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Jun 15, 2019
Funding for new Bowen conference centre

Funding for new Bowen conference centre

A $4 million conference and cultural centre is planned for Flagstaff Hill at Bowen, supported by funding from Queensland’s Building our Regions (BoR) program. The project has secured $2 million from BoR, $1 million from Whitsunday Regional Council, and $1 million from the Queensland and Commonwealth Government’s jointly funded Tourism Recovery Fund. State Development, Manufacturing, I...

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Jun 15, 2019
Sandvik launches new rotary blasthole drill

Sandvik launches new rotary blasthole drill

The latest rotary blasthole drill from Sandvik delivers a single-pass capacity of 21m/69ft, the longest single-pass mast in its class. The DR416i is designed to improve efficiency and deliver dependable penetration in the world’s harshest mining conditions Constructed for large diameter (406 mm/16 in) rotary drilling, the Sandvik DR416i is automation-ready and scalable. The manufactur...

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Jun 14, 2019
Start your engines

Start your engines

The machinery is in motion at Adani’s Carmichael mine site after the Queensland Government this week finalised environmental approvals for the $2 billion coal mine and rail project. However climate activists have vowed to keep fighting, with Frontline Action on Coal staging a demonstration in Townsville today. It came after Adani Mining received advice on Thursday from the Queensland...

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Jun 14, 2019
Terms of reference out for $1b tourism project

Terms of reference out for $1b tourism project

The Queensland Government has released draft terms of reference for the proposed North Queensland Country Club Resort and Equestrian Centre’s environmental impact statement (EIS). State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Minister Cameron Dick described it as an important milestone for the $1 billion project, north-west of Townsville. “The proposed country club wi...

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Jun 14, 2019
Industry call to hold off on gas royalty hike

Industry call to hold off on gas royalty hike

The Queensland Resources Council has called on the Palaszczuk Government to delay the implementation of any gas royalty increase to January 1 next year.  The 25 per cent increase in gas royalties on domestic and export gas would damage industry viability and increase costs to the electricity and domestic processing and manufacturing sectors, QRC chief executive Ian Macfarlane said. “Of particula...

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Jun 14, 2019
QRC welcomes royalty freeze pledge from LNP

QRC welcomes royalty freeze pledge from LNP

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed a commitment from the LNP State Opposition for a 10-year royalties freeze. It said the LNP had also promised added certainty in the approvals process, which will support future investment and jobs in the resources sector, particularly in regional Queensland. QRC chief executive Ian Macfarlane said the pledge sent an important signal to inves...

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Jun 13, 2019
‘Tick and flick’ approval spells disaster, says ACF

‘Tick and flick’ approval spells disaster, says ACF

Queensland’s ‘tick-and-flick’ approval for Adani’s groundwater plan may spell disaster for the environmentally and culturally significant Doongmabulla Springs, the Australian Conservation Foundation says. “Today’s announcement looks like a plan to monitor the destruction of the springs,” ACF chief executive officer Kelly O’Shanassy said. She said the Palaszczuk Government...

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Jun 13, 2019
Carmichael construction cranks up after approval

Carmichael construction cranks up after approval

Construction activity will ramp up steadily in coming weeks at the Carmichael coal site, Adani Mining says. Major contract announcements for the next stage of works will start rolling out within days. Chief executive officer Lucas Dow said preparatory activities such as finalising contracts, mobilising equipment, recruitment and completing inductions were being carried out initially. &#...

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Jun 13, 2019
Galilee Basin growth spurt to ride on ‘historic’ decision

Galilee Basin growth spurt to ride on ‘historic’ decision

News of the final environmental approval being signed off for construction of the Carmichael mine marks an historic day for Queensland, says federal Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan. “It has been more than 50 years since a new coal basin has opened in Queensland. so this development is of huge importance to the economic future of Queensland,” Senator Cana...

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Jun 13, 2019
Sconi mine life tipped to  run beyond 30 years

Sconi mine life tipped to run beyond 30 years

An updated outlook for the Sconi cobalt-nickel-scandium project in North Queensland is predicting a 30-years-plus mine life and revenue exceeding $13 billion. Australian Mines announced an updated mine plan, ore reserve estimate and financials to the ASX today. It came after the company announced yesterday that it would be undertaking, by way of a prospectus, a share purchase plan to raise ...

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Jun 13, 2019
Adani wins long-awaited approval for work at Carmichael coal project

Adani wins long-awaited approval for work at Carmichael coal project

Queensland’s Department of Environment and Science has today approved Adani’s Groundwater Dependent Ecosystem Management Plan (GDEMP) for the Carmichael coal project. It said Adani had submitted its most recent version of the plan, addressing the department’s feedback, yesterday. The GDEMP was the final environmental management approval required for Adani to begin significant mining ...

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Jun 13, 2019
Green light from council for Carmichael infrastructure agreement

Green light from council for Carmichael infrastructure agreement

Isaac Regional Council has today approved the terms of an Infrastructure Access Agreement relating to the proposed Carmichael Mine and associated rail network. It is one more approval proponent Adani can tick off as it awaits a State Government decision today on a groundwater management plan critical to allowing the start of construction at the Galilee Basin coal site. The Infrastructure A...

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Jun 13, 2019
Extra leases granted as Resolute eyes larger scale expansion at Ravenswood

Extra leases granted as Resolute eyes larger scale expansion at Ravenswood

The Queensland Government has granted a further three mining leases to allow Resolute Mining to advance its Ravenswood Expansion Project (REP). It comes as Resolute works towards completion of a strategic review of the project, with a Final Investment Decision on the REP expected during the second half of 2019. Resolute managing director and chief executive officer John Welborn said he wa...

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Jun 12, 2019
Long road back from Cyclone Debbie damage

Long road back from Cyclone Debbie damage

Isaac roads and waterways damaged by Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie have been restored after two years of work funded under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). “Eighty-five per-cent of Isaac’s road network was damaged after Debbie,” Mayor Anne Baker said. “After an extensive amount of work, pure people power helped to rebuild the roads as part of a $50.1 million w...

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Jun 12, 2019
Port shines light on rail freight terminal plans

Port shines light on rail freight terminal plans

Construction of a $48 million rail freight terminal at Townsville is expected to start by July next year. Port of Townsville has revealed further details of the ‘Pit to Port’ rail freight initiative as it welcomed Budget funding for the changes this week. The State Government has pledged $30 million for a new common-user rail freight terminal in a raft of measures to aid miner...

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Jun 12, 2019
Surface miners make the cut for civil works

Surface miners make the cut for civil works

You don’t have to be in mining to make good use of surface miners, according to Vermeer. Originally used for selective ore extraction in the mining industry, surface miners are now being utilised regularly in civil applications due to their power to cut through hard rock at depths of around 50cm at a time, says Vermeer Australia general manager of sales Jeff Lawson. Civil application...

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Jun 12, 2019
Legal setback on Adani water scheme

Legal setback on Adani water scheme

Adani has hit a legal setback in the federal arena on the eve of a Queensland Government deadline to finalise approvals for its Galilee Basin coal mine site. The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) has won a Federal Court appeal against the assessment of Adani’s North Galilee Water Scheme, with the Federal Government conceding the case, admitting it failed to consider public submissions...

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Jun 12, 2019
Proserpine set for $27m revamp

Proserpine set for $27m revamp

Four infrastructure projects costing more than $27 million are set to roll out at Proserpine from the second half of 2019. Whitsunday Regional Council said the town’s main street would change dramatically, with a $3.8 million landscaping upgrade book-ended by construction of the $10 million Proserpine Administration Building and $10.9 million Proserpine Entertainment Centre. Stage 1 ...

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