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Oct 19, 2018
Meet the man who wrote the book on mining maintenance

Meet the man who wrote the book on mining maintenance

When it comes to maintaining valuable mining equipment, Gerard Wood has a simple but successful theory. “It’s really not rocket science,” the 51-year-old managing director of Brisbane-based company Bluefield said. In fact, Mr Wood argues most maintenance issues can be fixed with a few simple changes. “In reality, maintenance should be a fairly smooth process and you can generally fix most issues b...

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Oct 19, 2018
Burdekin forum to showcase contract opportunities

Burdekin forum to showcase contract opportunities

Plans for an $11.5 million expansion to the Lower Burdekin Home for the Aged Ayr campus will be unveiled during an Industry Breakfast at the Burdekin Theatre next week. The development will be conducted in two stages and involves the construction of a two-storey building to accommodate a further 80 beds. “Lower Burdekin Home for the Age first revealed intentions to expand the site earlier this wee...

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Oct 19, 2018
Long, wide loads for Peak Downs mine

Long, wide loads for Peak Downs mine

National Heavy Haulage has completed a massive delivery to BHP’s Peak Downs mine, with five ultra-class Liebherr T 282 C dump trucks transported from Mackay. The 260-tonne mining trucks required police escort and road closures from Mackay to Peak Downs over five separate trips throughout the months of September and October. NHH general manager Ian Scott said they were some of the biggest loa...

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Oct 19, 2018
Dugald River delivers for MMG

Dugald River delivers for MMG

The Dugald River mine in North-West Queensland is continuing to deliver for MMG, which has upgraded its 2018 production forecast for the site. MMG yesterday announced its third quarter 2018 results from across the company’s operations,  producing 121,926 tonnes of copper and 57,595 tonnes of zinc. “The Dugald River ramp up continues to track ahead of schedule, with mining and milling rates a...

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Oct 18, 2018
Meteor impact crater yields ultra-rare mineral

Meteor impact crater yields ultra-rare mineral

Core samples taken near Shark Bay in Western Australia have yielded an ultra-rare mineral from what may be the largest-known meteorite impact crater in Australia, Curtin University researchers say. Reidite, which starts its life as the common mineral zircon, only forms in the incredible pressure of impact when rocks from space slam into the Earth’s crust. The Curtin University research, published ...

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Oct 18, 2018
Rocklands likely to remain offline a further two months

Rocklands likely to remain offline a further two months

Mining and processing operations will remain suspended at the Rocklands copper site in north-west Queensland while owner CuDeco undertakes a restructuring plan. This formal remedial program was expected to take a further two months to implement, the company said in a statement to the ASX this week. The directors were confident the operation would move forward in a profitable, fully-funded and sust...

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Oct 18, 2018
Cairns construction sector faces skills gap as work lifts

Cairns construction sector faces skills gap as work lifts

Construction Skills Queensland is urging FNQ industry to step up apprentice training in the face of an expected skills shortfall as the residential and commercial building sectors lift. “Our modelling suggests there is going to be as much as a 15 per cent shortage in labour next year – that will vary from trade to trade and time to time,” CSQ director – evidence and data Robert Sobyra said. ...

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Oct 17, 2018
CQ construction services company collapses

CQ construction services company collapses

Central Queensland construction services company the JM Kelly Group has gone into administration. The company has projects throughout Queensland and northern New South Wales, and employed about 230 people. Rockhampton Regional Council acting mayor Cherie Rutherford described news of the voluntary administration as deeply disappointing for the whole community. “This news is upsetting not just for t...

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Oct 17, 2018
New player in push for Townsville nickel-cobalt plant

New player in push for Townsville nickel-cobalt plant

ASX-listed Pure Minerals is moving to take control of a venture proposing to develop a processing plant in Townsville to produce nickel sulphate and cobalt sulphate for the battery industry. It has entered an agreement to take over Queensland Pacific Metals, whose management team cites decades of experience in the industry, including with Queensland Nickel and Gladstone Pacific Nickel. In an annou...

