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Sep 22, 2017
Lead contractor chosen for $200m Capricornia Correctional Centre expansion

Lead contractor chosen for $200m Capricornia Correctional Centre expansion

CPB Contractors has been named as managing contractor for the $200 million expansion of the Capricornia Correctional Centre, near Rockhampton. The work will deliver a minimum of 164 additional cells as well as increased prison industries and other upgrades to the centre. Construction is expected to commence in early 2018 and conclude in 2020. “I am pleased to announce CPB Contractors as the manag...

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Sep 22, 2017
Government cuts red tape for resort redevelopment

Government cuts red tape for resort redevelopment

The State Government has granted prescribed project status to a $100 million Hayman Island project and a $65 million refurbishment of Daydream Island as the Whitsunday region recovers from Tropical Cyclone Debbie. Tourism Minister Kate Jones said the move would allow the Coordinator-General to cut red tape, quickly progress development approvals and get the projects happening as soon as possible. ...

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Sep 21, 2017
Push to rein in mining company payment terms

Push to rein in mining company payment terms

Seven regional Queensland industry groups and economic development bodies have joined forces in a call for major mining houses review their payment terms for suppliers. In letters sent to the heads of major mining houses operating in regional Queensland, the group outlined the significant negative impact that 60-day payment terms have on the local supply chain. Resource Industry Network general ma...

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Sep 21, 2017
Townsville hosts key public works forum

Townsville hosts key public works forum

Sustainability will be the buzzword when a peak engineering group holds its State conference in Townsville next month. The Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, Queensland (IPWEAQ) will host the event at the Townsville Convention and Exhibition Centre, October 24-26. Chief executive officer Leigh Cunningham said the group was expecting 300 attendees. ‘Sustainability through inspired l...

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Sep 20, 2017
Focus on supply chain opportunities at GEA event

Focus on supply chain opportunities at GEA event

Adani general manager of business development Raj Guruswamy will be among the speakers highlighting more than $500 million worth of supply chain opportunities at the Gladstone Engineering Alliance Major Industry Conference. GEA chief executive officer Carli Homann said the conference was highly regarded as a key forum for current and future work opportunities, with 2017 marking the 14th year of th...

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Sep 20, 2017
First wave of wind farm cargo at Cairns

First wave of wind farm cargo at Cairns

Project freight for Ratch Australia Corporation’s $360 million Mount Emerald Wind Farm is starting to arrive in Cairns. The vessel Erna Oldendorff arrived at the Port of Cairns today carrying tower sections for the Atherton Tableland project. Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the components would be followed by many more, with an estimated 185,000 revenue tonnes of cargo to be delivered over the life of ...

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Sep 19, 2017
Monument dedicated to those lost in mining accidents

Monument dedicated to those lost in mining accidents

Workers who lost their lives in mining and quarrying accidents and disasters have been remembered with the unveiling of a dedicated monument at Redbank, Ipswich, during Queensland’s annual Miners Memorial Day Service. Every year on September 19 a service is held to mark the anniversary of the state’s worst mining disaster at Mount Mulligan, at which 75 miners lost their lives. “It is very fitting ...

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Sep 19, 2017
Current tenders for road works in regional Queensland

Current tenders for road works in regional Queensland

Offers are invited, from suitably prequalified contractors (R3 F15 minimum), for the construction of safety treatments and widening works on the New England Highway between Warwick and Stanthorpe. Works include unbound pavement construction, culvert extensions and replacement, sealing works, earth works and installation of guidance delineation. All works are to be constructed under traffic on a fu...

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Sep 19, 2017
Open state government construction tenders

Open state government construction tenders

Ergon Energy has issued a tender for the design, supply, installation and on-going maintenance of a standalone power supply at Bustard Heads. They have access issues in wet weather and during high tides. The current supply supports a lighthouse and visitor centre. Bustard heads is near the township of 1770 and located north of Bundaberg. Closing date is 11 October. Click here for more detail. Port...

