Pybar underground mine

Operators sought for $17.2m mining project in FNQ

An underground mining contractor has been awarded a tender for a $17.2 million resource development in Far North Queensland. The company is now hiring for multiple operational roles.

Pybar Mining Services recently won the contract for Red River Resources’ West 45 Hard Rock Underground Mine, 89km southwest of Charters Towers.

The deal involves resuming operations at the mine through mobilising to the site within two weeks and commencing underground mining operations shortly after.

QMEB can reveal Pybar is hiring underground maintenance personnel and underground operators.

According to the jobs board, each operator role will be either fly-in fly-out or drive-in drive-out. The company offers full-time work on a “family friendly” 14:14 roster with free meals and accommodation provided onsite.

The following operational roles are advertised:

  • nipper
  • truck operator
  • storeperson
  • service crew
  • charge up
  • bogger operator
  • jumbo operator
  • shift supervisor

The right applicants must to meet the following criteria:

  • proven underground experience in the role applied for
  • current and valid driver’s license
  • be able to complete a pre-employment medical
  • willing to obtain a current ASIO or National Police Clearance

Click here to apply for an operational role:

Underground maintenance positions being advertised include:

  • light vehicle fitters
  • service and shift fitters
  • auto electricians

The following machine operational experience is required:

  • Sandvik Jumbo’s, trucks and longhole drills
  • CAT2900 and 1700 boggers

Click here to apply for a maintenance role:

All Pybar jobs are advertised here:

Kagara previously developed West 45 back in 2011, and built a 600-metre decline to the top of the mine as well as the first level into the deposit. Some 3000 tonnes of development ore was mined and processed through the Thalanga Mill before the mine was placed on care and maintenance in 2012. The decline was partially flooded, and power and ventilation services were stripped-out of the mine during the administration period.

“The award of the underground mining contract for West 45 is a key step on the critical path to the restart of production at the Thalanga Zinc Project in 2H CY2017,” Red River’s managing director Mel Palancian says.

“We are pleased to have awarded the West 45 underground mining contract to Pybar. Red River ran a competitive contract process, and we look forward to working with Pybar as we restart development and mining operations at West 45”.

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