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Apr 23, 2019
An ANZAC Day tribute with a  twist

An ANZAC Day tribute with a twist

Many Australian families have an ANZAC Day story. Three of my uncles and an Aunty served in the AIF during World War Two. There were many stories from their contribution. This one stands out. In 2000, my wife and I were about to have our first child and bought a house on the northern beaches of Townsville. The next door neighbours were having a garage sale and we took the opportunity to ...

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Apr 23, 2019
Isolation in the workplace

Isolation in the workplace

The Australian mining boom was fuelled by fifo workers. So much so, that it is the way of life for many thousands of staff and contractors and the preferred employment option for most owners. It’s problem are well commented. Now the U.S. is experiencing the same syndrome of isolation and loneliness in ‘remote’ workers. That’s referring not to thousands of kilometres...

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Apr 23, 2019
Wreck shows mining was a WW2 enemy target

Wreck shows mining was a WW2 enemy target

A recent discovery has shown how disruption of mining industry activity was the target of enemy actions during World War Two. The CSIRO research vessel Investigator has located the wreck of a freighter in Bass Strait carrying Manganese ore. The SS Iron Crown, a 100m long ore freighter, was hit by a Japanese torpedo on 4 June 1942 and sank within 60 seconds according to the CSIRO. SS I...

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Apr 23, 2019
Port lends a ‘helping sand’ for Rowes Bay beach

Port lends a ‘helping sand’ for Rowes Bay beach

Beach sand from the mouth of Ross River will be transferred to Rowes Bay next month as part of Townsville’s monsoon recovery effort. Townsville City Council and Port of Townsville are working together to restore the Rowes Bay Esplanade, the beach and pedestrian access paths which were affected by the monsoon. Townsville Local Recovery and Resilience Group chairman Les Walker said th...

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Apr 23, 2019
All that glitters is gold for Laneway Resources

All that glitters is gold for Laneway Resources

Laneway Resources Limited is celebrating the first gold pour from the Sherwood deposit at its Agate Creek project in North Queensland. The company said Sunday’s gold pour had come within 10 weeks of it being granted a lease by the State Government over the project,  about 40km south of Forsayth. It said the gold pour comprised three doré bars weighing about 22kg and consisting o...

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Apr 23, 2019
ALP plans NAIF reform

ALP plans NAIF reform

Federal Labor has announced plans to replace the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) with a new fund to help build infrastructure projects like gas pipelines across Queensland and the Northern Territory.     Four years after the $5 billion NAIF was first announced by the Abbott Government, not a single cent has yet been spent in Queensland, the ALP says.    “Labor’...

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Apr 22, 2019
Billion dollar bonanza tipped for gold producers

Billion dollar bonanza tipped for gold producers

It’s going to be a big year for gold producers. Falling costs and firming gold prices should bring a bonanza according to S&P Market Intelligence. They summed it up in this statement: “Uncertainty over global growth, trade wars, the Federal Reserve’s cautious outlook on interest rates and recent Mergers and Acquisitions (M and A) deals have lifted interest in gold ...

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Apr 22, 2019
Adding fire to the nuclear debate

Adding fire to the nuclear debate

The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has fired up the nuclear energy debate. It was ‘the’ time to end the discriminatory treatment of nuclear energy by repealing the ban said MCA CEO Tania Constable. “Nuclear energy provides 11 per cent of the world’s electricity which is low cost, zero emission and available 24/7,” Ms Constable said. “That is why n...

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Apr 22, 2019
Coal conflict turns dark

Coal conflict turns dark

Mine owners and unions have called on former Greens leader Dr Bob Brown to immediately repudiate reported claims from supporters of his anti-jobs tour that liken coal industry jobs to Nazis working in gas chambers during the Holocaust. It’s come from Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane and CFMEU Mining and Energy Queensland District President Stephen Smyth who sai...

