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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 Tech...

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Jul 28, 2020
New Century still working on Goro mine deal

New Century still working on Goro mine deal

New Century Resources says it is making significant progress in evaluating technical and commercial aspects of its potential acquisition of the Goro nickel and cobalt operation. The Goro operation includes a mine, processing facility and port located on New Caledonia, a French territory. The successful acquisition would result in New Century, which operates Queensland Century zinc site, be...

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Jul 14, 2020
How Defence does it – education

How Defence does it – education

Mining and Defence have a lot in common. Both can be technical exercises, both require high levels of skills and enormous logistics. Like mining, the action for soldiers, sailors and air force members is very rarely close to home. In the second of this series we look at the services offered to ADF families to help educate children. What can the mining industry learn? Defence recognis...

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Jul 08, 2020
Resilient regional Queensland – comment

Resilient regional Queensland – comment

Craig Stack is a long time Townsville businessman who has contributed on a number of levels including as president of the Chamber of Commerce. As a partner in Knight Frank, Craig has an eye on the bellweather property industry which he’ll be reporting from in regular blogs for iQ Industry Queensland. In this first contribution, Craig notes how well regional Queensland has managed the pand...

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Jul 06, 2020
Trade diversification at the Port of Weipa

Trade diversification at the Port of Weipa

North Queensland Bulk Ports has assisted the kick-start of mineral sands exports from Port of Weipa in Far North Queensland. NQBP recently supported Clear Logistics Australia to facilitate the export of up to 70,000 tonnes of mineral sands. Two shipments have made their way to China in recent months since Clear Logistics Australia sought the opportunity discovered at Urquhart Point, on the ...

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Jun 22, 2020
Drilling for work and lifestyle opportunities

Drilling for work and lifestyle opportunities

Greek philosopher Socrates, somewhere around 400BC, said ‘beware the bareness of the busy life’.  General manager of Eagle Drilling NQ Sally Forgan draws on that sentiment by adopting the ‘work hard, rest easy’ philosophy. That’s more easily done in Charters Towers, where the surface exploration drilling company bases its operations, she says. The ‘Towers’ is one of the ol...

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Jun 19, 2020
Resource blow for Evolution at Mount Carlton

Resource blow for Evolution at Mount Carlton

Evolution Mining has been forced to drop about 75,000 ounces of gold from its Mount Carlton life of mine plan. It follows an extensive grade control infill program of 204 drill holes (33,000m) to update the North Queensland site’s resource block model. Evolution is now looking at ways to maximise the future value of the asset, including work on the nearby Crush Creek Joint Venture pro...

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Jun 17, 2020
High-riding Hino with increased power

High-riding Hino with increased power

The new Hino 500 Series GT 1528 promises better power and torque, higher axle capacities, larger GVM and an increased payload. The new model features standard fitment of the Allison 2500 Series true automatic transmission. “Given the challenging conditions in which the GT 4×4 operates, the Allison automatic allows the driver to concentrate on safely traversing the terrain without t...

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Jun 17, 2020
A mining ghost town writ large in living memory

A mining ghost town writ large in living memory

A recently published ‘biography’ of the North West Queensland uranium mining centre of Mary Kathleen has breathed new life into what is now a ghost town. ‘Mary Kathleen Reflections’ is written by retired geologist Andrew Cuthbertson whose first days in the mining industry in 1981 were among the last for the on-again, off-again operation.   Geologist and author Andr...

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