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THIS MONTH
 • Industry outlook for 2009
 • Downturn hits hard
 • Upbeat on oil shale
 • Young engineers with spark



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    The Mining Advocate | December 2008 - January 2009                                                                                                                                                                                   NEWS              1


                                    The                                    MINING
                                                                                                                                   December 2008
                                                                                                                                     January 2009


2 Sticking with shale
Recent Queensland Government legislation has put the kybosh on new oil shale developments, due to long-
running environmental concerns about energy-intensive extraction processes.
  However, Paradigm Metals is on a mission to find suitable technology that will convince the State
Government to allow it to proceed with mining at its oil shale prospect near Cloncurry.
  Managing director Graham Carman said he was confident that the government would eventually reverse its
opposition if it was presented with a sound case for development.



5 Bright futures
Engineers Australia’s Cairns local group recently named GHD’s Robby Chohan as its Young Engineer of
the Year. Mr Chohan is pleased that his involvement in a large local project allowed him to remain in the
                                                                                                                                                                                   It’s time for miners to kick up their heels, as 2008 winds down with
region where he grew up.
                                                                                                                                                                                   a string of parties. The Mining Advocate covers the social highlights
  On Page 11, The Mining Advocate profiles another exciting young prospect, CN Barton Medal winner                                                                                  on Pages 19 and 20, and looks back at the year that was with a
                                                                                                                                                                                   collection of our front covers on Page 28.
Julie Lovisa - a fourth-year civil and environmental engineering student at James Cook University.



6 Stormy weather                                                                                                                                                                   FEATURES
The toll from the current economic downturn continues to climb, particularly affecting small to medium mining                                                                             11 People
and exploration companies.
                                                                                                                                                                                         12 Industry Update
  A flow-on effect has been the reduction in business for mining supply companies, which are similarly                                                                                           A comprehensive wrap of exploration and
struggling to maintain sufficient cash flow to ride out the gloom.                                                                                                                                operations in North Queensland and the
                                                                                                                                                                                               Northern Territory.
  The Mining Advocate presents a snapshot of some of the affected companies in North Queensland and the
Northern Territory.                                                                                                                                                                      16 Between Shifts
                                                                                                                                                                                         20 Lifestyle
7 Silver lining                                                                                                                                                                          23 Bigger, Tougher, Better
                                                                                                                                                                                         22 Engineering Achievement
On a brighter note, many companies in northern Australia are forging ahead with development plans.
  Some, like Incitec Pivot, are actually defying conservative trends and expanding their operations.                                                                                     24 PRTS Feature
  The Mining Advocate looks at the work planned for 2009 by players who are very much still in the game.                                                                                 26 Health and Safety Feature

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Paradigm Metals still upbeat
The company behind a planned oil shale                                                                                                        about 90 per cent of Australia’s
                                                                                                                                              known oil shale reserves, Mr
venture near Cloncurry hopes to prove                                                                                                         Carman said the government
extraction can be environmentally viable.                                                                                                     stood to receive significant
                                                                                                                                              royalties if it reversed its ban on
Paradigm Metals believes the         OIL SHALE FACTS                                                                                          new mines.
Queensland Government will               Oil shale refers to                                                                                     “There are plenty of open-
eventually reverse its opposition        sedimentary rocks that                                                                               cut coal mines, so we need to
to oil shale mining and allow the        contain solid combustible                                                                            demonstrate that we are a similar
company to develop its North             organic matter called                                                                                operation and that we can come
Queensland deposits.                     kerogen.                                                                                             up with acceptable technology,”
  The Mines and Energy                                                                                                                        he said.
Legislation Amendment Bill               The kerogen can be
                                                                                                                                                 Mr Carman said Paradigm
2008 was recently passed by              decomposed to release
                                                                                                                                              Metals had not set a timetable
State Parliament in order to             hydrocarbons under an
                                                                                                                                              for production but would liaise
place a ban on new oil shale             elevated heating process.
                                                                                                                                              with the government “when the
mines and a 20-year moratorium           These can then be captured
                                                                                                                                              time is right”.
on oil shale mining in the               to produce synthetic crude
                                                                                                                                                 Apart from government
Whitsundays.                             oil and combustible gas.
                                                                                                                                              policy, the company also faces an
  According to the Queensland            Only one oil shale mining                                                                            obstacle in the form of declining
Government, oil shale operations         lease currently exists                                                                               oil prices due to the global
as they currently stand would            in Queensland, near                                                                                  financial crisis.
have high energy and water               Gladstone.                                                                                              Mr Carman said oil shale
needs and could potentially
impact significantly on                                                                                                                        mining was only justified during
ecosystems through emissions                                                                                                                  periods of high prices, but he
and wastewater.                                                                                                                               was confident that the effects
                                     Toolebuc shale oil, vanadium
  The ban on new mines will                                                                                                                   of the financial crisis would be
                                     and molybdenum joint venture
be in place for at least two years                                                                                                            reversed as the world continued
                                     prospect near Cloncurry.                                                                                 to consume oil and as the peak
while the government reviews           But in order to produce shale
different processing technologies.                                                                                                             oil situation took effect.
                                     oil, the company will have to                                                                               The Mines and Energy
   Paradigm Metals managing
                                     convince the State Government       Mr Carman did not claim that    techniques and had already           Legislation Amendment Bill
director Graham Carman said
the new legislation did not affect    that it can extract kerogen       the development of acceptable     rejected a high-impact retorting     has also introduced wider public
the company in the short term        from its organic limestones in    processing technology was a       method often used in past            interest tests to all minerals covered
because it was still allowed to      an environmentally efficient        certainty, but he said Paradigm   operations.                          under the Minerals Resources Act –
drill and collect samples at the     manner.                           Metals was evaluating different      With Queensland hosting            see Page 3 for details.




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New legislation                                                                                                MINING AROUND THE WORLD




sparks concern
A Bill aimed at restricting oil shale mining in                            in respect of uranium and oil
                                                                           shale, it is difficult to speculate
Queensland bears ramifications for the wider                               on situations where the
resources industry, writes Michael Stevens.                                government might invoke the
                                                                           new provisions.”
New legislation targeting oil        the government to consider               The government stated during
shale mining in Queensland           public interest when granting,        Parliamentary debate that
could be seen by industry as         amending and renewing                 public interest tests under the
increasing the sovereign risk        exploration permits and mineral       Act would continue to be used
of the State’s mining sector,        development licences.                 sparingly.
according to Brisbane-based law         He said the Bill also called for      Member for Fitzroy Jim Pearce
firm Carter Newell.                   consideration of public interest      said only eight mining lease
   The Mines and Energy              in decisions about whether            applications had been rejected in
Legislation Amendment Bill           or not to include particular          Queensland since 1999.
2008 was introduced to restrict      conditions in a new or renewed           He said that in some
oil shale mining in Queensland.      mining lease.                         circumstances the amendments
   But a number of the Bill’s           Mr Plumb said that if a            under the Bill would provide
amendments apply to leases for       large number of projects failed       certainty for industry by
all minerals covered under the       to obtain approval because            preventing situations where pre-    Stairway to Aircore, Kambalda, Western Australia, by Greg Tossel.
Mineral Resources Act 1989           of the wider public interest          production leases were approved                                             Photo: courtesy of Snowden.
– most significantly, the Bill        considerations, resource              but final mining leases were
introduces a broader scope of        companies could look to               rejected on the basis of public        Kambalda is located 75km        first nickel mine there in 1966.
situations in which government       jurisdictions other than              interest.                           south-east of Coolgardie in the       Greg Tossel’s photo of sunrise
decision-makers will need to         Queensland as better targets for         The Queensland Resources         Kalgoorlie region of Western       over a drill rig at Kambalda
consider “public interest”.          investment.                           Council has expressed its           Australia. The region was          (above) won the landscape
   Carter Newell senior associate       “But it really is a waiting        disappointment with the             at the centre of a gold rush       category of this year’s
James Plumb said the granting        game as we look towards the           government’s introduction of the    after discoveries in the 1880s     Snowden Photo Competition.
of mining leases was already         government for guidance as to         legislation, which immediately      and had a resurgence when          For more information on
subject to a public interest test,   how they see the changes being        halted development of the           Western Mining Corporation         the competition visit www.
but changes under the Bill had       implemented,” he said.                Whitsundays’ McFarlane oil          (WMC) established Australia’s      snowdengroup.com.
increased requirements for              “Aside from issues arising         shale deposit.




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Reaching out to NT youth
Getting them young is Engineers Australia’s
aim, with a raft of activities to help engage
Territory school students in science and maths.
If firing catapults and making        and tested their capabilities on
moon buggies is what it takes        an undulating track.
to get Northern Territory kids          Ms Carson said a vigorous
into maths and science, then         marketing campaign before the
Engineers Australia is more          2009 event - including school
than willing to give it a go.        visits and promotional DVDs -
   The organisation’s Northern       would help science and maths
Division is planning to hold its     teachers energise their students
next science and engineering         into forming teams.
challenge in Darwin and Alice           The science and engineering
Springs in early May 2009.           challenge is one event of a suite
   Youth programs promoter           of programs that Engineers
Rosemary Carson said the             Australia will again support
challenge program, devised by        and deliver into Northern
the University of Newcastle,         Territory schools in 2009.
targeted students in Years 8,           SMART Road Show staged
9 and 10 – a crucial period          its inaugural remote visit in
for choosing the senior              September 2008, entertaining
subjects required to go on           primary school students with
to engineering studies at            30-minute shows on topics           Science and engineering challenge supervisor Peter Hagan, from Engineers Australia, joins students from St John’s
university.                          such as robots, sound and the       College during the “mission To Mars” event at this year’s Darwin-based challenge.          Photo: Christopher Knight
   Favourite events for students     human body.
in the 2008 event included              The Northern Division
the “war machine” challenge,         is planning to involve              with the World Solar Car                provides project material for           reaching out to young people
where participants constructed       more schools in the remote          Challenge – a race from                 teachers to integrate into their        and helping to address the
a catapult from masking tape,        schedule and arrange longer         Darwin to Adelaide held                 lesson plans – will again benefit        serious problem of skills
wood and plastic bottles to fire      stays in 2009, depending on         between October 25 and 31               from young engineers in the             shortages.
tennis balls at a target.            sponsorship.                        - to promote a large crowd to           Territory who have offered to               “There is a 28,000 shortfall
   Another hit was the “mission         The 2009 SunChase solar          both events.                            visit schools on request.               of engineers in Australia and
to Mars” challenge, where            model car challenge for               EngQuest – a curriculum-                Ms Carson said Engineers              it’s predicted by 2010 there will
students built moon buggies          students will be synchronised       based web activity that                 Australia was focused on                be a 40,000 shortfall,” she said.




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Opportunities lie
at city’s doorstep
                                                                          the city should establish itself as
A local economist says Cairns should be                                   a source of fly in-fly out labour
setting itself up as a labour supply base for                             to the PNG projects.
major PNG projects, writes Michael Stevens.                                  Taskforce chair Sharon
                                                                          Dawson said the projects would        GHD senior structural and civil engineer Robby Chohan.
                                    THE FACTS                             also provide much-needed                                                           Photo: Romy Siegmann
Cairns is continuing to look
                                                                          opportunities to Cairns in the
to Papua New Guinea (PNG)
as one of the most promising
regions to export manpower and
                                        Two major LNG plants
                                      mooted for Port Moresby
                                        Report points to massive
                                                                          areas of construction, training
                                                                          and maintenance.
                                                                             She said PNG had always
                                                                                                                Keeping it local
mining services.                                                                                                Robby Chohan - who                Cleanerseas Alliance project.
   Speaking at a Cairns Chamber       requirements for workers            been important to the Cairns          was named 2008 Young                 Mr Chohan said his
of Commerce luncheon, locally-          Demand also expected in           business community in terms of        Engineer of the Year at           responsibilities on the
based economist Bill Cummings         construction, training and          proximity and trade.                  the inaugural Engineers           $180 million project were
said that before the recent fall      maintenance areas                      As the closest Australian          Australia Cairns local group
in mineral prices, two major                                              city, Cairns already had well-                                          significant for someone with
                                                                                                                gala night – believes keeping
liquefied natural gas (LNG)                                                established diplomatic, business      large project work in             only 10 years’ experience,
plants were planned for Port          In a report released earlier this
                                                                          and transport links with its          regional Australia will help      and the challenge was an
Moresby involving about $13         year, which is being considered
                                                                          northern neighbour.                   it retain local engineers.        important part of why he
billion in construction activity    by the Cairns Chamber
                                    of Commerce’s Resources                  “Several large companies              Cairns born and bred, Mr       had remained in the region.
over the next five years.                                                                                        Chohan graduated from
                                    and Industry Taskforce, Mr            operating in PNG have their                                                The other award winners
   He said some operations in                                                                                   James Cook University in
                                    Cummings said construction            Australian offices in Cairns and                                          at the gala night in Cairns
Cairns’ sphere of influence -                                                                                    1997 and is now a senior
                                    of the two major LNG plants           we hope to attract more,” Ms                                            were Tony Black from
northern Australia, PNG and                                                                                     structural and civil engineer
Papua Indonesia - had been          would produce a massive               Dawson said.                                                            Black & More (Professional
                                                                             Members of the Cairns              with GHD in Cairns.
reduced or cancelled due to the     requirement for workers that                                                                                  Engineer of the Year) and
                                                                          business community recently              He won the Young
financial downturn.                  could not be met in PNG.                                                                                      Mamu Rainforest Canopy
                                                                          visited a PNG trade day in            Engineer of the Year award
   But he believed the larger         He said Cairns’ large labour                                                                                (Engineering Project of the
                                                                                                                mainly for his work as lead
projects would continue,            force, its desirability as a place    Townsville presented by
                                                                                                                structural engineer for the       Year).
depending on activity within the    to live and its strategic position    Townsville Enterprise, Austrade
Chinese economy.                    in northern Australia meant that      and Ausindustry.



