Latest Mining News

Shenhua coal mine lease for Liverpool Plains renewed

July 07 2018

The New South Wales Government renews part of the coal exploration licence for the controversial Shenhua Watermark project on the Liverpool Plains in the north-west of the state, with a promise not to release any other parts of the area for exploration.

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'Extraordinarily rare' 3.14-carat pink diamond on show as Argyle mine's closure looms

July 07 2018

Rio Tinto unveils the largest vivid pink stone in the 34-year history of the Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender — one of the most exclusive diamond sales in the world.

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Discarded dirt tipped to generate more than $1b for miner

July 07 2018

Hellyer Gold Mines will reprocess previously discarded materials, with up to $1.5 billion in gold, silver, lead and zinc expected to be recovered from the tailings dams, generating 50 full-time jobs.

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Alana Kleynhans

July 07 2018

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WA mining town fighting for survival

July 07 2018

Residents of a small West Australian mining town are steeling themselves for the loss of essential services, with their bank, doctor's surgery and petrol station all set to close.

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Rio Tinto boss not worried about trade war; not with pink diamonds on his mind

July 07 2018

If the escalating trade war between the US and China is playing on the mind of Rio Tinto's boss, then he wasn't showing it as he picked his favourite stone from a dazzling display of the company's latest offering of million-dollar pink diamonds.

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Bidding war begins as WA once again searches for workers to fuel a mining boom

July 07 2018

During the last mining boom people flew in to Western Australia from all over the country and abroad to earn the ridiculous wages being offered, but poaching workers may not be so easy this time around.

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Mine in forced shut down given safety award nomination

July 07 2018

A Hunter Valley coal mine is nominated for a safety award on the same day it announces a forced shutdown over safety concerns.

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Miners look to the future as holiday camp tests students' mettle

July 07 2018

A school holiday program aims to inspire a new generation of mining experts amid a skills shortage in the industry.

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Rising nickel price prompts plan to reopen Tasmanian mine

July 07 2018

The Avebury nickel mine near Zeehan is expected to restart as early as January next year, with hopes it will create more than 200 jobs on Tasmania's west coast.

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Yancoal-managed mine to shut down in NSW Hunter Valley

July 07 2018

The future of a Hunter Valley underground coal mine is in doubt with Yancoal announcing more than 200 employees will be stood down or re-deployed.

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Employers facing a 'perfect storm' as a new skills shortage looms over Western Australia

July 07 2018

Employment recruiters say "scary" and misunderstood reports of automation killing off jobs are contributing to a new skills shortage in Western Australia as apprentices stay away.

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