Monthly Archives: February 2017

Confident National Party MP says Narrabri coal seam gas proposal ‘will go ahead’

9a15c6a6-0e04-4dde-847d-2a6007c71cf7Representing the area covered by the proposed Narrabri Gas Project, Kevin Humphries the Nationals MP is confident that the coal seam gas company Santos will pass the relevant checks and gain approval.

The 7,000 page environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed gas field has been released.

“The environmental impact statement that Santos have worked up has taken several years and certainly relevant groups have had the ability to be able to comment on this as it’s progressed,” he said.

“There might be a little bit of grandstanding but at the end of the day the project will go ahead and I’m highly supportive of it.”

The New South Wales Environmental Defenders Office has requested an extra 30 days to review the document and appendices, but Mr Humphries said it has already been reviewed “ad nauseum”. >> Read Full Story Here




Legal bid launched to pay QLD apprentices less than award


A legal bid has been launched by Queensland’s peak construction bodies to continue paying first-year apprentices $8.93 per hour, almost $4 less than the award. The unions have slammed the move, but the industries say it was the only choice available to them to clear up inefficient and confusing legislation.

In the Federal Court this week, Master Builders Queensland, All Trades Queensland and the Housing Industry Association filed documents that sought to overturn a decision by the Fair Work Commissioner.  Continue reading

Proposed open-cut mine at Drayton South rejected for the fourth time


40e9d152-24bf-4dcd-9957-a3ab08fff167To stop the Drayton South proposal for once and for all, the horse industry says the legislation that permanently banned the proposed Bickham coal mine near Scone is needed.

The NSW Planning Assessment Commission issued its latest formal refusal of the Drayton South project on Thursday, saying that after weighing up the merits of the mine and the nearby horse studs it found that Anglo American’s application was not in the public interest. Continue reading

CareerPOINT : 2017 Is For Improvement

career-improvement2017 is for improvement. Many of us worked hard and adjusted to the new schedules and project plans; commodity prices were highly volatile, our market demand receded, here an overseas, and some punters in the press indicated we might be in for a slow year.

Not so it would seem. Commodities prices look like they are relatively firm, and the industry overall indicates continued growth through 2017. The question is, “What area of your career is open to improvement, and being assisted by other resources other than your own, to help you do this? Continue reading

CareerPOINT : 2017 Is For Growth

update-resumeWelcome to 2017. This year is a year for growth and consolidating your career prospects. Recently interviewing a specialist in OH&S on maintenance in an engineering specialization, led me to gain a broader picture of the specific opportunities open to members in the mining industry.

In preparation for this, employers will be reviewing their specific labour needs, and in the process will qualify those members who are up to date in their qualifications and experience. Now is the time to ensure your qualifications are up to date. Continue reading