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In come the administrators Project managers
as CopperCo hits the wall left reeling
CopperCo has appointed                industry representatives heaped                                               Navigating the financial           receiving a large expected
voluntary administrators, to          smoked salmon onto their plates                                               downturn has become               payment has impacted
the surprise of many industry         and quaffed specially labelled                                                 a gargantuan task for             heavily on CPM.
commentators.                         CopperCo wine, managing                                                       Charters Towers-based                It has closed its doors in
  The company said it took the        director Brian Rear lauded the                                                Conglomerated Project             order to resolve the issue,
decision after it was advised         then-high copper prices, saying                                               Management (CPM) after            with a view to re-opening in
that a financing transaction that      copper oxide from the operation                                               it did not receive payment        March next year.
would have provided support           was forecast to generate between                                              it expected from a Chinese           “If we could go out and
through new equity and debt           $1 billion and $1.4 billion over                                              company it was contracted to.     find other projects ourselves
facilities would not proceed.         its predicted mine life of nine                                                  CPM director Paul              we could trade our way
  Media reports stated that the       years. He did, however, say he                                                Dale said the Chinese             through the financial crisis,
Perth-based miner acquired a          was aware that metal prices could                                             company – which he did not        but at the end of the day, we
$50 million debt when it merged       go down as well as up – a truism                                              name – owed CPM and its           owe so much to our creditors
with Mineral Securities earlier       that became all too real.                                                     creditors $500,000 for project    that we haven’t been able to
this year which it could not now         Lady Annie was the first                                                    management, earthmoving           do that,” Mr Dale said.
repay despite having copper price     greenfields base metals mine                                                   and camp management                  He said that if the payment
protection in place for cathode       to come online in Queensland                                                  services.                         issue was not resolved
production from its Lady Annie        in more than a decade and was        CopperCo managing director Brian            He said the company had        CPM would have to sell its
copper operation near Mount Isa.      held up as an example by the         Rear speaking at the opening             suspended the project it was      equipment and possibly scale
  This situation would have been      Queensland Resources Council         ceremony for the Lady Annie mine         undertaking, but had not          back its business to project
almost unthinkable at the upbeat      and State Government as they         in late 2007.                            settled the amount and was        consultancy.
official opening ceremony for           implored other companies to                                                   now communicating with               Mr Dale said he knew
Lady Annie in October 2007,           focus on exploring greenfields        the most dramatic of the                 CPM through lawyers.              of other companies around
which The Mining Advocate             prospects with a view to             recent falls reported in North              With many companies            Charters Towers, including
attended.                             developing them.                     Queensland during the current            tightening their belts to         trucking and pumping
  As government dignitaries and          CopperCo’s collapse is perhaps    financial downturn.                       conserve cash during the          businesses, that were also
                                                                                                                    financial downturn, not            struggling.



                                               to certain conditions being satisfied.                                                        said the ore at Wolfram Camp contained
                                                 OZ Minerals – operator of Century                      Axiom Mining Limited                significantly more fine material than the
                                               zinc mine in the lower Gulf – stated it                 AXIOM MINING                         company originally expected, meaning
                                               required time to continue negotiations          Exploration offices in Australia have          that the operation was suffering from an
                                               and that these negotiations could be          been placed on care and maintenance and        inability to deliver target headfeed grade
                                               jeopardised if they took place during a       staff have been made redundant at the           material to the run-of-mine stockpile.The
                                               period of potentially extreme share price                                                    processing plant was also unable to recover
          MATRIX METALS                                                                      company’s Townsville base.
                                               volatility.                                     All field operations undertaken               an acceptable quality of concentrate.
   The company appointed voluntary
administrators when it could not meet                                                        in Australia and Vietnam have been                Mr Greenwood said Queensland
a substantial partial repayment of a                                                         suspended, including those at a number of      Ores was investigating options to obtain
provisionally paid invoice from Glencore                                                     North Queensland tenements.                    necessary funding to focus on resolving
International.                                                                                 Axiom Mining geology director                its mining and metallurgical issues, with
   Matrix – which operates the                                                               John McCarthy said the suspensions             a view to returning Wolfram Cap to
Leichhardt copper project in north-west                                                      fortuitously began as wet seasons              production.
Queensland – said it had an off take               ADITYA BIRLA MINERALS                      approached, when field programs would
and sales arrangement that involved               Aditya Birla Minerals has suspended        have been curtailed in any event. He
Glencore making provisional US                 indefinitely development work on the           said the company was actively seeking
dollar-denominated invoice payments            Ezperanza South project at its Mt Gordon      interested parties for possible joint                   KANGAROO METALS
when copper cathode was delivered in           operations.                                   venture or other appropriate commercial           The board has accepted an offer by a
Townsville. These were then adjusted for          The company stated that the project        arrangements in relation to a number of        consortium of investors to recapitalise
changes in the average US dollar copper        would be placed on care and maintenance       advanced projects.                             the company, in order to inject sufficient
price during the month of shipment.            pending an upturn in the market, but                                                         cash into the company to support future
   The timeframe between the provisional       all other activities at the company’s Mt                                                     operations.
invoice and final invoice could be several      Gordon operations would continue as                                                             Earlier in 2008, Kangaroo Metals
months, and it had been Matrix’s practice      normal.                                                                                      entered into a purchase agreement for
to convert the provisional payments into                                                           OLYMPIA RESOURCES                        assets in Tasmania including the Riverside
Australian dollars on receipt in order to                                                      The company is undertaking a strategic       alluvial tin mine, which in part was meant
meet the company’s operating expenses.                                                       review of its operations including the         as a test-bed for the company’s larger
   Managing director Shane McBride                       .                                   Harts Range abrasives project, 130km           California Creek tin project in North
said that with the projected low copper            LIONTOWN RESOURCES                        north-east of Alice Springs.                   Queensland.
prices there were likely to be further           The company recently closed its               Managing director Peter Gazzard said a          Kangaroo Metals has now wound this
partial repayments over coming months          Charters Towers base, laying off three         slowdown in expenditure and production         purchase agreement back.
of invoices provisionally paid when the        geologists and several field crew.             activities and asset rationalisation would
price was high and, after discussions            Chairman Timothy Goyder said the            be considered.
with Glencore, it became apparent that         company’s management and staff had               The full results of the review will be
it would not be possible to restructure        also accepted reduced salaries and non-       announced as soon as they are available
                                               executive directors had agreed to accrue                                                              URAMET MINERALS
arrangements between the companies                                                           and have been considered by the Olympia          Restructuring of the company’s
within a reasonable timeframe.                 director’s fees rather than being paid.       Resources board as well as any further
                                                 During 2008 Liontown Resources                                                             corporate office and reductions in
                                                                                             proposed actions.                              administration and technical staff have
                                               released a maiden resource estimate of
                                               194,000 tonnes of zinc, lead and copper                                                      been implemented.
                                               for its Liontown project near Charters                                                         Chairman Sam Randazzo said Uramet
                                               Towers.                                                                                      was scaling back its exploration activities
                                                 Mr Goyder said the resource was                                                            to preserve cash. He said Uramet would
           OZ MINERALS                         insufficient to support a stand-alone                                                          focus on attracting well-funded joint
  At the time of writing, the company          mining operation at current metal prices,            QUEENSLAND ORES                         venture partners to assist with exploration
had frozen its shares until December 29        but it formed an excellent base to build on     Operations have been suspended at the        programs and would consider selling some
as it accepted an offer from its lenders to     through further exploration. He said that     company’s Wolfram Camp tungsten and            of its projects to add further cash to the
extend the date by which it was required       in line with preserving available funds,      molybdenum mine - between Mareeba              company’s treasury.
to refinance loan facilities worth $US560       the company had also entered into a joint     and Chillagoe in North Queensland-               Uramet has base metals, phosphate and
million (almost $A880 million). An             venture with Exco Resources at its Fort       to save on costs while mining and              uranium exploration tenements focused
option also existed to extend this date past   Constantine South iron oxide, copper and      metallurgical issues are addressed.            on the Georgina Basin in the Northern
December 29 to January 31, 2009, subject       gold project near Cloncurry.                    Managing director Taff Greenwood              Territory and Queensland.
    The Mining Advocate | December 2008 - January 2009                                                                                                                           NEWS              7


   Fortunes have been mixed for North Queensland and Northern
   Territory mining companies over the last few weeks, with the
   impact of the economic downturn being fully felt.
                                                                                   IPL plans $26m upgrade
   Some companies have been forced to lay off staff and curb their
   operations, while others have fallen over completely.
   But not everyone has a sad tale to tell – many companies in the
                                                                                   for northern operations
   uranium, phosphate and base metals fields are pushing ahead                      Incitec Pivot Limited (IPL)           will be in excess of one million
   firmly with their projects in 2009.                                              plans to invest up to $26             tonnes of fertiliser annually,” IPL
   The Mining Advocate presents a snapshot of the developments                     million expanding its major           northern Australian operations
   for operations on both sides of the fence.                                      northern Queensland facilities at     manager Hans Van Bovene said.
                                                                                   Phosphate Hill, Mount Isa and            A second phase of work
                                                                                   Townsville.                           involving installation of a fifth
                                                                                      The capacity of IPL’s              filter at the phosphoric acid plant

    Minelec casts net wide                                                         fertiliser manufacturing plant at
                                                                                   Phosphate Hill will be lifted by
                                                                                                                         at Phosphate Hill at a cost of $35
                                                                                                                         million is under consideration.
                                                                                   40,000 tonnes a year through a           If approved, it would increase
    Interstate projects are helping   the Kimberleys and it had                    series of projects to increase the    capacity by a further 40,000
    Townsville-based electrical       previously completed work                    supply of sulphuric acid to the       tonnes a year after completion by
    contractor company Minelec        for McArthur River Mining                    plant.                                the end of 2010.
    push through the economic         in the Northern Territory.                      The projects, due for                 Sulphuric acid and locally
    downturn.                            Mr Birt said Townsville                   completion by 2010, include           mined phosphate rock are the
      The company recently            was well situated to service                 construction of sulphuric acid        two major inputs used in the
    completed a project for           interstate operations because                storage tanks and train loading       production of diammonium
    Argyle Diamonds at its            of its sound infrastructure                  facilities at Townsville, new         phosphate and monoammonium
    underground mine in               and available labour force.                  sulphur handling and storage          phosphate fertilisers at
    Western Australia, which             He said goods were easily                 facilities at Mount Isa, and minor    Phosphate Hill.
    involved the connection, the      manufactured in the city, but                “debottlenecking” at Mount Isa           Further funding has also been       Incitec Pivot’s Mount Isa acid plant.
    testing and running of three      transporting them interstate                 and at the phosphoric acid plant      approved to conduct a viability
    new high-voltage ventilation      did present some challenges.                 at Phosphate Hill.                    study into the construction of         rock for export sales. Phosphate
    fans.                                Engaging in work outside                     “When stage one is completed       a plant at Phosphate Hill to           was recently given a positive
      Manager Tom Birt                of Townsville helped keep                    in 2010, for the first time the        produce up to 400,000 tonnes           outlook for 2009 by respected
    said the company would            Minelec stable during the                    design capacity at Phosphate Hill     a year of high-grade phosphate         economist Allan Trench.
    undertake more projects in        financial climate, he said.



