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Apr 20, 2018
Waste saga continues in wake of Chinese clampdown

Waste saga continues in wake of Chinese clampdown

The Palaszczuk Government has pledged to work with councils and industry on a zero-waste future following Ipswich City Council’s decision to start dumpling recycling in landfill. It says it will bring forward the waste levy, incentivise the recycling industry to scale up and encourage waste-to-energy enterprises to set up in Queensland. Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch said that changes to...

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Apr 19, 2018
Mining sector jobs on the boil

Mining sector jobs on the boil

The mining, resources and energy sector leads the pack when it comes to job ad growth in Australia, according to figures released today by SEEK. Job ads in the sector were up 35 per cent in March compared to 12 months ago, while science and technology saw an increase of 20 per cent year-on-year and there was an 18 per cent jump in engineering roles up for grabs. For the second month in a row, SEEK...

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Apr 19, 2018
Townsville rail corridor funding row

Townsville rail corridor funding row

Townsville Enterprise has protested a State Government move to defer work on the Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor (TEARC) and divert funding elsewhere. “There is already a number of large-scale projects currently in the pipeline, dependent on the construction of the TEARC, with this decision now placing those projects and the potential jobs they would create in limbo,” Townsvill...

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Apr 19, 2018
NQ opportunities in $46m bridge project

NQ opportunities in $46m bridge project

Tenders will be released this month for a $46 million State Government project to replace 18 timber rail bridges between Townsville and Cairns. The work is expected to improve rail safety and longevity, while supporting up to 120 jobs for the local construction industry. Transport Minister Mark Bailey said Queensland Rail would host an industry briefing for local businesses in Townsville on April ...

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Apr 19, 2018
D-Day for Pulse Data Centre

D-Day for Pulse Data Centre

The FKG Group’s $40 million Pulse Data Centre will officially open in Toowoomba today. The first regional tier III data centre of its kind in Australia, Pulse Data Centre adds to the estimated $11 billion worth of developments under way in Toowoomba, enhancing the city’s attractiveness to global businesses. FKG Group executive chairman Gary Gardner said the data centre placed the Garden City in li...

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Apr 18, 2018
Ipswich ‘backed into a corner’ on recycling

Ipswich ‘backed into a corner’ on recycling

Ipswich City Council plans to call tenders by mid-year to bid on waste-to-energy projects. In the meantime it has announced that all contents from yellow lid recycle bins will be sent to landfill. It follows the “China National Sword” policy, which has seen the biggest destination for recycled materials from Australia curb further waste exports by imposing strict limits on the contamination of mat...

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Apr 18, 2018
Pembroke Resources in real estate buy-up

Pembroke Resources in real estate buy-up

Pembroke Resources has bought a 41,500ha parcel of grazing properties in central Queensland, where it is advancing its Olive Downs Coking Coal Project. The company has not disclosed the price it is paying Peabody Energy for the Iffley, Deveril and Twenty Mile properties. Pembroke Resources chief executive officer and managing director Barry Tudor described the deal as a demonstration of the compan...

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Apr 17, 2018
Fracking go-ahead boosts pipeline extension plans

Fracking go-ahead boosts pipeline extension plans

Northern Gas Pipeline developer Jemena has welcomed the Northern Territory Government’s decision to lift the moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, saying it will now press ahead with a multibillion-dollar extension project. The decision on ‘fracking’ followed an 18-month inquiry which found the risks associated with unconventional gas development could be mitigated to acceptable levels o...

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Apr 17, 2018
Digging deep for Queen’s Wharf

Digging deep for Queen’s Wharf

Probuild is due to begin excavation work within weeks on the largest inner-city hole in Queensland as work continues on the $3 billion world-class Queen’s Wharf project. About 450,000 cubic metres of soil and rock will be removed over the next two years to produce a 26m deep pit with a perimeter of more than half a kilometre in the Brisbane CBD. The pit will be dug where the Executive Building, 80...

