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Apprenticeship graduates set for a bright future

Eight young people are well on their way to a bright and successful future, having recently graduated from Curragh’s four-year apprenticeship program. The new graduates are: Yasmin Black – Auto Electrician Branden Ferguson, Curtis O’Donoghue and Tyler Lousick – Diesel Fitters Jordan Wood and Jayden Gallagher – Boilermakers Mikaela Richter and Ryan Palmer – Electricians…. Read More

Five new ‘Oothungs’ recruits kick off 2018 with a new job

Wesfarmers Curragh has welcomed five new recruits to the award winning ‘Oothungs (Sisters) in Mining’ training program, with Carla Hallam, Amber Row Row, Cassandra Russell, Samantha Guthrie, and Tricia Dougan successfully completing their two-week pre-employment training this week. Johan Ballot, General Manager Curragh Operations said the five recruits were selected to participate in the program after… Read More

Curragh welcomes Wadja Wadja High School students to the mine

Close to twenty students from Wadja Wadja High School visited the Blackwater Coal Museum and Curragh mine recently to see first-hand how coal is mined, processed and transported. Having learnt about coal in their geography lessons, the aim of the excursion was to cement their understanding by taking them closer to the action. Students were… Read More

STEM students to benefit from new bursary and grant

With school holidays upon us, Curragh helped students make the most of their last semester with the announcement of a new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) grant and a STEM bursary for students at Blackwater State High School. Curragh is a major sponsor of the STEM program at Blackwater State High School, and recently… Read More

Clinton and Ngtali handed keys to their future

Blackwater locals Ngtali Malone and Clinton Savage celebrated some firsts with us this month. For Clinton and Ngtali, it was their first time behind the wheel unaccompanied — and for Curragh, Blackwater PCYC and Workpac, these are the first provisional licence success stories from the Braking the Cycle program. Braking the Cycle is a state-wide… Read More

Oothungs Trainee Intake Recruitment

In December 2017, 20 shortlisted applicants participated in the Curragh Mine Oothungs (Sisters) in Mining Trainee assessment centre, a process whereby applicants were exposed to behavioural interviews, psychometric assessments and truck simulator activities. Four interviewers from Curragh Mine, including the Superintendent Mining Operations, Mining Supervisor and Dragline Operators joined the HR Team with past Oothungs… Read More

PM’s Veterans’ Employment Program comes to Curragh

Curragh is proud to join the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program, run through the Department of Defence. Promoting awareness of the business benefits of employing veterans, the program gives Australian Defence Force personnel an outstanding opportunity to transition successfully to civilian life, and is aimed at addressing a significant ongoing under-employment issue for those leaving… Read More

Royal Flying Doctor Service makes a flying visit to Curragh

Wesfarmers Curragh recently hosted representatives from the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), who visited site to thank the Curragh team for its ongoing support. The RFDS was on a fundraising road trip. General Manager Curragh Operations Johan Ballot said Curragh has been a proud supporter of the RFDS for many years. “We are looking forward… Read More

Thank you Blackwater. Thank you Angry.

On Thursday evening, 20 July 2017, and again on the morning of Friday, 21 July 2017, around 300 members of the Blackwater community came together to talk about mental health with Angry Anderson. The rock ‘n’ roll legend shared with us stories of his lifestyle in the early days of Rose Tattoo, and all the… Read More

Innovation drives raw-water savings for Wesfarmers Resources’ Curragh

At our Curragh mine in Queensland’s Bowen Basin, we are always focused on minimising our environmental footprint. Reducing the use of and reliance on raw water — natural, untreated water drawn from local weirs and rivers — is a key objective for the whole site team, with our innovative approach continuing to deliver outstanding results…. Read More