                                               decrease in operating costs. Copper Strike             in North Queensland, which is a                 uranium project in the Northern Territory.
                                               hopes to begin production at Einasleigh in             greenfields prospect with potential for an          The company undertook a reverse
                                               2010, but Mr Eadie said hold-ups could                 open-pit operation and coal seam gas.           circulation and diamond drilling program
         KRUCIBLE METALS LTD                   be expected with project financing in the                 Mr Sheard said the company was                at the project in the last quarter of
                                               current economic climate.                              deciding whether to drill the project itself    2008, which it said returned significant
        KRUCIBLE METALS                                                                               or bring a partner into a joint venture. The    intercepts. Executive director Lindsay
  Managing director Tony Alston said the                                                              company also planned more drilling work         Dudfield said production at Bigrlyi
prime focus for early 2009 was to establish                                                           at its Mt Agate iron-oxide copper gold          was scheduled to begin in 2011, with a
joint ore reserve committee-compliant                                                                                                                 predicted 12-year mine life.
                                                                                                      prospect near Cloncurry in 2009.
resources for the company’s Mount Isa
area polymetallic tenements. He said
the company would pursue resource
definition rather than exploration, with its          ARAFURA RESOURCES
Phosphate South project the first priority.       Strategic development and exploration
                                               general manager Richard Brescianini                          SOUTHERN URANIUM
                                               said the company would spend 2009                                                                      NORTH QUEENSLAND METALS
                                                                                                        Managing director John Anderson said            The company is planning to take
                                               progressing its definitive feasibility study            the company looked forward to drilling
                                               for the Nolans rare earths, phosphate and                                                              advantage of stronger revenues from
                                                                                                      the Calvert Hills joint venture uranium         increasing gold production at its Pajingo
                                               uranium project in the Northern Territory.             prospect in the Northern Territory at the
                                                 Mr Brescianini said 50 per cent                                                                      mine near Charters Towers to intensify tin
                                                                                                      start of the 2009 dry season.                   exploration at its Herberton projects.
                                               production was planned at the project in                 He said a large airborne electromagnetic
           MINEMAKERS                          2011, ramping up to full capacity in 2013.                                                               Chief executive officer John McKinstry
   The company was expecting a resource                                                               survey completed at Calvert Hills in            said NQM had already established a
                                               He said the mine would be a small-scale,               2008 successfully mapped prospective
statement to be ready in December for                                                                                                                 mineral reserve at the Baal Gammon
                                               low-strip operation of about 800,000                   unconformities and structures in the
its Wonarah phosphate project in the                                                                                                                  copper-tin-silver-indium project, which
                                               tonnes of ore per annum.                               extensions to the nearby Westmoreland
Northern Territory, which managing                                                                                                                    the company envisaged as the first of
director Andrew Drummond said would                                                                   field. The company also planned drilling         several projects to feed a processing plant
dramatically increase a previous Rio Tinto                                                            at the Rum Jungle project in the NT and         proposed for Herberton. Mr McKinstry
defined resource of 72 million tonnes.                                                                 at the Pandanus West prospect in North          said Pajingo gold mine recently completed
The project has been awarded major                                                                    Queensland.
                                                              ANCHOR
                                                                                                                                                      the transition from contract mining to
project status by the Northern Territory                                                                                                              owner mining, a change that was expected
                                                               RESOURCES LIMITED
Government and Minemakers is aiming                                                                                                                   to result in cost savings.
to start production in two years.                     ANCHOR RESOURCES
                                                  The company spent time in the last
                                               quarter of 2008 refining drill targets for
                                               its Chillagoe uranium project in North
                                               Queensland. Managing director Trevor
                                                                                                               ICON RESOURCES
                                                                                                        The company recently secured 100                       CLONCURRY METALS
                                               Woolfe said drill rigs were easier to find
          COPPER STRIKE                                                                               per cent of the historic Mount Carbine            A memorandum of understanding was
                                               because of the financial crisis. Anchor
   Executive chairman Tom Eadie said                                                                  tungsten mine and a 14-year mining lease.       signed with BHP Billiton in 2008 to
                                               Resources also has gold, tin and tungsten
the next few months would be spent fine-                                                                 Managing director Dr John Bishop said         assess various arrangements to allow for
                                               prospects north-east of Greenvale in
tuning a recently released feasibility study                                                          the mine was currently used as an active        early development of Cloncurry Metal’s
                                               North Queensland.
for Copper Strike’s Einasleigh copper                                                                 hard rock quarry rich in tungsten and he        lead-zinc-silver Pegmont deposit, based
project in North Queensland, to increase                                                              believed the company would be producing         on the premise of delivering the mined
profitability through a number of factors                                                              tungsten from the tailings by Christmas         ore to BHP Billiton’s nearby Cannington
that had emerged since the study was                                                                  2009. He said some resources were left in       plant for processing.
begun.                                                                                                the open pit and exploration drilling was         Following due diligence, a close-
   One of these factors is continued strong                                                           expected to extend these resources.             spaced drilling program was begun at the
drilling results from the project’s Kaiser                                                                                                            prospect in late 2008. Company secretary
Bill prospect, which was not originally         CARPENTARIA EXPLORATION                                                                               Barry Casson said the results were
included the study’s scope. Mr Eadie said        Executive chairman Nick Sheard said                                                                  expected to give essential information on
significant increases in tonnage and grade      the company was focusing on bringing a                                                                 the continuity and grade distribution of
were expected at Kaiser Bill, which would      project to production as soon as possible.                      ENERGY METALS                          the mineralisation, allowing for the design
allow for increases in the production rate       One possibility that the company is                    A feasibility study is due to kick off in      of a resource definition drilling program
and mine life of Einasleigh and allow for a    exploring is a coal project at Hughenden               early 2009 for the Bigrlyi joint venture        planned to begin in 2009.
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 RECYCLING PROFIT - BIT BY BIT
If your father ever said,                                                                      steels keep getting straight-
‘look after your pennies                                                                       ened until the threads are
and the pounds will look                                                                       unusable. We get about 60 a
after themselves,’ he may                                                                      week done out there.”
well have been a drill bit                                                                     Mines could be saving
sharpener.                                                                                     hundreds of thousands
There are a lot of pennies                                                                     of dollars a month in new
in $200,000. That’s what NT                                                                    product by refurbishment
Rockdrill Services Direc-                                                                      said Mr Pache, who noted it
tor Chris Pache estimates                                                                      was a misconception that
is lying discarded in some                                                                     you can’t get a refurbished
waste heaps on mines sites                                                                     bit to drill as good as a new.
in northern Australia.                                                                         It was all in the preparation
Drill bit sharpening is one    “For the first little while      “We have a set-up there         he said.
of those niche services that   we were doing it hard like      where we can do ev-             “It is all money saving. Some
are indicative of a com-       everyone does trying to get     erything on (the Argyle         mines at the moment drill
munity ‘arriving’ as a mines   a business up and running       Diamond) site for them;         to destruction. The rod
service and supply centre.     and working at the same         straighten steel, sharpen       bends, throw it in the bin. A     Chris and Elwyn Pache – Owners NT Rockdrill Services note
Chris and his partner Elwyn    time, “Mr Pache said. “That     bits and basically look after   bit; drill it until it is dead.   that hundreds of thousands of dollars in drill bits which could
first eyed off Darwin as a      has changed now. We are         all the inventory on the        “The advantage for mine           be recycled are lying in mine dumps.
location for their business    now in the position where       drilling side of things,” he    sites to sharpen bits is they
in 1997. But the conditions    we can work for ourselves       said.                           can have a 45mm boring            of gear sitting there doing      Mr Pache is a second
needed to improve; mean-       and it is going quite well.”    “It is a good measure for       bit, sharpen it a few times       nothing and it’s going to go     generation bit sharpener.
ing the gold price had to      NT Rockdrill Services counts    your larger mine sites. We      … until it is under gauge         in the bin.                      He did his apprenticeship
increase from where it was     Rio Tinto’s Argyle Diamond      vary and (one day) will         and goes down to a 43mm           “It may cost you $2,000 in       with his father in Mount Isa
flatlining at around US$270/    Mine as one of its major        do up to 130 bits per day       bit. Now, they can use it for     freight to send it; $10,000      in the early 90s and worked
ounce and there needed to      customers and the business      with one machine and one        bolting. They get five times       to fix and there you go.          with his uncle in Perth who
be a lot more exploration.     has permanent presence on       person on site.                 the use instead of drilling       There’s 12 grand and you’ve      owns Rockdrill Sharpening
The Territory now meets        site, with services housed in   “The next day we’ll straight-   it, killing it and throwing it    got $200,000 worth of gear
                                                                                                                                                                  Services before setting up
those conditions and the       a container.                    en steels, whether it is 4.3    away.                             that can be re-used. It takes
                                                                                                                                                                  operations in the Top End.
business has taken off for     The mobile and compact          borer or down to 2.7 chemi-     “We have seen a lot of            throwing figures around a
the Paches in the last 30      set-up is being used as a       cal rod. As long as the bend    companies with big piles of       lot of the time for com-         Now NT Rockdrill Services
months since setting up the    template for future sites, Mr   is not too great, it comes      bits lying around …. There        panies to see exactly how        is looking to expand its op-
Yarrawonga operation.          Pache said.                     back to us, a lot of the time   (can be) $200,000 worth           much they can save.”             erations into other states.




