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Aug 19, 2019
Mastermyne to acquire Wilson Mining Services

Mastermyne to acquire Wilson Mining Services

Mackay’s Mastermyne Group is taking over underground specialist Wilson Mining Services for $7.6 million. Mastermyne chief executive officer Tony Caruso said the services WMS provided were a smart bolt-on to complement and enhance the Mastermyne offering. “WMS is a highly specialised underground business that has a niche service offering predominately in the longwall ground conso...

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Aug 18, 2019
New faces for peak professional group

New faces for peak professional group

The Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland has announced three new appointments. Dr Maureen Hassall has been appointed as the Board’s academic representative, succeeding Dr Nagaratnam Sivakugan. Maureen Hassall. She is an Associate Professor from the University of Queensland and director of UQ R!SK. She has a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Master of Business Administration (MBA...

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Aug 17, 2019
Hayman back in business after $135m rebuild

Hayman back in business after $135m rebuild

The Intercontinental Hayman Island Resort was officially opened on Friday afternoon, with the revamped destination expected to pump $120 million into the Whitsundays economy every year. It is one of three Whitsundays island resorts to re-open in 2019, joining Daydream Island Resort and Elysian Retreat, Long Island. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Mulpha Group and some 440 workers had...

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Aug 16, 2019
Industry rolls up in record numbers for safety event

Industry rolls up in record numbers for safety event

A record number of mining industry representatives are expected to join this year’s Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference on the Gold Coast. Queensland Resources Council chief executive Ian Macfarlane said more than 900 people would attend the conference starting on Sunday – the largest cohort in the event’s 31-year history. “It has been overwhelming t...

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Aug 16, 2019
Bumper response from would-be apprentices

Bumper response from would-be apprentices

Hastings Deering has received a record 2177 applications for its 2020 apprentice intake after closing applications last week. The mining and construction support company opened applications for 75 positions in July for four weeks, with over 1000 applications in the first week. This 2020 total is an increase of nearly 30 per cent on the 2019 apprentice intake application figures. Hastin...

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Aug 16, 2019
Green light for 140-room resort development

Green light for 140-room resort development

Whitsunday Regional Council has given the green light to a 140-room hotel development at Funnel Bay, near Airlie Beach. The Funnel Bay Resort is being developed by Well Smart Funnel Bay Development. In addition to 140 suites, it would include an indoor play area, function pavilion, outdoor theatre, cafe and restaurant. The council said the development was approved because it complied wi...

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Aug 16, 2019
Greenpower takes on NQ gold project

Greenpower takes on NQ gold project

Perth-based Greenpower Energy has acquired a package of former gold mines in North Queensland in a deal with Q-Generate. The new owner says Camel Creek, Golden Cup and Big Rush stopped operations in the 1990s when the gold price was below $US400 an ouncem compared with prices above $US1400 now. The combined mines – known as the Golden Ant gold project – produced more than 150,00...

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Aug 15, 2019
Tobruk pool redevelopment contract announced

Tobruk pool redevelopment contract announced

Local contractor Jackson + Semler has won the contract to redevelop the Tobruk Memorial Baths in Townsville and is expected to start work early next month. The project is expected to support 120 jobs, according to Townsville City Council. Townsville Deputy Mayor Les Walker said awarding the construction tender to a local company helped ensure profits remained within the city. “Jackson...

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Aug 15, 2019
Councils team up for $40m garbage deal

Councils team up for $40m garbage deal

A joint procurement exercise by Isaac and Central Highlands councils has culminated in a $40 million kerbside collection contract for Cleanaway Waste Management. Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker said current contract arrangements would expire in October and the councils undertook a joint procurement activity to replace two separate contracts. “This is about bringing a better deal a...

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Aug 15, 2019
Land deal to expand Ayr Industrial Estate

Land deal to expand Ayr Industrial Estate

Burdekin Shire Council has agreed to purchase a 14.23ha parcel of land to expand the Ayr Industrial Estate by about 45 lots. Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the land purchase was a ‘shot in the arm’ for industrial development in the Shire, providing a stimulus to drive economic growth and jobs in the Burdekin. “We know that there are local businesses wanting to expand their operations and b...

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Aug 15, 2019
Inspectorate releases early findings on coal mine fire

Inspectorate releases early findings on coal mine fire

The Queensland Mines Inspectorate says it is yet to conduct any interviews with key personnel as investigations continue into events surrounding the underground fire at North Goonyella coal mine last year. “At this time, persons of interest have exercised their right under the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999 not to be interviewed by the inspectorate unless compelled by law to do ...

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Aug 15, 2019
Industry briefings to tap $14.5b transport spend

Industry briefings to tap $14.5b transport spend

The State Government says regional Queensland will see 13,500 jobs generated by $14.5 billion in road and transport spending in the next four years. It has launched into a series of industry briefings o help local businesses tap into those opportunities, including events planned for Townsville and Toowoomba on August 22, Mackay on August 30 and Rockhampton on September 4. All up the State G...

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Aug 15, 2019
Gladstone apprentice tests skills on world stage

Gladstone apprentice tests skills on world stage

Gladstone Ports Corporation electrical apprentice Anthony Cobb sets off for Russia today for the 45th WorldSkills International competition. The 21-year-old will represent Australia in the competition’s electrical installations category from August 22-27. Mr Cobb, who was selected as a member of the Australian Skillaroo team in April, said intensive training camps and a great support net...

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Aug 15, 2019
Mt Freda continues to shine in Ausmex drill campaign

Mt Freda continues to shine in Ausmex drill campaign

Ausmex Mining is continuing to strike high-grade gold mineralisation at its Mt Freda project near Cloncurry. Recent drilling had delineated more than 75m of continuous down dip, high-grade mineralisation at the Shamrock mine, the company said. Shamrock is one of 10 historic gold mines within an area of the Mt Freda complex dubbed the Golden Mile. “The recent drilling results contin...

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Aug 15, 2019
Council rolls out $3m in Magnetic Island works

Council rolls out $3m in Magnetic Island works

Townsville City Council is investing more than $3 million into Magnetic Island infrastructure projects. Infrastructure Committee Chair Cr Mark Molachino said the work included almost $1 million for the Horseshoe Bay Water Recycling Facility. “The plant has been in use since 2006 so we will be replacing or upgrading equipment,” he said. “We are also renewing the Nelly Bay Reserv...

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Aug 14, 2019
Council approves new waste recycling facility for Cairns

Council approves new waste recycling facility for Cairns

Cairns Regional Council has approved the design and construction of a new Material Recovery Facility, which should slash the amount of waste ending up in landfill. The upgraded recycling facility will be capable of processing up to 25,000 tonnes per annum (15 tonnes per hour) and service Cairns and the broader Far North Queensland region for the next 10 to 15 years. Re.Group, an Australian...

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Aug 14, 2019
Cracking start for $31.5m gallery construction

Cracking start for $31.5m gallery construction

Demolition works have begun at the site of the new $31.5 million Rockhampton Art Gallery on Quay St. Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the Rockhampton Art Gallery would be relocated from its current outdated facility on Victoria Parade and become the main feature of the new cultural precinct in the city’s CBD. Rockhampton-based Woollam Constructions has been appointed t...

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Aug 14, 2019
Black Spot project funding boost for Rockhampton

Black Spot project funding boost for Rockhampton

Rockhampton has scored a roadworks injection of almost $3 million across three projects under the Federal Government’s Black Spot Program. It came as Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Minister Michael McCormack announced an additional $10.4 million for Queensland under the program’s 2019/20 funding round, taking it to almost $23 million. Work on Spiegelhauer R...

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