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Sep 19, 2017
Fire at Mount Isa Mines

Fire at Mount Isa Mines

Surface operations at Mount Isa Mines suffered a partial power outage yesterday when an electrical transformer caught fire around 3pm. The Queensland Police Service and Queensland Fire and Emergency Service responded and the fire was extinguished about 6.30pm. A Glencore spokeswoman said this morning the operation was in the process of restoring power to surface operations. “Our underground ...

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Sep 18, 2017
Site works start for Ross River Solar Farm

Site works start for Ross River Solar Farm

Site preparation works are starting at the $225 million Ross River Solar Farm project, 20km south of Townsville, with construction expected to start by the end of the month. Project director Lyndon Frearson said priority tasks before construction were the creation of a new site road entry, installation of perimeter fencing and set-up of a site office and facilities for the construction team. Const...

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Sep 15, 2017
Industry gets behind R U OK? day

Industry gets behind R U OK? day

The Resource Industry Network was among the many organisations throughout Queensland to mark R U OK? Day this week, hosting a Mackay breakfast for more than 130 resources industry representatives. “It was fantastic to see the industry turn out in support of R U OK? Day” RIN general manager Adrienne Rourke said. “Suicide prevention is of the upmost importance for our industry and we are committed t...

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Sep 14, 2017
SAB wins Bauxite Hills mining contract

SAB wins Bauxite Hills mining contract

Metro Mining has awarded the mining contract for the operation of the Bauxite Hills mine to SAB Mining, a private Queensland mining services company which also provides services for the Sonoma coal mine in the Bowen Basin. This finalises the awarding of all major contracts for Bauxite Hills, 100km north of Weipa, where construction commenced in July and mining operations are on schedule to begin i...

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Sep 14, 2017
Marine industry precinct planned at Bundaberg

Marine industry precinct planned at Bundaberg

Gladstone Ports Corporation and Pacific Tug have entered into an agreement to designate vacant land at the Port of Bundaberg for a marine industry precinct. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the development would create more than 400 in construction phase alone. “My Government is determined to develop the infrastructure and deliver the services to regional Queensland.  Through the publicly...

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Sep 13, 2017
Tips for doing business with the big end of town

Tips for doing business with the big end of town

Emerald-based businesswoman and keen blogger Bronwyn Reid has added ‘author’ to her credentials with a new book drawing on her experiences in dealing with larger corporations. Small Company, Big Business is aimed at small business owners who are looking to start taking on contracts with the big end of town. “This is part of the growth path for any small business that wants to move out of the strug...

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Sep 13, 2017
Queensland construction kicks off for $800m pipeline

Queensland construction kicks off for $800m pipeline

Jemena says it is bringing hundreds of new jobs to the Mount Isa region as it begins the Queensland leg of the $800 million Northern Gas Pipeline (NGP) project. Attending a sod-turning ceremony in Mount Isa, Jemena managing director Paul Adams said the NGP would strengthen the state’s already vibrant gas industry. “The NGP will not only help to solve the east-coast gas crisis by bringing much-need...

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Sep 12, 2017
Adani plans 2017 start for Moranbah solar build

Adani plans 2017 start for Moranbah solar build

Adani plans to start work on the first stage of its $200 million Rugby Run solar farm at Moranbah by the end of the year, following a development approval by Isaac Regional Council. Adani Renewables chief executive officer Jennifer Purdie said preparatory work, including cultural heritage surveys and engineering design, had commenced and orders for critical equipment were being secured. “This is a...

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Sep 11, 2017
Thalanga zinc comes online as prices soar

Thalanga zinc comes online as prices soar

Red River Resources announced today that production has commenced at its Thalanga zinc project south-west of Charters Towers. Red River has offtake agreements in place with Trafigura for the Thalanga zinc and lead concentrates and with Glencore for copper concentrate over the first three years of production. “The start of production at the Thalanga zinc project, ahead of schedule and under budget,...

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