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COLLEGE UNVEILS PLANS FOR THE FUTURE
The Australian Technical College –
North Queensland has unveiled details
                                                                                                                                                                                    Zac Green named 2008
of its plans to expand operations in
2009.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Apprentice of the Year
Chief Executive Officer Roslyn Baker                                                                                                                                                     Boilermaking apprentice Zachary Green was named the 2008
presented the new business plan to                                                                                                                                                      ATCNQ Apprentice of the Year at the College’s recent awards
supporters of the College at a special                                                                                                                                                  evening.
launch evening.                                                                                                                                                                         The year 12 student received the honour over 17 other top
The launch comes one week after the                                                                                                                                                     apprentices who were named the best in their respective trade
Federal Government gave the final                                                                                                                                                        areas.
approval for the College to run inde-
                                                                                                                                                                                        Zac, 17, was recognised for his skill in his chosen trade, attitude
pendently when funding for Technical
                                                                                                                                                                                        to his work and positive feedback from his employer Murphy
Colleges expires at the end of 2009.
                                                                                                                                                                                        Steel.
Ms Baker said the College was
extremely excited about moving forward        “Our research has shown that there          complete their senior schooling and         are undertaking a school-based ap-                Chief Executive Officer Roslyn Baker said the ATCNQ Awards
with the business plan and providing          are often a number of issues that arise     still get competencies signed off for       prenticeship under the trade training in          was an opportunity for the College community to look back at
more opportunities for young people in        when students transition into full-time     their trades.                               schools initiative,” she said                     the year that was, and acknowledge the quality of its apprentices.
the region.                                   employment, so we have support              “It’s something that’s never been           “Over the two years, they will be able to         “Our apprentices show some great skill and knowledge in
“Our vision has always been to become         systems in place to ensure that the         achieved before, and we’re in the fortu-    complete up to 30 per cent of their trade         their chosen trades, and this is our chance to recognise their
the leader in flexible and innovative          transition period is as smooth as pos-      nate position that we can deliver such a    competencies before transitioning into            outstanding work,” she said. “It also gives the entire College
learning and this new model will put          sible for both the apprentice and their     rich and authentic learning experience                                                        community the opportunity to reflect on the success we’ve
                                                                                                                                      a full-time apprenticeship.
us in a position where we can provide         employers.”                                 for our students.”                          “We’ll also undertake the training for            experienced throughout the year.”
North Queensland with more training           Ms Baker said the College would also
                                                                                          The future will also see the College        full-time apprentices who have already
opportunities than ever before,” she          be making dramatic changes to the way                                                                                                 Other trade excellence award winners on the gala evening were as follows:
                                                                                          branch into remote areas, providing         commenced their apprenticeship
said.                                         it trains its school-based apprentices                                                                                                    • Boilermaking Apprentice of the Year (yr 12): Zac Green
                                                                                          training for students who may not           through another RTO.
Amongst the biggest changes in the            next year and beyond.                                                                                                                     • Boilermaking Apprentice of the Year (yr 11): Clinton Bowen
                                                                                          otherwise get the opportunity.
College model for 2009 will be the            “Of course, one of our biggest goals                                                    “In the future there will also be the op-         • Fitting & Turning Apprentice of the Year (yr 12): David Lane
offering of third year trade training for                                                 “There are so many young people out         portunity for those full-time apprentices         • Fitting & Turning Apprentice of the Year (yr 11): Shaun Silver
                                              is still to get students completing their
its current year 12 apprentices.                                                          there that don’t have the same opportu-     to study at the College part-time in              • Carpentry Apprentice of the Year (yr 12): Daniel Britton
                                              Queensland Certificate of Education
                                                                                          nities as students in the bigger centres,   order to finish their QCE.
“Employers now have the choice of             (QCE) and undertaking trade training at                                                                                                   • Carpentry Apprentice of the Year (yr 11): Alex Howard & Guy Couchman
                                                                                          so what we’re trying to do is bring the
leaving their apprentices at the College      the same time.                                                                          “We really want to offer students a               • Plumbing Apprentice of the Year (yr 12): John Fryer
                                                                                          training to them through E-Learning.
to complete the remainder of their            “Students who are completing their                                                      range of different options, so that they          • Plumbing Apprentice of the Year (yr 11): Daniel Bower
qualification, rather than switching to                                                    “At the end of the day it’s about provid-   have the best chance of success in the            • Wet Trades Apprentice of the Year (yr 12): Wade Layt
                                              QCE with the College will be learning
another Registered Training Organisa-         under a completely integrated cur-          ing viable career pathways for young        future.                                           • Electrotechnology Apprentice of the Year (yr 12): Jesse Dalton
tion (RTO),” Ms Baker said.                   riculum,” she said.                         people, and boosting the workforce.”
                                                                                                                                      “By training their apprentices with               • Electrotechnology Apprentice of the Year (yr 11): Tony Patane
“It allows for a bit of continuity in their   “In the past, there has been a definite      Ms Baker said students wanting to stay      us, employers are choosing a very                 • Heavy Vehicle Apprentice of the Year (yr 12): Bobby Stockham
training. Our trainers here know the ap-      split between the traditional school        in traditional schools can also benefit      industry-focused, flexible program with            • Heavy Vehicle Apprentice of the Year (yr 11): Julian Langdon
prentices’ history and so they will just      subjects and trade training, but with the   from the new College model.                 expert trainers, personal service and             • Light Vehicle Apprentice of the Year (yr 12): Antonia Hodson
be able to pick up where they left off.       new curriculum students will be work-       “In 2009 ATCNQ will act at the Super-       state-of-the-art facilities. It’s a win-win       • Light Vehicle Apprentice of the Year (yr 11): Catherine Williams
“This will expand into the fourth year        ing on various projects that encompass      vising Registered Training Organisation     situation for both the employer and the           • Panel & Paint Apprentice of the Year (yr 12): Daniel Lynch
training from 2010.                           all of the subjects they require to         for students in secondary school who        apprentice.”                                      • Panel & Paint Apprentice of the Year (yr 11): Chantal Jenkins




                 Calling all
                 employers
       The Australian Technical College North Queensland
       is looking for employers to take on apprentices in
       2009. If you are an employer who is interested in
       taking advantage of this opportunity please register
       your interest now. We will have students ready for an
       apprenticeship in 2009 in the following trades.
                    • Bricklaying
                     • Carpentry
                     • Plumbing
                     • Electrical
                   • Boilermaking
                 • Fitting & Turning
             • Light Vehicle Automotive
             • Heavy Vehicle Automotive
                   • Panelbeating
                  • Spray Painting
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     2008 CN Barton Medal
                               Firm grounds for success                                                                           reduce costs and increase                       Q: Where do you see your
        winner Julie Lovisa.                                                                                                      effectiveness.                                career heading?
                                                                                                                                    I’ve had articles                             JL: I’m planning on
      Photo: Stewart McLean                                                                                                       published in two journals,                   staying on at JCU and
                                                                                                                                  which will be used as a
                                                                                                                                                                               doing a PhD. After that,
                                                                                                                                  basis to conduct more
                                                                                                                                  tests on reinforcement in                    I think I will stay in the
                                                                                                                                  practice. It needs to be                     geotechnical field, but
                                                                                                                                  done on a larger scale –                     I’d like to branch out a
                                                                                                                                  my tests were done on a                      bit eventually. I’d like to
                                                                                                                                  small scale.                                 work for Coffey or Golder



                                                                                                                                  “I think I will stay in the geotechnical field, but
                                                                                                                                  I’d like to branch out a bit eventually”


                                                                                                                                     Q: Why do you believe                     Associates – one of the big
                                                                                                                                  you were chosen as winner                    geotechnical companies. It
                                                                                                                                  of the CN Barton medal?                      also depends on how my
                                                                                                                                     JL: The CN Barton                         PhD goes.
                                                                                                                                  Medal result was based                         Q: What was your
                                                                                                                                  on my presentation to the
                                                                                                                                                                               family’s reaction to your
Townsville-based                 A fourth-year civil and     (with and without             do your thesis on reinforced           panel - with questions at
                                                                                                                                                                               win?
                               environmental engineering     prestress) and investigated   soil?                                  the end - and the content
James Cook University                                                                                                             of my thesis. There were                       JL: My dad was actually
                               student, Ms Lovisa’s thesis   the effect of moisture on         JL: Reinforced soil is
                                                             the settlement of fibre-                                              industry representatives                     shortlisted for the medal’s
( JCU) student Julie           examined interaction                                        a fairly new industry, it
                                                             reinforced soil.                                                     and lecturers on the                         shortlisting as such when
                               mechanisms in soil                                          has only really emerged as
Lovisa has been                                                She found the optimal                                              panel with a wide base of                    he was at JCU.
                               reinforcements.                                             something you can make
                                 She compared the            method to be prestressed      money from in the last 30              knowledge, so you really                       My sister is also coming
named the winner of                                          geotextile reinforcement.                                                                                         through and she might be
                               effectiveness of random                                      years.                                 have to know what you’re
this year’s CN Barton                                          Ms Lovisa spoke to The                                             talking about.                               a good chance at it.
                               reinforcement (fibres                                           We still don’t know a
                                                             Mining Advocate about her
                               mixed into the soil) and                                    lot about the interaction                 I guess I delivered my                      My family were really
Medal for her work in                                        studies and the road ahead.
                               systematic reinforcement                                    mechanisms and if we                   presentation well - I was                    excited that I’d won -
geotechnics.                   using sheets of geotextile      Q: Why did you choose to    can learn more we can                  certainly nervous.                           really proud.



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                 Apprentices honoured                                                            Follow-up work for Baal Gammon                    awaiting assay results from about 30 new
                                                                                                                                                   holes at the prospect.
                                                                                                  North Queensland Metals is planning
                                                                                                  further exploration at its Baal Gammon         Mt Carlton resource upgrade
                                                                                                  North prospect following encouraging
                                                                                                  drilling results.                                  Conquest Mining has upgraded 40
                                                                                                                                                     per cent of the resources at its Silver
                                                                                                  Chief executive officer John McKinstry               Hill prospect in North Queensland to
                                                                                                  said drilling targeted the Consolation             measured status.
                                                                                                  vein system, which includes two main
                                                                                                                                                     Managing director John Terpu said
                                                                                                  veins containing copper, indium and
                                                                                                                                                     the upgraded resource estimate was
                                                                                                  silver over an inferred strike length of           an appropriate statement of resources
                                                                                                  280m.                                                                   on which to base
                                                                                                  He said three                                                           feasibility studies.
                                                                                                  holes contained                                  CAIRNS                 He said the total
                                                                                                  significant                                                              Mt Carlton
                                                                                                  intercepts
                                                                                                                                                   TOWNSVILLE
                                                                                                                                                                          resources –
                                                                                                  of sulphide                                      THURSDAY ISLAND        incorporating
                                                                                                  mineralisation                                                          the Silver Hill,
                                                                                                  similar to that seen                                                    Mt Carlton, Mt
                                                                                                  at the nearby Baal          TEL: 1300 76 86 96                          Carlton-Western

     Apprentices Edmund Busch (second from left) and Sorren Owens (fourth from left) celebrate
                                                                                                  Gammon deposit.             www.BLT.com.au                              lodes and Herbert
                                                                                                                                                                          Creek East
                                                                                                  The Baal Gammon
     their awards with family, OZ Minerals management and Normanton community members.            project is in the
                                                                                                                           Without a travel agent you’re on your own      prospects- are
                                                                                                                                                                          estimated to be 25
                                                                                                  Herberton area,                                                         million tonnes at
        It was a family affair for two Century Mine apprentices recently when they
                                                                                                  west of Cairns.                                    1.70 grams per tonne gold, 60 grams per
     were recognised at the Australian Mining Prospect Awards.
        Third-year communications technician trainee Edmund Busch won the                                                                            tonne silver and 0.28 per cent copper.
     Trainee or Apprentice of the Year award, while his nephew - light vehicle                   Cape Alumina to list on ASX
     mechanic apprentice Sorren Owens - was a finalist in the category.                            Cape Alumina, owner of the Pisolite            Good drill results for Exco
        OZ Minerals chief operating officer Brett Fletcher and Century Mine general                 Hills bauxite project in Cape York,              Exco Resources recently announced
     manager John Lamb presented Mr Busch and Mr Owens with their awards at a                     plans to list on the Australian Securities       that ongoing drilling at its E1 North
     celebratory barbecue in their home town of Normanton.                                        Exchange by mid December.                        prospect had led to a 55 per cent
        “Edmund winning and Sorren being selected as a finalist in this category                                                                    increase in the total resource, which now
                                                                                                  The company opened an initial public
     is no small feat, as nominees come from all parts of the Australian mining                                                                    consists of 12.3 million tonnes at one
                                                                                                  offer (IPO) recently, with local and
     industry,” Mr Lamb said.                                                                                                                      per cent copper and 0.29g per tonne of
                                                                                                  overseas investors having already
                                                                                                                                                   gold.
                                                                                                  committed to more than 60 per cent of
                                                                                                  the minimum subscription.                        Managing director Michael Anderson
                                                                                                                                                   said infill drilling had delivered an 87
                                                                                                  Chief executive officer Dr Paul                    per cent increase in indicated resources
NT attracts Chinese interest                          which recently went into voluntary
                                                                                                  Messenger said IPO proceeds would be
                                                      administration.                                                                              at the prospect.
 Three of China’s largest mining                                                                  used to fast-track a bankable feasibility
                                                                                                                                                   He said further resource potential
 companies have expressed interest in                                                             study, with first production from the
 exploring in the Northern Territory.              CDE Capital wins mining award                  project of seven million tonnes per
                                                                                                                                                   existed on the eastern limb of E1 North
                                                                                                                                                   and in the E1 central zone. The E1 camp
 Representatives from China Minmetals                 Darwin-based company CDE Capital            annum scheduled for 2012-2013.                   consists of three deposits 40km north-
 Corporation, Zijin Mining and the                    was named Contract Miner of the Year        Cape Alumina is 40 per cent owned by             east of Cloncurry.
 Jiangxi Nuclear Industry Geological                  at the recent Australian Mining Prospect    Metallica Minerals.
 Bureau approached Resources Minister                 Awards in Sydney.
 Kon Vatskalis at the recent Australia-               “The award has given CDE Capital
                                                                                                                                                 Chillagoe tin project forges ahead
 China Mineral Exploration Investment                 added credibility and strength for         Sulphide intersections for CuDeco                 Republic Gold and Staldor Mining have
 Seminar in Beijing.                                  ongoing contract tenders and positive       CuDeco has announced further                     completed an aircore drilling program
 According to the Northern Territory                  exposure within the mining and civil        “massive” sulphide intersections at the          at the Kangaroo Creek tin project,
 Government, the representatives were                 earthworks industry,” managing director     north-west end of its Las Minerale               south-west of Chillagoe. Republic Gold
 mostly interested in uranium, gold, and              Robbie Rusca said.
                                                                                                  prospect, part of the Rocklands Group            managing director John Kelly said
 base metals including nickel, lead, zinc             He said CDE Capital had recruited           copper project near Cloncurry.                   drilling had confirmed the potential
 and copper.                                          up to 50 per cent of the workforce
 One of the companies was also said                   from local Aboriginal communities on        Chairman Wayne McCrae said gold                  for several million cubic metres of tin-
 to have shown interest in taking                     some projects. About 80 per cent of its     and cobalt mineralisation had also been          bearing wash. A preliminary geological
 over Pine Creek’s GBS Gold project,                  permanent workforce is indigenous.          encountered, and the company was                 block model is being prepared.
   The Mining Advocate | December 2008 - January 2009                                                                                        INDUSTRY UPDATE                      13

