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Oct 16, 2020
Cash splash for tropical aquaculture plans

Cash splash for tropical aquaculture plans

James Cook University has welcomed the State Opposition’s election commitment of $67 million for its proposed Tropical Aquaculture Accelerator. It says the initiative is expected to support $2.6 billion in gross regional product and create more than 11,000 jobs by 2035. The Accelerator, to be based at JCU’s Douglas campus, will combine the university’s expertise in aquaculture innovat...

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Oct 14, 2020
Breaking ground for Yeppoon Bunnings build

Breaking ground for Yeppoon Bunnings build

An official ‘sod turning’ has marked the start of construction on Gibb Group’s multi-million-dollar Bunnings Warehouse Yeppoon at the Capricorn Coast’s Homemaker Centre. Queensland builder De Luca Corporation is expected to recruit up to 250 workers during the construction period. Set for completion in mid-2021, the 8900sq m development will see the second national retai...

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Oct 14, 2020
Council shortlists ‘top-notch’ waterfront submissions

Council shortlists ‘top-notch’ waterfront submissions

A 4.5-star corporate hotel and luxury residential properties are among the proposals spurred by a Mackay Waterfront Expression of Interest (EOI) tender. Mackay Regional Council received seven submissions and has shortlisted two companies to proceed to the next stage of consultation. They include Brisbane-based Sentinel Group Holding and local consortium ReNew Mackay. Mayor Greg Williams...

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Oct 13, 2020
Industry briefing on next stage of Haughton pipeline

Industry briefing on next stage of Haughton pipeline

Townsville City Council will host industry briefing sessions on the second stage of the Haughton pipeline project on Friday, October 23. Stage 2 will see the existing pipeline extended from the Haughton River to the Burdekin River near Clare and will include about 33km of pipe as well as the construction of a new pump station and high voltage power supply infrastructure. Tender documentati...

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Oct 12, 2020
Plan to boost Queensland military tech facilities

Plan to boost Queensland military tech facilities

The State LNP plans to partner with Rheinmetall Defence Australia to build a new technology precinct at Redbank if it wins government. The $135 million Land Systems Technology Precinct (LTSP) would be built by an LNP Government and leased back by Rheinmetall, it said. The announcement came as the company’s Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) was officially opened in Redb...

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Oct 01, 2020
State puts $15m on the table for Cairns research precinct

State puts $15m on the table for Cairns research precinct

The State Government will invest $15 million to acquire land for a new research and education precinct near Cairns Hospital to be built in partnership with James Cook University. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the announcement was in addition to a $52.9 million investment in upgrades for Cairns Hospital committed at the recent Cairns Community Cabinet. “It’s a crucial further step f...

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Sep 30, 2020
$30m charge-up for Port of Cairns growth

$30m charge-up for Port of Cairns growth

Port of Cairns will receive a $30 million boost to build two new wharves and advance the case for further growth as a defence vessel maintenance and shipbuilding hub. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the wharf construction work would deliver 150 new jobs at the Cairns Marine Precinct. The funding announcement came under the Cairns/FNQ Regional Recovery Action Plan. “Workin...

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Sep 30, 2020
State Government commits $10m to Mackay arena

State Government commits $10m to Mackay arena

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has pledged $10 million towards the construction of the Great Barrier Reef Arena at Harrup Park in Mackay. It was part of the Mackay / Whitsunday Regional Recovery Action Plan she detailed while visiting the city yesterday. “This plan builds on our immediate commitment to keeping the region moving through extra support for businesses, workers and h...

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Sep 29, 2020
Foreign businesses take lion’s share, says AOC

Foreign businesses take lion’s share, says AOC

Five out of Queensland’s six biggest transport infrastructure projects have been awarded to foreign-owned construction companies in the past five years, an Australian advocacy group says. The Australian Owned Contractors Let Us Build Queensland Campaign today released figures highlighting the extent of foreign domination of the local construction industry. AOC chief executive officer Bren...

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