industry into a new era. Janette is very highly […]

PANTRY PARTNERSHIP

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Vulnerable Isaac families facing cost-of-living pressures will receive food relief through a $158,000 Community Pantry partnership. Anglo American has partnered with Emergency and Long-term Accommodation Moranbah (ELAM) to help provide emergency relief to families and individuals in crisis across the Isaac region. The two-year Community Pantry and Emergency Relief partnership delivers food relief measures under […]

A NEW ERA FOR PEABODY

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One of the world’s largest steel making coal mines has a new name, marking a fresh start for the Peabody operation. The North Goonyella Mine in Queensland’s Bowen Basin will be known as the ‘Centurion Coal Mine’ as the company cements its long-term plan to make the mine a global leader in the supply of […]

OPINION: FACTS FIGHT AGAINST FICTION

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A few years ago a BHP executive, Fiona Wild, told The Guardian newspaper that the election of Joe Biden had given her “great hope” that we would be able to “avoid the worst impacts of climate change.” Ms Wild went on to say that “We’ve been pretty clear that we don’t think energy coal has […]

INTRODUCING THE 2024 QMEA AMBASSADORS

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The 2024 Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) Ambassadors program, an initiative by the Queensland Resources Council (QRC), recently conducted a camp in Brisbane. The event marked the start of a year-long journey for 20 selected students and heralded a new era of talent in Queensland’s resources and energy sectors. The students, selected for their […]

PITT’S PATH TO PACIFIC GAMES

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Moranbah’s own Jovyn Pitt recently represented Australia on the international stage, participating in the 2023 Pacific Games in the Solomon Islands. The former Moranbah State High School Captain and Indigenous Captain is studying Health Science at James Cook University in Townsville. Having stood out for his academic excellence and his compelling application, Jovyn was selected […]

COLLINSVILLE TURNS PINK

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The mining town of Collinsville in outback Queensland is set to transform into a ‘Sea of Pink’ to celebrate International Women’s Day and help raise funds for the Mater Foundation to fight breast cancer.  The ‘virtual fun run’ will take place on Sunday 10 March, embracing the spirit of the Sea of Pink seen in […]

MORE WOMEN IN MINING

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The number of women working in trade positions in Queensland’s resources sector jumped by almost 40 per cent in the last financial year, now accounting for a record 13 per cent of all trade roles. New industry data also shows nine out of 10 women employed by resources companies now work in ‘non-traditional’ roles such […]

Queensland February 2024

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HELLO 2024! Holidays are over and now it’s time to buckle down and get serious. Serious about showcasing our fantastic industry! Sometimes we all need a reminder of why we do what we do. At the end of last year, after the busiest year @The Coalface has ever had, the team were barely hanging in […]

GLENCORE SUPPORTS SPORT

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Junior athletes across regional NSW will soon have greater access to skills, equipment and important safety programs thanks to almost $95,000 in collective funding from Glencore’s Junior Sports Development Program (JSDP). Fourteen junior sporting clubs across the state have received JSDP grants of up to $7,500, with the aim of enhancing the sustainability and strength […]

AHS – DRIVING THE FUTURE

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In recent years, mining companies across the globe have begun adopting autonomous haulage systems (AHS) for haul trucks. This play has proven to be both strategic and beneficial, as more industry heavyweights recognise the considerable advantages and safety statistics associated with the technology. Improved productivity, continuous and consistent truck operations, and reduced costs stand out […]

CELEBRATING COMMUNITY SUPPORT

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Mount Thorley Warkworth (MTW) has granted over $115,000 in funding to local community organisations, aiming to make a positive difference to the Hunter Valley region in 2024. This funding will be shared by nineteen local community organisations that work in the areas of health, social and community, environment, and education and training.  Some of the […]

OPINION – A MASSIVE YEAR FOR MINING

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Throughout 2023 our local mining industry worked hard to support regional communities and the state economy. Mining was at the forefront of the NSW Government’s budget repair efforts, with an increase in mining royalties. Towards the end of 2023 coal mining jobs hit record levels, with more than 25,000 miners and their families living in […]

UNDERWATER PARADISE

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After so many years of reviewing fun things to do in our region, there was still one place I had yet to explore. And it just so happens to cover 71% of the planet! If you haven’t guessed it already, this month I did a lot more then stick my toes in the water. I […]

LIDDELL’S LEGEND LIVES ON

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On March 9, the Liddell tradition of keeping its history alive continues at Club Singleton with the 2024 Liddell Coal & Allied operations and collieries staff reunion. It’s a must attend event that grows each year it’s held. Liddell started in 1923. As one of the biggest mines in the district, it was the training […]

CHRISTMAS IN THE CLASSROOM

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The Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue helped spread some Christmas cheer in local schools. Delivered in conjunction with the Hunter River Times newspaper, the Dialogue Christmas in the Classroom competition aims to help local schools and their students showcase the festive season while celebrating and farewelling the school year. For the third year, schools involved with […]

UHMD APPOINTS NEW CHAIR

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The Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue recently appointed a new Chair, John Watson. John is the Director Environment and Community Coal Assets Australia – Glencore, and takes on this role from Sarah Withell, who has held this position since 2019. Sarah has played an invaluable role in setting the Dialogue’s strategic direction and ensuring it remains […]

COMMUNITY CHAMPION: ZOE MAWKES

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About 50 per cent of new mothers experience the ‘baby blues’ in the first few weeks after giving birth, and 1 in 6 women will experience the longer-term postnatal depression. It is difficult to fathom that one of the happiest moments in a mother’s life can also be one of the saddest. The childbearing years, […]

PATHWAY TO EMPLOYMENT FOR NSW’S FIRST NATIONS AUSTRALIANS

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Applications are now open for Glencore Coal’s 2024 NSW First Nations Pathways Program (FNPP). Commencing in April, the FNPP is a 26-week education to employment program which aims to provide employment opportunities for First Nation Australians with connections to the land near Glencore Coal operations. Now in its sixth year, the program has a proven […]

FREEZING THE PAIN AWAY

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For many of us, living with pain or inflammation from an injury or disease day in, day out for the rest of our lives is reality. But maybe it doesn’t have to be. There’s a treatment in Australia that is starting to be used more widely that could bring some relief. It’s called Cryotherapy. Cryotherapy […]

BOOST FOR BEES

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A Hunter Valley Operations (HVO) community grant has helped a newly formed community group to value and protect Australian native bees in the Hunter. The Australian Native Bee Association (ANBA) is a national member-based organisation that promotes the conservation, cultural significance and sustainable management of all Australian native bees, and the development of native bee […]

OPINION: WHAT DO SAME JOB SAME PAY LAWS MEAN FOR YOU?

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Before Christmas, a package of workplace laws passed through the Federal Parliament that will have a big impact on wages in the mining industry. The Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes) Bill 2023 passed on 7 December 2023, containing ‘Same Job Same Pay’ provisions to prevent companies from undercutting Enterprise Agreements by paying labour hire […]

JULES KICKING GOALS

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Jules Kirkpatrick only started playing rugby league four years ago, but she’s already made it to the top tier of the sport in NSW. The 20-year-old from Singleton played her first club game with the Muswellbrook Rams and that same year tried out for the under 19s Tarsha Gale Cup side with the Newcastle Knights. […]

MY MINING LIFE – OLIVIA HULBERT

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Who are you and what do you do? My name is Olivia Hulbert, I am 26 years old and an Environmental Advisor working for Whitehaven Coal Mine Closure Unit. The unit undertakes the rehabilitation of historic and closed mines, and supports rehabilitation for our Gunnedah Open Cut coal mines.   When did you start in […]

COMMUNITY GIFT – Coalfields Local History Association Inc.

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This month the Complete Parts and @ The Coalface $500 Community Gift goes to the Coalfields Local History Association Inc. Operating out of the Sir Edgeworth David Memorial Museum in Abermain and made up entirely of volunteers, they are passionate about preserving our region’s history. Established in 1996 with the objectives of discovering, recording, preserving […]

THE CAMERON’S AND CENTENNIAL HELPING HMRI

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The Cameron Family and Centennial Coal have a long history with the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI). It started with Dr Bob Cameron who was a GP for 70 years. He trained at Sydney University and was based at various places throughout his career including at Cessnock District Hospital. During the war he amputated the […]

HOT WHEELS TRANSPORT TOYS

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Most of us don’t like spending time in company cars as it means we’re normally out and about on work business. But at Expressway Spares, employees and customers can’t wait to jump into their one of a kind company car. A few months back, Expressway Spares came up with the creative idea to invest in […]

New South Wales February 2024

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HELLO 2024! Holidays are over and now it’s time to buckle down and get serious. Serious about showcasing our fantastic industry! Sometimes we all need a reminder of why we do what we do. At the end of last year, after the busiest year @The Coalface has ever had, the team were barely hanging in […]

Coal Counts Queensland

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To finish off the year, @ The Coalface is proud to present this special feature showcasing the contribution coal mining makes to our communities. We’re not talking about the contribution coal mining makes to our economy, with billions of dollars paid in taxes and royalties to the Government every year. We all have to pay […]

COAL COUNTS New South Wales

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To finish off the year, @ The Coalface is proud to present this special feature showcasing the contribution coal mining makes to our communities. We’re not talking about the contribution coal mining makes to our economy, with billions of dollars paid in taxes and royalties to the Government every year. We all have to pay […]

REMEMBERING MINERS

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The 2023 Moranbah Miners’ Memorial took place on November 10 at the Moranbah Town Square. The ceremony was a heartfelt tribute to all the miners who have lost their lives in the region. The memorial stands as a powerful symbol of the community’s unity and resilience, while also highlighting the risky nature of mining. It […]

SUPPORT FOR LOCAL SPORT

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Junior athletes across regional Queensland will soon have greater access to skills, equipment and important safety programs thanks to almost $120,000 in collective funding from Glencore’s Junior Sports Development Program (JSDP). Eighteen junior sporting clubs across the state have received JSDP grants of up to $7,500 each, with the aim of enhancing the sustainability and […]

OPINION: Where would Queensland be without the resources sector?

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It’s a question often asked but new figures released last month in the QRC’s Economic Contribution Report make it even more pertinent. I was extremely proud in my final address to the QRC’s biggest annual event as Chief Executive to confirm that the resources sector produced a record contribution to Queensland in the 2022/23 financial […]

MY MINING LIFE – Bradley Ingram

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Who are you and what do you do? Bradley Ingram. I am a Train Driver hauling coal from the mines to the port in the Blackwater System. When did you start in the mining industry and what was your first job? I started as a Driver in Hughenden in 2002 as a freight Driver. Previously […]

SMALL CLUB, BIG HEART

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The Mackay Rowing Club might be a small club, but there’s nothing small about its achievements. Mari Simmonds, President of the Mackay Rowing Club and a 15-year enthusiast, embodies the club’s spirit of perseverance and passion. Starting her rowing journey at 52, Mari’s story is a testament to the club’s welcoming ethos. “It’s never too […]

COMMUNITY GIFT – Dysart Christmas Train

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This month the Components Only and @ The Coalface $500 Community Gift goes toward supporting the Dysart Christmas Tain and helping to keep this important tradition chugging along. As the last of the twinkling lights dimmed and the cheerful echoes of laughter faded, Dysart’s Christmas Lights Train Tour completed another successful season. This iconic event, […]

OPINION: People Over Production

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The final Bowen Basin Mining Club luncheon for 2023 featured a panel discussion between C-suite leaders in the industry, covering topics from royalties to recruitment and responsibility. The panel included Ian Macfarlane, Chief Executive, Queensland Resources Council, Barry Tudor, Chief Executive Officer, Pembroke Resources, Mark Scott, Chief Executive Officer, Hastings Deering, Mick Crowe, Chief Operating […]

AWARDING EXCELLENCE IN MINING

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Anglo American’s Aquila Mine has taken home a top mining award for groundbreaking technology advancements to minimise human presence in underground areas. The mine won the Outstanding Mine Performance category at the Australian Mining Prospect Awards 2023 and was also a finalist in the Excellence in Mine Safety category. The mine features two longwall systems […]

FROM COAL MINE TO CYCLING CHAMPIONSHIP

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Meet Julian, Purchasing Officer at Glencore’s Hail Creek coal mine. When he’s not overseeing purchasing operations, Julian puts on a completely different uniform – one of green and gold. Julian recently traded his hi-vis for Australia’s national colours at the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships in Scotland. He took part in the gruelling Gran Fondo […]

COMMUNITY CHAMPION: Dr. Caitlyn Mittelstadt

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In Clermont, a town enriched by its coal mining heritage, Dr. Caitlyn Mittelstadt stands out not only for her veterinary expertise but also for her deep engagement with the community. “I began volunteering from a young age, starting with small charities, shaving my head twice for cancer and relay for life; working alongside my generous […]

DYSART CELEBRATES 50 YEARS

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On November 4, Dysart State School celebrated its 50th anniversary and the town’s half-century milestone. The school grounds buzzed with excitement, hosting a spectacular Christmas Fair that brought together current and former residents in a grand celebration of community and history. Aleisha Kenny, President of Dysart State School P&C said a lot of effort went […]

SUPPLIER INSIDER – Limitless Asset Assurance

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Tell us about the business. Limitless partners started the business with a shared vision and a value driven dedication to doing things the right way. RELIABILITY with INTEGRITY is the foundation of our business culture and charter. Our approach is to operate with innovation utilising new and emerging technologies that enable us to conduct our […]

GOAL FOR CAPCOAL

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Anglo American’s Lake Lindsay mine in the Bowen Basin has received approval for the expansion of its mining lease. The final hurdle for the expansion of the mine has been cleared with the Queensland Government granting the mining lease. It’s reassuring news for workers as the extension will secure the long-term future of 500 jobs […]

OPINION: A Guaranteed Gold Medal in North Queensland.