Watershed study almost finished                 president of the Australasian Institute
                                                of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM).                   New deposits for Ranger
  Vital Metals is close to completing           He was inducted into the Queensland
  a detailed feasibility study of its           Engineering Hall of Fame in 2004 and
  Watershed scheelite deposit in far            was made Honorary Fellow in 2006.
  North Queensland.
  Managing director Andy Haslam            Diamond potential near Mount Isa
  said the only outstanding items for
  completion were final pit optimisation,     Superior Resources believes it has
  some defining flotation tests on ore         discovered diamond potential at its
  treatment, finalisation of tailings         Elizabeth prospect, part of the Dajarra
  storage design and compilation of the      project in north-west Queensland.
  final report. The                                                 Managing director
  study is based on                              Service           Ken Harvey said
  an operation of                                Trucks            the company
  450,000 tonnes                                                   recently completed
  of ore per annum                                                 a gravity survey
  to produce about                                                 over the prospect,
  1800 tonnes per                                                  which showed a
  annum of tungsten                                                pronounced gravity
  concentrates                                                     low over a circular
  containing 118,000                                               feature at the
  metric tonne units                                               northern end.
  of wolframite in
                           www.equipmentplacement.com.au           He said this                                Ranger uranium mine in the Northern Territory.
  the first stage, over                                             feature – possibly
  a six year mine life.                                            a diatreme - could          Energy Resources of Australia (ERA) says drilling at its Ranger 3 Deeps area
  Mr Haslam said the potential to extend     have potential for diamonds and would           – part of the Ranger uranium operation in the Northern Territory - has defined
  the mine life well past 10 years was       be targeted for drilling in 2009.               a significant extension to mineralisation to the north of earlier intersections and
  excellent, with the current mine plan      Superior Resources has been exploring           at a shallower depth. ERA has defined an exploration mineralisation target in
  involving extraction of less than 20 per   the Elizabeth prospect for copper-              the range of 15 million to 20 million tonnes, potentially containing 30,000 to
  cent of the established global resource.   lead-zinc deposits of the Mount Isa             40,000 tonnes of uranium oxide.
  He said Vital Metals was cash              style following the discovery of strong           The Ranger 3 Deeps area is located adjacent to the current Ranger 3 operating
  restrained and looking to raise some       anomalies in the area in the second half        pit in an easterly direction. ERA is continuing to drill this target area in order
  interim funding in the near future.        of 2007.                                        to develop sufficient data for a mineral resource statement.
  The company is holding discussions         Mr Harvey said that if the diamond                Exploration has been focused on defining the potential for an extension to the
  with potential overseas investors.         potential of the Dajarra tenements was          current open-cut pit or the possible establishment of underground mining.
                                             realised, the company would consider
Sir Bruce Watson remembered                  funding options for a major diamond
                                             exploration program.
  Former Mount Isa Mines (MIM) chief                                                       Queensland Minerals chief executive             All mining and milling activities at
  Sir Bruce Watson died in Brisbane          Mr Harvey said exploration for base
                                                                                           officer James A Crombie said the                  GBS Gold Australia’s Union Reefs
  recently, aged 80.                         metals would continue, as the presence
                                                                                           company would prepare a program of              operations centre in the Northern
                                             of possible volcanic diatremes would not
  Sir Bruce, a Queensland-born and                                                         reverse circulation and deeper diamond          Territory have been suspended and
                                             affect this work.
  educated electrical engineer, started                                                    drilling to evaluate the system at              the sites have been placed on care and
  his career at the Hydro-electricity                                                      shallow to moderate depths.
                                           New Queensland Minerals targets                                                                 maintenance pending the outcome of
  Commission in Tasmania before joining                                                                                                    the administration process.
  MIM’s Copper Refineries in Townsville       Queensland Minerals recently                 Firms eye GBS Gold assets
  in 1956.                                   announced that major drill targets had
  He was appointed managing director of      been indicated by geophysical surveys
                                                                                           More than 30 expressions of interest         Territory Uranium on target
                                                                                           have been received for the various
  MIM Holdings in 1980, chief executive      at its Dingo Peak copper-gold porphyry                                                        Territory Uranium recently announced
                                                                                           businesses and assets of GBS Gold’s
  officer in 1981, and chairman in 1983        discovery.                                                                                    that results from a ground gravity
                                                                                           Australian subsidiaries, currently in
  following Sir James Foots’ retirement.     The prospect is located near Chillagoe        voluntary administration. Separate              survey at its Tennant Creek project
  He was knighted in 1985 in recognition     and is in a 150km-long porphyry belt          information memoranda and data                  had identified a number of iron oxide-
  of his distinguished service to            enclosed by the Palmerville fault system.     DVDs are being circulated for the               copper-gold type targets for follow up
  Queensland industry.                       Kagara is developing a concentrator to        Union Reefs operations centre, Tom’s            drilling. It plans to continue refining
  Sir Bruce was a notable member of          treat similar mineralisation 35km from        Gully project and Nicolsons’ project,           geological and geophysical models
  Engineers Australia and a national         Dingo Peak.                                   with the deadline for submission of             towards the definition of future drilling-
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         World-first retrofit at Callide                                                             Mr Vatskalis outlined the success of
                                                                                                   those Chinese companies already in
                                                                                                                                            potential at Kurundi further enhanced
                                                                                                                                            the prospectivity of Northern Uranium’s
                                                                                                   joint ventures with Northern Territory   100 per cent-owned exploration licences
                                                                                                   mines including the CITIC and Legend     at Epenarra, situated to the north-east.
                                                                                                   International.                           Northern Uranium has also expanded
                                                                                                   As part of his ministerial visit, Mr     its phosphate interests in the Amadeus
                                                                                                   Vatskalis was joined by representatives  Basin through five new applications
                                                                                                   from the NT Resources Council,           for exploration licences over an area of
                                                                                                   Clayton Utz, Energy Metals, Emmerson     450sq km near Alice Springs.
                                                                                                   Resources, Territory Uranium, and
                                                                                                   TNG to promote mineral exploration      Drilling initiatives bear fruit
                                                                                                   investment opportunities.
                                                                                                                                                                  Nine companies
                                                                                                   Mr Vatskalis said
                                                                                                                                                                  have used
                                                                                                   the government’s                             Water
                                                                                                                                                Trucks            Queensland
                                                                                                   China Minerals
                                                                                                                                                                  Government
                                                                                                   Investment
                                                                                                                                                                  grants to assist
                                                                                                   Attraction
                                                                                                                                                                  their exploration
                                                                                                   Strategy aimed to
                                                                                                   create confidence                                               programs since
                                                                                                   in the Territory                                               the second round
                                                                                                   by showcasing                                                  of a collaborative
                                                                                                   the government’s                                               drilling initiative
                                                                                                   commitment to                                                  began mid-year.
     Japanese Vice Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Yoshifumi Matsumura, visits the
                                                                                                   opening doors for       www.equipmentplacement.com.au          According to
                  Callide A power station, set to switch on oxyfuel technology.                                                                                   the government,
                                                                                                   industry.
                                                                                                                                                                  Citigold’s deep
       Work has started at a Queensland coal-fired power station for a world-first                                                            drilling program near Charters Towers
     demonstration of innovative bolt-on technology for reducing emissions. The                  Seeking new projects
                                                                                                                                            has led to the discovery of a significant
     $206 million Callide oxyfuel project involves retrofitting CS Energy’s Callide A               China Yunnan Copper Australia is         mineralised intersection close to the
     power station near Biloela.                                                                   seeking advanced new projects to         Brilliant West structure.
       The oxyfuel technology will burn coal in a mixture of oxygen and re-circulated              complement its greenfields projects in
                                                                                                                                            Results from Auzex Resources’
     flue gases, which will create a highly concentrated stream of carbon dioxide                   North Queensland.
                                                                                                                                            Khartoum drilling program north of
     suitable for capture and storage deep underground.                                            The company has copper and gold          Mount Garnet have indicated pipe-
       The project involves CS Energy, the Australian Coal Association, Xstrata                    targets at Cloncurry and Mount Isa,      like bodies with economic tin grades
     Coal, Schlumberger, JPower, Mitsui & Co and IHI Corporation. It has received                  and gold targets at Pentland and         extending to at least 100m deep, which
     funding from the Queensland, Australian and Japanese governments.                             Ravenswood.                              could lead to a significant new tin
                                                                                                   Managing director Jason Beckton said     discovery. Renison Consolidated Mines
                                                                                                   the company was focused on exploring     has found that the structure and gold
                                                                                                   its tenements in Queensland but was      mineralisation of the Agate Creek
Redbank funding package                             Redbank acquired the project in 2005           actively evaluating other acquisitions   fault – part of the company’s Friar Tuck
                                                    and is currently treating high-grade           and joint venture opportunities to grow  prospect east of Georgetown - was
 Redbank Mines has secured a $6 million             oxide stockpiles through vat leaching          its business rapidly.                    significant and continuous.
 funding package to underpin continued              to produce a high-grade, high-quality
 development of its high-grade Redbank
 copper project in the Northern Territory.
                                                    concentrate in a form known as copper        Progress at Kurundi
                                                    cement.
 The funding will be provided in                                                                   Northern Uranium has received                Students’ enthusiasm rewarded
                                                     A 2007 pre-feasibility study confirmed         positive results from the first stage of
 stages through an agreement with                   the technical and economic viability of                                                       Two senior students from Kirwan
 Crawley Investments, the private                                                                  reconnaissance phosphate exploration           State High School in Townsville were
                                                    developing a series of oxide deposits,         activity at the Kurundi project in the
 investment vehicle of Australian mining                                                                                                          recently recognised for their enthusiasm
                                                    to be followed by mining of deeper             Northern Territory.
 entrepreneur Michael Kiernan.                                                                                                                    towards the resources sector by the
                                                    sulphide ore bodies.
 Redbank Mines said the package would                                                              Executive chairman Kevin Schultz said          Queensland Minerals and Energy
 significantly enhance its financial                                                                 targets for drilling in 2009 at Kurundi        Academy (QMEA).
 position, de-risk its balance sheet
                                                  NT maintains focus on China                      - which is being explored in a joint           Jessie Pastorello and Glen Stillaway
 and enable it to complete a definitive              Northern Territory Resources Minister          venture with Washington Resources              each received a Right Direction
 feasibility study on development of the            Kon Vatskalis recently delivered a             - were being defined by geological              student award, which recognised their
 oxide copper deposits at its Redbank               keynote address on behalf of Australia         interpretation and the results of surface      involvement, interest and participation
 project, ramping up to 6000 tonnes per             at the China Mining Congress in                sampling.                                      in minerals and energy activities. The
 annum over two years.                              Beijing.                                       He said confirmation of phosphate               awards included cash prizes of $500.




