Regions endure turbulence over FIFO mining workforce

By Paul Hemsley The plane ride to and from work has become a way of life for many employees working in the resources sector but there are few cheers for the practice from those living on the ground in the shadow of Australia’s mineral wealth. Gone are the days when a mining boom created new […]

Wong boots out business class flights

By Julian Bajkowski Commonwealth public servants flying interstate on business will be forced to sit in economy on many short-haul domestic flights as Finance Minister Penny Wong seeks to squeeze a further $550 million through cutbacks and public service cost reductions. Senator Wong announced the crackdown on perceived travel perks as part of a wider […]

Victorian councils demand CSG probe into ‘fraccing’

By Paul Hemsley and Julian Bajkowski Victorian local governments have warned that new bans on the controversial practice of coal seam gas (CSG) extraction through hydraulic fracturing (fraccing) in the state still don’t go far enough. The peak body for councils in the state has vowed it will continue to push for a parliamentary probe […]

Councils and miners on collision course over road funding

By Julian Bajkowski The mining industry has given the cold shoulder to a renewed push from local governments, engineers and the federal bureaucracy to introduce a national ‘user-pays’ road-funding system to arrest the deteriorating state of regional roads. The resources sector now looks unlikey to come on-board with broader federal efforts to reform the revenue […]

Skills boosted for mining and construction

Specialist training will be provided in Western Australia in mining and construction following an upgrade of a South Guildford skills centre. The training will be open to almost 420 students after $10 million was spent extending the existing WesTrac National Skills Training Centre of Excellence – funded by the Australian Government in partnership with WesTrac […]

Councils clash with state on coal mining

By Paul Hemsley Councils, community members and rural residents in Victoria are in disagreement with the state government’s support of coal mining exploration. A media release from focus group, Friends of the Earth said community groups have formed across the ‘coal belt’ of southern Victoria from the Otways, Wonthaggi and Toongabbie in opposition to the […]


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