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It’s a no brainer that certain Olympic events should be moved to the very regions that are actually paying for the Games. Mackay has one of the best Cricket stadiums in Australia, brand new and ready to roll, or rather bowl. Australia won its sixth Cricket World Cup in India against the odds this month. […]

A FLIGHT TO REMEMBER

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Ever imagined soaring through the skies as the sun dips below Brisbane’s horizon, painting the city in a palette of fiery hues? Thanks to Bekaa Air’s Sunset Spectacular tour, I didn’t have to just imagine. Our pilot Dave was more than just our guide through the skies, he was a treasure trove of fascinating facts […]

OPINION: Big Year for Coal

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It has been a big year for our entire resources industry and in particular for our coal mining sector. There is clearly confidence in the industry with some major developments this year including Whitehaven Coal’s decision to buy BMA’s Blackwater and Daunia assets. This is great news for the future of both of those miners […]

OPINION: New Union, with a Proud History

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As we wrap up 2023, the Mining and Energy Union is celebrating our proud past and optimistic future. On 1 December, the Mining and Energy Union was formally established as a new union. This was a great achievement that provides for an independent future, although our day-to-day work of fighting for better wages, safety, rights […]

Queensland December 2023

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Christmas is Coming! “Christmas is a togethery sort of holiday. That’s my favorite kind.” – Winnie the Pooh Another year has flown by! It’s time to look back on 2023 and we have put together an extra special feature to do just that. @ The Coalface is not just about coal mining. It’s also about […]

END OF AN ERA FOR MACHINE AND MAN

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Committing to one job for more than a half a century is rarely heard of these days. Yet, when you meet retired Hunter Valley Operations (HVO) Dragline Operator, Peter Constable, you soon understand why he had such dedication to his job, his machine and his colleagues. One piece of machinery which became close to Peter’s […]

ONE DOOR CLOSES, ANOTHER OPENS

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For Whitehaven, one door has closed and another has opened – literally. The company celebrated nearly two decades of operations at Werris Creek Mine with a Community Open Day in October. The mine has been operating since 2005 and is now preparing to transition to the rehabilitation phase. Over 1000 people turned out at the […]

ALL POWER TO MAX

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One of Glencore’s Ravensworth Mine’s Open Cut Examiners (OCE) has just lifted nearly a tonne of weight. It wasn’t with a digger though, he used his human strength. Max Jones recently won the Global Powerlifting Committee (GPC) Australian Nationals title and secured an Australian record. The 30-year-old lifted the biggest total in the competition, 925 […]

MY MINING LIFE – Benny Butlin

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Who are you and what do you do? Benny Butlin. I am a shotfirer at Rix’s Creek Mine. When did you start in the mining industry and what was your first job? Started at Stratford Coal in 2011 after gaining heavy machinery experience in the civil sector. How different is your job now to what […]

SUPPLIER INSIDER – Core Mine

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Tell us about the business. Core Mine Pty Ltd is a consultancy specialising in mining competence. Our services range from management consulting, leadership training and exam preparation for Open Cut Examiners and Mine Managers. We’ve also developed a webapp (CoreMOC) that helps industry maintain their compliance. How long have you been doing business? We started […]

LIFE IS ABOUT CLIMBING MOUNTAINS

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Challenging. That’s the word Newcastle Knights old boy Danny Buderus would use to describe his recent adventure to Mount Everest with 20 others to raise money for the Mark Hughes Foundation (MHF). In the name of MHF, supporters have climbed to the Mt Everest Base Camp, been up Mt Kilimanjaro and along the Borneo Sandakan […]

COMMUNITY CHAMPION: De-anne Douglas

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Over the past 23 years De-anne Douglas has been the face of the Upper Hunter Food and Toy Appeal, helping bring joy to thousands of families. While she is quick to make sure the amazing team of helpers that make it happen alongside her are also recognised, it is her drive that has kept it […]

SERVICE NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT

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As summer approaches the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service is preparing for what is traditionally one of the busiest times across its service area and has launced its annual Summer Appeal to raise valuable funds for the Service’s operations. Whether it’s simply getting outdoors and being more active on the weekend or undertaking longer breaks across […]

THE ELECTRIC MINE CONFERENCE: SPARKING INNOVATION

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Historically known for its rugged machinery and heavy reliance on fossil fuels, the mining industry has been undergoing a transformative shift towards sustainability and efficiency. Hailing from locomotive technology, miners have successfully operated electric driven machines in direct current and, more recently, alternating current electrical formats. We stand at a pivotal moment in history, requiring […]

NIC’S RACING DREAM IS RIGHT ON TRACK

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If you were playing racing car video games when you were a kid and never thought you would be able to race around a track at 100km/hr in real life, well you were wrong. Nic Reid from Newcastle is just 13 years old and he is a licenced go-kart racer. “I played Forza Horizon on […]

FILIPINO FESTIVE FUN

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Looking for somewhere different to visit for Christmas? Manila is the bustling capital city of the Philippines and a magical place to visit during the Christmas season. Filipinos begin celebrating Christmas as early as September and the festivities continue right through to January. There are so many sights and attractions on offer during the Christmas […]

COMMUNITY GIFT – A Complete Christmas

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Every December, the Complete Parts and @ The Coalface $500 Community Gift goes towards making sure no family goes without at Christmas. Since 2017, Complete Parts & Equipment Solutions has been running its Christmas Giving Tree initiative. General Manager Craig Tanzer said it all started when owners Sean and Felicity Dyson saw a real need […]

MORGAN ENGINEERING EXPANDS

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Hunter Valley based company, Morgan Engineering, is expanding its operations into Gunnedah, bringing new jobs, and around-the-clock support for local mines. Having successfully launched award-winning and inclusive apprenticeship programs (including those for mature age and female apprentices) at their Singleton facility, the team are keen to provide the same opportunities to foster talent in Gunnedah. […]

HVO LISTENS

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Hunter Valley Operations (HVO) has used the feedback from submissions on its Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to improve its proposal to continue mining until 2050. The amended proposal and additional information are outlined in a Submissions Report and Project Amendment Report that HVO has submitted to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment. HVO General […]

BOOST FOR TOURISM

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Broke Fordwich Wine and Tourism Association has receive a $10,000 boost to tourism efforts to showcase the region’s vibrant wineries, rich cultural heritage, stunning natural beauty, and unique experiences. The funding, made possible through a partnership with Glencore’s Bulga Coal mine, will support marketing resources to attract more visitors to the region ahead of the […]

OPINION: New Union, with a proud tradition

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On 1 December, the Mining and Energy Union was formally established as a new union. This was a great achievement that provides for an independent future – but our day-to-day work of fighting for better wages, safety, rights and jobs continues unchanged. Trade unionism emerged in the Hunter Valley coalfields in the 1850s, as workers […]

IF YOU NEED ME, I’LL BE UP IN THE CLOUDS

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If you’ve lived in the Hunter Valley for as long as I have (all of my 28 years) or you’ve only been here for a little while, you would have seen the hot air balloons float along the skyline just after sunrise. You’ve probably wondered what it would be like to float amongst the clouds. […]

RETIRE RIGHT

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Retirement can be a double-edged sword. To make the most of your golden years you not only need to invest in your financial health, but your mental and physical health. Not everyone is lucky enough to fully retire from a decades-long career at the designated age of 67 with a retirement fund or payments that […]

OPINION: Someone Always Pays

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It is a simple economic reality, when you increase the costs on businesses, someone always pays. Either the small business owner absorbs the extra costs and profitability is eroded, or the costs are passed on to the consumers. It is not a choice small business owners enjoy making. They will pass on costs as a […]

SCHOOL TOURS A SMASHING SUCCESS

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The Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue’s School Mine Tours program has completed its busy 2023 schedule, with 569 students from 18 schools in the Upper Hunter visiting 9 mining operations this year. Since its inception in 2018, more than 3,300 students have undertaken a tour. The tours provide an opportunity for students and teachers to talk […]

A LESSON ON LIGHTNING

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Lightning is a dangerous weather phenomenon that can strike at any moment during a thunderstorm, posing a significant threat to mine sites and workers. We caught up with Justin Harris, General Manager from Power Protections Industries who shared some advice on how important it is for mines to be proactive about managing the risks of […]

NEW LIFE FOR LAPTOPS

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What does a mine production manager do on his weekends off? Well Glencore’s Integra Coal Underground Production Manager Evert Smit spent two weekends last month spending his time doing something pretty special. When the mine had to upgrade laptops, there were 53 they could no longer use. Instead of tossing them, Evert took them home, […]

BLOOMFIELD LEADS THE WAY IN SAFETY

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The Bloomfield Group’s Bloomfield Mine crew have just reached the incredible milestone of 7 years Lost Time Injury Free. Through dedication to identifying and controlling hazards, they are leaders in maintaining a safe workplace. Bloomfield Mine Operations Manager Brad Donoghoe credited the milestone to the great safety culture among the crew. “Our crews are tight-knit […]

OPINION – NSW Needs Mining

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Throughout 2023 our world class NSW mining industry has continued to make the important contribution we are known for, and which so many people rely upon. Coal mining jobs have hit record levels this year, with more than 25,000 miners and their families now living in our mining communities, including in the Hunter, Illawarra, Lithgow […]

New South Wales December 2023

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Christmas is Coming! “Christmas is a togethery sort of holiday. That’s my favorite kind.” – Winnie the Pooh Another year has flown by! It’s time to look back on 2023 and we have put together an extra special feature to do just that. @ The Coalface is not just about coal mining. It’s also about […]

MORANBAH SHOWS ITS METTLE

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Keeping your cool under pressure is a tough ask on a hot Moranbah day but eight highly-skilled mines rescue teams proved their mettle in a national competition on October 19. Working calmly to reduce hazards and treat often screaming mock patients, the teams completed eight high-pressure exercises at Moranbah North Mine for the 59th annual […]

CELEBRATING FORTY YEARS OF HISTORY

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Glencore’s Oaky Creek and Newlands coal operations have achieved the significant milestone of 40 years of mining this year. Over the past four decades, both operations have worked to achieve excellence and deliver outstanding results, with both having a history of open cut and underground operations. In recognition of this, each mine planned a series […]

FOOTY FEVER SWEEPS ISAAC

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Former rugby league greats took to the field at Moranbah on October 14, with the Anglo American Australian Legends taking the field against the Vitrinite Moranbah Miners All Stars. 2023 Reserve Grade Coach and All Stars player Mick Curcio said it was a significant event for the local community. “It’s all for the young people […]

THIESS SETS GLOBAL BENCHMARK

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Thiess has made history at Pembroke Resources’ Olive Downs Complex making it the world’s first mining operation to deploy Cat® MineStar™ Command for hauling and Command for drilling solutions simultaneously. Thiess recently commenced fully autonomous hauling and drilling operations at the Olive Downs Complex from a purpose-built facility on site. This includes deploying 21 haul […]

BIG BUY FOR WHITEHAVEN

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Whitehaven Coal has acquired 100% of both the Blackwater and Daunia mines which produce some of the highest quality coal for steelmaking and has reaffirmed Whitehaven as Australia’s leading metallurgical coal company. BHP has netted $US4 billion from the sale of two of its Queensland mines. Blackwater was first opened in 1967 south-east of Emerald. […]

MY MINING LIFE – Chanele Le Grand

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Who are you and what do you do? I am Chanele Le Grand and I work for BUMA Australia as a Graduate Mining Engineer. When did you start in the mining industry and what was your first job? I began my mining career in 2019 during my first year of university, working at Meandu Mine. […]

COMMUNITY CHAMPION: Lexi Croce

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At just 16 years old, Moranbah State High School Grade 11 student Lexi Croce is taking the entrepreneurial world by storm. Between juggling school and sports, she’s carved out time to run her own business, Elsie Grace, which recently won her the Young Rural Business of the Year award. Lexi’s journey began just by spending […]

A BUCKING GOOD TIME

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In a display of talent and grit, Australia’s Youth Rodeo Organisation (YRO) made its presence felt at the recent Mini Bull Riding Championships in Mesquite, Texas. YRO’s participation not only highlighted the growing talent in Australia and New Zealand but also threw light on the unique challenges and aspirations of young rodeo enthusiasts aiming for […]

