Great boost to city
Wednesday, 18th May, 2011
By Gayle Hogan
A local union has welcomed a jobs boost with CBH Resources looking to fill 28 new positions at the Rasp Mine as development ramps up.
Local CFMEU Vice President Greg Braes said the recruitment drive for the Broken Hill based mine was encouraging.
"It's a great boost to the city," Mr Braes said.
"As far as we're concerned any job created in town is a great job.
"It's just great news."
The company was targeting locals and ex-locals in the recruitment drive and had advertised the positions in Broken Hill, Mildura, Cobar and Adelaide.
The positions are for electricians, shift supervisors, an emergency services officer, workshop/breakdown fitters, mobile plant operators, general hand labourers and underground operators.
CBH Operations Manager Brendan Barker said he was confident the company would fill the positions.
"We are targeting this recruitment drive at ex-Broken Hill people who would like to come back to town," Mr Barker said.
"There has been a very good response to date and we are confident we will be able to fill the positions required."
Mr Barker said eight positions would be designated as surface jobs with the remaining 20 underground operator and maintenance positions.
"We need a group of people to do surface earthworks as part of the construction process," Mr Barker told the BDT.
"The surface earthworks employees will be engaged on a fixed term arrangement and will be considered for permanent positions as the recruitment process continues over the coming year."
The underground roles were being offered on a full time basis.
Those employed would be involved with underground development work that needed to be completed before the company commenced stope production from the Western Mineralisation and main lode pillars in the middle of next year.
"We'll be looking to commence the new employees over the next month," Mr Barker said
The 28 new roles were in addition to the company's 36 direct employees already on site and Mr Barker said he expected the number of employees in Broken Hill to grow to 160 over the next 12 to 18 months.
The new employees would enable the company to operate the mine 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
"We recommenced the underground operations about four weeks ago, just before Easter," Mr Barker said.
"At this stage it's development activities."
GR Engineering Services also commenced the construction works for the processing plant in March.
"Currently the bulk earthworks for the plant are underway and expected to be completed in June," Mr Barker said.
"The works are progressing well with construction expected to be completed in April 2012."
Meanwhile Mr Braes said he was confident the union could establish a positive working relationship with CBH.
"We have a good relationship with Perilya, hopefully we can have the same with CBH," Mr Braes said.
"It's just great for the town, it's the same with Perilya with Potosi and hopefully the North Mine in the future again."