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Dec 10, 2018
Castle Hill concepts revealed

Castle Hill concepts revealed

Zip lines and a projection light show are among the proposals in a new Castle Hill Concept Plan for Townsville. Townsville City Council engaged a project team – including Counterpoint Architecture and Milford Planning – to put together the plan, a Townsville 2020 Masterplan project. The aim is to make Castle Hill more entertaining for locals and offer more commercial opportunities. Mayor...

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Dec 10, 2018
Internet boost for regional centres

Internet boost for regional centres

Regional Queensland is set to benefit from a decision by the Government aimed at boosting internet connectivity throughout the state. The Government has announced it will use 6000km of state-owned fibre optic cable to boost internet connectivity and potentially lower prices for more than 600,000 businesses and households around Queensland. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Government w...

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Dec 08, 2018
Duplication contract goes to Fulton Hogan/SMEC

Duplication contract goes to Fulton Hogan/SMEC

A Fulton Hogan-SMEC joint venture has been awarded a contract for the $74.99 million Capricorn Highway duplication project. The project will widen more than 5km of the highway between Rockhampton and Gracemere from two to four lanes. An average of 187 direct jobs is expected to be supported over the life of the project. Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the co...

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Dec 08, 2018
Milestone for $1.6b highway project

Milestone for $1.6b highway project

The western section of the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC) has opened to traffic in a key milestone for the $1.6 billion infrastructure project. Federal Infrastructure Minister Michael McCormack said the completion of work on the western section meant motorists could enjoy a new drive between Cranley and the Gore Highway before Christmas. “This is fantastic news for res...

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Dec 07, 2018
Coal export value continues to climb

Coal export value continues to climb

Coal has propelled the value of Queensland’s exports to almost $80 billion, up almost 10 per cent from October last year, the latest ABS figures show. Queensland Resources Council chief executive Ian Macfarlane said the figures showed coal recorded the highest increase in value during October, for the 23rd month in a row. “For the last two years, coal exports have been the anchor for Queensland’s ...

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Dec 07, 2018
Green light for $300m Sun Metals expansion

Green light for $300m Sun Metals expansion

Sun Metals Corporation (SMC) has announced it will go ahead with a $300 million expansion of zinc refinery operations in Townsville. The expansion is expected to create 350 jobs during construction, and up to 100 ongoing jobs covering refinery, transport and logistics opportunities. Sun Metals’ refinery expansion is expected to commence immediately and will likely be completed by the first half of...

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Dec 06, 2018
Management body offers more CQ training

Management body offers more CQ training

The Australian Institute of Management (AIM) is providing more opportunities for Central Queensland people to upskill in the region. AIM says it recognises the need for local industry to upskill, train and retain talent in the current competitive labour market, and the expanded range of courses for 2019 will reduce their training costs by eliminating the need for flights, accommodation and down ti...

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Dec 06, 2018
Builders face greater financial scrutiny from January 1

Builders face greater financial scrutiny from January 1

Tradies working in the building and construction sector will have greater protection from the impact of company collapses under new financial reporting requirements from January 1, 2019.. Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said the new laws were a key element of the Palaszczuk Government’s landmark security of payment measures. “This is the next step in delivering a comprehensive suite of securit...

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Dec 06, 2018
Hundreds of new permanent roles on offer at CQ mines

Hundreds of new permanent roles on offer at CQ mines

BHP is recruiting for about 350 permanent jobs at the Caval Ridge and Daunia coal mines in Central Queensland after setting up a new Operations Services unit. A company spokesman said the new organisation had been created within BHP to accelerate productivity improvements and reduce its use of labour hire workers,assisting to build long-term capability. A recruitment and information page for Opera...

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Dec 05, 2018
Queensland mineral exploration grows

Queensland mineral exploration grows

The amount of mineral exploration in Queensland grew during the September quarter, according to figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. While mineral exploration expenditure fell in New South Wales by 21 per cent, by 8.6 per cent in Victoria and 17 per cent in Tasmania, it rose in Queensland by 21 per cent, in South Australia by 7.6 per cent and in Western Australia by 3 per cent. The AB...

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Dec 05, 2018
Report focus on regional mining jobs

Report focus on regional mining jobs

Permanent work opportunities for locals is among the key recommendations to help regional communities benefit from mining in a government report handed down this week. Federal Member for Dawson, George Christensen, said the report, Keep it in the Regions: Mining and Resource Industry Support for Businesses in Regional Economies, could revolutionise regional centres if the recommendations were adop...

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Dec 05, 2018
Miners have chance to cash in

Miners have chance to cash in

Almost $2 million is available to encourage explorers to uncover minerals in remote, resource-rich north-west Queensland. Mines Minister Anthony Lynham told the Queensland Exploration Council that 15 new exploration projects, powered by 12 companies, would be bolstered by the latest round of State Government exploration grants. As well, the Government is opening tenders to explore 672sq km of new ...

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Dec 05, 2018
Pipeline business case tender out this month

Pipeline business case tender out this month

The Federal Government is expected to call for tenders next week for the business case for Stage 2 of the Haughton Pipeline Duplication Project and to award the contract early in the new year. The information came from Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack and Dawson MP George Christensen. The Federal Government has committed up...

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Dec 05, 2018
Carmichael coal jobs coming online

Carmichael coal jobs coming online

Adani Mining is seeking expressions of interest for a range of roles linked to the $2 billion Carmichael coal project in central Queensland. It comes after chief executive officer Lucas Dow announced in Mackay last week that Adani Group had committed to financing the project 100 per cent and construction and operation of the mine would now begin. Meanwhile the Environmental Defenders Office Queens...

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Dec 04, 2018
Project to give business a helping hand

Project to give business a helping hand

A major project aimed at helping businesses in the Hinchinbrook region has commenced. The Hinchinbrook Shire Council said this week the Hinchinbrook Business Resilience Project would assist local businesses in their efforts to recover from major flooding earlier this year. Mayor Ramon Jayo said the project was a direct response to the March floods. “Our community took a hit earlier this year with ...

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Dec 03, 2018
Workforce walk-off at Townsville stadium site

Workforce walk-off at Townsville stadium site

Scores of workers have walked off Townsville’s NQ Stadium construction site today. It comes after the CFMEU on Friday issued a statement saying that Watpac had proven itself unfit to continue as lead contractor of the $300 million project. CFMEU state secretary Michael Ravbar said the patience and goodwill of workers and subcontractors on the project had been exhausted, and the government mu...

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Dec 03, 2018
Government welcomes improved payment terms

Government welcomes improved payment terms

The Federal Government has welcomed the decision by a number of mining companies to introduce 30-day payment terms for contractors and businesses. However, it said it would not rule out putting legislation in place to ensure all companies improved their payment terms. The Government’s Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources Committee handed down its report into mining today and said one ...

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Dec 03, 2018
Native title agreement reached on gold mine

Native title agreement reached on gold mine

Laneway Resources has cleared the final hurdle in its bid to gain a mining lease for the Agate Creek gold mine near Kidston in North Queensland. In an announcement to the ASX, Laneway Resources said it had reached a native title agreement with the Tatampi Puranga Aboriginal Corporation, which represents the area’s traditional owners, the Ewamian people. “The native title agreement reco...

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