COMMUNITY GIFT – Sarina Bird Club

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This month the Components Only and @ The Coalface $500 Community Gift goes to support the Sarina Bird Club, a haven for aviculture enthusiasts and feathered friends. Established in 2005, the club has been an integral part of the Sarina community for nearly two decades. Donna Halls, the club’s Secretary, shared that the club started […]

FLEET OF THE FUTURE

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Batchfire continues to invest in a more sustainable future with high-productivity mining equipment from Komatsu which combines power and efficiency, while also improving safety, comfort and emissions. A brand-new Komatsu PC4000 was recently delivered and constructed at Batchfire Resources’ Callide Mine in Central Queensland, built and tested just one month ahead of its on-site debut. […]

OPINION: Australian Coal Saves Lives

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In the first few pages of the International Energy Association’s newly released World Energy Outlook, they make a fleeting reference to the estimated more than 6 million people who die each year because of indoor and outdoor air pollution. Despite this tragic toll, in the rest of the 355 page report they mainly focus on […]

REVVING UP EDUCATION

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Springsure State School in Queensland isn’t just holding races, it’s redefining education through its Pedal Prix Program. The 2023 Championship QLD Pedal Prix Super Series showcased the result of years of effort by the school’s staff and students. Science, engineering and technology teacher Peter Spencer was the driver behind the initiative, which was five years […]

SCHOLARSHIP TO SUCCESS

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A $30,000 scholarship aimed at supporting regional university students to excel in their studies has opened for applications. The QCoal Foundation Scholarship provides a James Cook University (JCU) student with $10,000 each year for three years to offset the costs of studying. First-year Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management (BESM) student and 2023 Scholarship recipient […]

OPINION: Daunia and Blackwater say ‘Good Riddance’ to BHP

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After six months of uncertainty, BHP has finally sold off two of its Queensland coal mines – including one of the largest open cuts in the country. Thankfully, it’s great news for workers. The buyer, Whitehaven, has committed to retaining all current, directly employed permanent workers under their current Agreement, including transitioning 400 Operations Services […]

A-I TIMESAVER

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Artificial intelligence is being used to fix a problem in five minutes that would’ve otherwise taken hours at one of Anglo-American’s Queensland mines. The team at Anglo’s Dawson Mine was searching for something that would stop clips from failing or breaking on their 27-kilometre-long cable conveyor that transports raw metallurgical coal across the mine. When […]

VIRTUAL HORIZONS

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Anglo American and the Resources Centre of Excellence (RCOE) have unveiled a state-of-the-art Virtual Reality (VR) lab in Mackay to improve worker safety and training in the mining sector. The lab aims to enhance workforce development by providing more than 20 training modules on topics ranging from critical safety protocols to advanced learning tools. Anglo […]

BUILDING THE FUTURE

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The North Queensland Roadshow, a pioneering initiative by Awesome Women in Construction (AWIC), recently made a stop in Moranbah. The event is part of a broader strategy to inspire the next generation to consider careers in the construction industry. We had the chance to catch up with Amanda Bulow, the founder of AWIC, to discuss […]

EXPAND YOUR FUTURE

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Moranbah and Dysart teens are invited to expand their futures with Smart Transformation. With 2024 just around the corner, nominations are now open for Smart Transformation’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC), supported by BMA. Sixteen students currently in Years 8 to 11 at both Dysart and Moranbah State High Schools will get to participate in a […]

GO FOR GOLD

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Clermont is in the spotlight as the backdrop for a new Channel 7 Mate series, Adventure Gold Diggers. The first episode aired on October 3 and is also available on the 7 Plus App. To celebrate the series premiere, a special launch event was held at the Commercial Hotel in Clermont where the first two […]

MESMERISING MEERKAT ADVENTURE

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As I stepped into the enchanting realm of the Rockhampton Botanical Gardens and Zoo, a wave of excitement washed over our small group of four adventurers, eager to experience a once-in-a-lifetime meerkat feeding encounter. The sun painted the surroundings in warm hues, adding to the magic of the moment. Very different to the first attempt […]

OPINION: Safety in Focus

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While safety is a 24/7, 365 days a year priority for Queensland’s resources sector, October provided a good opportunity for us all to put a sharper focus on this vitally important topic. The October Safety Reset across our industry coincided with National Safe Work Month, which meant the important safety message was hard to miss. […]

Queensland November 2023

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DOUBLING DOWN Congratulations to Anglo American! Not only did Grosvenor’s Mines Rescue team taken home the win at the 59th annual Australian Underground Coal Mines Rescue competition last month, the Moranbah North team also claimed second place. Grosvenor and Moranbah North were also the winner and runner-up at the 2023 Queensland State Cup in July, […]

KINGS CELEBRATE A CENTENARY

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Hunter-based engineering firm, Kings Engineering, are celebrating a remarkable centenary in business. Established in 1923, Kings Engineering has stood the test of time, marking a century of unwavering commitment to providing top-tier engineering services across mining, tunnelling, infrastructure, rail and manufacturing. Kings Engineering has experienced enormous change along their 100-year journey; from the invention of […]

TOMAREE TWELVE 2.0

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Daniel Robinson and his mates from Bulga Coal are back again, hitting the heights of Mt Tomaree in a gruelling fundraising challenge. When he’s not thinking up crazy new ways to test himself to the limits in the name of fundraising, Daniel is a Senior Open Cut Examiner at Bulga Coal. Last year he convinced […]

PUMPING MADE EASY

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If you’ve ever worked on a mine site, you’ll know pumping water is a tedious and labour intensive job. Not anymore, thanks to underground coal miners Andy Higgins and Tyler Creagh. Andy and Tyler both have extensive experience in underground mining, though for the last decade or so they’ve been working together on the maintenance […]

A GOODWIN!

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Hunter Valley Hydraulink have been awarded the Hydraulink 2023 Network Partner of the Year and we cannot not think of anyone more deserving of the award. Ok so we admit we might be a little biased, but that’s because @ The Coalface owes a lot to Shane and Kellie Goodwin and Hunter Valley Hydraulink. Our […]

THE BEST OF THE BEST BATTLE IT OUT

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Keeping your cool under pressure is a tough ask on a hot day but eight highly-skilled mines rescue teams proved their mettle in a national competition on Thursday, 19 October. Working calmly to reduce hazards and treat mock patients, the teams completed eight high-pressure exercises at Moranbah North Mine in Queensland for the 59th annual […]

SENSEI-TIONAL KARATE IN SINGLETON

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Shuseki Shihan Natalie Young and Hanshi Bill Young started Kaigan-Kan Karate-Do specialising in Traditional Japanese Shotokan Karate 35 years ago. They set up in Coffs Harbour when they first started the business and have been in the Hunter Valley for the last 14 years. Since then, thousands of karate students of every age and skill […]

A GOOD RUN

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About one in five Australians try running at some stage in their life. Running is an appealing exercise because it doesn’t cost a lot to take part and you can run at any time that suits you. One family in Newcastle are promoting the physical and mental health benefits of the sport. Fr Mark Cooper, […]

IT’S GETTING HOT IN HERE

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Recent climate data shows that extreme heat events are occurring in Australia more often and for longer periods. On top of that, the Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting a high chance of unusually warm temperatures for most of Australia until at least February 2024. According to government health services, mine workers are starting to experience […]

COMMUNITY GIFT – Hunter Homeless Connect

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This month the Complete Parts and @ The Coalface $500 Community Gift goes to Hunter Homeless Connect Inc., a volunteer, not-for-profit organisation, with a mission to create an inclusive environment without judgement and to facilitate a community response to homelessness in the Hunter region. This connection is provided via the annual Hunter Homeless Connect Day […]

COMMUNITY CHAMPION: Meg Southcombe

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For as long as she can remember, the mines have been the hole in the ground that puts food on Meg Southcombe’s table. 20-year-old Meg has a very different outlook on the mining industry compared to other people her age. “Without the mines, I would have never gone to St Joseph’s, my parents couldn’t have […]

CAMPAIGN CHAMPIONS OUR INDUSTRY

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Earlier this month, @ The Coalface were invited to a behind the scenes look at the latest NSW Minerals Council’s ‘Responsible Mining’ campaign. The mining industry is the largest contributor to our economy and underpins our prosperity. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of people out there who have no understanding of the vital contribution it makes […]

MY MINING LIFE – Penny Walker

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Who are you and what do you do? Penny Walker and I am the CHPP Superintendent at Malabar Resources Maxwell Coal Handling and Preparation Plant. When did you start in the mining industry and what was your first job? I first started in the mining industry in 2009 as a vacation student at HVO CHPP […]

ALL ABOARD FOR ALASTER

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Alaster Wylie, General Manager of Mines Rescue/Regulation & Compliance, has been nominated and accepted a prestigious position on the board of the International Mines Rescue Body (IMRB). We caught up with Alaster to hear about the journey that led him there. Alaster started out as an underground operator at 19 years old, fresh out of […]

UP ABOVE AND DOWN BELOW

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How often have you driven, parked and then walked to one of Newcastle’s beaches? A dozen or so times? But, how often have you flown in a helicopter along the coastline, or jumped on a boat and headed out between the heads? Well, this is your sign to do exactly that. Aero Logistics Newcastle and […]

LIFE AFTER MINING

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Retirement for most people is a bit of travel, maybe a new hobby or two, and plenty of downtime. That’s not the case for Gerard Hayward and his partner Amanda Dennis from GA Hayward Engineering, whose retirement plans will be keeping them busier than ever. Gerard bought GA Hayward Engineering in 1998, though prior to […]

FABULOUS FIELD DAY

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As part of its ongoing work, the Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue held a Pasture Restoration Field Day on October 14, bringing agronomists, government, community and industry stakeholders together for a day of sharing knowledge and seeing first hand, mine rehabilitation to pasture. With forty participants in attendance, the field day provided a unique opportunity to […]

ON THE RIGHT PATH

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Nine participants have graduated from Glencore Coal’s 2023 New South Wales Indigenous Employment Pathways Program (IEPP) based in the Hunter Valley. The purpose of the program is to provide work readiness and training opportunities for Indigenous Australians who live on, or have connection to, the areas in which Glencore Coal operates in the region. Having […]

OPINION: Programmed workers show labour hire miners can fight back too

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Workers at the Hunter mining industry’s largest labour hire provider Programmed have secured a 10% pay rise and improved conditions by voting ‘no’ to a substandard Enterprise Agreement and forcing the company to come back to the bargaining table. Programmed workers are among many labour hire miners across the coal industry who have had enough […]

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT SUICIDE BUT HOW?

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The latest Australian suicide rates show suicide is a serious concern in our communities. What can you do if you, or someone you know, is struggling? It can be a difficult conversation but Lifeline Hunter, Central Coast and New England North West CEO Rob Sams says talking about suicide is important. “Every life lost is […]

WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS

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With beautiful architecture, a rich history, and oozing culture, it’s no surprise that Paris is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. Paris is often referred to as the City of Lights because it was one of the first cities in Europe to have electricity. Though perhaps it should more rightly be known […]

SUPPLIER INSIDER – Fire Response

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Tell us about the business. Fire Response supply firefighting equipment to the Australian Emergency Services, Defence, mining and industry. We specialise in matching the best performing products to the individual needs of our clients to ensure optimum safety and efficiency. How long have you been doing business? We’ve been working hard at Fire Response since […]

SERIOUS SAFETY SOLUTIONS

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Zero harm objectives have dominated CEOs’ priority lists for years, rousing substantial changes to operations in the mining industry. Despite the dramatic decline in fatalities over the last few decades, achieving zero harm in Australian mining is still an ongoing project.  Stealing the spotlight at the recent Future of Mining conference in Perth, Warren Utteridge, […]

OPINION – Mining responsibly, for today and tomorrow

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The NSW Minerals Council has launched the next phase of our state-wide ‘Responsible Mining’ advertising campaign. The campaign highlights how people working in our industry mine responsibly for today and tomorrow.  Tens of thousands of people work in mining in NSW, making a vital contribution. Some help produce the gold, copper, silver, nickel, lead, zinc, […]

New South Wales November 2023

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COME AND CELEBRATEFrom milestones to achievements to innovations, why not raise a glass of champagne with us while you read this month’s stories.First off, keeping a business afloat is a tough job. Can you imagine the tenacity it takes to do it for 100 years? Through wars, recessions and enormous technological change, Kings Engineering’s success […]

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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The incidence of breast cancer in Australia is increasing and 20,458 women and 217 men are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia this year. One in seven women in Australia will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime making it the most diagnosed cancer for women. While survival rates have improved […]

Tradies Support the Ladies

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October is a great month for breast cancer awareness, according to the founders of a unique charity. After a personal experience with breast cancer, colleagues Gary Sinclair and Mat Whitson recognised the importance of partners being aware of what THEY need to look for. Tradies Support the Ladies raises awareness by wearing pink shirts on […]

Empowering First Nations communities

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Bravus Mining and Resources has joined with key contractor partner DRA Global to accelerate the development, training, and employment of First Nations peoples in central Queensland. DRA’s First Nations Traineeship Program will recruit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to critical mining roles that support the operations of the 10 million tonnes per annum Carmichael […]

