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NEWCREST CADIA VALLEY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM WINS 20TH ANNUAL VICTORIAN MINE RESCUE COMPETITION

Newcrest Cadia Valley Mine Emergency Response Team has narrowly defeated eleven other teams from across the country to win the prestigious Victorian Mine Rescue Competition proudly sponsored by Fire and Safety Australia.

No relief from carbon cost king-hit

The proposed change to the Australian carbon pricing scheme to start from 2015 is an empty gesture. It is tinkering at the edges, not the fundamental redesign for proper global alignment that is critical for an efficient and effective response to climate change. The announcement does nothing to alleviate the high cost burden of the Australian carbon tax for the next three years.

COAL SEAM GAS EXPLORATION IN VICTORIA

The decision today to halt exploration for Coal Seam Gas in Victoria is profoundly disappointing. Decisions on granting exploration licenses should be based on rigorous scientific assessment and best practice environmental management rather than external pressures. Today’s announcement is not consistent with the merits-based decision making processes required under Victoria’s mining laws.

INNOVATIVE ADULT APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM PRODUCES FIRST GRADUATE

NAP is an Advanced Entry Adult Apprenticeship scheme, developed to specifically address the growing shortage of skilled workers in the minerals and energy sectors – an innovative alternative for talented Australians with extensive trade skills and experience, but not necessarily a formal qualification, to complete trade training, potentially within 18 months.

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