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Jul 21, 2017
Queensland junior bullish on bauxite

Queensland junior bullish on bauxite

Demand for bauxite is on the rise, with China forecast to boost imports by 51 per cent by 2025, says Metallica Minerals chief executive officer Simon Slesarewich. Metallica is poised to commence its direct shipping ore operation on Cape York this quarter, pending receipt of its mining lease. The Urquhart operation is expected to produce 1.5Mtpa per annum of ore, but Metallica is keen to add furthe...

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Jul 21, 2017
Teck wins Cloncurry exploration tender

Teck wins Cloncurry exploration tender

Teck Australia has won the tender to explore 102sq km near Cloncurry in an area prospective for zinc, lead and silver. Teck Australia is a  a wholly-owned subsidiary of Canada’s Teck, one of the world’s biggest producers of base metals as well as specialty metals such as germanium, indium and cadmium. Queensland Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the latest development came in the wake of...

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Jul 21, 2017
North-West blueprint off track says Katter

North-West blueprint off track says Katter

The State’s new blueprint has failed to tackle the burning issues that will define the future of the North West Minerals Province in the short to medium term, says Member for Mount Isa Robbie Katter. Mr Katter has welcomed the commitments to foster regional mineral exploration in the strategy released this week. But he said there was a strong level of disappointment that the issue of rail and ener...

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Jul 20, 2017
Local government supply opportunities

Local government supply opportunities

Rollers, electrical work and drain construction are among the latest batch of local government supply opportunities throughout regional Queensland. For more information on any of the tenders below visit lgtenderbox.com.au TYPE COUNCIL TENDER Opening Closing Request for Tender Winton Shire Council Supply of Multi tyred rollers 11-Jul-17 2/08/2017 Request for Tender Bulloo Shire Council T2017...

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Jul 20, 2017
Deadline looms for freight strategy input

Deadline looms for freight strategy input

Final submissions are being called for the National Freight and Supply Chain Inquiry discussion paper. Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester said stakeholder input was essential to ensuring Australia could best take advantage of the growing freight task. “This inquiry, which will feed into the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy, will ensure Australia can meet the nee...

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Jul 20, 2017
Realm Resources works to outfox the coal cycle

Realm Resources works to outfox the coal cycle

New owner Realm Resources has overseen a $15 million civil works program to set the Foxleigh pit up for the next eight to 10 years of mining, on behalf of the Foxleigh joint venture. But managing director Glen Lewis believes the company can push the coal operation’s life out even further as it invests in exploration efforts on a 57,000ha tenement package that stretches from Curragh North to Middle...

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Jul 20, 2017
New head for Queensland Exploration Council

New head for Queensland Exploration Council

Former Queensland chief government geologist Brad John has taken over from Geoff Dickie as chair of the Queensland Exploration Council (QEC). Queensland Resources Council chief executive Ian Macfarlane said Dr Dickie had steered the organisation through some challenging times, demonstrating strength of character and unwavering dedication over seven years. “He never hesitated in providing his exten...

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Jul 19, 2017
Port of Bundaberg celebrates a ‘first’

Port of Bundaberg celebrates a ‘first’

The Port of Bundaberg welcomed its first shipment of gypsum today, marking the start of the production of plasterboard at the new $70 million Knauf manufacturing plant. Ports Minister Mark Bailey said this was a significant milestone for the port. “The arrival of MV Poavosa Wisdom VIII marks the first major import of dry bulk product for the Port of Bundaberg,” Mr Bailey said. “Not only does this ...

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Jul 19, 2017
Blueprint to bolster North West Minerals Province

Blueprint to bolster North West Minerals Province

A new North West Minerals Province strategic blueprint to stimulate exploration investment and job creation has been welcomed by the Queensland resource industry’s peak body. It includes more than $30 million worth of measures including large-scale geological surveys to identify new commercial deposits, a four-year program to support exploration in greenfield and high-risk areas and red-tape...

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Jul 19, 2017
User-friendly tool for truckers

User-friendly tool for truckers

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has released a new chart showing 39 common heavy vehicle combinations, with details about weight limits, length and vehicle classes.   NHVR National Harmonisation manager Matthew Bereni said the Common Heavy Freight Vehicle Combinations chart would assist operators to understand some of the key conditions required to access the road network.   “This is a user-f...

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Jul 19, 2017
Hann Highway upgrades kick off

Hann Highway upgrades kick off

Works officially kicked off today on a $53.32 million Kennedy Developmental Rd (Hann Highway) improvement project between Mount Garnet and Hughenden. The upgrades, including sealing and widening works, are vital for economic development in the region, according to Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester. “This is one of the key projects being delivered through the Australian G...

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Jul 18, 2017
Boost for $640m Ingham bio-energy proposal

Boost for $640m Ingham bio-energy proposal

North Queensland Bio-Energy Corporation has hailed a State Government funding commitment as “a breakthrough” for its planned $640 million sugar-based renewable energy project at Ingham. NQBE chairman Robert Carey said the $1.17 million funding stemmed from the Queensland Government’s Bio-futures Industry Development Fund. “It is the final piece of the jigsaw puzzle for the project in that it will ...

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Jul 18, 2017
Gear up for Gladstone council works

Gear up for Gladstone council works

Gladstone Regional Council will roll out more than $100 million worth of capital works projects this financial year and is looking to give local businesses a leg-up in securing that work via a briefing next week. Aimed at designers, contractors and suppliers, the Capital Works 2017-18 Information Session will be held at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre on July 27 from 10am until noon....

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Jul 18, 2017
BPEQ beefs up enforcement arm

BPEQ beefs up enforcement arm

The Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland (BPEQ) has boosted its Legal, Compliance and Investigations Unit with the appointment of a third legal officer and a second investigator. Registrar Kylie Mercer said the new appointments would benefit the public and the profession and help maintain high standards of engineering in Queensland. BPEQ registrar Kylie Mercer. “Most engineers are qualif...

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Jul 18, 2017
Cairns Convention Centre set for $176m makeover

Cairns Convention Centre set for $176m makeover

This is a glimpse of what the Cairns Convention Centre might look like after a planned $176 million overhaul. Treasurer and Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt unveiled initial draft concept drawings this week based on design work by Cox Architects. “We are massively expanding the capacity and potential of the Cairns Convention Centre as part of the revival of our CBD to ensure it’s a legacy that will...

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Jul 17, 2017
Environmental approval for $650m dam

Environmental approval for $650m dam

SunWater’s proposed Nathan Dam on the Dawson River has received environmental approvals. The dam is part of the Nathan Dam and Pipelines Project, aimed at providing long-term, reliable water supplies to mining, power, urban and agricultural customers in the Surat Basin and the Dawson-Callide region of central Queensland. The project is expected to cost $1.19 billion (based on 2012 figures) ...

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Jul 17, 2017
Capricorn Copper finalises funds for mine restart

Capricorn Copper finalises funds for mine restart

Capricorn Copper has signed an agreement with BNP Paribas for $45 million to complete funding of its copper mine restart in north-west Queensland. The company expects the mill to start turning in October as it hits the final straight in its $110 million project to bring the former Mount Gordon copper operation back online. Capricorn Copper chairman Owen Hegarty said signing the BNP facility repres...

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Jul 17, 2017
Concrete progress on Bill Fulton Bridge

Concrete progress on Bill Fulton Bridge

The last of the concrete will be poured this week as construction of the $34.2 million Bill Fulton Bridge project nears completion on the on Cairns Western Arterial Road. With the bridge structure soon complete, crews would turn their attention to pavement works on the bridge approaches and Brinsmead Road intersection, Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said. When complete, the projec...

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