First Coal Celebrations

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New Acland Mine has achieved a landmark milestone, with first coal extracted from the Queensland Government approved Stage 3 site. The acceleration of mining activity followed the Oakey Coal Action Alliance’s (OCAA) decision to withdraw its stay application, providing New Hope Group with certainty to progress New Acland Mine’s Stage 3 ramp-up plan. New Acland […]

My Mining Life – Noel Busk

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Who are you and what did you do before your recent retirement? Noel Busk, I was working at Goonyella Riverside as a Plant Operator. When did you start in the mining industry and what was your first job? I started in 1971 at Goonyella as a Dragline Oiler, at the age of 19, with UTAH […]

Sowing the seeds for a healthier community

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Queens Beach State School’s kitchen garden program is blooming thanks to a new grant from Bowen Rail Company (BRC) to support the region’s littlest green thumbs. The Bowen state school was one of four recipients of the latest round of funding from BRC’s Community Partnership Program, which is designed to assist not-for-profit organisations and community […]

COMMUNITY GIFT – Breast & Prostate Cancer Association of QLD (Emerald Committee)

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This month the Components Only and @ The Coalface $500 Community Gift goes to support the Emerald Committee of the Breast & Prostate Cancer Association of QLD, a volunteer managed charity organisation dedicated to improving breast and prostate cancer services. The Emerald Committee is a beacon of hope for cancer patients in the community. Initially […]

DRAG Driving

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Young drivers bolstered their skills behind the wheel during an adrenaline-filled defensive driving training session on an airfield in Central Queensland. The first official event planned by the Dawson Road Action Group (DRAG) involved plenty of tyre screeches as Moura State High School Year 12 students learned how to brake on wet roads. DRAG brings […]

Community Champion: Trevor Prior

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Trevor Prior’s tireless efforts to bridge cultural divides, uplift youth, and infuse life with music and culture make him a person worth celebrating. At the age of 17, Trevor’s early foray into community service saw him involved in youth work. Sponsored by the Rotary Club, Trevor took a two week trip to New Zealand to […]

Clermont Bears Secure Back-to-Back Titles

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In an electrifying match against the Dysart Bulls, the Clermont Bears Senior Rugby League emerged victorious with a 42-14 win, maintaining their winning streak. The grand final was held in Dysart on August 26 and was not merely a showdown between two teams, it was an event that brought together communities. @ The Coalface spoke […]

Supplier Insider – CE Group

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Tell us about the business. CE Group is an industry leader, delivering electrical and engineering solutions to complex projects across the mining, infrastructure and industrial sectors throughout Australia and Asia-Pacific. Founded in 2000, the business has experienced strategic and significant growth. This growth can be attributed to the adaptability, persistence, and diversification of markets the […]

OPINION: How to Hate the Great Australian Summer

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Close the beaches, empty the pool and turn off the aircon. Everything under the great Australian sun – including the sun – is officially cancelled. The scare campaign has already begun. ABC News screamed out a headline on a story the other week of “How climate change could be making El Niño more extreme”. It […]

OPINION: Partnerships Towards a Sustainable Future: Thiess Pursuing Transformation

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Attendees at the Bowen Basin Mining Club’s September luncheon in Mackay heard from two senior leaders at Thiess about the company’s experience in automation and how they are contributing to the decarbonisation transformation that is central to achieving net zero emissions by 2050. Thiess is a well-respected Tier 1 mining services provider in the industry […]

A strong foundation forms a bright future

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QCoal Foundation and Act for Kids are pleased to announce a new partnership which will fill a significant gap in service delivery for children in Central Queensland. Re-ACT CQ, the pilot program of the new partnership, will expand crucial and high demand trauma-informed therapy services in regional and remote Queensland, with an initial focus on […]

Twirling Superstars

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At the heart of the International Baton Twirling Championships held at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, England in August, was a group of standout athletes from Mackay’s very own International Dance Affair (IDA). Representing Australia among 1280 competitors from 21 countries, these six athletes displayed talent, determination and grace. IDA’s team was composed of […]

Joana’s Passion for Technology Making Mining Better

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Joana Sousa believes there is a lot of opportunity for mining right now, particularly the role that technology can play in making coal mining more effective for business. Joana, originally from Portugal, is the Data Science Lead in Queensland for mining giant BHP. Her love for technology started when she was still in Portugal and […]

OPINION: Mine Safety and Health doesn’t stop at the pit gate

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On Fathers Day morning, our central Queensland coal communities were shaken by terrible news. At around 4:30am, a coal truck and trailer collided with a four-wheel-drive on Saraji Road near Dysart, close to the notorious Phillips Creek Bridge. The driver of the four-wheel drive, local dad Chris Goodwin, died at the scene of the accident. […]

Research Scholarships for Rehabilitation

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More than $200,000 in post-graduate student scholarships is up for grabs to build on Queensland’s reputation as an international leader in coal mine rehabilitation. Two scholarships valued at $40,000 a year over three years are now available through the Coal Minesite Rehabilitation Trust to post-graduate students studying at a Queensland university. The Coal Minesite Rehabilitation […]

Do you have breasts? Then Read This

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When was the last time you checked your breasts? A year ago? A month ago? Never? Some women can’t even recall the last time they took a few minutes to check for any changes and many men have never checked theirs. Yet a simple breast check could save your life. More than 3300 Queenslanders are […]

Red Hot Fun!

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Block out Saturday, 9th December for a Red Hot Family Fun Day at Queens Park, Mackay in support of those in our community affected by cancer. In 2020, 32,547 Queenslanders were diagnosed with cancer and 9,840 people lost their battle. Mums, dads, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, friends and work colleagues. It’s a frightening number. We […]

Shaping Tomorrow’s Leaders Today

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The YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament (QYP) continues its 28-year legacy of engaging young Queenslanders in the political process. A nonpartisan YMCA run initiative, the program gives young people a platform to discuss and debate issues affecting their communities. The program selects one individual, aged 15 to 25 years old, to represent each electorate in the […]

Bridging the Gap

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In an era where technological advancements are rapidly evolving, questions often arise: How can society preserve the world’s oldest living cultures? How can we prepare the next generation for tech-centric futures? The partnership between Indigital Anglo American and the Barada Barna Indigenous Community provides an inspiring answer to these questions. Launched in 2022, this ground […]

OPINION: Safety will always be our number one priority.

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It’s important that our political leaders properly engage with the resources sector to fully understand the challenges and opportunities facing our biggest export industry that supports the jobs of over 450 thousand Queenslanders. I was very pleased to host a visit to BMA’s Goonyella Riverside metallurgical coal mine in the Bowen Basin by Queensland Opposition […]

Queensland October 2023

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Protecting Boobs With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this edition we are proud to highlight the fantastic work of the McGrath Foundation. One in seven women in Australia will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime however breast cancer affects everyone, not just the person diagnosed. Whether you’re a man or a woman, […]

Never Forget

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On 1 September 1923, 21 men lost their lives at Bellbird Colliery in the worst mining disaster of our district. One hundred years later we honour and remember our fallen miners. On 1 September 2023, Coal Services Mines Rescue and the Mining and Energy Union (MEU), together with the Coalfields Local Historical Association hosted a […]

Mining a Path for Women

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NSW took home two out of five awards at the 2023 Women in Resources National Awards with Dr Bianca Newcombe winning Exceptional Woman and Lucy McClean winning Inclusion and Diversity Champion. Bianca, Principal Metallurgist and owner of OptiFroth Solutions, won the Exceptional Woman Award for her tenacity to follow her passion and remain connected with […]

Community Champion – Andrew Hughes

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At every local fundraiser or sporting event, there’s a company name that always seems to pop up. A Plus Contracting & Poly Welding. When it comes to a business giving back to its local community you would be hard pressed to find one more generous then Branxton business, A Plus Contracting & Poly Welding. Harry […]

Ulan Coal Kicking Rehabilitation Goals

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Glencore’s coal business continues to build on its positive track record of industry leading rehabilitation with 76 hectares of rehabilitated mined land at Ulan Coal Mine Complex receiving NSW Government sign-off. The rehabilitation, equivalent to more than 95 football fields, has met all closure criteria and objectives set by the Department of Planning and Environment […]

My Mining Life – Chelsie Morrow

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Who are you and what do you do? Chelsie Morrow, Electrical Apprentice, Hunter Valley Operations (HVO). When did you start in the mining industry and what was your first job? I started my apprenticeship at HVO in 2022, so I’m in my second year. How different is your job now to what you wanted to […]

Supplier Insider – Solid Engineering

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Tell us about the business. Solid Engineering works primarily in the mining and infrastructure sectors. We design, engineer, manufacture, install and repair mining equipment and infrastructure. How long have you been doing business? Solid Engineering was founded in March 2013 so this year we celebrated our 10th birthday. However, the majority of our team have […]

HVO Helping Train Mental Health First Aiders

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More Singleton residents have become mental health first aiders thanks to funding through Hunter Valley Operations’ (HVO) community grants program. Novaskill Hunter Valley has been able to provide 18 free places for its Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses this year with its HVO Round 1 2023 community grant. About 1 in 5 Australian adults […]

Bengalla Takes Home Trophy

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Seven emergency response teams from across the region competed at the annual Hunter Valley Open Cut Mines Rescue competition on Friday 15 September 2023. The day’s format included several simulation exercises to demonstrate knowledge and the use of equipment in realistic scenarios, including exercises to test hazard awareness, vertical rescue, first aid and firefighting. The […]

Best At Western

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Eight teams from mine sites across the Lithgow, Mudgee and Gunnedah mining regions competed at the annual Western Mines Rescue competition on Friday 1 September 2023. Centennial Coal’s Springvale team won the underground competition and will represent the district at the Australian Mines Rescue underground competition to be held in Queensland in October. Springvale team […]

A Space For Sharing

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Recently @ The Coalface attended the opening of Kirkton Public School’s newly built Yarning Circle. This lovely outdoor learning space was made possible thanks to the Glencore Schools P&C Grants program, and the tireless efforts of the Kirkton Public School P&C Committee. Kirkton Public School is a tiny school with only 35 students enrolled. Due […]

Don’t Be a Dud Driver

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Around 1,200 people are killed each year on Australia’s roads and about 40,000 are seriously injured. Do you need a reminder on how to stay safe on our roads? FIGHT OFF Fatigue Long hours of shift work and long hours behind the wheel are a recipe for disaster. Fatigue-related crashes are twice as likely to […]

Mining Leaders Summit

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On November 16 and 17 the Mining Leaders Summit 2023 hits Perth. The invitation only event brings together leaders in Australia’s mining industry, representing top-tier mining and contracting companies and innovative sponsors. The Mining Leaders Summit serves as a pivotal platform, allowing mining and contracting executives to assess and collaborate with relevant solution and service […]

Hats off to CAPS

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When the team at CAPS aren’t busy coming up with compressed air and power generation solutions, they’re busy encouraging people to get behind a fundraising campaign to fight cancer. Compressed Air and Power Solutions (CAPS) are a key supporter of the MACA Cancer 200 Ride for Research, a massive event from October 14 that raises […]

Hard Work Pays Off

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Jake Douglas never thought when he was doing CrossFit in his garage in Tamworth 15 years ago that he would own his own gym with hundreds of members and go overseas to compete at the CrossFit Games. Fast forward to now, and that’s exactly what the father of two has done. Jake was introduced to […]

Your Body is not the Problem

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Eating disorders are not a lifestyle choice, a diet gone wrong or a cry for attention. They are serious mental and physical conditions that involve complex and damaging relationships with food, eating, exercise, and body image. The most common indication of an eating disorder is extreme dissatisfaction or an unhealthy concern about your appearance, food […]

OPINION: One Nation and LNP team up to delay fairer workplace laws

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We have reached a major milestone in our campaign for fairer workplace laws with the introduction to Federal Parliament last month of new legislation that would deliver Same Job Same Pay for labour hire workers. But the Liberal Nationals and One Nation have teamed up to ensure there’s a catch.  The Closing Loopholes Bill introduced […]

COMMUNITY GIFT – Mudgee Historical Society

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This month the Complete Parts and @ The Coalface $500 Community Gift goes to the Mudgee Historical Society. Every day of the week, volunteers from Mudgee lovingly look after the Mudgee Museum and work to improve its buildings and surrounds. The Mudgee Museum, at 126 Market Street, is based in the former West End Hotel […]

Funding was Music to College’s Ears

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Students at Australian Christian College (ACC) Singleton have struck a chord on their new musical equipment, thanks to a $3,700 donation from Ashton Coal. The funding has purchased new musical instruments including 28 classical guitars and 28 ukelele’s to enhance the junior school music program. Melissa Goodworth at Australian Christian College Singleton was delighted with […]

FMG Make Tracks Towards Decarbonisation

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Fortescue Metals Group’s newly appointed Chief Executive Officer, Dino Otranto, is eager to propel the company’s zero-emission mining initiatives. This sentiment isn’t surprising, considering the current pressure on the mining industry to be more efficient, deliver more minerals for the energy transition and do that in a more sustainable way. Fit for the challenge, Otranto […]