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Education needed for landowners                 Railway, the Darwin City Waterfront
                                                redevelopment, Blacktip gas project,                  Critical medical know-how
 The North Queensland Miners                    Alcan Gove, Bradshaw Training Area
 Association (NQMA) has called on               and the Gemco tailings storage facility
 the Queensland Government to better            on Groote Eylandt.
 educate landowners about their legal
 obligations in relation to land access for   Changes to Queensland legislation
 mineral explorers.
 President Ralph De Lacey said miners           The Workplace Health and Safety
 also needed to be better informed about        and Other Legislation Amendment
 landowner rights and the NQMA                  Act 2008 will take effect on January
 would facilitate negotiations between          1, 2009 in order to further harmonise
 both sides if                                                        Queensland’s
 requested.                                                           legislation with
                                                                      other jurisdictions.
 “It is not in our
 interests to fall                                                    According to
 out with the                                                         Commerce
 landholders - we                                                     Queensland, the
 need their co-                                                       most significant
 operation, and the                                                   change allows
 sensible explorer                                                    for workplace
 should bend over                                                     health and safety                   Ash Ware practises his skills on fellow ERT member Owen Ferguson.
 backwards to                                                         representatives to
 establish good                                                       issue provisional           Nine members of the emergency response team (ERT) at Xstrata Copper’s
 relations with                                                       improvement               Ernest Henry mine recently undertook intense training in pre-hospital care.
 those who have                                                       notices to their            The 11-day course gave participants skills such as how to diagnose injuries,
 other rights to land use,” he said.            employer in situations where there is a         apply intravenous lines, maintain a patient’s airways and administer basic drugs.
                                                risk of injury or exposure to illness in a        Ernest Henry site nurse Yvonne Goldsworthy said the pre-course study and
 The State Government recently set up           workplace. The provisional improvement
 a Land Access Taskforce of peak rural                                                          training regime was time consuming because the actions taken in the first half
                                                notices will require the employer to            hour after serious trauma could be crucial to a patient’s outcome.
 and resources industry                         remedy the contravention or likely                ERT member Rob Tree – a mechanical fitter at Ernest Henry – said the most
 bodies to look into the concerns               contravention of the Act.
                                                                                                challenging part of the training was adjusting to a very low margin for error.
 regarding access to farming land for           These notices can be challenged and
 exploration and mining.                                                                          “With many other things you do in life you can move between parameters, but
                                                a second opinion sought from an                 you just can’t with this - you’re dealing with peoples’ lives,” he said.
 It includes AgForce, the Queensland            inspector in the event of any dispute.            The ERT members achieved Certificate IV qualifications as medical
 Farmers Federation, the Australian
                                                                                                technicians after being assessed as competent.
 Petroleum Production and Exploration         North-west power review
 Association and the Queensland
 Resources Council.                             The Queensland Resources Council
                                                (QRC) has praised the State
                                                Government’s commissioning of an              range of uses and could be delivered             would be opened up to explorers.
                                                independent review of energy supplies         with very low or no greenhouse
Macmahon wins Darwin contract                                                                                                                  Nine separate areas will be released in
                                                to north-west Queensland.                     emissions.
                                                                                                                                               three stages next year on February 15,
 Macmahon Holdings has been awarded             QRC chief executive Michael Roche             Mr Vatskalis said the main value of the          March 29 and June 14.
 the contract for Stage Two of the Tiger        said the review by consultant Rod Sims        hot rocks energy to Australia was in the
 Brennan Drive extension project in             would bring a fresh perspective to the        generation of electricity, where it has the
 Darwin.                                        commercial complexities surrounding           capacity to provide base-load power.           Nicole at the helm
  The $89 million project includes the          reliable and competitively-priced energy      The Bill will be debated in Parliament           The Queensland Resources Council has
 design and construction of 7.5km               supplies to the region.                       in early 2009.                                   elected a new president.
 of road works, including a four-lane                                                                                                          Nicole Hollows, chief executive officer
 dual highway from Berrimah Road              Territory looking to hot rocks                 Queensland land release                           and managing director of Macarthur
 to the Stuart Highway and a grade              A Geothermal Energy Bill to facilitate        Land in the North West Minerals                  Coal, has taken over from outgoing
 separated interchange with provision for       and regulate the exploration and              Province has been released for                   president John Pegler, who led the
 pedestrians.                                   extraction of geothermal energy in the        exploration by the Queensland                    organisation from 2004.
 Macmahon has operated in the                   Northern Territory has been introduced        Government.                                      Ms Hollows has spent 16 years in the
 Northern Territory for more than               to Parliament.                                                                                 resources industry including roles as
                                                                                              Mines and Energy Minister Geoff
 42 years and major projects have               Resources Minister Kon Vatskalis said         Wilson said over 3600sq km of land               company secretary and chief financial
 included the Alice Springs to Darwin           the natural heat energy had a wide            near Croydon, north-east of Mount Isa,           officer at Australian Premium Coals.



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CN Barton Medal Presentation                                                                                                                                                          PHOTOS: Stewart McLean

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Darren Sorah (Chemtrans) and wife Carolyn.                       Doug Forsyth, Peter Gauci and Andrew Behm (all from Chemtrans).     Robyn Needham and husband Dave (Chemtrans).




Robert Hilton (Chemtrans) and wife Debbie with Mark Pope (Chemtrans).                             Kathy Weismann, left, and Diane Hall, right, with Burt Hinkley (Chemtrans).




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Mine Christmas celebrations
                                                                                                                    Cannington mine, Ernest Henry mine and ERA events




Energy Resources of Australia (ERA) - Greg and Wendy Sinclair.      BHP Billiton Cannington Mine - Mel Smith and James Dunshea.             Xstrata Copper Ernest Henry Mine - Joe Laucirica and Michael Todd
                                                                                                                                            (Hastings Deering).




BHP Billiton Cannington Mine - Paul and Isa Marrinan.               Xstrata Copper Ernest Henry Mine - Mike Webster and Dave Carter.        Xstrata Copper Ernest Henry Mine - Andy Chalker and Stephen Hallam
                                                                                                                                            (Barminco).




Xstrata Copper Ernest Henry Mine - Di Hutley and Jodie Kuskopf.     Energy Resources of Australia (ERA) - Liz Sarneckis and Alex            BHP Billiton Cannington Mine - Amy and Andrew Cooper.
                                                                    Thurston.




BHP Billiton Cannington Mine - Heather Hanks and Clinton Russell.   Xstrata Copper Ernest Henry Mine - Kev Cowie, Bob Tree, Paul Vaughan,   BHP Billiton Cannington Mine - Lorell and Greg Gelly.
                                                                    John Twomey and Guni Liepins.




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Miners kick up their heels
                                                                    mas
Three giants of the northern Australian mining industry threw Christmas parties
to match their size recently.
Xstrata Copper Ernest Henry Mine had workers              wedding reception.
rocking around the Christmas tree at its on-site             Cannington also planned to hold
village this year, with Aussie legend Jon English         a children’s party on The Strand in
headlining the entertainment at two of its four staff      Townsville, featuring a full drum circle,
Christmas parties.                                        face painting, a balloon artist, a jumping
   Ernest Henry increased the number of parties           castle and Santa with pressies.
it held this Yuletide because of the new roster it           Energy Resources of Australia’s (ERA’s)
adopted during the year. All employees were given         Darwin-based corporate and technical staff  ff
the chance of attending a party regardless of their       gathered with fly in-fly out employees at thehe
shifts. Partners, mine stakeholders and Cloncurry         SkyCity Casino on November 28 to celebrate rate
community members were also invited to attend the         the end of their busy year.
four parties.                                                A Roaring Twenties theme proved a hit,  ,
   A seafood buffet proved ever popular and Santa                                                     r
                                                          with staff going all out in their best flapper
visited the parties to hand out lollies to the kids.      and gangster get-ups.
   The Cloncurry Girl Guides served fairy floss               ERA employees and their
as part of their fundraising efforts and raffles             guests were entertained by                                                                               Above: Claire
raised about $300 at each party for “Movember”            the Bob Marshall jazz band                                                                               Burke and
(benefitting men’s health organisations).                  and dined on a Christmas                                                                                 Nic Morgan
   BHP Billiton Cannington Mine held two                  buffet.                                                                                                   embrace the
parties at Jupiters Townsville, attracting about 590         Chief executive Rob                                                                                   Roaring Twenties
attendees.                                                Atkinson thanked                                                                                         theme of ERA’s
   Entertainment was provided by five-piece band           all workers for their                                                                                    Christmas party.
Abbey Road and the food was a Christmas-style             contribution to the
buffet.                                                    company’s achievements
   One of the highlights of the second party was          in 2008 and asked staff to
the fact that by attending the event, long-serving        continue to work safely in
underground miner Mark Irons and his wife                 2009.
Karen were able to celebrate their 21st wedding
anniversary in the same room as they had their                                                                                                                    Left: Ernest Henry
                                                                                                                                                                  mine village chef
                                                                                                                                                                  Yvonne Doherty
                                                                                                                                                                  helps prepare a
                                                                                                                                                                  feast for guests.



                                                                                                                 Christmas on the job
                                                                                                                            b
                                                                                                                Plans have been put in place to ensure that miners working on
                                                                                                                            D
                                                                                                                Christmas Day can still enjoy the occasion.
                                                                                                                           H
                                                                                                                   Ernest Henry mine is spicing up breakfast at the village with
                                                                                                                  non-alcoh
                                                                                                                  non-alcoholic eggnog and Christmas dinner will consist of
                                                                                                                   ham, turk coral trout, prawns and oysters.
                                                                                                                         turkey,
                                                                                                                      Christ
                                                                                                                      Christmas Day falls on a crew changeover day at
                                                                                                                    Cannin
                                                                                                                    Cannington mine this year and workers at the start of their
                                                                                                                             a
                                                                                                                      roster are flying in later than usual so that they are able to
                                                                                                                       spend some of the day with their families.
                                                                                                                          The workers coming off site will fly out early so that they
                                                                                                                             s
                                                                                                                        can spend Christmas afternoon at home.
                                                                                                                             F those on site on Christmas night, the operation is
                                                                                                                             For
                                                                                                                          pla
                                                                                                                          planning a big Christmas dinner in the mess hall with
                                                                                                                           de
                                                                                                                           decorations, roasts and everything else festive.

                                                       Dancing up a
                                                       storm at the
                                                       Ernest Henry                                         Jon English got the Ernest Henry
                                                       Christmas party.                                     village rocking with Sydney-based
                                                                                                            band Jonah’s Road.




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Globalstar Inc SPOT Messenger
This hand-held personal tracking device is a potential life saver for
outdoor adventurers and has already been linked to a number of
rescues. The Pivotel Group, which recently sealed a deal to sell the
SPOT Messenger in Australia, believes it will also be embraced by
businesses to safeguard staff operating in remote areas. SPOT has
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four distinct functions that can be executed through the push of a
button - a locator, an emergency function, a help function and a
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   Xray Vision driving lights                                                                                                 demonstrations from 4WD
                           The Xray Vision range of driving lights                                                            experts on the product’s
                           cons
                           cons
                           consists of three models – 160mm, 200mm
                             n                                                                                                correct use. The move follows
                             an 220mm - each available in quartz
                             and                                                                                              the Queensland Government’s
                                halogen or state-of-the-art Xenon                                                             recent introduction of a
                                 HID (high intensity discharge). Top                                                          new mandatory safety
                                  of the range performance-wise is                                                            standard for the suppliers of
                                  the 220 Series HID pencil beam -                                                            recovery or snatch straps following two fatal incidents caused by
                                  shining 1100m (at 1Lux). Australian                                                         the uncontrolled release of such devices. Terrain Tamer’s snatch
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                                  Equipment says all models have their                                                        indicators and a reusable bag.
                                  own unique features including LED
                                 position rings (200s) and LED position
                                plates (220s), a chrome body option on
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                                                                                                                                            This US-built compressor can be hard-wired into
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                                                                                                                                            Distributor Opposite Lock says the high-quality,
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                                                                                                                                            succession without getting hot.




                                                                        Black Widow storage systems
                                                                        Well-organised storage can reduce roadside hassles and
                                                                        Black Widow provides a wide variety of options. Their range
                                                                        includes twin drawer systems, low-slide and single-drawer
Old Man Emu suspension                                                  combinations with optional second tier drawers, cargo
                                                                        barriers, fridge slides, add-on tables and top shelves. The
for LandCruiser 200 Series                                              company says the bottoms of Black Widow drawers are
                                                                        cross-pressed so they will not sag under heavy loads.
ARB’s specialised Old Man Emu engineering team has
released new integrated suspension systems and GVM
(gross vehicle mass) upgrades for the Toyota LandCruiser
200 Series. ARB says the team has developed an extensive
range of front and rear coils using new steel materials that
offer greater resistance to sagging and corrosion, while
maintaining performance and durability.




