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Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) employees are adding a pop of colour to their uniforms this October with a pair of pink gloves to help raise awareness for breast cancer.

Statistics from the National Breast Cancer Foundation reveal that eight women lose their life every day to the disease, while this year alone 20,000 Australians will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

It is not the first time GPC has turned pink for the worthy cause. In 2015, GPC painted its CAT D11T dozer ‘Noela’ bright pink to raise awareness.

The corporation’s people, community and sustainability general manager Rowen Winsor said the pink dozer and new pink gloves were a daily reminder of women’s health.

“Noela the pink dozer has since become a symbol for women’s health at our Reg Tanna Coal Terminal while our blue dozer James-Dean is an advocate for men’s health,” Ms Winsor said.

“Our new pink gloves will help us continue to spread the important message to our employees about being proactive about their health and wellbeing.”

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Mackay-based mining contractor Mastermyne has posted a record year for revenue despite the impact of COVID-19 and softer coal prices.

Metallurgical coal projects account for about 95 per cent of its order book and additional development units were brought on for contracts at
at Aquila and Moranbah North mine.

Revenue hit a record $292.7 million – a 23 per cent increase on the previous year, with $28.6 million reported EBITDA (compared to $21 million in the previous year).

“This result demonstrates again the quality of our business and the integral role we play in our client’s operations as they continue to supply high quality product into the global export market,” managing director Tony Caruso said.

“Towards the back end of the financial year we did see some impact from the virus, not in the day-to-day operations, but in the softening of coal prices as demand for coal decreased and the global steel industry dealt with softening demand for steel.

“As we move into the new financial year coal prices remain under pressure
however all indications are that as global economies move to stimulate and accelerate economic recoveries, metallurgical coal prices will benefit strongly.”

Mr Caruso said the firm was well positioned, with an order book of around $240 million going into his financial year.

“The Wilson Mining acquisition has been an excellent example of where we have added complimentary services to the existing Mastermyne suite of services and through leveraging the Mastermyne relationships and networks we have been able to win back and grow new market share,” he said.

“Through the year we have successfully completed projects in the adjacent underground metalliferous sector which is underpinning a strategic and calculated expansion of our services into this adjacent market.

“As we grow this segment of our business we will invest in people and equipment and consider strategic acquisitions to support this area of growth. In parallel to this expansion we are continuing to work on our Whole of Mine projects and we have a number of these projects now working their way through the pipeline.”

The company had plans in place to grow and expand the business, and was financially positioned to deliver on this, he said.

He also highlighted the group’s safety credentials.

“This year the mining sector has unfortunately again seen a number of significant events across underground mines resulting in injuries and damage,” Mr Caruso said.

“Our safety performance continues to counter this trend of major incidents and we are pleased that many of our sites have again completed their work without incident over the full year.

“We will continue to focus heavily on our safety culture and invest in training and our systems to ensure that everyone who comes to work at Mastermyne goes home safely at the completion of every shift.”

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Anglo American will cut about 100 jobs at the Grosvenor mine, five months after an explosion that injured five men and brought longwall operations to a halt.

Expressions of interest for voluntary redundancies have been open at the site for the last few weeks.

CFMEU Mining and Energy district president Stephen Smyth has used the job cuts to again blast the practice of casualisation and outsourcing, which he said made it easier for companies like Anglo to simply discard workers when they were not wanted anymore. 

“All of us in the industry have been shaken by the terrible events of 6 May at Grosvenor mine,” Mr Smyth said. 

“Workers at Grosvenor have had to deal with the trauma of those events, an on-going inquiry into what occurred and uncertainty over the future of their jobs.

“Today they’ve had the terrible news that 100 positions will be cut.”  

An Anglo spokeswoman said the company had continued to support the Grosvenor workforce since the suspension of longwall mining activities to enable it to work through future plans step by step.

“As part of planning work underway to support the safe restart of longwall operations in the second half of 2021, we have been reviewing our workforce plan to determine the best structure for Grosvenor going forward,” she said.

“As an initial step, over the last month (contractor) One Key Resources has been seeking expressions of interest from the Grosvenor workforce for voluntary redundancies. 