OPINION: Don’t be fooled by closing loopholes slogan

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Judging by the name, it sounds like a rather sensible policy. But don’t be fooled by the ‘closing labour hire loopholes’ slogan which the Albanese Government stapled to its industrial relations legislation, tabled in parliament last month. The government’s ‘closing labour hire loopholes’ legislation – otherwise known as Same Job, Same Pay – is misleading […]

One Conversation Can Save a Life

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In 2021, 3,144 Australians died by suicide, about 12 in every 100,000 people. Suicide is almost always a result of mental ill health which comes in a number of forms. One of those is bipolar. Craig Hamilton is one of the last people you would expect to suffer mental ill health. ‘Hammo’, as he is […]

Straight Shooters

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Recently @ The Coalface were invited out to shoot with the Hunter Bowmen Field Archery Club. Located at Elderslie, you will not find a more beautiful neck of the woods to put your archery skills to the test. The Hunter Bowmen Field Archery Club is one of nine clubs in the Australian Bowhunters Association Northern […]

Serving the Community

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Despite the 3.30am starts, Boggabri Lions Club has found a way to rejuvenate the service club’s membership. Over the past 15 years, more than a million meals have been served by club members at barbecues around Boggabri communities. President Craig Devine said four or five years ago, the club was going to fold, but then […]

OPINION – Budget Forgets Mining Communities

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The most recent NSW Budget shows in black and white how important the NSW mining industry is to the NSW economy. Mining royalties are forecast to deliver the NSW government $13.2 billion over next four years, including $2.7 billion from higher royalty rates to be introduced from 1 July 2024. This revenue will play an […]

New South Wales October 2023

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How Far We’ve Come This month we honour the 21 men who lost their lives at Bellbird Colliery in the worst mining disaster of our district. One hundred years later, we remember our fallen miners and make sure the lessons learnt are never forgotten. 21 men succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning, their safety gear consisting […]

Anglo Dives into Dolphin Partnership

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The Dolphins NRL team have welcomed Anglo American to the team as its newest Premier Partner from 2024, as well as the club’s official Mining Partner, and a Community Partner. CEO of Anglo American in Australia, Dan van der Westhuizen, said a key driver of the partnership was a strong mutual connection to Central Queensland […]

Clermont Sets Sail

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In a historic moment for Clermont, the first-ever Clermont Outback Sailing Regatta embarked on its maiden voyage. Held against the breathtaking backdrop of Theresa Creek Dam, this inaugural event marked a significant milestone in the region’s recreational pursuits. The regatta was a brainchild of the Clermont Community Business Group (CCGB). Partnering with the Theresa Creek […]

COMMUNITY GIFT – Ride4Lives

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This month the Components Only and @ The Coalface $500 Community Gift goes to Ride4Lives, an organisation dedicated to suicide intervention, training and awareness. Ride4Lives is a non-profit organisation established in 2017 to assist in creating awareness around suicide intervention training and bereavement support in the Central Queensland area. Recognising the need for a safe […]

Mining Town Saved

L-R: Isaac Regional Council Director of Planning, Environment and Community Services Dan Wagner, Councillor Gina Lacey, Mayor Anne Baker, Minister for Resources Scott Stewart, Deputy Mayor Kelly Vea Vea and long-term Glenden resident Milissa Phillips-Payne outside Queensland Parliament in Brisbane on 24 August 2023.

Pure people power has secured Glenden’s future after a fast-tracked piece of amended legislation passed in Queensland Parliament on August 24. Mayor Anne Baker led a small contingent in Brisbane to witness the historic moment alongside long-term Glenden resident Milissa Phillips-Payne.  “The future of Glenden has now been enshrined in law with the changes to […]

The Wake Up Call

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Paul Spinks’ hard hitting presentation, The Wake Up Call, uses rawness and realness to really dig in and shift the way people think. With two decades of experience as a Rural and Remote Ambulance Paramedic and a Trauma Counsellor, Paul’s insights into the human struggle are both poignant and profound. Through his work he has […]

And the Award Goes to…

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A prostate cancer awareness and early detection program and a world-first system that makes tyre fitting at mine sites much safer have won the prestigious Health and Innovation Awards at the 2023 Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference (QMIHSC). QMIHSC Chair Larnie Mackay congratulated all award finalists and winners who are contributing to a […]

Making Radio Waves

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Capella is nestled away from the bustling cities and features a single street lined with houses and shops stretching along it. Its unique charm stems from a history entwined with coal mining and agriculture. Capella was founded on traditional Wangan land in the 1860s by graziers influenced by the good reports of Ludwig Leichhardt. Today, […]

My Mining Life – Tayah Womal

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Who are you and what do you do? My name is Tayah Womal and I work in administration at Broadmeadow Mine. When did you start in the mining industry and what was your first job? I first started working at Broadmeadows Mine, one day a week as a school-based trainee and then got bought on […]

Safety is our Number One Priority

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We often hear the phrase in the Queensland resources sector that “Safety is our number one priority” and the 2023 Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference (QMIHSC) provided evidence of just how important the issue is to everyone involved. A record attendance of 1180 delegates gathered for the four-day conference on the Gold Coast […]

Community Champion – Amanda Raymond

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In Moranbah where community bonds are strong and genuine, Amanda Raymond embodies community dedication and leadership. Her many contributions, ranging from her support for the Girl Guides to her role as President of Moranbah Arts, are a testament to her commitment. “I’ve always wanted to live in a place where I could wave to everyone […]

OPINION: A Powerful Argument

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In 2010, renewable energy accounted for just 10 per cent of Australia’s electricity. Today it accounts for around 40 per cent. As the amount of renewable energy has quadrupled its share, Australian electricity prices have more than doubled. Yet we are constantly told that renewable energy is the “cheapest form of energy”. If renewables are […]

The Coalface Experience

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In the heart of Collinsville, a town etched in coal mining history, stands a testament to resilience, camaraderie and the indomitable spirit of the miners who dedicated their lives to the depths of the earth. The Collinsville Coalface Experience was inaugurated on the solemn occasion of the 50th anniversary of the 1954 Collinsville Mine disaster […]

EDGE Expands Horizons

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At Clermont High School, young individuals are not only breaking a sweat but are also breaking down barriers with the Blue EDGE program, a joint initiative of the Clermont Police Station and the school. @ The Coalface had a chance recently to chat with Sergeant Steve French, about this impactful program which involves a blend […]

Future of Mining in Smart Hands

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Students from Smart Transformation’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC) have completed the educational trip of a lifetime to Brisbane, seeing into the future and their own career opportunities. The YAC members enjoyed a four-day tour of the Queensland capital, funded by BMA, participating in a mix of work and play that ensured there was something for […]

Supplier Insider – Ezy Group

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Tell us about the business. Ezy Group is a locally owned business founded by Derek and Sylvia Davis that originally began as Ezy Vehicle Rentals. It has since evolved into four integrated companies offering vehicle rentals, mechanical services, towing, and signage. Committed to quality, customer satisfaction, and community involvement, the Ezy Group continues its mission […]

OPINION: Psychosocial hazards next frontier on safety

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Most mineworkers have never heard the term ‘psychosocial hazard’ – but a majority have had experiences that have left them stressed, anxious or sleepless. While we continue the hard work of protecting workers’ physical safety in our mining industry, there is increasing awareness of the importance of protecting workers’ psychological safety too. The State’s mine […]

Solving a Bind with a Blind

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Carrie Schuler is a Principal Resource Geologist at New Hope Group. A busy full-time working mother of two teenage boys, she recently added entrepreneur to her list of achievements. Carrie has had plenty of long and hard days at work. For the past 22 years she has been working on mine sites in Central Queensland […]

Sweet Dreams for Shift Workers

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A CQUniversity study has brought together international sleep and shift work researchers to gather world-first consensus on how shift workers can best schedule their shuteye. The research, out now in prestigious academic journal SLEEP, outlines 18 clear guidelines to ensure healthy sleep patterns, whether on permanent night shift or a rotating roster. The guidance is […]

Checking with Community

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Every year in Australia, skin cancers account for around 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers. Glencore’s Rolleston Open Cut understands how important regular skin checks are and so in 2020 they began providing free checks to all their employees. Then they took it a step further, running free skin check clinics in their neighbouring communities. […]

Hearing the Call with AI

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Bravus Mining and Resources has partnered with Queensland scientists to use cutting-edge artificial intelligence technology to improve remote monitoring of the Black-throated Finch at the Carmichael mine near Clermont. Researchers from E2M created an automated recogniser to capture the birds’ calls, which will support best practice monitoring of the species and open the door for […]

OPINION: Industry of Opportunity

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New employment figures confirm Queensland’s resources sector is the industry of opportunity for young people looking for rewarding and well-paid jobs. The number of people starting a resources-related apprenticeship or traineeship in Queensland has risen sharply over the past decade, particularly among women and Indigenous Australians. The number of young women beginning training is more […]

Queensland September 2023

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What Matters Most The spotlight this month is on the wellbeing of our industry and there is nothing more important than that. From a record number of attendees at the Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference, to Glencore’s Rolleston Open Cut providing free skin check clinics, to CQUniversity’s study into sleep and shift work, […]

A Century of Coal

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Glencore’s Liddell Coal Complex has mined its last coal after an incredible 100 years of operation. The milestone marks the beginning of a new era for the site as focus shifts to mine closure and rehabilitation works. Coal exploration began at Liddell in 1923, though it wasn’t until 1930 that mining began. The site had […]

New name, new game, same important cause.

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Over the past 7 years, the annual Hunter Valley Mining Charity Rugby League Day has raised more than $500,000 for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. Now it’s time for a new ‘battle of the miners’, the A-Plus Contracting Hunter Valley Mining OzTag Challenge. The new look event will continue the tradition of previous years, bringing […]

Take a Tour of First-Rate Rehab

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Community members will be able to explore Glencore’s Mangoola Open Cut coal operation from the comfort of their own home thanks to a cutting-edge 360° virtual reality tour. The virtual reality tour is one of the highlights featured in Glencore’s recently released Coal Mine Rehabilitation Update. Glencore Coal’s Director of Environment and Community, John Watson, […]

Community Champion: Brian Collard

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For almost seven decades Brian Collard has been proud to call the Upper Hunter home. While he should be enjoying a well-deserved retirement, Brian is still giving back to the community he loves. When we asked Brian to be this month’s community champion he was reluctant. As with most people who volunteer, Brian isn’t after […]

Celebrating Our Industry

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Hundreds of mining industry participants, technical experts and government and community representatives from across NSW came together at the annual NSW Minerals Council Health, Safety, Environment and Community (HSEC) Conference. A record number of people attended this year’s HSEC Conference, bringing together around 550 people from across NSW for one of the NSW mining industry’s […]

Be Prepared

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As we head into Spring, the start of bushfire season begins. Are you prepared?   Fire chiefs are asking the community not to be complacent as we head into bushfire season. Following three consecutive La Niña cycles, there is now plenty of fuel and the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) is forecasting hotter and drier conditions […]

Supplier Insider – Elite Industrial Equipment

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Tell us about the business. Elite Industrial Equipment is a major supplier of mining equipment and consumables for the surface and underground mining industry. We work closely with OEM’s, Suppliers and Customers to provide the highest quality products at extremely competitive prices. How long have you been doing business? Elite Industrial Equipment was started in […]

My Mining Life – Sandy Lettice

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Who are you and what do you do? Sandy Lettice, I am a Land & Property Officer for MACH Energy Mount Pleasant Operation near Muswellbrook. I was born in the Upper Hunter and live on a farm in the Scone area with my wife Hannah and three very busy children. When did you start in […]

Dads Helping Dads

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When you think about a family separating, you think about the children, the mother and the father or another carer. But it’s probably safe to say we don’t always think about the father first. Separation is an intense time for everyone involved, but there’s a service being rolled out across the country to help dads […]

A Fossil Fuel Free Future?

