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Aug 14, 2020
Jemena cuts emissions with electric cherry picker

Jemena cuts emissions with electric cherry picker

Energy infrastructure company Jemena has unveiled an Australian-first electric powered cherry picker truck. The electric cherry picker, formally known as an elevated work platform truck, will reduce Jemena’s carbon output by 30 tonnes per year. Jemena executive general manager for electricity distribution Shaun Reardon said the electric cherry picker truck was made possible thanks to a par...

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Aug 13, 2020
Council gear up for grabs in August auction

Council gear up for grabs in August auction

Earthmoving equipment including a grader and loader as well as numerous light vehicles and trucks go under the hammer this month in a Charters Towers Regional Council auction. Geaney’s Real Estate and Ray White Nasco are conducting an online and onsite auction from 9am on Friday, August 28. A full listing of the 31 items for sale cam be viewed at  https://www.nascoauctioneer...

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Aug 07, 2020
Another record for Hastings Deering apprenticeships

Another record for Hastings Deering apprenticeships

Hastings Deering has been swamped by a record 2695 applications for its 2021 apprentice intake after applications closed in July.  The mining and construction support company opened applications for 40 positions in June for four weeks, with over 1000 applications in the first week alone. The company logged a record year for its 2020 apprenticeships with figures up by 30 per cent on the...

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Aug 06, 2020
CQ debut for new Tadano  all-terrain crane

CQ debut for new Tadano all-terrain crane

Gladstone-based Xtreme Engineering has become the first business in Australia to take delivery of the new Tadano ATF120G-5.1 all-terrain crane. With a 60m main boom and maximum lifting capacity of 120t, the ATF-120-5.1 is described by the manufacturer as being consistently the most powerful crane of its class for radiuses between 16m and 56m. Given the crane has the same superstructure as ...

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Aug 03, 2020
Easternwell’s latest rig goes into service for Santos

Easternwell’s latest rig goes into service for Santos

Easternwell has mobilised a new ALRx workover rig as part of a 12-month contract for for Santos coal seam gas developments in eastern Queensland. The new rig is one of three recently designed and built by Easternwell at its updated facility in Withcott, outside Toowoomba. Easternwell general manager energy Kyle Koziol said the Advantage Light Rig Extra or ALRx was the latest in well servici...

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Jul 29, 2020
Women in technology take centre stage

Women in technology take centre stage

There’s been a good response to the call for nominations to the 2020 Queensland Women in Technology (WiT) Awards despite the disruptions of COVID-19.  For the first time, a regional award has been introduced to recognise and encourage women who are using science and technology to advance regional industries and communities.  The WiT Awards have grown dramatically since Women in Techno...

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Jul 16, 2020
Tough tool meets challenge of hitting rock bottom

Tough tool meets challenge of hitting rock bottom

Hall Contracting and Atlas Heavy Engineering have banded together to build one of the toughest marine digging buckets in the country. The custom backhoe bucket weighs in at 17 tonnes and has been purpose designed for excavating hard rock. Hall Contracting chief executive officer Cameron Hall said it had been manufactured for use on Hall’s 65m-long backhoe dredge, Woomera, which is currently...

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Jul 15, 2020
CQ firm puts a new twist on blast preparation

CQ firm puts a new twist on blast preparation

Mackay-based business StemSafe has launched a vehicle-mounted automated blast hole measuring unit in what it describes as a groundbreaking advance for the mining, quarrying and construction industries. Business development manager Andrew Wheeler said DipSafe technology would give mining companies more consistent and accurate blast hole condition data. This offered immense improvements char...

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Jul 06, 2020
New tech alerts drivers to tyre damage

New tech alerts drivers to tyre damage

Bridgestone has joined forces with Microsoft to develop a world-first monitoring system that will alert drivers to tyre damage in real-time. Not only that, it can also flag potholes and other hazards causing tyre damage to the agencies responsible for foxing them. Bridgestone says the diagnostic technology closes a crucial safety gap. Tyre issues take four main forms: inadequate pressur...

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