Conquest ramps up mines’ production
CONQUEST Mining has a d d e d 6 0 s t a f f t o i t s workforce and is looking to employ a further 40 as part of its plans to ramp up production at its Pajingo and Twin Hills goldmines, south of Charters Towers.
The 100 full-time personnel are being sourced for the company by recruitment firm TP Human Capital, which says some 500 jobseekers from across the country responded to its campaign.
Conquest is employing professionals and tradesp e r s o ns i ncl udi ng g e o l - ogists, supervisors, plant and machinery operators, drillers, electricians, engineers, surveyors, and technicians and aims to fill all 100 positions by May.
Workers at the Pajingo mine are based at Charters Towers where Pajingo has staff accommodation, while those at Twin Hills will be transported to the mine weekly from either Townsville or Charters Towers.
TP Human Capital human resources specialist Jade Cutting said widespread marketing of the positions had p r o v i d e d g r e a t e x - posure for the region.
‘‘ The TP Human Capital team developed a strategy to generate interest from all over Australia,’’ she said.
‘‘ This has resulted in a h u g e n u mber o f a p p l i - cations which we are continuing to process to ensure the best candidates are employed. The spin-off from filling 100 new jobs is that these workers will be based in regional centres where they will reinvest their money into the community.
‘ ‘ Applications are still open and we expect to re-
GOLDMINE: Conquest Mining’s Pajingo mine near Charters Towers ceive many more before the last positions are filled.’’
Ms Cutting said while there was interest in all positions, the most popular appeared to be underground operator roles.
She said there were indications of more growth within the mining sector over the next 12 months, which would increase demand for skilled staff in N o r t h a n d N o r t h w e s t Queensland.
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Pajingo mine, 72km south of Charters Towers, and satellite mine Twin Hills, a further 190km south, Conquest Mining holds the Mt Carlton gold-copper tenements near Collinsville, for which it is seeking mining permits.
The company is evaluating with financiers funding options for the project, and plans to inject $ 127 million to establish a major gold, silver and copper open-pit mine and to create 150 permanent jobs. A 2009 defini- tive feasibility study estimated total known reserves at the 2000sq km Mt Carlton t enements t o be 740,000 ounces of gold, 16 million ounces of silver and 30,500 tonnes of copper.
Efforts to bring the Mt Carlton project into production come in the wake of a $ 1 billion gold, silver and copper offtake agreement that Conquest reached last year with Shandong Guoda Gold smelter for the life of Mt Carlton’s major deposit.