Stories

Nov 20, 2019
The earth scientists’ playlist

The earth scientists’ playlist

CSIRO is in fine form tying popular culture to its research. The music promotion is out of Western Australia’s Curtain University and all in fun. Do you have any suggestions to add the playlist put together by Dr Mark, ‘The Rock Doc’ Pearce’s playlist. Click here. ...

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Nov 20, 2019
Deal brings forward major regional transport spending

Deal brings forward major regional transport spending

A $1.9 billion funding deal has been announced to fast-track road and rail projects throughout Queensland. Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk released details of the agreement today, which will see spending brought forward on projects including Stage 2 of the Mackay Ring Road, the Rockhampton Ring Road, and Stage 5 of the Cairns Southern Access works. The Morris...

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Nov 19, 2019
Adani makes headway on Abbot Point upgrades

Adani makes headway on Abbot Point upgrades

Adani is continuing major infrastructure upgrades at its Abbot Point Operations near Bowen, with a focus on controlling stormwater run-off. A considerable number of work packages were either completed or currently underway to improve water and environmental management as part of a three-year upgrade program, an Abbot Point Operations spokeswoman said. She said more than $15 million worth...

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Nov 19, 2019
Ernest Henry remains lowest-cost operator

Ernest Henry remains lowest-cost operator

By Ross Louthean The Ernest Henry copper-rich gold mining operation retained the crown of being the lowest cost all-in sustaining cost (AISC) gold producer in Australia and New Zealand in the September quarter. The quarterly Aurum Analytics survey, linked to PCF Capital, showed there were no dramatic changes in the top ranking performers, with the Ernest Henry underground mine maintaining a...

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Nov 19, 2019
State targets ‘new economy’ minerals

State targets ‘new economy’ minerals

The State Government has unveiled a $13.8 million investment package to tap into the ‘new economy’ minerals bounty in North and North West Queensland. In Mount Isa today, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the five-year package aimed to encourage new exploration, re-investigate old mines and probe geological information stores. “Global demand is set to soar for cobalt and rare earth ...

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Nov 19, 2019
Inspectorate suspends Eloise copper operations

Inspectorate suspends Eloise copper operations

The Queensland Mines Inspectorate has suspended underground operations at the Eloise copper mine in North West Queensland. The Department of Natural Resources and Mines said the mine was unable to provide information to the regulator to demonstrate that the risk to workers was at an acceptable level. “The safety of Queensland mine workers is paramount and our inspectors will continue ...

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Nov 19, 2019
Port steps up with $6m civil works spree

Port steps up with $6m civil works spree

Three infrastructure projects costing almost $6 million are now underway at Port of Mackay, including a large laydown and washdown area to support a growing mining machinery trade. North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) says the construction projects, under lead contractor Shadforth, are supporting up to 120 local jobs. NQBP chief executive officer Nicolas Fertin said a $2.9 millio...

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Nov 19, 2019
Sandvik rolls out new underground loader

Sandvik rolls out new underground loader

Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has launched a new 12-tonne capacity, heavy-duty flameproof underground loader. The manufacturer says the Sandvik LS312’s new certified diesel engine system has been designed to cut emissions and maintenance. “Our new Sandvik LS312 flameproof underground loader is full of new innovations designed to improve safety, minimise emissions, increase...

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Nov 19, 2019
Tenders called for new Ergon Cannonvale depot

Tenders called for new Ergon Cannonvale depot

Tenders are being called to build a new multi-million dollar Ergon Energy depot at Cannonvale. The Galbraith Park Drive development will include a new building, vehicle storage and wash down facilities. Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the construction would create opportunities for both workers and suppliers in the region and, when finished, would provide the ideal location for field...

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Nov 19, 2019
Strategy to lift North West’s economy

Strategy to lift North West’s economy

The State Government is putting $33.3 million behind a plan to boost the North West Queensland economy. The North West Queensland Economic Diversification Strategy Implementation Plan 2019–2021 sets out actions to deliver 13 diversification initiatives. State Development Minister Cameron Dick said it had been developed in consultation with local stakeholders and the community. “Thi...

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Nov 19, 2019
Bridge display to build engineering engagement

Bridge display to build engineering engagement

The world’s largest Lego Suspension Bridge is making an appearance in Melbourne in a bid to get more people to engage with engineering. The bridge was originally designed by the Institution of Civil  Engineers (ICE)  in the UK to celebrate their 200th year anniversary and is in Melbourne to be part of World Engineering Convention (WEC) and 100th year anniversary for Engineers Australia. ...

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Nov 18, 2019
Cloncurry lands drone testing deal

Cloncurry lands drone testing deal

The Cloncurry Airport will host a commercial drone flight testing facility as part of a raft of diversification initiatives for North-West Queensland. And the world’s largest aerospace group – The Boeing Company – is lined up to conduct the first trials. The State Government today announced it would invest $14.5 million in the first stage of the facility at Cloncurry –...

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Nov 18, 2019
Palmer in port spat over Yabulu refinery restart plans

Palmer in port spat over Yabulu refinery restart plans

Clive Palmer has taken a swipe at Port of Townsville over negotiations for a lease required to restart Yabulu refinery imports. And he flagged a public relations campaign by his company to highlight the ‘appalling acts of self-interested Labor politicians’. But Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey says Mr Palmer should drop his usual shenanigans of blaming t...

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Nov 18, 2019
State reveals detail on rail incentive scheme

State reveals detail on rail incentive scheme

The State Government has finalised guidelines around an $80 million incentive scheme for commercial freight users on the Mount Isa Line. In town for a Cabinet meeting, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk visited the Mount Isa Line today and said the Queensland Government’s investment would support the growth of the mining industry in the state’s north west. “As part of this year’s State ...

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Nov 18, 2019
Hi-tech survey sheds new light on Mount Isa mining

Hi-tech survey sheds new light on Mount Isa mining

Glencore has used LiDAR technology to gather comprehensive aerial imagery and topographic information from its Mount Isa Mines and George Fisher Mining operations. The airborne survey covered the general lease, production areas and tailings dams as well as Lake Moondarra and Rifle Creek. LiDAR, otherwise known as Light Detection and Ranging, is a remote sensing method that uses light in th...

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Nov 18, 2019
Mastermyne wins $250m  contract extension

Mastermyne wins $250m contract extension

Mackay-based Mastermyne Group has secured a contract extension worth $250-$300 million to continue its work at Anglo American mines at Moranbah for the next three years. The company today announced the renewal of the Moranbah Region Umbrella Contract, covering work at the Moranbah North and Grosvenor mines. It includes an option to extend for a further two years at Anglo’s discretion....

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Nov 16, 2019
CopperString highlights power plight

CopperString highlights power plight

High electricity prices are robbing North West Queensland of new investment despite its enormous mineral wealth, the proponent of the $1.5 billion CopperString transmission project warns. CopperString 2.0 founder and executive chairman John O’Brien was commenting in the lead-up to next week’s Queensland Cabinet visit to Mount Isa. He said industrial electricity prices in the Nor...

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Nov 15, 2019
Cloncurry Shire Council launches Innovation Forum

Cloncurry Shire Council launches Innovation Forum

Cloncurry Shire Council will hold its first Innovation Forum on Monday (November 18), with the aim of helping shape the region’s future with new ideas for development and sustainability. The idea was sparked in 2018 and, following the monsoonal trough flood event earlier this year, the council has been able to include the forum as part of its Disaster Recovery Plan. “People in our c...

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