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German mining giant, Liebherr, has been under the pump to keep its ambitious promises to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions since its Zero Emission Mining Program was announced in 2021. The urgency to achieve carbon neutrality and the simultaneous increase in demand for decarbonisation of the mining industry were key drivers in the acceleration of […]

COMMUNITY GIFT – SELFNA

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This month the Complete Parts and @ The Coalface $500 Community Gift goes to Singleton English Lessons for New Australians (SELFNA), a rapidly growing group that is achieving so much more than the founders ever anticipated. The group comes together on Saturdays at Singleton Library and their most recent lesson was all about coffee. You […]

A Safer Hunter Starts with a Safer Community

2023 WHS Business of the Year Award winners, Enviroculture Maintenance Services.

The Hunter Safety Awards will be returning for its eighth year with applications for the 2024 awards officially open. After another successful award ceremony held in 2023, the event returns to recognise businesses and individuals within the region who go above and beyond safety requirements to demonstrate best-practice and innovative approaches to WHS. The importance […]

Leaving Nothing on the Table

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Table tennis has been played in Australia for more than 100 years, and there’s one young woman at Glencore’s Bulga Coal operation who doesn’t just play it for fun in her spare time. Danica Alburo is that talented, she made her debut at the 2023 National Championships in July. Danica started playing table tennis when […]

Alpha Blokes Tuning out Head Noise

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It can be hard not to let the head noise creep in when you’re on another mundane 12-hour shift driving a water cart, fixing a diesel hose for the one-hundredth time or twiddling your thumbs while you wait for your shift to end. But there are two blokes, sitting on a couch drinking beer who […]

Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue

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Update from The Dialogue: Community Forum Feedback, Pasture Restoration Field Day and Rehabilitation and Water use data The Dialogue is preparing for a Pasture Restoration Field Day in October that will involve tours of mine rehabilitation and information sharing focusing on pasture establishment. The tour will take place across a number of mine sites in […]

OPINION: Mining delivers record $455 billion in export revenue in FY23

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Mining contributed a record $455 billion in export revenue for Australia in the 2022-23 financial year, highlighting, once again the importance of the industry to the nation’s economy, government revenues and regional jobs. Released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the figure represents two-thirds (66 per cent) of all export revenue for the nation and […]

OPINION: Don’t be led down the garden path over Same Job Same Pay

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The Minerals Council of Australia has resorted to spam text messages to spread confusion about the Federal Government’s proposed Same Job Same Pay policy for labour hire workers. Their strange ads set in fictional garden centres have been everywhere, leaving many scratching their heads. Minerals Council of Australia members employ thousands of labour hire workers […]

The Path to Serenity

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Even though meditation is increasing in popularity, many people still think of it as a pastime of hippies despite the scientific proof that it boosts your emotional and physical health. We caught up with Scotty Sisson to find out how meditation improved his life, and why he’s now committed to helping other people improve theirs. […]

Remembering our Fallen Miners

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On September 10, the MEU Northern Mining & NSW Energy District will be holding its 26th Annual Memorial Day Service to honour our fallen miners. Held on the second Sunday every September at the Jim Comerford Memorial Wall, the memorial is an opportunity for the community to come together to pay their respects to all […]

Funding For Local Community Groups

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Community groups in the Hunter and Upper Hunter regions with initiatives that make a positive difference to the local community are being encouraged to apply for funding in the next round of Mount Thorley Warkworth (MTW) and Ashton Coal’s Community Support Programs. The programs are funded by Yancoal Australia and provide financial assistance to local […]

OPINION – Coal Industry Charges Ahead

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Carrying the hopes of miners and Knights fans alike, the Newcastle Knights rumbled over the South Sydney Rabbitohs in a thundering charge of hi-vis orange at the recent Voice for Mining Family Day at McDonald Jones Stadium on August 20. Smashing through to almost certainly secure a spot in the top eight, the Knights took […]

New South Wales September 2023

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Hi-vis Heroes The Newcastle Knights may have been the winners at the Voice 4 Mining Family Day, but it’s the thousands of people who showed up in Hi-vis supporting our industry who are champions in our books. There are not many industries that come under constant attack as much as our coal mining industry and […]

Kyle Rides for Kids

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As I write this, Kyle Large is riding a Postie bike through regional Queensland. By the time you read this he will have ridden for nine days and covered around 2,000km. Kyle, who is a Maintenance Planner at Glencore’s Collinsville Open Cut, is particiapting in the Postie Bike Safari, an annual charity event that raises […]

10MT Milestone

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The first 10 million tonnes of high-quality thermal coal from the Carmichael mine have been mined and railed for export to nations overseas as planned. The milestone covers the shipments sent during testing and commissioning of the mine’s export infrastructure and those tonnes railed to the port for export during the first year of mining […]

Mines Rescue Skills Put to the Test

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The Queensland Mine Rescue State Cup proved to be an intense and demanding event, challenging rescue teams to respond to complex scenarios in underground mining environments. Hosted by Fitzroy Mining Operations at Carborough Downs, the competition brought together experienced rescuers from different mines, showcasing their dedication to safety and preparedness. Throughout the day, the eight […]

My Mining Life – Ben Dawson

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Who are you and what do you do? My name is Ben Dawson and I am a mine technician and trainer and assessor at Dawson Mine in Moura. When did you start in the mining industry and what was your first job? I started in the mining industry in 2006 as a drillers offsider in […]

COMMUNITY GIFT – Queensland Resources Dust Disease Support Group

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This month the Components Only and @ The Coalface $500 Community Gift goes to the Queensland Resources Dust Disease Support Group (QRDDSG) who are dedicated to protecting the health and wellbeing of retired and former miners, quarry workers, and their families across Queensland. Their tireless efforts and numerous accomplishments have resulted in vital services for […]

Supplier Insider – Drives & Controls

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Tell us about the business. I’m Danny Jones, the Area NSW & QLD Area Manager for Drives & Controls (DCS), a private business of USA origin. DCS provides high quality, customised services in electrical engineering, control system/automation engineering and on-site maintenance support services, specialising in the mining industry (draglines, CHPP and infrastructure). How long have […]

A Storching Success

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Ciara Storch has secured the gold medal at the prestigious Oceania Youth Championships in Samoa. Her victory comes after a challenging journey, proving her mettle as a formidable athlete. For Ciara, winning the gold was a triumph marked by a whirlwind of emotions having endured the loss of her big brother the previous year. However, […]

STEM Big Day Out

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260 Central Queensland high school students have taken part in the state’s first ever STEM Big Day Out which puts the spotlight on a whole new era of exciting careers for young people in the resources sector. Students received an insight into the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) through a unique program […]

Community Champion: Peter Panther

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In the tight-knit community of Moranbah there is a man who you could say is its heartbeat. Meet Peter Panther, a beloved figure whose infectious love for life and passion for drumming has left a lasting mark on the town and its people. Ever since he was a kid Peter has always marched to the […]

State of Unity

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Amidst the buzz and excitement of the highly anticipated second State of Origin, there was a heart-warming story that captured the hearts of Central Queenslanders. Former NRL legend PJ Marsh and his mates at Glencore’s Rolleston Open Cut coal mine came together to show the true spirit of mateship and generosity. PJ, renowned for his […]

Naidoc Celebrations

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During NAIDOC Week 2023, Barada Barna proudly celebrated their Aboriginal culture with BHP Queensland on Traditional Country where they have the largest footprint in the world. At the heart of this collaboration was a profound connection to land and heritage. Over 200 employees at Saraji and Daunia Mines were traditionally welcomed by Barada Barna Aborignal […]

IT’S ALL UP-TON FROM HERE

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Much to many Queensland NRLW fans’ disappointment, Tamika Upton has never regretted her decision to move from Central Queensland to Newcastle to play for the Knights. 26-year-old Tamika played rugby league with the boys at Blackwater Crushers Junior Rugby League Club until she was 12. After that, Tamika played touch football, netball and every other […]

OPINION: THE CRITICAL MINERAL CALLED COAL

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Join the conversation to restore community and business confidence in coal mining. Ian Macfarlane, Chief Executive of the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) teamed up with Nick Jorss, Executive Chairman, Bowen Coking Coal recently to speak with local suppliers and producers at the Bowen Basin Mining Club’s annual Rockhampton luncheon event. As leading advocates for the […]

Oaky Creek Show their Safety Skills

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Glencore’s Oaky Creek operation is the first ever mining Emergency Response Team (ERT) to compete in the Australasian Rescue Challenge, an event designed to help emergency personnel improve their skills through simulated rescue scenarios. Captained by Tom Pratchett, the Oaky Creek ERT competed against professionals from State Emergency Services, Fire and Rescue and Ambulance services […]

Groundbreaking Drilling

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Thiess’ fleet of autonomous Epiroc drills has achieved a significant milestone, safely drilling more than one million lineal metres at Lake Vermont mine in Queensland. In 2019, Thiess was the first mining services provider to deploy an Epiroc Pit Viper drill fitted with an autonomous drilling system (ADS) and has since expanded its fleet with […]

Miner by Day, Musician by Night

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When Jacynta’lee is not hard at work at Goonyella Riverside mine she is passionately pursuing a country music career. Despite the demanding nature of her job she has established herself as a rising star, captivating audiences with her heartfelt storytelling and unique musical style. Jacynta’s said her ability to juggle both her mining and music […]

OPINION: Get the truth about Same Job Same Pay

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I hope readers have seen our ‘Close the labour hire loopholes’ ad campaign over the past few weeks on TV, social media, billboards, or even here in @ The Coalface magazine. We can’t compete with the millions being spent by the Minerals Council on their confusing ad campaign, which is trying to muddy the waters […]

Queensland August 2023

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Showcasing Safety Safety was showcased at its best this month with the Queensland Mine Rescue State Cup bringing mines rescues teams together to display skill, courage and teamwork. Congratulations to Anglo American’s Grosvenor Mine for taking home the trophy, though every person who puts their hand up to take on the rigorous and demanding role […]

Rescuing is a Family Tradition

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Singleton coal miner Dave Malone is proud of his work with Mines Rescue, coming from four generations of miners. Dave was the captain of Peabody’s victorious Wambo Mine team which took out the recent Hunter Valley Mines Rescue competition, continuing a winning streak they’ve maintained since 2019, broken only by a Covid pause in 2020. […]

Maaru Yunawaaya

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Whitehaven Coal celebrated NAIDOC Week in style with the launch of its first Indigenous truck tray design and hi-vis personal protective equipment (PPE) during an event at its Maules Creek mine. The tray and PPE feature Emu prints designed by local Aboriginal artist, Ronny Long, who has strong cultural ties to the region. The design […]

THE TIME HAS FLOWN BY FOR RICHARD JONES

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It’s been 27 years since Richard Jones accepted the job of CEO at the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, with no aero experience, just a management position at the South Newcastle Leagues Club. And he’s never thought twice about it. But, after a hectic couple of years personally, he’s decided to hand the keys over to […]

My Mining Life – Gabriela Love

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Who are you and what do you do? Gabriela Love – CHPP and Site Infrastructure Manager, Mt Arthur Coal BHP When did you start in the mining industry and what was your first job? After graduating as a mining engineer in 1985, my first job was to wash the bottles used for assaying gold in […]

Muse Round Two

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For anyone who read my previous review on Muse Restaurant but felt like it was too fancy for your taste, there is still hope out there for you. When you want something classier than the usual pub feed or the drive through at Micky D’s, but not quite as fancy as the five-course meal at […]

Supplier Insider – Bis

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Tell us about the business. I’m Michael Charge, Electrical Coordinator and Project Manager at Bis. Bis has one of Australia’s largest specialised and inventive underground hire fleets. A fully equipped tyre and spare parts division and the comfort of a field service team provide the essential support our customers rely on. How long have you […]

Machine vs Machine: Excavator Enmity

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Mining mammoths Caterpillar, Hitachi and Liebherr manufacture three of the largest excavators in the world. To put in perspective just how massive these machines are, as a start, imagine six or so cars stacked on top of one another. All three remarkable machines can be found on mine sites across the globe; however, when stacked […]

Ulan takes First Place in First Aid

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Spider bites, electrocution and severe bleeding were just some of the injuries confronting teams at the Coal Services Western Region First Aid competition held near Mudgee on July 14. Six teams competed at the event, with Glencore’s Ulan Surface Operations taking home the winning title. The teams were challenged through simulated emergency first aid situations […]

Rally for Cancer

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Merriwa locals Craig and Emma Douglas are participating in this year’s Mystery Box Rally to raise money for Cancer Council and to honour those they have lost to cancer. Craig, who is an operator at Mangoola Coal, and Emma who works at the local CRT in Merriwa, are taking on the event together for the […]

OPINION: Today’s mine safety built on past tragedies

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On the 1st of September, I will gather with Hunter Valley community members to commemorate the centenary of the Bellbird mining disaster which took place not far from our Union’s Cessnock office. With 21 men killed, Bellbird remains the worst mining disaster in our Northern NSW coalfields. We will gather to remember the enormous scar […]

Community Champion: Gayle Butcher

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Singleton resident Gayle Butcher is one of the unsung Hunter residents who quietly go about volunteering with Lifeline so it can help others in the community in need. Gayle has been volunteering at Lifeline’s Singleton shop for a year. She helps for between six and nine hours a week, usually over two days. A Singleton […]

Simulator Sets Up for Success

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On Tuesday July 4, Dreampath held the official launch of their new state of the art, industry leading Cat 793 Mining Simulator in Muswellbrook. Dreampath is a majority owned indigenous workforce solutions company based in the Hunter Valley and its aim is to provide positive outcomes for First Nation Australians. The launch of their new […]

Balancing Act

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It often feels like an impossible task to balance life at the best of times, whether you’re working on the lifestyle roster, fly-in fly-out, four-panel or residential. Add into the mix being a professional athlete and it’s a whole other kind of balancing act. Albert Nolan started boxing when he was 14 years old and […]

Malabar Resources celebrates NAIDOC Week

Malabar’s Land and Property Coordinator Christopher Donohue and organiser of the NAIDOC event.

