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Feb 17, 2016
Safety conference calls for papers

Safety conference calls for papers

Organisers of the Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference have put a call out for papers to be considered for presentation at the August event. It is being held at Jupiters on the Gold Coast. That’s a departure from Jupiters in Townsville, now called The Ville, which had been the default venue. The closing… This content is for iQ Coal, iQ Civil, iQ Geo, iQ Miner’s Life...

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Feb 16, 2016
Alarm on mining future as geo jobs decline

Alarm on mining future as geo jobs decline

Job prospects for professional geoscientists remain on a downward slide according to Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG) research. The group has voiced particular concern about the impact that reduced mineral and energy exploration work will have on the sector’s project pipeline. The unemployment rate amongst Australian geoscientists at the end of 2015 was 18.7 per… This content is ...

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Feb 16, 2016
CQ sell-off planned as Anglo abandons coal assets

CQ sell-off planned as Anglo abandons coal assets

Key Bowen Basin operations including Moranbah North and Grosvenor have been earmarked for sale as mining giant Anglo American backs away from coal. The company today announced the details of wide-ranging measures aimed at lifting cash flows and reducing net debt, while tightening the group’s focus on a core portfolio of diamond, platinum group metals… This content is for iQ Coal, iQ Civil, ...

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Feb 15, 2016
Lonely day for FIFO workers on the job

Lonely day for FIFO workers on the job

Valentine’s Day last Sunday highlighted an aspect of being a subcontractor that can create a great deal of stress … working for weeks on end in remote locations far away from loved ones. The internet has brought a level of intimacy to special occasions like Valentine’s Day but it is no substitute for being in… This content is for iQ Coal, iQ Civil, iQ Geo, iQ Miner’s Life, iQ Industry...

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Feb 15, 2016
Man on a mission

Man on a mission

The chairman of the national Subcontractors Alliance, Les Williams, was planning his retirement when the Walton Construction company collapsed owing millions in late 2013. Rather than wait in the queue to get a portion of the $696,000 his WK Civil company was owed, he has taken up the fight on behalf of all subcontractors, writes… This content is for iQ Coal, iQ Civil, iQ Geo, iQ Miner̵...

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Feb 15, 2016
First national small business ombudsman

First national small business ombudsman

Small businesses and subcontractors have a new avenue to air their grievances against the ‘big end of town’ with the creation of Australia’s first small business and family enterprise ombudsman. The position has been filled by Kate Carnell, the former head of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a small business owner in… This content is for iQ Coal, iQ Civil, iQ Geo, iQ Mine...

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Feb 15, 2016
Subcontractors make a stand

Subcontractors make a stand

A fortnightly electronic bulletin is now being circulated across the state and farther afield in New South Wales, the ACT, Victoria and South Australia to keep subcontractors abreast of what is happening in their industry. “There are about 90,000 subcontractors in Queensland alone and we want as many of them as possible reading the newsletter… This content is for iQ Coal, iQ Civil, iQ Geo, ...

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Feb 15, 2016
Large field of engineers in election race

Large field of engineers in election race

Sixty one registered professional engineers (RPEQ) are standing for election to the Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland (BPEQ). BPEQ registrar Kylie Mercer said there was unprecedented interest in the 2016 election and a strong field of candidates vying for the position of RPEQ representative. “We have not seen this level of interest in the… This content is for iQ Coal, iQ Civil, ...

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Feb 15, 2016
Spotlight on security of payment

Spotlight on security of payment

Subcontractors across Queensland have an opportunity to provide input into a State Government Security of Payment discussion paper. A road show rolled into Nambour and Maroochydore on January 28 with Housing and Public Works Minister Mick de Brenni in attendance to explain the purpose and aims of the discussion paper. By the time the road… This content is for iQ Coal, iQ Civil, iQ Geo, iQ M...

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