Mines step up security for explosives

SECURITY inspections and audits at mines will be stepped up across Queensland after 75kg of explosives and a number of detonators were stolen from the Newlands coal mine at Glenden on Thursday.

Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Henry Palaczszuk, said his department, police and mine owners would work together to prevent another theft.

"We will look very closely at the results of the investigation into this security breach,'' Mr Palaczszuk said.

"Any lessons learned will immediately be incorporated into our security arrangements.''

Meanwhile, police have released pictures of Powergel sticks, similar to the ones stolen at Newlands, in the hope someone may have seen them.

Central Queensland region crime co-ordinator Mick Niland said police were working closely with the mine's owners, Xstrata, to find the missing explosives.



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