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Feb 17, 2019
Floods build case for Tennant Creek rail option

Floods build case for Tennant Creek rail option

Floodwaters cutting off the North West Minerals Province from Port of Townsville for weeks should act as a prompt for the Federal government to dust off plans for a rail line to Tennant Creek, says economic development specialist Ross Muir. “It certainly raises the question – why doesn’t Queensland have a back door for its exports? The big advantage of this rail is that it would give...

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Feb 16, 2019
Flood delegation seeks economic assistance

Flood delegation seeks economic assistance

A regional delegation will travel to Canberra next week to fast-track an economic recovery following the recent unprecedented flooding event in Queensland’s north and north-west. Mayors and representatives from the North Queensland and North West Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils, MITEZ, Queensland Resources Council and AgForce will join Townsville Enterprise on the trip, star...

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Feb 16, 2019
JV to start early works for Kidston hydro project

JV to start early works for Kidston hydro project

Genex Power has entered an agreement with the McConnell Dowell/John Holland joint venture to immediately start early works on the 250MW Kidston pumped storage hydro project. Genex said the agreed program of works would accelerate development of the project ahead of financial close, expected in the first quarter of this year. It will focus on work surrounding hydraulic design and related ac...

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Feb 15, 2019
Road wreckage gradually revealed after flooding

Road wreckage gradually revealed after flooding

Large sections of the Flinders Highway between Richmond to Julia Creek remain inundated and inaccessible today. State Transport Minister Mark Bailey said this included a section of the highway between Julia Creek and Nelia, still covered by flood waters over a metre deep on Thursday. “The expanse of land that has been covered by water is incredible,” he said. “We expect the...

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Feb 15, 2019
Review complicates Adani mine plans

Review complicates Adani mine plans

Adani has written to the State Government expressing its concern after a review the Government commissioned found the company’s plan to protect an endangered bird found near its proposed Carmichael mine site was inadequate. The review, carried out by University of Melbourne conservation ecologist Brendan Wintle, suggested that Adani’s plan did not go far enough in protecting the bl...

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Feb 14, 2019
No end in sight for North West’s rail cut

No end in sight for North West’s rail cut

Queensland Rail says it still can’t estimate how long the rail line connecting North-West Queensland’s mining operations with the Port of Townsville will be cut. Chief executive officer Nick Easy said the Mount Isa Line between Cloncurry and Hughenden, and many surrounding communities and roads, continues to be impacted by extensive flood waters. “Recovering the Mount Isa Line for our...

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Feb 14, 2019
Infrastructure Australia releases project hit list

Infrastructure Australia releases project hit list

Infrastructure Australia has released the 2019 Infrastructure Priority List, presenting a $58 billion project pipeline to guide investment. New Queensland entries on the list include M1 Pacific Motorway capacity (Eight Mile Plains to Tugun), Broadbeach–Burleigh Heads public transport connectivity, Centenary Motorway capacity and Warrego Highway east corridor improvements. “The 2019 ...

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Feb 14, 2019
Skills Map points the way for mining future

Skills Map points the way for mining future

Innovation, people and skills, plus technological advances, will deliver a more globally competitive minerals sector, according to the Minerals Council of Australia. MCA chief executive officer, Tania Constable, said the result would be an increase in fulfilling careers in highly paid, high-skilled jobs. Ms Constable said today’s release of professional services firm EY’s Skills Map f...

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Feb 14, 2019
New findings beef up $1.4b Sconi project’s prospects

New findings beef up $1.4b Sconi project’s prospects

Australian Mines has delivered good news on two fronts for its $1.4 billion Sconi project near Greenvale in North Queensland this week. Updated estimates for the cobalt-nickel-scandium project have increased the mineral resources tonnes by 63.2 per cent for the project’s Greenvale deposit and 94.6 per cent for Lucknow. The Greenvale nickel deposit’s in-situ material now stands at 24...

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Feb 14, 2019
Statement outlines resources sector’s potential

Statement outlines resources sector’s potential

The Federal Government’s release of a National Resources Statement will reinforce Australia’s position as a global leader in the resources sector, according to Minister for Resources Matthew Canavan. Senator Canavan said the statement outlined how the Government would attract investment, develop new resources and markets and share the benefits of success with more regional communities...

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Feb 13, 2019
Labor unveils plans to advance mining sector

Labor unveils plans to advance mining sector

Labor today announced a Future Mines and Jobs Plan which it said would kick-start the discovery of new mines and generate new jobs. In a statement it said Australia was blessed with the geological bounty to continue to lead the world.  “Despite this, two thirds of potential deposits remain undiscovered because they reside deeper than previous technology could explore. These place...

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Feb 13, 2019
Green light for Gladstone biofuels project

Green light for Gladstone biofuels project

Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett today welcomed news US company Mercurius will be proceeding with a pilot plant biorefinery in the Central Queensland city. Mercurius has commenced detailed design of the pilot biorefinery and will begin construction in months after securing State Government funds. The pilot plant will be the trial site for jet fuel and diesel production from agricultural...

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Feb 13, 2019
Queensland engineering body welcomes NSW reforms

Queensland engineering body welcomes NSW reforms

The Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland has welcomed New South Wales Government reforms to the building industry, including the introduction of registration for engineers working in the sector. The reforms were announced in response to a report into building industry regulation prepared by Chancellor of Western Sydney University, Peter Shergold, and lawyer Bronwyn Weir, which identif...

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Feb 13, 2019
Licence awarded for Atlas  gas processing plant

Licence awarded for Atlas gas processing plant

Queensland’s first “domestic-only” gas supply has moved a step closer, with a licence awarded to start construction of a gas processing plant near Wandoan on the Western Downs. Mines Minister Anthony Lynham said today the State Government had issued a petroleum facility licence allowing Jemena to build a plant to process gas from Senex Energy’s Project Atlas in the Surat Basin. ...

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Feb 13, 2019
Scheme to encourage faster payment times to small businesses

Scheme to encourage faster payment times to small businesses

Large and small businesses will help design the Federal Government’s new business payments reporting scheme to encourage fairer and faster payment times for small businesses. The scheme will cover 3000 of the largest businesses in Australia, including foreign companies and government entities. Minister for Small and Family Business, Michaelia Cash, said the Federal Government would co...

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Feb 13, 2019
Mighty Mackay METS sector on show

Mighty Mackay METS sector on show

Mackay’s engineering, industrial and technology sector is being promoted  in the nation’s capital this week as part of the Modern Mining Technology Showcase. The Canberra showcase is part of the Minerals Council of Australia’s Minerals Week 2019. Resource Industry Network, together with the Greater Whitsunday Alliance, is joining representatives from the local mining services sector inc...

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Feb 13, 2019
Help for small business to recover from flood event

Help for small business to recover from flood event

The State Government has opened a Small Business Recovery Centre in the Townsville CBD to help support those affected by the region’s extensive flooding. Employment and Small Business Minister Shannon Fentiman said the new centre offered a one-stop-shop where local small business operators could access advice and services from a range of organisations ready and willing to lend a han...

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Feb 12, 2019
Rail remains cut amid ‘unprecedented’ disaster for North West cattle country

Rail remains cut amid ‘unprecedented’ disaster for North West cattle country

Five agencies are working together to monitor and recover an inundated derailed train holding mineral products in North-West Queensland (pictured). Meanwhile Queensland Rail says the Mount Isa Line remains closed between Cloncurry and Hughenden, and the North Coast Line remains closed between Townsville to Ingham. It comes amid what Agforce chief executive officer Michael Guerin described...

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