Mining in Australia
Mining has been a strong contributor to Australia’s prosperity. Through 150 years of foreign investment in resources, the innovation and economic contribution of the industry has enabled Australians to enjoy a standard of living that is among the best in the world.
Mining has been a driving force for much of the exploration of Australia’s remote inland and for Australia’s industrial development, from the gold rushes of the 19th century, through to the iron ore and nickel booms of the 1960s and through the later growth of the coal and metals industries.
Australian mining has been, and remains, at the centre of Australia’s economic growth, low unemployment and high quality of life.
Rosebery operation is an underground polymetallic base metal mine located in the township of Rosebery in Tasmania. The operation is located approximately 300 kilometres north-west of Hobart and 125 kilometres south of Burnie. It has operated continuously since 1936 and is an integral part of the community, with the majority of Rosebery employees local to the area.
Dugald River is a top ten global zinc mine in north-west Queensland, known for its high-grade zinc deposits. Dugald River successfully achieved commercial production on 1 May 2018. The mine will process an average of 1.7 Mtpa (million tonne per annum) of ore, with annual production of around 170,000 tonnes of zinc in zinc concentrate, plus by-products. The mine will operate over an estimated 25 years.
Indigenous Training and Employment
Mining’s impact on Indigenous and local employment in regional Australia has been transformative. MMG believes that training and employment for Indigenous and local people is an important way to ensure the regions in which we operate receive benefits beyond the life of the mine.
We have achieved this through a number of programs at our Australian operations. At Dugald River we have an agreement with the Kalkadoon People that provides for training, employment and business development opportunities and cultural recognition for the life of the mine.
Previously, MMG implemented two programs offering employment and training opportunities to local Indigenous communities. MMG’s Century mine was one of the first Australian mines to commit to providing meaningful education, employment and training opportunities to Indigenous people. As part of the Gulf Communities Agreement more than 1000 local Indigenous people worked at Century, and at the end of the mine’s life 149 local Indigenous people were trained in plant operations to ensure they were able to find employment following the mine’s closure.
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