Mine jobs booming
Wednesday, 27th July, 2011
By Gayle Hogan
CBH Resources attracted 45 new workers in a recent recruitment drive, with most of them from Broken Hill, and Perilya has had 700 people apply for 97 positions.
CBH Operations Manager, Brendan Barker, said development operations at the Rasp Mine were ramping up after the successful search for workers.
“We’re ramping up as per our schedule and things are looking good,” Mr Barker told the BDT yesterday.
The company aimed their May advertising campaign at locals and ex-locals and initially advertised for 28 new positions.
They included electricians, shift supervisors, an emergency services officer, workshop/breakdown fitters, mobile plant operators, general hand labourers and underground operators.
CBH then ran additional advertisements for other roles.
Mr Barker said 45 people had been employed as a result, bringing the total on-site workforce to 85.
Thirty-three of the new employees are locals, six are ex-locals who have returned home for work and six are from other mining areas.
“It’s actually been very successful,” Mr Barker said. “We’ve filled all our positions to date.
“There was a very strong response across all of the operator positions and we were able to choose the best people for the culture we want at the mine.”
The company is focusing on surface earthworks as well as underground development before commencing stope production from the Western Mineralisation and main lode pillars in the middle of next year.
Part of the development includes the construction of a $70 million processing plant which makes up almost half the $150 million CBH Resources estimates it will spend to bring the zinc, lead and silver mine into operation.
A total of 160 people are expected to be employed once the mine is in production.
The State Government approved the major expansion at Rasp, which remained dormant for over two years following the global financial crisis, in February this year.
CBH has been keen to maintain a good relationship with City Council, the unions and residents and was delisted as a public company after it was taken over by Japanese company Toho Zinc last year.
Meanwhile, almost 100 people were expected to be working at the Potosi mine next month after a recent recruitment drive by contract mining company, Red Path Mining.
Marketing and Communications Manager, Rhiannon Vines, said more than 700 people applied for 97 positions which ranged from senior project engineers to truck drivers and trade positions.
“We were inundated. It’s good to have that sort of response,” Ms Vines said.
More than 75 per cent of the positions were filled by Broken Hill residents.
“We hoped to get as many local employees as possible.”
But the company said recruiting highly-skilled personnel in Broken Hill, such as mining engineers, was difficult.
Potosi, which is owned by Perilya, closed in 2008 as a result of the financial crisis and falling metal prices.
Perilya decided to restart operations at the mine earlier this year.