REPRESENTATIVES of a New South Wales mine are heading to Mackay Show this week on a mission – to poach skilled workers from our region.
Ulan Coal plans to lure miners and tradespeople – including those with no mining experience – to staff a major expansion of its coal mine, which is about 30 minutes north of Mudgee and a three-hour drive from Sydney and Newcastle.
The Xstrata mine is hoping to recruit operators, electrical and mechanical tradespeople, process area co-ordinators and mine under-managers and deputies.
Ulan Coal’s appearance at Mackay Show will be controversial, as it’s widely known Mackay and Bowen Basin companies struggle to find and retain their own skilled workers.
Regional Economic Development Corporation chief executive officer Narelle Pearse said regions should not compete for one another’s employees but work together to build their skills bases.
She wished Ulan Coal luck, saying the Mackay region had more to offer workers.
“Everything they’ve got on offer is on offer here but we’ve got a bigger industry that, long-term, is more sustainable,” Ms Pearse said.
“We’ve got more to offer here.
“Where do you want to live: the Whitsundays or in rural New South Wales?”
Ulan Coal general manager Dan Clifford said the company was trying to source a broad range of trades, skills and experience, from supervisors to labourers, tradespeople and engineers to work at the new “state-of-the-art” underground coal mine.
The addition of the mine, west of an existing underground mine, would make the Ulan Coal complex one of the most modern and progressive coal operations in Australia, he said.
“This is a chance for motivated people to relocate to a vibrant community close to Sydney and develop their careers in Australia’s fastest growing industry, with significant training and career development opportunities being provided for the right people,” Mr Clifford said.
“We want to attract people with the right attitude and work ethic and we will invest in developing their skills.
"The strength of the mining industry across Australia has made it extremely difficult for other mines to attract new employees in recent years, but we believe that Ulan has more to offer.
“Mudgee is a great place to live. It offers all of the amenities of a bigger city and a great lifestyle in a beautiful rural setting.
“That’s something other mines can’t compete with.”
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