“Whilst there has been some interest in voluntary redundancies, there are discussions occurring with workforce representatives about how additional reductions can be achieved.

“Over and above what is required in workforce agreements, Anglo American will be providing redundancy benefits to the eligible One Key workforce impacted by the workforce reductions.

“After more than five months since we ceased production, we have reluctantly taken these steps to ensure that the mine can continue to support the majority of its remaining workforce, of around 650 people, and successfully return to safe production next year.”

She confirmed the company expected to reduce the Grosvenor workforce by around 100 roles including expressions of interest received in voluntary redundancies.

“We are also assessing opportunities to absorb some of the impacted people into other roles at the mine,” she said.

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Thiess has won a $110 million contract extension to provide mining services at BMA’s Caval Ridge mine in the Bowen Basin.

The 12-month extension will see Thiess continue to operate and maintain three 600-tonne excavator fleets to move additional overburden for the Caval Ridge Mine operation.

“We’re proud to continue our work at Caval Ridge where we have a proven track record of delivering innovative and low-cost mining solutions,” CIMIC group executive mining and mineral processing and Thiess managing director Douglas Thompson said.

“It is a testament to the team’s continued focus on delivering a safe and productive operation for our client.”

The contract extension will commence in December 2020.

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Townsville City Council will host industry briefing sessions on the second stage of the Haughton pipeline project on Friday, October 23.

Stage 2 will see the existing pipeline extended from the Haughton River to the Burdekin River near Clare and will include about 33km of pipe as well as the construction of a new pump station and high voltage power supply infrastructure.

Tender documentation will be available on TCC Tenderlink from this Thursday, October 15.

Mayor Jenny Hill encouraged local businesses interested in working on the project to attend the briefings and learn about the scope of the project and how they could tender for work.

“With funding from the State Government locked in, Townsville City Council is pushing ahead with planning so it can start construction as soon as possible,” Cr Hill said.

“Some 95 per cent of the construction work on stage 1 of the pipeline was delivered by locally-based contractors, which delivered a tremendous boost to the local economy.

“We want to see this level of local involvement continue with the $195 million second stage.

“As we did with stage 1, Council will package the works for stage 2 into smaller parcels of work to give local businesses the opportunity to tender for it.”

The four briefings will cover:

  • 9-9.30am – general project information
  • 10-10.45am – pipe and pump supply
  • 11.15am-12pm – construction and installation services
  • 12.30-1.15pm – contract administration services

The briefings will be held at Townsville Stadium, Murray Lyons Drive, in Annandale and will be live-streamed online for those unable to attend in person.

Those interested in attending should register on the Townsville City Council website or by calling 134 810.



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Senex has taken a Final Investment Decision to increase its Roma North gas production by 50 per cent, just weeks after announcing a similar boost for the Atlas domestic gas project.

About 50 construction jobs are set to be created in the $30 million-plus project to expand the Roma North natural gas processing facility, drill more wells and build supporting infrastructure.

Senex said the expansion was expected to be finished within the next year.

Managing director and chief executive officer Ian Davies said the Roma North expansion project was an excellent example of the low-risk, high-return organic growth opportunities available to Senex with its established hub-and-spoke infrastructure operating model.

“Senex is committed to contributing to Australia’s gas-fired recovery from the COVID-19 recession, with this Roma North expansion project the first example of our high-quality investment opportunities,” Mr Davies said.

Under the terms of the Roma North agreement, Jemena will procure and install two additional compression units to take capacity to 24 TJ/day, having already placed orders for all long-lead items.

Senex will drill up to 15 additional natural gas wells commencing in late 2020-21, install gas and water gathering systems and expand the existing Senex-owned Roma North water infrastructure.

The capital expenditure for its components is expected to reach $20 million.

Senex said natural gas from the Roma North expansion will continue to be delivered to GLNG under the existing 15-year gas sales agreement (GSA).

Senex said last month it was set to create 100 construction jobs and support hundreds of manufacturing roles after winning a competitive tender for gas acreage that will expand its successful Atlas domestic gas project 50 per cent.

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