Wanaruah Country in the Upper Hunter is no stranger to mining. The region represents the largest coalfield area in the state and its resources industry has been a backbone of local businesses and the community for over 200 years. One of the Upper Hunter’s newest mines, Maxwell Underground Mine, was the site of recent NAIDOC […]

COMMUNITY GIFT – Amputees Newcastle

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This month the Complete Parts and @ The Coalface $500 Community Gift goes to Amputees Newcastle, a voluntary organisation which offers peer support to old and new amputees. Losing a limb is a devastating event, but one Hunter-based charity has been working to make life easier since 1967. Amputees Newcastle Secretary Jeff Green said the […]

A Big Deal

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In December 1964, Gerard Cassegrain founded Expressway Spares. While many years have passed since the company started, the core values of the business remain the same. Expressway Spares have come a long way since the purchase of their first piece of equipment in 1965, a Caterpillar D7 3T. Recently, the company was successful tendering for […]

Table Talk

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In the space of four years there’s been a huge expansion of a program helping men meet others just to sit down over a meal and talk. The Men’s Table began with a single meeting in Sydney in 2019 and has expanded throughout NSW and the rest of Australia with new groups about to start […]

In the Line of Fire

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While every mine site is different, what they all have in common is the potential risk of fires. Fires can destroy expensive equipment and be catastrophic to production and profits, but more importantly, they can threaten the safety of workers. That’s why Nick Foran, Managing Director of Fire Response says prevention is the best protection. […]

OPINION: Pathway to Deliver Increased Education Opportunities, Skills and Better Jobs

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The Minerals Council of Australia welcomes the expert panel recommendations to the federal Education Minister, the Hon Jason Clare MP, on how to expand university opportunities in regional areas and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people across the country. More mining-related courses at universities and better cooperation with vocational education will make this […]

MENTORS GUIDING FUTURE FEMALE WORKFORCE

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Sometimes throughout our careers, whether we’re just starting or have been working for years in the same job, we can reach a point where we’re unsure of the direction we’re headed and need some support to find our way. In the NSW mining industry, there is a program for women who might feel that way […]

OPINION – Time to Celebrate the Mining Industry

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The NSW mining industry’s drive to innovate will be front and centre this month at the NSW Minerals Council Health, Safety, Environment and Community (HSEC) Conference held in the Hunter. Attendance is expected to be the highest in a decade, with around 550 people from across NSW gathering to celebrate excellence and innovation in NSW […]

New South Wales August 2023

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There’s plenty to celebrate this month. NAIDOC Week celebrations have been held across the country as we acknowledge and learn about First Nations cultures and histories. Our industry is a strong advocator for First Nations’ people and we are proud to showcase a few of the events celebrated across the region. We also acknowledge Richard […]

A Magical Connection

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Imagine a moment of pure connection with nature, where time stands still, and you find yourself immersed in the beauty of Australia’s wildlife. That’s exactly what I experienced during my visit to Cape Hillsborough National Park, where I had the incredible opportunity to feed kangaroos on the beach. It was a personal encounter that left […]

Nom, Nom, Nom

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Nestled in the heart of Mackay, Bing’s Nomiya Restaurant is a gem that beckons food enthusiasts to embark on a divine culinary journey. From the moment we stepped into this oasis of Japanese flavours, we were enveloped in an atmosphere of reverent appreciation and gastronomic delight. Our visit to Bing’s Nomiya was nothing short of […]

Buckle Up and Hold On!

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In a display of determination and a heartfelt commitment to making a difference, Shitbox Rally Autumn 2023 brought together 250 teams of 500 adventurous individuals from various backgrounds, including the inspiring team from Mt Isa known as Team Sweet Isa. Led by Dan Sweet, a local Mt Isa builder/roofer, and supported by Paul Breed, a […]

High Flyers

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The Australian Championships witnessed an extraordinary display of talent and determination as four acrobats from Emerald Gymnastics and Trampoline Club competed in the Level 6 Pair category on May 21, 2023. Amber Collie and Bailee Kemp, along with Ariana Stewart and Ava Firth, showcased their skills at the prestigious event held at Carrara on the […]

Flick the Flu

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Queensland Health is warning about a huge increase in flu cases this year. So far this year, there have been over 27 thousand flu cases reported in the state, three times more than the five-year average. There are thousands of new cases every week, with the worst of the flu season yet to come. You’re […]

Kids @ The Coalface

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Technology. For kids today it’s hard to imagine a world without being plugged in or staring at a screen. So who better to ask what’s the best tech around, and what tech they hope is yet to come. Harper (Age 11) What is the best tech ever invented? Cars, because they get us places. What […]

My Mining Life – Alanna Efstathis

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Who are you and what do you do? My name is Alanna Efstathis and I work as a process operator in the ammonia plant at Dyno Nobel Moranbah.  When did you start in the mining industry and what was your first job? I started in the mining/manufacturing industry at the very start of 2021 and […]

Supplier Insider – ComponentsONLY

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Tell us about the business. ComponentsONLY is the global leader in the trade of components for heavy earthmoving machinery. We source, sell and market new, used, and rebuilt OEM and aftermarket components for the earthmoving, mining and construction industries. Driven by data, we pride ourselves on going that extra mile to keep you tracking. How […]

Community Champion: Graham Creagh

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Rockhampton has gained a new community champion in Graham Creagh, a passionate individual who works in Rail Specialist Improvement for BHP Mitsubishi Alliance. Despite his demanding career, Graham manages to find time to engage in meaningful volunteer work that positively impacts the community. Graham’s journey began in Barcaldine, where he was raised in a humble […]

Community Comes to the Call

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Recently the community were called upon to donate to the RACQ CapRescue Annual Appeal. The service is excited to announce that Central Queensland helped to reach the goal of $150,000 and exceed it by $40,000! Operations Manager Kirsty Wooler expressed her appreciation for the overwhelming support. “We thank all the businesses, individuals and groups who […]

Project Podcast Program

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4RFM, Moranbah’s local community radio station has launched another successful edition of its Project Podcast Program. In partnership with both Moranbah’s primary schools, this unique program offers Year 6 students the opportunity to immerse themselves in a six-week podcast training program. The culmination of their efforts is a captivating one-hour podcast episode. This term, the […]

The Mower Man

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Claude “The Mower Man” Harvey, a passionate Gold Coast charity campaigner, has been making a profound impact on the lives of child sexual assault survivors for over a decade. With his trusty lawnmower by his side, Claude has become a familiar sight on streets and highways across Australia. His unwavering dedication to raising awareness and […]

Yarrabee Helping Youths

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Yarrabee Coal is thrilled to announce a three-year partnership with Blackwater PCYC, helping enhance its youth programs and offer more sports and recreational activities to improve youth development in the area. The agreement will see Yarrabee Coal donate $90,000 over three years. The funding will upgrade Youth Space, a safe area for young people to […]

COMMUNITY GIFT – Middlemount Community Sports Association

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This month the Components Only and @ The Coalface $500 Community Gift goes to the Middlemount Community Sports Association, a not-for-profit group dedicated to providing multi-sport opportunities and events for the region – including the not to be missed Box Gully Trail Run! Get ready to lace up your running shoes and embrace the great […]

Celebrate Coal & Country

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The Moura Coal & Country Festival is back on August 18 and 19 and is bigger and better than ever. The Moura Coal & Country Festival committee is very excited to be able to bring back this this annual event for the beautiful community of Moura. The event kicks off on Friday night with the […]

OPINION: Throw the book at ‘em!

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Activists are so angry about what they call “global warming” that they are blocking roads, invading ports, and locking themselves to equipment at mines. It has been one of the coldest starts to winter on record. Canberra recorded its coldest morning since the 1980s the other day. At the same time, we are seeing a […]

Empowering the Future of Engineering and Surveying

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Anglo American is committed to nurturing and developing young talent in the mining industry. With their Associate Program, they aim to build technically competent professionals through a consistent, structured learning journey. The program caters to individuals interested in mining engineering and surveying, providing them with an opportunity to gain practical experience while completing their university […]

OPINION: Mixed messaging from the World Mining Congress

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The recent World Mining Congress, hosted in Brisbane, made headlines due to several very bold statements from leaders in both industry and government. Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, Premier of Queensland, opened the conference by announcing a critical minerals policy, talking up the future of the state’s mineral development and said that Queensland is an attractive place […]

Olive Downs on Track

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Thiess and Pembroke Resources have achieved a significant milestone at Olive Downs Complex with the official moving of first dirt. Thiess Group Executive Assets, Technical Services and Technology Ramesh Liyanage and General Manager Mining Vikesh Magan joined Pembroke Resources Chairman and CEO Barry Tudor, and senior executives from Caterpillar, Liebherr and Hastings Deering, to mark […]

Lifesaving Dust Bus

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Queensland’s current small-scale opal and gem miners and former mine and quarry workers can access free lung health checks on Heart of Australia’s state-of-the-art mobile health service during August.   The service, funded by Resources Safety and Health Queensland (RSHQ) and delivered through a partnership with Heart of Australia will visit Ipswich, Moranbah, the Gemfields, and […]

OPINION: Checkies give workers a strong voice on safety

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Our Queensland coal industry has had a difficult few years, with a spate of tragic fatalities, injuries and near misses reminding us we can never stop being vigilant when it comes to worker safety. For over a century our union has represented workers in the Queensland coalfields and safety has been our top priority. For […]

First Nations Stars Recognised

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The extraordinary talent among the Queensland resources sector’s First Nations workforce has been recognised at the Queensland Resources Council’s (QRC) 2023 Indigenous Awards in Brisbane. QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane congratulated all award winners as leading examples of the workforce behind Queensland’s resources sector that contributed $94.6 billion to the state economy in 2021/22. The […]

OPINION: Coal is the backbone of Queensland’s economic prosperity

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The Budget released by the Queensland Government in June confirmed two important things. Firstly, coal is the backbone of Queensland’s economic prosperity and will remain so for many years to come. Secondly, as predicted by industry, the Queensland Government severely underestimated the revenue from its snap decision to impose the world’s highest coal royalty tax […]

Queensland July 2023

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Happy Birthday! Can you believe this month we are celebrating our first birthday in Queensland. Time flies when you are having fun and that’s certainly been the case for the @ The Coalface team. This year has seen us travel far and wide across Central Queensland, meeting the hardworking and inspiring people that make up […]

Be a Devil – Check out Tassie in the Winter

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All too often, Winter is time we head north to indulge in the warmer weather, but why not consider a southern adventure? Tasmania, our island state, is a fascinating destination boasting incredible natural beauty and unique wildlife. While it’s an excellent destination to visit year-round, Winter is a particularly special time to explore the island. […]

Forget lumpy milk, try humpy milk!

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Camels are often misunderstood to be cranky creatures. Before visiting Camel Milk NSW’s Denman Road Farm, my Mum even told me not to get too close to the camels, saying that they kick and spit. But she couldn’t have been more wrong, as the camels I met were incredibly relaxed and gentle creatures. By Meredith […]

Linger a while, at the Linga Longer Inn

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If you’re heading up to Barrington Tops this Winter to see the snow via the New England Highway, you might find yourself passing through the tiny settlement of Gundy. Gundy was first established in 1826 and was originally known as the village of Bellevue. The settlement was finally renamed Gundy in honour of Mrs. Gundy […]

Join the Cue Club

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Recently, I went along to one of Muswellbrook Snooker & Billiards Club’s Sunday social days, and I have to tell you, I had a ball. Snooker and Billiards are both cue sports with a long and rich history. It is thought billiards was derived from a form of croquet in the 15th century. In comparison, […]

Automatic Success

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Last month BHP’s multi-billion-dollar South Flank in the Pilbara became the company’s fifth Australian mine site to go fully autonomous. The mining giant began transitioning its haulage fleet in April of last year following the site’s opening not even a year prior – marking Australia’s largest iron ore development in almost a century. BHP had […]

Keeping miners safe for 40 years

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This year, Coal Mines Technical Services (CMTS) celebrates 40 years of helping to protect miners from risk. We take a look at how the business has grown from being a support function to Mines Rescue to a valued industry partner. The gases that may be encountered in an underground coal mine have not changed over […]

MATES helping Mates in Mining

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A new report suggests the rate of suicide among male mining workers may be increasing. The Suicide in the Australian Mining Industry: A National Study Report from the University of Melbourne’s School of Population and Global Health was commissioned by MATES in Mining, Construction and Energy and is the first national study to look into […]

My Mining Life – Rod Binding

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Who are you and what do you do? Rod Binding, Driver Trainer, Pacific National Greta Train Support Facility. When did you start in the mining industry and what was your first job? I began my career in the industry with Southern Shorthaul Railroad based out of Newstan as a trainee locomotive driver. After a short […]

Community Champion: More Than Just a Firefighter

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It is often easy to forget that our emergency service volunteers, like the NSW Rural Fire Service can be called out to do more than just put out a fire. In rural and regional areas services like the NSW RFS attend more than just bush fires, they are called out to car accidents and medical […]

More Meals for Open Door

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A Hunter Valley Operations (HVO) community grant will help Singleton Neighbourhood Centre to continue to provide a free, nutritious meal to a growing number of local people in need. The grant is one of eight to support community and environmental projects by Upper Hunter and Lower Hunter not for profit community groups. Singleton Neighbourhood Centre […]

Geared Up

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Players at the Singleton Junior Rugby Union Club are enjoying rugby training with new equipment, thanks to funding from Yancoal Australia’s Mount Thorley Warkworth (MTW) operation. The $5,000 donation enabled the junior rugby club to purchase a tackle mat, hit shields and tackle bags. David Page, President for Singleton Junior Rugby Union Club was excited […]

The Scars You Can’t See Are the Hardest to Heal

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Trauma is a response we can have after we see, hear about, or go through something distressing. In the aftermath of tragedies, it is normal to have a wide range of thoughts, feelings and reactions. For very public tragedies like the Greta bus tragedy, even those who are not directly involved may be affected. Over […]

COMMUNITY GIFT – Narrabri Men’s Shed

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This month the Complete Parts and @ The Coalface $500 Community Gift goes towards the Narrabri Men’s Shed, an organisation that is a vital part of the Narrabri community. Travelling around the state, you may think that one of the most common sights you’ll see are the Golden Arches of a McDonald’s. Believe it or […]

Fight or Flight?

