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An autonomous drone was just one of the technologies on display at the recent Hitachi Social Innovation forum.

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Autonomous systems to ‘lift quarrying out of the dark ages’

Global supplier Hitachi has recently held an innovation forum that discussed topics such as the probability that autonomous machines will almost entirely operate the mining and quarrying industry within 15 years. Read more »
The Newnes Junction Project will utilise rail transport for cartage of end product off-site.

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Iconic sandstone quarries on the market

From this month, a sandstone quarry in Queensland is set to go under the hammer while expressions of interest are sought for investment in one of New South Wales’ largest sand mining projects. Read more »
Some of the event speakers (l-r): Amanda Croker, Linda MacDonald, Wayne Scott, Leanne Parker, Megan Davis, Michelle Connelly and Paul Sutton.

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Women in quarrying conference provides new insights

More than 85 women and men attended Brisbane’s Women in Quarrying (WIQ) conference, to promote and acknowledge women’s contributions to the aggregates industry. Read more »
Some of the event speakers (l-r): Amanda Croker, Linda Davidson, Wayne Scott, Leanne Parker, Megan Davis, Michelle Connelly and Paul Sutton.

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Inaugural Women in Quarrying conference provides new insights

The inaugural Women in Quarrying Conference opened on 21 March at the Glen Hotel in Brisbane. Delegates arrived early in anticipation of the event, with some visitors hailing from as far away as New South Wales and Western Australia. Read more »
A range of free tools and resources are available for employers at the Fair Work website: <a href="www.fairwork.gov.au" target="_blank">fairwork.gov.au</a>

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Mining services company forced to repay more than $2 million

A Victorian-based mining services company has been required to repay more than $2 million to workers it involuntarily short-changed over four years. Read more »
The term "sustainable" is not normally associated with natural resources- eg minerals, construction materials- that are considered non-renewable.

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Encouraging sustainable use of quarry resources

In an age when sustainability is a buzz word of corporations, environmentalists and governments, can the quarrying industry claim this moniker as an integral part of its operations? Geoff West argues the industry is involved in sustainability and it should be proud – and loud – about it! Read more »
Resources and mining ranked second in having gender diversity policies in place but was rated poorly for implementing them.

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Extractive industries urged to do more on gender gap

A study has ranked the mining and resources industry as one of the top three sectors to advocate gender diversity but notes there is still room for improvement. Read more »

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Do your rosters minimise fatigue?

Based on information collected from a study of more than 23,000 shift workers in the mining industry, Jim Huemmer discusses how rosters and actual hours of work can be tailored to an organisation’s needs and its workforce, while minimising fatigue. Read more »
PriceWaterhouseCoopers and beyondblue have examined how employee mental health conditions impact on productivity and participation across a range of industries.

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Businesses to gain from workplace mental health

A new report on workplace mental health suggests that quarry operators looking to reduce costs would benefit from paying more attention to the wellbeing of their employees.  Read more »
Up to 40 workers at Penrice Soda’s Angaston quarry face an uncertain future.

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New buyer sought for lime producer

Administrators are confident that the embattled Penrice Soda Holdings, which placed itself into voluntary administration last month, can attract a new buyer. Read more »
Scot Smith, the newly appointed global president of Sandvik Mining.

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Global mining group appoints new president

Sandvik Mining has strengthened its team with the appointment of Scot Smith as its new global president. Read more »
While recruitment in mining activities will decline, the launch of other projects will lead to increased resources, engineering and construction hiring.

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Survey predicts steady salaries

The jobs downturn in the resources sector is set to continue while other areas of the construction market are showing some signs of improvement. Read more »


 

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