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(L-R) Players Player was won by Adam Stewart (L-R) Crushettes Best Back was Tasma Vesey csg Best forward for Crushettes was Lauren Pingel Steve Beale and Chris Dunphy, MIPEC Crushettes Coaches Award was won by Samantha Evans Aboutusgeneric_2 Best and Fairest was won by Rhys Giles Port Crushettes Rookie of the Year was won by Zoe Mackay (L-R) Ryan Palmer won the Managers Award and Best Forward seen with Boofa Callanan Most Improved was won by Vicky Te Oka (L-R) Megan Smith was named Best Utility, seen with Coaching staff

Fate of mine sealed
END of an era for hundreds of underground miners
Tuesday 09 August 2016  

The corridors of the Newlands Northern Underground coal mine have seen their last foreseeable human activity this week with owner Glencore completing final shutdown works at the site.

The day has been a long time coming, with Glencore first flagging the underground mine would become unviable by late 2015 more than two years ago.

A miner working at the site told Shift Miner the final steps to seal the mine had occurred in the last fortnight.

“Last Thursday the final ventilation fan was turned off and the top shaft bend was removed,” he said.

“Once this was done, we commenced filling the shaft and completed the final portal seals.”

The Newlands Northern Underground mine is adjacent to the Newlands above ground coal mine and is located 33 kilometres north-west of the township of Glenden and 190 km by road west of Mackay.

Historically, both operations have produced a combined 11 million tonnes of thermal and coking coal a year.

Development at Newlands Coal began in 1981 with first coal in 1983 from the Newlands main open cut mine. Further open cut mining occurred at Eastern Creek in 1995, Suttor Creek in 2004 and Wollombi in 2006.

Underground mining began in 1998 with the opening of the Southern Underground which was later replaced by the Northern Underground.

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