TJM bull bar for the
Holden Colorado
A new TJM Type 15 alloy deluxe bull
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Colorado. Features include raised
                                                                                                                              Mitsubishi Motors Australia recently unveiled a new variant to
centre section, heavy duty aerial
                                                                                                                              its Triton utility range – the Triton Fastback. The vehicle features
tabs and polycarbonate indicator/park
                                                                                                                              futuristic sports-style bars, a durable hard tonneau cover, unique
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wide variety of recovery winches. The bull bar is airbag
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Helping hand for island artists
                                                                                               The remote location of
The logistical expertise of Engineers Without                                               the building site presented
Borders volunteers was put to the test                                                      challenges to the team.
                                                                                               Supplies were barged to the
recently in an unusual infrastructure project.                                              island from Karumba after being
                                                                                            freighted from Brisbane. The
A group of engineers has helped                                                             EWB project team travelled
make life easier for indigenous                                                             from Brisbane to Cairns. Some
artists striving to maintain a                                                              chartered a flight direct to
close connection with their                                                                 Bentinck Island - 670km away,
traditional homeland in the Gulf                                                            while others flew to Mornington
of Carpentaria.                                                                             Island and made a three-hour
   The Kaiadilt people were                                                                 trip to Bentinck by boat.
forced to leave Bentinck Island                                                                “If you’ve forgotten something
after severe drought and tidal                                                              you can’t just go to the store and
waves in the 1940s, relocating                                                              pick it up. You have to be careful   Engineers Without Borders volunteer Alex Dalrymple helps Bentinck Island
to the mission community on                                                                 in your planning,” Ms Skinner        resident Geoffrey Loogatha fix his spear.
nearby Mornington Island.                                                                   said.
   But a 15 to 20-strong group                                                                 EWB is currently working          with the Kooma Traditional            management initiative with the
- mostly women - has returned                                                               on a renewable energy and            Owners Association in south-          Gapuwiyak community in the
to live on the island and a                                                                 waterway health project              west Queensland and a lake            Northern Territory.
number are drawing on their
ancestral ties to that land as

                                                                                            State’s finest recognised
                                        Rocks at Main Base 2008 by
part of a blossoming Kaiadilt art
                                        Bentinck Island artist
movement.
                                        Rayarriwarrtharrbayingat Amy
   Now, Engineers Without
                                        Loogatha. Image: courtesy the artist,
Borders (EWB) Australia has
                                        Mornington Island Arts and Craft and                High achievers from the                                                      He has been a very active
stepped in to help upgrade
                                        Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne.                        State’s north and north-west                                               member of the community,
facilities for the remote
                                                                                            made a strong showing at                                                   serving on numerous boards, and
community in a challenging              and making a scoping trip to the                    the Queensland Division of                                                 was awarded a Centenary Medal
project completed recently.             island before their recent two-
   EWB programs co-ordinator                                                                Engineers Australia’s Hawken                                               for Community Service.
                                        week construction effort.                            Address Awards Dinner for                                                    The Eric Brier Memorial
- indigenous Australia, Lizzy              “The construction work
Skinner, said the team had                                                                  2008.                                                                      Award is awarded annually to
                                        involved a team of Kaiadilt                           Among this year’s inductees                                              an Engineers Australia member
completed an amenities block
                                        people, some of the (EWB)                           to the Queensland Engineering                                              who has made a significant
including two composting
                                        volunteers and CAT,” Ms                             Hall of Fame was Mount Isa                                                 contribution to advancing the
toilets, two showers and an
                                        Skinner said.                                       mining heavyweight Julius                                                  public status of the profession of
open-space living and kitchen
                                           She said 10 EWB volunteers                       Kruttschnitt, while Ingham-                                                engineering, particularly in the
area.
                                        had contributed to the project in                   based Bill Pickering was named                                             field of sustainable development.
   The facilities, adjoining
                                        total, including student engineers                  Engineering Technologist of the                                              This year’s recipient, Don
existing living quarters, would
                                        who acted as construction                           Year and Cairns businessman                                                Fry, is owner and chairman of
improve conditions for family                                                                                                    Bill Pickering
and friends wishing to visit the        manager, project engineer and                       Don Fry took out the Eric Brier                                            Cairns-based engineering firm
                                                                                                                                 Engineering technologist
women on the island as well as          civil engineer.                                     Memorial Award.                                                            AIMTEK, which has trained
for people employed to perform             The students’ mentors                              The awards dinner and address                                            about 1000 apprentices and
                                                                                                                                   Professor Mat Darveniza
maintenance work there, she             for the job included a civil                        was hosted in Brisbane by                                                  provided more than 40 million
                                        engineer from Arup, a building                                                           and Sir Charles Barton (1907
said.                                                                                       the Queensland President of                                                hours of direct employment in
                                        foreman from the Queensland                                                              – 1986) were also inducted into
   “The Centre for Appropriate                                                              Engineers Australia, Michael                                               the North Queensland region.
                                        University of Technology and                                                             the Hall of Fame this year.
Technology (CAT) had been                                                                   Ganza.                                                                       In 2006, he received the
                                        a construction manager from                           Hall of Fame inductee Julius         The 2008 Queensland
working with Bentinck Island                                                                                                                                           Innovation Hero Award
                                        Baulderstone Hornibrook.                            Kruttschnitt (1885 – 1974)           Engineering Technologist of           from the Sydney University’s
for a number of years and they
                                           Ms Skinner said an interesting                   helped lay the foundations for       the Year, Bill Pickering, was also    Warren Centre for Advanced
identified the project, with the
community, as a priority,” Ms           aspect of the exercise was the                      the powerful Mount Isa mining        recently named as Australian          Engineering.
Skinner said.                           way it had recycled old materials                   industry of today.                   Engineering Technologist                The two other Queensland
   “They realised they needed           – such as steel and toilets -                         As newly appointed general         of the Year at the Australian         engineers honoured on the night
some engineering advice, so they        which had been left on the island                   manager of Mount Isa Mines           Engineering Excellence Awards         were Alan Keith McLennan,
came to us to help them with the        from previous, uncompleted                          Limited in the 1930s, he was         in Canberra.                          named 2008 Queensland
project.”                               projects.                                           responsible for returning a             Mr Pickering started work as       Professional Engineer of the
   EWB began the project in                These reclaimed materials                        mining venture headed for            an apprentice electrician in 1950     Year, and Malcolm Mathie,
May, with a Brisbane-based              accounted for more than 95 per                      financial loss and foreclosure to     and has developed a long and          named 2008 Queensland
team carrying out design work           cent of the construction.                           profit.                               distinguished career.                 Engineering Officer of the Year.


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Putting the                                                               Technologist stands tall
                                                                                                                                                       out in accordance with design
                                                                                                                                                       documents. In addition to his


team first                                                                                                                                              business activity, Mr Chappell
                                                                                                                                                       holds positions as the Northern
                                                                                                                                                       Division’s representative on
                                                                                                                                                       Engineers Australia’s Electrical
                                                                                                                                                       College Board and National
                                                                                                                                                       Committee of Engineering
Engineers Australia has devoted 2008 to                                                                                                                Technologists.
advancing the recognition and involvement                                                                                                                 His achievements saw him
                                                                                                                                                       named Engineering Technologist
of the industry’s technologists and associates.                                                                                                        of the Year at the 2008 Engineers
                                                                                                                                                       Australia Northern Division
The past year has been all about                                                                                                                       Engineering Excellence Awards.
knocking down barriers for                                                                                                                                Born and educated in Sydney,
Engineers Australia head Peter                                                                                                                         Mr Chappell began his working
Godfrey.                                                                                                                                               life as an electrical draftsman
  The organisation’s new                                                                                                                               with the city’s water board. After
national president has been                                                                                                                            a number of jobs he joined the
leading a taskforce that set out                                                                                                                       engineering consultancy Kuttner
to tackle a raft of issues as part                                                                                                                     Collins in Melbourne, where he
of Engineers Australia’s “Year of                                                                                                                      says he was offered the chance to
the Engineering Team”.                                                                                                                                 step across into the engineering
  Their work has highlighted the                                                                                                                       side of the business.
roles of engineering technologist                                                                                                                         Mr Chappell started visiting
and associates, as well as setting                                                                                                                     the Territory in the early 1980s
organisational changes in motion                                                                                                                       in his work with Kuttner Collins.
to improve the value those                                                                                                                                “Then, in 1987, I moved up
occupational groups get out of                                                                                                                         here with Meinhardt,” he said.
Engineers Australia membership.      Peter Godfrey                                                                                                        “I became a director of
  “We want to knock down             Engineers Australia president                                                                                     Meinhardt NT in 1995 and
any barriers - perceived or                                                                                                                            worked alongside Graeme
                                     associates and technologists
real - that discourage people                                                                                                                          Townes, who was the Meinhardt
from becoming members,” Mr           throughout the year has
                                                                                                                                                       Australia director.”
Godfrey said.                        helped in showing the broader        The Pandanus building in Darwin.                 Photo: Christopher Knight      Mr Chappell and Mr Townes,
  Engineers Australia’s 87,000-      membership the role they play
                                                                                                                                                       a structural engineer, bought
plus membership includes about       as part of the team - so that has    Engineering technologist Len                                                 out Meinhardt’s NT practice in
1400 engineering technologists       been pretty valuable.”               Chappell can truly lay claim                                                 1998. Their business employs
and 5000 associates.                    Many of the problems              to having made his mark on                                                   12 people and has an annual
  Engineering technologists          tackled were “back office” issues,     Darwin.                                                                      turnover around $2 million.
generally possess a three-year       including voting rights within          The two tallest buildings on                                                 Mr Chappell holds a certificate
degree in that field, while           the organisation.                    the city’s skyline - the 33-storey                                           in electrical engineering and has
associates possess a two-year           Engineers Australia is also       Evolution and 28-storey                                                      completed a number of further
associate degree, advanced           working to join the Dublin           Pandanus complexes – are among                                               courses during his career of more
diploma or equivalent.               Accord, which would provide          the projects Mr Chappell has                                                 than 40 years.
  Mr Godfrey said the Year of        international recognition of         turned his skills to in the past                                                He said the difference between
the Engineering Team theme for       the engineering associate level      year.                                                                        an engineering technologist and
2008 stemmed from an approach        qualifications of its members.           The 59-year-old director of                                               a professional engineer boiled
by the national committees of           “We are hoping by mid             engineering consultancy Townes                                               down to “one year at uni”.
engineering technologists and        2009 we’ll be a signatory to         Chappell Mudgway designed                                                        “An engineering technologist
engineering associates, who had      the Dublin Accord. That will         the electrical services for those                                            has the equivalent of a three-
proposed a number of actions to      allow mobility for associates, as    and many other major Northern                                                year degree, while a professional
address issues of concern.           we have with the Washington          Territory facilities.                Len Chappell                            engineer has four-year degree
  These actions have included        Accord - which allows mobility          “(This means) liaising with the   Townes Chappell Mudgway director        qualifications,” Mr Chappell said.
increasing awareness within          for professional engineers,” Mr      supply authority, designing sub-                                                “It all comes back to, basically,
Engineers Australia, primarily       Godfrey said. “                      stations, high-voltage cabling       Townes Chappell Mudgway                 education and they say with a
through personal stories in the         In June this year, Engineers      coming into the place, low-          covers a range of technical and         four–year degree you really learn
organisation’s magazine.             Australia became a full signatory    voltage cabling and reticulation     administrative tasks including          a bit more intense maths and
  “A lot of engineers don’t          member of the Sydney Accord,         throughout the building for          liaising with project architects        science-type subjects.
necessarily understand the role      which provides international         lighting and general purpose         and clients, checking the                  “But there are a lot of
of an engineering associate or       recognition of engineering           power, as well as voice and data     design work of engineers and            people out there with ability –
technologist,” Mr Godfrey said.      education and training at the        communication,” he said.             following jobs through to               technologists with exactly the
  “Telling the stories of            level of engineering technologist.      Mr Chappell’s role at             ensure construction is carried          same abilities as engineers.”




