An emerging mining company is struggling to find enough qualified workers for its coal operation in northern New South Wales.
Whitehaven Coal is having trouble finding experienced new recruits who can join its Maules Creek open-cut black coal mine in Boggabri, 127km northwest of Tamworth.
The lack of manpower is so dire it has affected the proponent’s ability to fill rosters and compelled it to train up workers from scratch.
“Whitehaven expects it could take the balance of the financial year to source, select, on-board and train the necessary workers at Maules Creek in order to achieve a return to full utilisation of equipment and increase related operating productivity,” the company said in a public statement.
Whitehaven is still looking for people to fill the following positions:
- experienced underground mining electrical/mechanical tradespersons (multiple positions)
- trainee underground mining operators (multiple)
- electrical engineer (multiple)
- general expressions of interest (multiple)
- automation superintendent
- environmental officer
- outbye coordinator
- outbye engineering coordinator
Whitehaven’s other mine sites are fully manned. More skills shortage pains are expected at Maules Creek, meaning work could be available at the mine for the unforeseen future.