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Oct 17, 2018
Supply opportunities in local government

Supply opportunities in local government

From landfill construction to landslip repairs, fibre optic networks to footpaths, below is a range of tender opportunities with councils throughout regional Queensland.   Closing on Description Issued By Category Thu, 18 October 2018 11:00 AM FCRC007965: WBW 190 18/19 – Aubinville STP: Operations Building – Construction  Fraser Coast Regional Council Building and Facility...

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Oct 17, 2018
Rebecca ready to face-off top mines rescue crews

Rebecca ready to face-off top mines rescue crews

Moranbah North geotechnical engineer Rebecca Blines had never participated in a mines rescue competition before Queensland’s QMRS Memorial Competition in May. Now she finds herself preparing for the national underground rescue competition, one of two women tackling the challenge in what is believed to be a first. Ms Blines was part of an inexperienced composite team that placed second at the QMRS ...

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Oct 17, 2018
Solar support for north-west Queensland

Solar support for north-west Queensland

North-west Queensland is ideally placed to take advantage of any move towards solar energy as a viable form of electricity generation, according to Mount Isa mayor Joyce McCulloch. Cr McCulloch and deputy mayor Phil Barwick this week addressed the Australian Geoscience Council Convention in Adelaide and said it was time to take a good look at solar energy for northern Australia. “North-west ...

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Oct 17, 2018
Top award for Rockhampton’s Riverside project

Top award for Rockhampton’s Riverside project

Rockhampton’s Riverside project has been recognised with a prestigious landscape architecture award. Riverside, designed by Urbis, was the winner of an excellence award in the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects’ parks and open spaces category for 2018. Rockhampton acting mayor Cherie Rutherford said Riverside had added a sense of vibrancy to the city in the seven months it had been...

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Oct 16, 2018
Toowoomba council depot job out to tender

Toowoomba council depot job out to tender

Tenders have been invited for the design and construction of a Toowoomba Regional Council Principal Depot and SES headquarters at 24 Nass Rd in Charlton. Toowoomba Regional Council Environment and Community Committee chair Geoff McDonald said the project would deliver a modern facility with improved amenities and a safer, more efficient working environment for all council staff. “It will provide f...

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Oct 16, 2018
New mines needed, says geoscience expert

New mines needed, says geoscience expert

Innovation is the key to Australia continuing to tap into its mineral wealth, according to the general manager of Geoscience Australia’s minerals science program. Dr Richard Blewett told the Australian Geoscience Council Convention in Adelaide that while mining continued to be a key economic driver, northern and regional Australia still needed further discoveries to ensure economic survival....

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Oct 16, 2018
Second life urged for ageing mines

Second life urged for ageing mines

Australia’s resources sector has been urged to give ageing mines, like north-west Queensland’s Century operation, a second life as global demand and supply builds for some metals. Speaking at the inaugural Australian Geoscience Council Convention in Adelaide today, New Century Resources managing director Patrick Walta said such an approach could make “new” low-cost mining operations pr...

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Oct 16, 2018
Infrastructure projects outlined at conference

Infrastructure projects outlined at conference

More than 180 delegates from around Australia learnt about more than $3.5 billion worth of tenders available within the central Queensland supply chain recently. The delegates were filled in at the Gladstone Engineering Alliance’s Major Industry Conference on some of the major projects planned for the region. GEA acting chief executive officer Julie Gelder said the conference was highly rega...

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Oct 16, 2018
Engineering achievers recognised with awards

Engineering achievers recognised with awards

Derek Berg’s effort in elevating his family’s engineering business on to the international stage was recognised at the Gladstone Engineering Alliance’s annual awards recently. Mr Berg was added to the GEA Industry Hall of Fame in recognition of his outstanding work with Berg Engineering over the past 13 years. GEA acting chief executive officer Julie Gelder said it was a well-des...

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