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Measuring up                                                                                                         Extreme exercise
Townsville-based company PRTS offers a wide                                    back-up services for measuring
                                                                               instruments to processing
                                                                                                                     in innovation
range of instruments and back-up services to                                   industries.                             One of the hardest              where tools were developed
meet the mineral processing industry’s needs.                                     Every process will have a          requests PRTS director            and calibrated to operate
                                                                               measuring tool, according to          Greg Fitzgerald has faced         in a northern hemisphere
There is nothing subtle about the       precise measurement can be the         director Greg Fitzgerald –            as a supplier of field             summer, Mr Fitzgerald said.
business of pulling minerals out        difference between creation and         whether it be for temperature,        instruments was to measure          “They operate on these
of the ground.                          anarchy.                               pressure or humidity, the flow of      the levels in an autoclave for    cement silos in Germany
  But the process of separating           It is certainly the difference        air or water, level, pH or density.   a Papua New Guinea-based          where the ambient
the “wheat from the chaff ”, so          between value adding and big              “Effectively, you need to look      mining operation.                 temperature is 15 degrees,”
to speak, can be as exacting as         profits.                                at the end result,” he said.            An autoclave is like a          he said.
surgery.                                  Townsville-based company                                                   rotary kiln that operates at        “You just can’t
                                                                                  “The process in mining is
                                                                                                                     around 1200 degrees and is        comprehend that you have
  The temperatures and                  PRTS is one of only a few in           controlling the content of the        full of a cocktail of caustic     the same instrument sitting
chemicals are extreme and               the country providing retail and       end product so it is a saleable       substances.                       on top of a silo in North
                                                                               item.                                   “The only way we could          Queensland where the
                                                                                  “That’s what field instruments      do it was to make the base        ambient temperature is 50
                                                                               do. They provide the data in the      of this particular instrument     degrees plus the ‘heat soak’.
                                                                               field back to the operator so they     out of solid titanium,” Mr        They were failing every
                                                                               can control the end product.”         Fitzgerald said.                  summer.
                                                                                  Mr Fitzgerald said PRTS              “They had an instrument           “A client would buy
                                                                               was able to offer access to tools      doing a similar job. It melted    these instruments each year
                                                                                                                     in half and the electronics       because they were failing.
                                                                               for applications ranging from
                                                                                                                     fell outside and the horn fell    So we designed protective
                                                                               temperature and ultrasonic
                                                                                                                     inside.                           hoods for them; insulated
                                                                               measurements, through to radar          “If you said ‘hey, this one’s   fire blanket hoods.
                                                                               levels and pressure transmitters.     cheap’ but it melts in half,        “We design and fabricate
                                                                               to serve the multitude of             then it doesn’t matter, it is     them for any instrument;
                                                                               demands the market placed on          not cheap at all.                 from an ultrasonic
                                                                               the minerals processing industry.       “Basically, we went to the      measurement probe to
                                                                                  The secret of operating a          manufacturer and had one          nucleonic density gauges, to
                                                                               service in the tropical north was     made out of titanium to           flow meters.
                                                                               firstly to have a suite of products    withstand the heat, pressure        “The same client now gets
                                                                               and secondly to be able to hone       and the caustic substances.”      four years out of the same
                                                                                                                       There were other instances      instrument.”
PRTS director Greg Fitzgerald and instrument engineer Marco Marttila outside   items to specifically suit the
the firm’s Townsville operations.                      Photo: Stewart McLean   application, Mr Fitzgerald said.




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Perfect match                                                                        vary according to demand, Mr
PRTS personnel pride themselves on product
                                                                                     Marttila said.
knowledge, with the ability to supply just the                                         “We are currently working
right instrument for specific applications.                                          with an underground mine in
                                                                                     North Queensland in improving
When it comes to measuring                    made of mild or stainless              the damper operation on their
industrial processes, Townsville-             steel, or unable to handle high        ventilation system,” he said.
based PRTS has your measure.                  temperatures or corrosive                “Up to this point they used
   Exact measure that is, meeting             conditions.                            a block and tackle to open           PRTS director Greg Fitzgerald checks a crate of goods bound for west
levels of tolerance set by the most             “Some applications may be            and close the vents and we are       Africa.                                           Photo: Stewart McLean
precise industry standards.
   Radar, laser, ultrasonic,
pressure, temperature and                                                                                                 Townsville firm packs a
flow measuring devices from
Germany, the UK and the United                                                                                            punch in overseas market
States can be accessed, calibrated
and maintained by PRTS.                                                                                                   A solid reputation and good                  Many destinations were remote
   Teaming up the appropriate                                                                                             relationships with national               and the bottom line was that the
field instrument with a process                                                                                            professional service providers            goods arrived as ordered, PRTS
was what set the company apart,                                                                                           has put Townsville-based field             director Greg Fitzgerald said.
PRTS instrument engineer                                                                                                  instruments supplier PRTS into               “Meeting tight time frames and
Marko Marttila said.                                                                                                      overseas markets.                         deadlines is where we have been
   “It’s common sense that an                                                                                                PRTS draws on a worldwide              very strong in the past,” he said.
instrument’s capabilities need to                                                                                         network of manufacturers to                  “Apart from the accounting
be up to the job is it being asked                                                                                        supply processing and mining              process, our quality control person
to do,” Mr Marttila said.                                                                                                 operations. It meets demands              cross checks the packing.
    “But the devil is in the detail                                                                                       for flow, pressure, density or                “Each stage of the packaging
or in this case the specifications.                                                                                        acidity measurement and aids              is documented by digital
   “Our point of difference is                                                                                             in the processes fundamental to           photography so you can clearly
product knowledge and having                                                                                              automated systems.                        see what each instrument is,
the right instrument for the                                                                                                 Since being established in             the tag number and how it is
application.”                                                                                                             Townsville in the late 80s by             packaged.”
   Buying such instruments off                                                                                             engineer John Jaksch, PRTS has               Consistency of supply added
the shelf could prove a false                                                                                             extended its service around the           to reputation and helped build
economy, because they may not                                                                     Instrument engineer
                                                                                                                          southern hemisphere to the point          relationships with international
be appropriate to the planned                                                                     Marko Marttila with
                                                                                                                          where 40 per cent of its business         suppliers, many based in
application, he said.                                                                             a magnetic flow
                                                                                                  meter.                  is done overseas.                         Australia, Mr Fitzgerald said.
   “An instrument can be too
big. By that I mean it is not
calibrated to measure the
applications, like measuring
                                                                                                  Photo: Stewart McLean
                                                                                                                          Tough tags to keep track of gear
                                              abrasive and we can fit soft            installing an automated system.
differential pressure in a clean                                                                                                                                       PRTS describes its
                                              rubber or even ceramic liners if          “We are going further and                                                   Queensland-made field
room,” Mr Marttila said.
   “...In other cases, measuring              need be.                               introducing a telemetric system                                                instrument tags as indestructible.
the flow in hydrocarbons requires                “Hastelloy electrodes are            to further reduce the manual                                                   The high-grade stainless steel
a specific instrument - as they                another good example. It is a          element. This reduces costs and                                                tags with deep engravings are
are non-conductive, a magnetic                very hard-surfaced material and        increases efficiency.”                                                           wired to instruments with
flow meter is unsuitable. The flow              extremely resistant to abrasion.          With the current economic                                                   stainless steel.
meter may also be too small for                 “The point is we have the            climate, he said many clients                                                     The engraving is filled with
certain applications and need                 knowledge to be able to respond        were focusing on improving                                                     powder coat and baked. It is then
replacement in a short time,                  with cost-effective measures.”          existing infrastructure to be more                                             burnished. This makes for easy
again adding to the cost.                       PRTS offered an advisory              efficient and cost effective with a     A high-grade stainless steel instrument   cleaning and reading, regardless
   “Different meters may be                    and support role which could           higher-quality end product.          tag.            Photo: Stewart McLean     of conditions.



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                                                                                                                                                      Mine levy
In pursuit of wellness                                                                                                                                funds extra
                                                                                                                                                      inspectors
Laser therapy can help people break free of a                                wellbeing. They erode our          addictions, as well as stress,
                                                                             health - leaving us lethargic,     anxiety, insomnia, depression,
range of physical and psychological problems,                                listless, unmotivated,             chronic fatigue, obsessive
                                                                                                                                                      The new mining industry safety
                                                                                                                                                      and health levy which recently
according to a Queensland practitioner.                                      uninspired, overweight and         compulsive disorder, phobias          came into effect would boost the
                                                                             unable to get on with the happy,   and more.                             services provided by the State’s
A Cairns business is using a        find ourselves overweight,                healthy and productive lives we      “One single treatment is            mines inspectorate, Queensland
combination of the latest laser     stressed, anxious, depressed or          desire.”                           usually all that it takes break       Mines and Energy Minister
technologies, nutrient support      fatigued.                                   Mr Hall said ALTC could         free of addiction and regain          Geoff Wilson said.
and cognitive behavioural              “These conditions gradually           offer treatment for nicotine,       control of your life and                 Mr Wilson said the
therapies to help clients           rob us of our fitness and                 alcohol, narcotics and gambling    wellbeing,” he said.                  inspectorate provided vital safety
overcome conditions including                                                                                                                         and health services that helped
addictions, stress, phobias and                                                                                                                       save lives.
insomnia.                                                                                                                                                “Nothing is more important
   Advanced Laser Therapy                                                                                                                             than that; the Bligh Government
Clinics (ALTC) specialises in                                                                                                                         is asking for $26 million from
providing single multi-faceted                                                                                                                        an industry worth more than
treatments that effectively                                                                                                                            $26 billion to Queensland in
address both the physical and                                                                                                                         2006/2007,” he said.
psychological aspects of such                                                                                                                            “Taxpayers should not have to
conditions, according to clinical                                                                                                                     fit the bill for that.”
director Christopher R. Hall.                                                                                                                            He said Queensland had the
   “Taking care of our physical                                                                                                                       best mine safety legislation in
and psychological wellbeing is                                                                                                                        Australia and it had to continue
an obvious necessity if we wish                                                                                                                       to be enforced mine by mine,
to live in a happy, healthy and                                                                                                                       employer by employer, worker by
productive way,” he said.                                                                                                                             worker.
   “However coping with and                                                                                                                              “This new levy will fund seven
balancing work responsibilities,                                                                                                                      new specialist mines inspectors,
family and the numerous other                                                                                                                         two investigators, five scientific
concerns we face in our daily                                                                                                                         research staff, an occupational
lives can challenge and even                                                                                                                          hygienist, a statistician and a
threaten our physical and                                                                                                                             manager of health surveillance,”
psychological health.                                                                                                                                 Mr Wilson said.
   “We can find ourselves                                                                                                                                 “I am confident that the
addicted to things like nicotine,                                                                                                                     industry will see the logic in a
alcohol, narcotics or we may        ALTC says its treatments can help clients crush nicotine addiction.                                               safety and health levy. ”




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Training organisation First           variety of industries - offshore
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   Turning out more than 250          renowned Cirque de Soleil,” Ms                                                                                              Course participants
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Lisieux Afeaki.                       vital to ensure that on-site
   “First Response’s training         emergency response teams
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scheduled Certificate III and          extraction of the casualties as            Ms Afeaki said the training
IV public programs have now           they are in emergency medical           period was complemented by
doubled, with students now able       preparedness.”                          about 100 hours of pre-course
to access the course in Cairns          She said the recent resource          study and was emotionally
and in Melbourne at Swinburne         boom across Australia and               strenuous for students.
University,” Ms Afeaki said.          Asia had highlighted an                    She urged those people
   As well as offering courses         acute shortage of skilled and
                                                                              considering signing up for the
in Cairns and Melbourne,              qualified emergency response
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the organisation runs on-site         co-ordinators, placing a strain
training for mining operations        on industry’s obligations to their      their employees plenty of time.
and other industry groups.            occupational health and safety             Course enrolments close
   “The fully booked November         requirements.                           six weeks prior to program
programs of Certificate IV               First Response Australia’s            commencement. For
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participants come from a              days.                                   firstresponseaustralia.com.au.



    Water service warning                                                     Training for rescue team leaders
    The Queensland                    region operation where                    The Australian Institute of        have completed a Certificate III    need to have a high level of
    Department of Mines and           water flowed back                        Mine Rescue (AIMR) will              or higher in mine emergency        physical fitness and would
    Energy has called for all         through a hose line                     launch a mine rescue instructors’    response and rescue, or a          need to possess the will to
    mines and processing plants       and contaminated the                    course in February 2009.             Certificate III in public safety    continuously improve their level
    to review procedures for          potable water system with                 Principal consultant Riki          fire supervision. They should       of capability.
    the installation, upgrade         processing water and                    Tahau said the time had come         be working towards or already        Mr Tahau said the course
    and maintenance of water          residual process chemicals.             for Townsville-based AIMR to         have a Certificate IV in Training   would teach participants to
    reticulation services               The department stated                 raise the bar for team leaders,      Assessment.                        safely organise emergency rescue
    where there is an interface       that recycled processing                with mine rescue team members          Mr Tahau said the course was     training for teams in areas
    between processing and            water pipes, conduits and               now commonly achieving               not for beginners and a much       including breathing apparatus,
    potable water.                    ducts should be coloured
                                                                              Certificate III levels throughout     higher standard of effort would     fire, rope rescue, industrial
      The notification follows         black as per the relevant
                                                                              Australia.                           be required to succeed than in     trauma management, team
    an incident at a northern         Australian standard.
                                                                                He said each participant in the    more basic rescue courses.         physical training, hazchem
                                                                              instructors’ course should already     He said participants would       response and vehicle extrication.



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