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Dec 13, 2020
Restrictions continue as Townsville reservoirs fill

Restrictions continue as Townsville reservoirs fill

Townsville City Council continues to call on residents and commercial water users to limit water use to emergency use only. Council staff and contractors have worked through the night to undertake further works to restore the pipeline to the Douglas Water Treatment Plant. Pumping at the treatment plant overnight and during today (Sunday 13 December) is expected to replenish the city’s wat...

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Dec 12, 2020
Urgent repairs on key  Townsville water line

Urgent repairs on key Townsville water line

Townsville City Council is working to repair a ruptured 1.3m diameter pipe which supplies the Douglas Water Treatment Plant, the city’s primary water treatment facility. Major water restrictions are in force today (Saturday, December 12) for Townsville and Magnetic Island residents and business owners as a result of the fault. Council alerts urge people to immediately restrict water consu...

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Dec 12, 2020
Price threshold lifts for Infrastructure Australia focus

Price threshold lifts for Infrastructure Australia focus

National Cabinet has agreed that Infrastructure Australia will now evaluate project proposals which require more than $250 million in Commonwealth funding – an increase from the previous threshold of $100 million. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the move would better focus Infrastructure Australia‘s busin...

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Dec 12, 2020
Bowen Basin pipeline study kicks off

Bowen Basin pipeline study kicks off

Work is underway on a $5 million study to investigate the best options for connecting gas reserves in the Bowen Basin to domestic customers and the export market. If the proposal stacks up, Resources Minister Scott Stewart said there would be potentially 1000 construction jobs available and countless opportunities in gas production and other industries which relied on affordable sources of gas...

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Dec 11, 2020
Second-hand machinery demand soars

Second-hand machinery demand soars

Used heavy machinery is in hot demand across the civil sector, drawing 15-20 per cent more at auction than around the same time last year, Australian auction house Pickles says. Parts ‘donor’ machines and second-hand components for mining fleet are also drawing huge interest as companies refurbish assets in the face of reduced capex budgets and global disruptions in the supply of new machi...

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Dec 11, 2020
CQ-born safety app to cut construction paperwork

CQ-born safety app to cut construction paperwork

A Rockhampton business has launched a mobile application to help construction businesses create and record safety documents and activities in a matter of minutes. The Projects One Safety Online app is designed to streamline the safety documentation process by allowing workers to complete compliance documents on the job site, on smart mobile devices, where they can see the hazards. Projects ...

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Dec 11, 2020
Wharf extension kicks off in port projects push

Wharf extension kicks off in port projects push

Three significant infrastructure projects supporting 100 jobs are underway at the Port of Mackay in the run-up to Christmas, as work to extend Wharf 1 kicks off. Queensland-based company Davbridge Constructions will deliver the $2.4 million extension project. The project comes as upgrades on Wharf 4 reach the final stages with the installation of the 60-tonne steel access bridge by contract...

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Dec 11, 2020
Sumitomo backs next phase of Hillalong exploration

Sumitomo backs next phase of Hillalong exploration

Sumitomo is taking its backing for the Hillalong coal project in the Bowen Basin to the next level, confirming it will proceed with Phase 2 of a joint venture agreement. This follows a successful Phase 1 exploration program which resulted in a maiden JORC Resource of 43 million tonnes and confirmation that the Bowen Coking Coal project is able to produce a low-ash, high-quality coking coal. ...

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Dec 11, 2020
Caterpillar launches new hydraulic excavator

Caterpillar launches new hydraulic excavator

The new Cat 335 next-gen hydraulic excavator boasts the tightest tail swing radius in the industry, according to the manufacturer. The new 335 features increased stick and bucket cylinder sizes to provide 15 per cent greater digging forces to power through hard ground and asphalt. Hydraulic power is increased by 20 per cent to boost productivity. Yet Caterpillar says fuel consump...

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