Site set to make Rocky a training powerhouse

A ROCKHAMPTON-based company will move mountains – literally – to turn a pocket of land on the city’s outskirts into a training hub for miners.

In a Queensland first, New Horizons Safety and Training Services will create a simulated mine site on 64 hectares at Mt Chalmers Road where people wishing to gain employment in the mining and civil construction industry can secure their required tickets.

This week the exciting project got the official green light from Rockhampton Regional Council and the centre is now fully operational. Business development manager Tony Thomas yesterday said the plan was to create a simulated open pit mine on the site, so trainees could learn how to operate heavy machinery.

Mr Thomas said the facility would provide on-site training in the use of machinery such as rear dump trucks, front end loaders, excavators, dozers and graders and would place Rockhampton as a “powerhouse” in the training sector.

“Previously people have had to go to Western Australia to get mining tickets and now there’s one locally, and we are at the doorstep in the mines in the Bowen Basin,” he said.

“It’s going to place Rockhampton in a strong position as far as training goes.”

Mr Thomas said training would also be offered for safety and emergency procedures to ensure that participants are trained to mining and construction industry standards. “We have other programs that are a bit more specific and aimed at long-term employment that might go over a period of six weeks,” he said.

It’s going to place Rockhampton in a strong position



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