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Ravenswood Gold is recruiting now for the first 58 mining roles in an expected workforce expansion of more than 200 as it kicks off open-cut operations.

It is also close to signing the paperwork for a $110 million investment in mining fleet for the North Queensland gold operation.

Chief executive officer Brett Fletcher said the company would be conducting interviews in Townsville over the next few weeks for the first round of mine technical and operating roles required for the planned Ravenswood ramp-up.

“This is the first round (of recruitment) to make sure we are ready to start mining operations in October to December,” he said.

EMR GEAR Consortium officially took over the Ravenswood gold operation, 90km east of Charters Towers, from Resolute Mining in April.

It is progressing towards a Final Investment Decision (FID) on the planned Ravenswood Expansion Project, expected to create 150 contract jobs in construction and more than 200 full-time positions in mining.

The expansion project will see the gold operation, now processing low-grade stockpiles, step up production with a return to open-pit mining -beginning with the Buck Reef West deposit.

Mr Fletcher said about 600 applications had poured in by Tuesday morning after weekend advertising for positions including equipment operators, heavy vehicle tradespeople, mining engineers and geologists.

A second tranche of mining jobs will be advertised later in the year.

“While there are 58 positions we want to fill as quickly as we can over the next two months, we’re looking to upsize the operation by over 200 permanent full-time roles,” Mr Fletcher said.

EMR GEAR Consortium has already added 30 new permanent positions at Ravenswood since taking over and seven full-time permanent roles at the company’s Brisbane office, in addition to 32 contract roles on site.

Exploration is also on the agenda, with Eagle Drilling NQ working on near-mine and regional exploration program. “They have mobilised the first of two drill rigs to site,” Mr Fletcher said.

Mr Fletcher said reaching FID would open the way for a raft of work packages to go out to tender.

  • For the full list of positions available at Ravenswood Gold visit the company’s careers page HERE