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Case Study 1

Name: Sam
Location: Rex Minerals- Hillside, Ardrossan, SA
Role: Farm and Landcare Supervisor
Lives: Ardrossan, SA

1. What’s your current role in mining?

Farm and Landcare Supervisor – Environmental department. We look at keeping the drilling areas in farming condition, which means we rehab areas, reseed where the drilling equipment has been, so that if need be the country can be returned to farming activities immediately.

2. Have you been in your current role long?

About 12 months.

3. What was your first job in mining?

Farm/Landcare officer.

4. Did you need to do some training or gain some experience before you entered the mining industry? What was it?

I’ve grown up farming, so these skills and experiences really helped me. I’ve also always had two jobs, the other being in feral pest and weed control, so this was really useful for this particular role in mining. I also hold licences that the industry find useful, such as my Heavy Ridged Drivers Licence. Rex has provided front line management training and I am about to begin a conservation and land management certificate.

5. Did you apply for many jobs within the sector before you were successful?

No, it wasn’t until my family’s farm was directly impacted by mineral exploration/possible future mine that I looked into it.

6. What’s your best advice to people applying for jobs in the SA mining sector?

You have to show some initiative and get yourself trained in your area of interest. Get the training first, don’t just go in and expect everyone to hold your hand and take you through the training. Get a couple of tickets under your belt, to show that you are interested and committed to the industry.

7. How long have you been in the industry now?

2 years.

8. What is it you like most about your job?

It is a very diverse role covering everything from Exploration, Environmental monitoring, general farming, water treatment, supply to drill rigs, rehabilitation and revegetation, this variety keeps me really engaged with my role.  This diversity means that I work with many different sectors of the organisation.

9. What’s the biggest challenge in your job?

The slightest change of plan has a domino effect across the organisation, which is understandable, but takes careful planning to ensure that we stay on track and on target with our goals and obligations. The crew I work with are really familiar to farming, so are used to changes effecting overall day to day works, they’re a flexible group, and it’s about getting the job done.

10. What’s the most unusual thing you’ve learnt about the industry while working in it?

I had no idea at the amount of background data that was required to get a mineral to the surface, I thought it was a bit like “beauty, there’s a bit of copper, let’s dig it up”, which is not how it is at all. There’s a lot to consider in regards to environmental monitoring (dust control), community engagement, let alone the geological data that is required to get a mine off the ground.

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