Con­quest ramps up mines’ pro­duc­tion

Townsville Bulletin - - Investor - by Martin Rasini martin. rasini@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

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.

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