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It’s a question we answer almost subconsciously when we are experiencing an event that is stressful or frightening, and no event is more frightening than a car accident that could kill you. In 2018, Brandon Robinson-Smith was a plant mechanic working at a local mine in Mudgee. Brandon, then 21 years old, had just finished […]

Down, Down And Digging

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The Maxwell Underground Mine has gone from being a mere idea on a piece of paper, to exporting some of the highest quality coal in the Hunter Valley overseas. Approved by the NSW Government at the end of 2020, Malabar dug the first coal in March this year and will continue to do so for […]

OPINION: Unleashing Australia’s mining potential

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Australia, a nation blessed with abundant natural resources, has long been a global leader in the mining industry. With its vast coal reserves, the country has the potential to leverage its mining capabilities further by extracting valuable chemicals from coal. Unlocking new possibilities While frequently maligned as no more than a dirty fossil fuel, coal […]

Upper Hunter Mining Dialogue

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Update from The Dialogue: Community Forum Feedback, Pasture Restoration Field Day and Rehabilitation and Water use data 2023 has started as a busy and productive year for the Dialogue. Feedback from our 2022 Community Forum is helping to shape our priorities; preparations continue for the inaugural Pasture Restoration Field Day, and data is being finalised […]

Training Wheels

MGO Health & Safety Coordinator Mick Phillips, MGO Operations Manager Chris Gerard, Mines Rescue Regional Manager Matthew Enright, with members of the MGO First Response team and Mines Rescue personnel.

The aim of Mines Rescue training is to simulate rescue situations as life-like as possible. The donation of a Toyota Landcruiser by Glencore’s Mt Owen Complex (MGO) will do exactly that, and so it was fitting that it was the mine’s own rescue members who were the first to put the training to the test. […]

Wambo’s Winning Streak

Back Row L-R: Alaster Wylie (General Manager Mines Rescue/Regulation & Compliance) Michael Millgate, Dave Malone (C), Matt Bailey (VC), Chad Kuosman, Dave Layzell MP. Front row L-R: Trent Humby, Brett Stevens.

Four mines rescue teams faced a series of simulated events in both underground and surface environments at the Hunter Valley Mines Rescue competition on Friday, June 23. Teams applied their specialist training towards search and rescue, first aid and firefighting scenarios as well as completing a theory component. Peabody’s Wambo team were named winners of […]

Go Green!

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Mines Rescue brigades were called to Centennial Coal’s Newstan Colliery on Friday May 26 to test their emergency response skills in a series of simulated incidents. Competing in both underground and surface environments, teams applied their specialist training towards search and rescue, first aid and firefighting. Only three points separated first and third place, with […]

Problem Solved

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What do you get when you cross a nuclear physicist, a chemical biologist, and an engineer? An innovative, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly solution to one of our industry’s biggest problems. And that ain’t no joke! Recently @ The Coalface had the pleasure of catching up with the Directors of Mine Water Solutions, Kevin Murphy, Michael […]

From Start to Finish

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Thiess Rehabilitation has secured a two-year contract with Idemitsu Australia’s Muswellbrook Coal Company (MCC) to deliver rehabilitation services at the Muswellbrook Coal Mine. Thiess Rehabilitation will conduct detailed design and construction of the post-mining landform, creating a combination of native ecosystem and pasture land uses that generate approximately 180 hectares of rehabilitated land across MCC’s […]

Double Win for Double Apprentice

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Justin Curley is a rare breed of apprentice. The 33-year-old from Charlestown has just been named the Hunter Valley Training Company’s (HVTC) apprentice of the year and his qualifications certainly stand out. Following the HVTC award, Justin was named apprentice of the year in Hunter and Central Coast Training Awards on June 23, and will […]

OPINION: How we bust dust in NSW coal mines

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Tradies were marching in the streets just weeks ago, protesting an industry that is causing death and disease from the dust generated by cutting the engineered stone common in kitchens. Dangerous dust is also an issue in the mining industry; but while mineworkers must always be vigilant, they work in a highly monitored and regulated […]

OPINION: Critical minerals strategy sets out clear framework

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The Critical Minerals Strategy released by the Federal Government sets out a high level, well considered six-point framework to guide the urgent work needed to develop Australia’s critical minerals mining and processing industries, and position them as the reliable, affordable and sustainable global supplier of choice. While the government’s strategy is a leap forward, providing […]

OPINION – Standing Strong Together

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The mining industry in NSW is known for its resilience.  Much of this is due to our ability to rally together when tragedy strikes. On behalf of the NSW mining industry, the NSW Minerals Council expresses its sincere and deep condolences to all who have been impacted by the bus crash that occurred on the […]

New South Wales July 2023

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Tragedies shape us, but they don’t define us.From all of us @ The Coalface, we extend our heartfelt sympathy to everyone who has been impacted by the Greta bus tragedy.Loss is aways heartbreaking. And when a loss is sudden, coping in the aftermath can feel impossibly hard. But there are ways to heal, and it […]

Zooming Around

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If you’re seeking a unique and exhilarating way to explore the picturesque town of Airlie Beach in Queensland, look no further than Whitsunday Segway Tours. Recently, I had the opportunity to embark on an unforgettable adventure with this renowned tour operator. From the moment I hopped on a Segway and glided along the stunning coastline, […]

There’s no Place like Home

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The Homestead @ Lotus Creek, managed by Jen and Lindsay Hart, offers a unique camping experience and a delightful restaurant in a serene creek-side location. Owned by the Kemp family, the venue showcases their business acumen from the nearby feedlot property, resulting in a vibrant and welcoming country homestead. With attention to detail and a […]

All Star Family

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The Earl family, consisting of Doug Earl and his talented children Isla, Billy, and Piper, recently represented Queensland at the 61st Australian National Barefoot Water-skiing Championships held in Canungra from May 7 to 13. The family’s remarkable performances garnered significant attention, with each member achieving impressive results across various divisions and disciplines. Billy Earl, an […]

Moranbah Miners Making A Mark

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Moranbah Miners Junior Rugby League’s U8 and U9 teams delivered outstanding performances at the Mini Mods program hosted by the North Queensland Cowboys. As a prelude to the Cowboys versus Knights game on April 22, these young athletes showcased their talents and created lasting memories at Queensland Country Bank Stadium. In the Anzac round spirit, […]

Safe Landing for Community

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Community and industry representatives gathered at Moura on May 9 for the official naming of the Emergency Landing Site in the Multi-Purpose Health Service (MPHS) grounds. Gangalu Elder, Mr Desmond Hamilton welcomed guests to Country, emphasising how important it is to have a hospital and doctors in the community. The event was hosted by the […]

My Mining Life – Jacob Pleavin

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Who are you and what do you do? My name is Jacob Pleavin and I’m now the Supervisor of Truck and Shovel at Batchfire’s Callide Mine, as well as being a member of our Emergency Response Team. When did you start in the mining industry and what was your first job? The first mine I […]

Supplier Insider – Titan IND

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Tell us about the business. I’m Troy Sawdy and I am the CEO of Titan IND. We are Australian owned and operated and deliver complete maintenance from paddock to pit, providing a flexible, cost-effective solution for businesses to manage their vehicle, equipment fleet and workforce needs across most parts of Australia. We quickly respond to […]

Kickass Women

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This month we caught up with Jo Sainsbury, a successful train driver and advocate for women’s empowerment who is breaking down barriers and helping young women navigate the workforce in the resources sector. Based in Walkerston, Jo is committed to encouraging more women to take on roles in male-dominated industries. Her mission is to inspire […]

We *heart* Wombats

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Clermont’s Wombat Festival, in its second year, has once again left a lasting impression, drawing an incredible crowd and creating cherished memories. The organisers were thrilled with the turnout and extended their heartfelt gratitude to everyone who made the event possible with all proceeds going to the Wombat Foundation and saving the Hairy Nosed Wombat. […]

Let the Games Begin!

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Labour Day, formally known as May Day for its traditional date, is big business in Moranbah. Over the years the community has thrown its support behind the day, helping to pay homage to members of the community who go about their jobs with little or no recognition. The Moranbah Labour Day Festival was created as […]

Community Champion: PJ Burridge

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PJ Burridge, a dedicated Youth Development Officer at the Sarina Youth Centre, has emerged as a beacon of hope and inspiration in her local community of Sarina. Born in Papua New Guinea and later adopted through a cultural practice known as kinship care, PJ’s upbringing laid the foundation for her transformative journey into youth work. […]

More Meals for Mum

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Bravus Mining and Resources is helping the White Cloud Foundation expand its Meals for Mums service into Rockhampton as part of the company’s enduring commitment to regional Queensland communities. Meals for Mums delivers 14 nutritious, ready-to-heat meals to mums who are experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, perinatal depression, as a complement to their clinical […]

COMMUNITY GIFT – Mackay Animal Rescue Society

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This month the Components Only and @ The Coalface $500 Community Gift goes to Mackay Animal Rescue Society, to help with the wonderful volunteer work they undertake. Mackay Animal Rescue Society Inc. (MARS) is a not-for-profit charity whose volunteers are committed to improving the wellbeing and quality of life of dogs and cats in Mackay […]

OPINION: It’s just not Cricket

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There has been much hype about the Australia-India relationship over the past few months. The PMs of both nations did a lap of a cricket ground before a Test in a “Popemobile”, and the Opera House was lit up with the Indian flag on the India PM’s recent visit to Sydney. But after all the […]

A Miner’s Dream – to own a pub

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Jason and Mark’s purchase of the Keppel Sands Hotel has generated buzz in the small Central Queensland village. After a year of closure, locals were eagerly anticipating the reopening and the new owners delivered beyond expectations. Having a rich 50-year history, the Keppel Sands Hotel holds great significance and Jason and Mark understand the importance […]

OPINION: The future of the mining supply chain is people

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The industry is spending considerable resources in pivoting around supply chain issues, which present ongoing challenges in today’s ‘normal’. But it was the discussion around the supply chain of talent into the mining industry which dominated the discussion between procurement and commercial executives at this month’s Bowen Basin Mining Club’s May event. Peter Mifsud, Head […]

Meet the Queue – Miner’s turned music makers

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For many people, workmates are just that, colleagues whom they meet during working hours. But for George, Callum and Christian, working at the same site in the mine planning team has led to a different kind of bond. The four miners discovered a shared love and taste for music while listening to music at work. […]

OPINION: Women mineworkers will benefit from reforms

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I’m a third generation Queensland coal miner, following my father and grandfather into the mines. I’m also immensely proud to have two of my children build careers in coal mining – a son and a daughter. My daughter, a diesel fitter, is the first female in the family to enter the mining industry and she […]

New Era for Newlands

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This year has marked the beginning of a new era for Glencore’s Newlands Open Cut operation. In 1981, development at Newlands began with the mine being officially opened in December. Now, 42 years later, the mine is moving into closure. It was a historic moment in late January, with Newlands extracting the last bucket of […]

OPINION: Coal’s Phenomenal Contribution

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The Queensland Resources Council headed into the heart of Queensland’s coal country in early May for the second of our 2023 Resources Roundups. It was great to see over 80 people from industry, politics and the local community gather at Moranbah in the Bowen Basin to discuss, and learn about, issues of importance to our […]

“Simple, wholesome food with integrity and heart”

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That’s the motto Equium Social, one of Mayfield’s most-popular cafes that’s become a go-to destination in the increasingly popular Newcastle suburb. “A café these days is part of the local community. It’s like what a pub used to be, just that little more approachable,” co-owner Jacques said. When @ the Coalface visited Equium Social on […]

Escape the boredom with Escape Reality!

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If you are looking for the most fun you can have with your pants on then look no further than Newcastle’s very own branch of Escape Reality. Escape Reality is brought to us by the brilliant and devious minds of Georgia, Matty, Robin, and Sam, who aim to please, with four different amazing and devilishly […]