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Sep 16, 2020
Mackay region hospital upgrades on the cards

Mackay region hospital upgrades on the cards

The State Government is funding business cases for the expansion of the Mackay Base Hospital and redevelopments at Bowen and Moranbah hospitals to strengthen public healthcare in the region. The announcement came after the Queensland Resources Council this week urged the State Government to prioritise the upgrade of Moranbah Hospital for local residents and industry, including mining operation...

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Sep 16, 2020
TECH looks to ‘zero waste’ outcome for NQ plant

TECH looks to ‘zero waste’ outcome for NQ plant

Townsville Energy Chemicals Hub proponents have entered a memorandum of understanding with James Cook University for work hoped to see the project become world’s first ‘zero waste’ nickel /cobalt production facility. Pure Minerals subsidiary Queensland Pacific Metals said the initial focus of the research program would be the leach residue produced at the planned battery chem...

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Sep 16, 2020
Major machinery auction closing Thursday

Major machinery auction closing Thursday

More than 100 items of drilling, mining, quarry machinery and heavy equipment are going under the hammer in an online auction this Thursday. Lloyds Auctions says the equipment is owned by a Coffs Harbour company holding a downsizing clearance sale this week. It includes dozers, loaders, tractors, crane borer trucks, service trucks and tippers.  Lloyds Auctions chief operating office...

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Sep 16, 2020
Extra voice in Australian contractors lobby group

Extra voice in Australian contractors lobby group

Australian Owned Contractors (AOC) has welcomed specialist rail infrastructure company Martinus as a member of the group, which aims to fight for a fairer deal for homegrown mid-tier contractors on major public projects. Martinus delivers medium to large scale rail infrastructure and systems across the country and in New Zealand, with current projects including Adani’s Carmichael Rail N...

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Sep 15, 2020
Upgrade on the way for Peak Downs Highway stretch

Upgrade on the way for Peak Downs Highway stretch

The Australian and Queensland governments have unlocked $18 million in funding to upgrade the Peak Downs Highway between Mackay and Eton, paving the way for construction to begin later this year. Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the road between Mackay and Eton had a reputation for being dangerous and the Federal Government’s 80 per cent funding was going a long way in mak...

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Sep 15, 2020
BHP details billions spent in Australia

BHP details billions spent in Australia

BHP has injected more than $33 billion into the Australian economy in the past financial year. The company’s latest economic contribution report showed this included about $11.2 billion in taxes, royalties and other government payments during the year. In Queensland, where BHP operates a raft of Bowen Basin coal mines, the company paid $919 million in taxes and royalties. Nationwi...

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Sep 15, 2020
Pilot well planned next month at Project Venus

Pilot well planned next month at Project Venus

Drilling contractor Silver City has been selected to drill the first CSG pilot well at Project Venus, within the Surat Basin Walloon CSG fairway. The Venus pilot drilling and set up is planned for October,  with the subsequent production test expected to continue into early 2021.  Project Venus joint venture partner Strata-X said the proposed production test would help model and ...

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Sep 15, 2020
Radar technology tops state engineering awards

Radar technology tops state engineering awards

SSR-Omni by GroundProbe has been announced as the Queensland’s top Engineering Excellence Award winner and Sir William Hudson Award finalist. The slope stability radar technology is used for monitoring and detecting movement and potential collapses across open-cut mines and tailings dams. In 40 seconds, it scans 360 degrees and takes 37 million measurements in a 11.2km diameter, sh...

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Sep 15, 2020
Barminco wins $140m Dugald River extension

Barminco wins $140m Dugald River extension

Hard-rock underground mining specialist Barminco has secured a $140 million contract extension to carry out production and development work at MMG’s Dugald River mine. Barminco has been operating at the Dugald River site, 65km north-west of Cloncurry, since 2012. In addition to a number of amended conditions, its contract variation extends the term of the contract by 18 months to 31 Decem...

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