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Apr 17, 2018
Coal giant on hunt for more CQ apprentices

Coal giant on hunt for more CQ apprentices

BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance will start recruiting in May for its 2019 apprenticeship program with a series of information sessions around central Queensland. In January 2018, BMA welcomed 40 new apprentices, its largest intake for several years, and BMA asset president Rag Udd said the business would be seeking a similar number of recruits for 2019. “Our operations continue to run at full pro...

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Apr 16, 2018
Mining starts at Bauxite Hills

Mining starts at Bauxite Hills

Metro Mining has started mining operations at its Bauxite Hills project, 95km north of Weipa. The company said the operation would have an output of around 2Mtpa, ramping up to a steady-state 6Mtpa over the first four years. Metro managing director and chief executive officer Simon Finnis said the Bauxite Hills mine would be a globally significant bauxite mining operation and would feed the ever-g...

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Apr 15, 2018
New chief for architecture profession

New chief for architecture profession

A well-known leader in the field of architecture has taken up a new post as Chair of the Board of Architects Queensland. Bruce Medek’s appointment also marks the end of an era, with Professor Susan Savage completing a 15-year tenure in the role. Housing and Public Works Minister Mick de Brenni paid tribute to Professor Savage’s invaluable experience in her five consecutive terms at the helm of the...

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Apr 15, 2018
Applications open for exploration credits

Applications open for exploration credits

On Monday (April 16) the Australian Tax Office will open applications for the first round of the Junior Minerals Exploration Incentive (JMEI). The JMEI is a tax credit arrangement which allows mineral exploration companies (with no mining income) to renounce and pass future tax deductions (losses) to their Australian resident investors for greenfields mineral exploration. The Association of Mining...

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Apr 14, 2018
First coal for Meteor Downs South

First coal for Meteor Downs South

The new Meteor Downs South mine, 45km south-east of Springsure, has produced its first coal. Minerva mine operator Sojitz Coal Mining developed the thermal coal mine in joint venture with U&D Mining. The milestone comes about six months after the start of on-site clearing and construction work. The truck and shovel operation is expected to produce about 500,000 tonnes per annum for the first t...

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Apr 13, 2018
Acciona wins lease for Aldoga solar venture

Acciona wins lease for Aldoga solar venture

Acciona Energy has been selected to transform 1250ha of state-owned land at Aldoga, Gladstone into a solar energy project. The $500 million project is set to support up to 240 construction jobs and 10 ongoing jobs, and the company has committed to policies giving preference to local sub-contractors and manufacturers. State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Minister Cameron Di...

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Apr 12, 2018
Tunnel works kick off near Toowoomba

Tunnel works kick off near Toowoomba

Queensland Rail’s tunnel floor lowering works have commenced in the Toowoomba region, led by Brisbane-based BMD Construction. And local businesses are confident experience on this project will position them for more work as the $10 billion Inland Rail project, connecting Melbourne and Brisbane, progresses. Eleven rail tunnel floors will be lowered throughout the Toowoomba Range and Little Liverpoo...

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Apr 12, 2018
Preparation is key for grants success

Preparation is key for grants success

Column by Mark Crawley Local governments in Queensland manage assets worth more than  $115 billion collectively across this great State and managing those assets requires good planning and good management. Community expectation is growing in relation to provision of new shiny items for their communities to increase livability and all of this comes at a cost, and in an environment where ratepayers...

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Apr 11, 2018
Major drill campaign at Eloise

Major drill campaign at Eloise

Minotaur Exploration and Oz Minerals have launched a 5000m drilling program at its Eloise joint venture south-east of Cloncurry. The work is testing conductive anomalies at ‘Jericho’, ‘Arlington’, ‘St Louis’, ‘Defiance’ and ‘Yukon’, all identified in 2017 along 10km of the Levuka Shear zone. These are close to the Eloise copper-gold mine. The Eloise JV is seeking Eloise-style copper-gold and Canni...

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