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Apr 22, 2019
Upgrade to a piece of Olympic history

Upgrade to a piece of Olympic history

A tender for the upgrade of the Townsville’s Tobruk Memorial Baths has been released. The swimming pool facility was one of the training sites for the 1956 Australian Olympic Team. The refurbishment for the Tobruk pool will include decommissioning the existing 50-metre and toddler pools. The Tobruk Memorial Baths redevelopment is a major commitment Council made as part of the almos...

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Apr 22, 2019
Old MacDonald had a film, years and years ago

Old MacDonald had a film, years and years ago

To say that mining entrepreneur Alexander MacDonald lived an interesting life would be one of the great understatements. As Townsville-based historian Colin Hooper reveals, MacDonald was involved in mining and filmmaking, and quite a bit in between. “My interest in Alexander MacDonald was piqued by being told in Chillagoe in the 1980s about the world premiere of an Australian film which w...

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Apr 21, 2019
Laneway gold pour expected next week

Laneway gold pour expected next week

Laneway Resources is expected to pour the first gold from its Agate Creek project this week. (21 Apr) The project is located about 40kms south of Forsyth in Far North Queensland. Agate Creek Mineralisation The first ore from Agate Creek was fed into the crushing circuit at Maroon Gold’s Processing Plant at Charters Towers late last week (Sat 20 April). The initial processing closely...

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Apr 20, 2019
Graduate engineers sought for major firm

Graduate engineers sought for major firm

Queensland energy company CS Energy is recruiting for its 2020 intake of graduate engineers to work across its business. Four roles are available and are open to university students graduating in 2019, as well as recent graduates, with Bachelor degree qualifications in electrical, mechanical or mechatronics engineering. Chief executive officer Andrew Bills said CS Energy’s two-year graduate...

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Apr 19, 2019
Galilee coal ban Bill hits stumbling block

Galilee coal ban Bill hits stumbling block

The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed a bipartisan Parliamentary Committee’s recommendation to reject legislation proposing a ban on coal mining in the Galilee Basin.QRC chief executive Ian Macfarlane said the legislation was written by the Greens to write off future jobs, investment, exports and royalties for all Queenslanders. “I urge all Members of Parliament to vote against this B...

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Apr 18, 2019
Gladstone port gets ready to welcome yachts

Gladstone port gets ready to welcome yachts

Gladstone Ports Corporation will have a major role to play in this year’s Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race, which starts tomorrow. GPC acting chief executive officer Craig Walker said they were proud to provide the venue for Gladstone’s Easter celebrations, including being the finish line for the annual race. “Facilitating the installation of a temporary 100m pontoon at O’Co...

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Apr 18, 2019
Indigenous company hopes to shine with Collinsville power plant

Indigenous company hopes to shine with Collinsville power plant

The Brisbane-based indigenous energy company behind a 1000-megawatt hybrid power plant in North Queensland hopes construction on the project can begin within the next 18 months. Shine Energy said it was committed to helping Australia transition to a renewable future with the construction of the power plant at Collinsville. When finished, the Dhalgan Energy Park will be Australia’s first ...

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Apr 18, 2019
Project Atlas to fuel CSR manufacturing plants

Project Atlas to fuel CSR manufacturing plants

Senex Energy has sealed a sales deal which will see gas from its Project Atlas development used to manufacture building products in Queensland. The agreement to provide up to 3.25 petajoules (PJ) of natural gas to south-east Queensland manufacturer CSR Limited represents the first domestic gas contract from Project Atlas, 20km south-west of Wandoan. CSR will use the gas in its three south-...

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Apr 18, 2019
Politicians face Adani ‘acid test’ as business community demands answers

Politicians face Adani ‘acid test’ as business community demands answers

The business community has challenged local politicians and candidates to declare their support towards the immediate opening of the Galilee Basin for coal mining. Townsville Enterprise has partnered with the Queensland Resources Council and 20 North Queensland businesses to issue an open letter declaring ‘enough is enough’. It is addressed to all local Members of Parliament, ca...

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