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Feb 26, 2020
Nominations open for key   Mackay METS sector awards

Nominations open for key Mackay METS sector awards

METS sector companies in the Mackay region are being encouraged to throw their hats in the ring for the upcoming 2020 Resource Industry Network (RIN) Awards. Nominations are open until April 17 and RIN is urging businesses to take the time to prepare their nominations for the seven categories on offer. Last year’s Striving for Diversity category winner, Deslie Halliday from Mackay Convey...

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Feb 26, 2020
Coal quality tampering allegations spark probe

Coal quality tampering allegations spark probe

Bowen Basin coal miner TerraCom has blasted as ‘unfounded’ allegations filed in an unfair dismissal case that it was involved in a scheme producing fake analysis of coal samples. The case has also prompted testing service ALS to launch an independent, forensic investigation into the processes applied to the certification of coal samples by staff employed within the ALS Coal busines...

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Feb 26, 2020
Airport redevelopment work rolling out in Townsville

Airport redevelopment work rolling out in Townsville

Builder Lendlease is progressing with roof work and CES Civil has won a services contract as infrastructure upgrades get underway at Townsville airport. Townsville Airport reached financial close in December on a $50 million loan from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund (NAIF) for a major redevelopment project. Townsville Airport chief operating officer Kevin Gill said the infrastruc...

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Feb 26, 2020
Win for Queensland inland road network campaign

Win for Queensland inland road network campaign

The ‘strategic inland Queensland road network’ has been named as a nationally significant priority in a major win for regional councils. The project has made Infrastructure Australia’s 2020 Infrastructure Priority List. It follows lobbying by Regional Development Australia Townsville and North West Queensland (RDA), the Inland Queensland Roads Action Project (IQ-RAP) and 34 f...

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Feb 26, 2020
Million-dollar mission for new economy minerals

Million-dollar mission for new economy minerals

Almost $1 million has been awarded to explorers in a funding round focused on ‘new economy minerals’ in North and North West Queensland. Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said a record number of exploration companies had taken up the State Government’s call to hunt for the minerals needed for advanced electronics and renewable technologies. “From an unprecedented 61 bids, sev...

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Feb 25, 2020
Surface zinc signatures flag underground metal deposits

Surface zinc signatures flag underground metal deposits

Metallic blue crusts in soils and on termite mounds hold great potential as signposts for mineral explorers, according to newly released research. A CSIRO study in the southern Pilbara region used advances in sample analysis to show how the manganese crusts displayed unique zinc signatures indicating the presence of other base metals in the surrounding area. The manganese crusts are also fo...

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Feb 25, 2020
Paradise phosphate project on the market

Paradise phosphate project on the market

The former Paradise phosphate project in North-West Queensland is on the market, with the owners now in liquidation. Legend International Holdings/Paradise Phosphate are seeking offers for the portfolio of tenements through KordaMentha. The tenements were at the centre of a $1.7 billion-plus proposal by the ‘Diamond’ Joe Gutnick-led Legend International Holdings to develop pho...

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Feb 25, 2020
BMA scheme puts students in touch with technology

BMA scheme puts students in touch with technology

A new education partnership will put technology at the forefront of learning in 18 Bowen Basin schools, reaching more than 6000 students. BMA’s Bowen Basin Bright Minds was launched in Moranbah this week. BMA Asset President James Palmer said the $5 million program was developed following community feedback that skills and training in technology-focused areas were critical in makin...

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Feb 25, 2020
Second port access open after $2.9m construction

Second port access open after $2.9m construction

Port of Mackay’s second access way, Gudyara Rd, is open to the public after a $2.9 million construction effort. The 500m road extends from Edmund Casey Dr to Slade Point Rd and is expected to create further development opportunities as well as imporving access. North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation chief executive officer Nicolas Fertin said construction of Gudyara Rd, carried out by Q...

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Feb 25, 2020
Curragh coal expansion plans on track

Curragh coal expansion plans on track

Coronado Global is steaming ahead with its plans to expand Curragh mine saleable coal production to 15Mtpa by 2023. In its annual report released today the company said it had secured additional port capacity for Curragh, as well as executing agreements with Aurizon and Pacific National for additional rail haulage services to support accelerated expansion of the operation. The Blackwater di...

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Feb 25, 2020
State grants special status to fast-track vanadium mine

State grants special status to fast-track vanadium mine

Plans for a $470 million vanadium mine near Julia Creek have received another shot in the arm, with the State Government declaring it a prescribed project. The news comes just two months after the Federal Government granted major project status to the Saint Elmo project, helping fast-track its development in line with its goal of positioning Australia as a key global player in critical mineral...

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Feb 25, 2020
New health hotline to address mine dust disease

New health hotline to address mine dust disease

A new one-stop health support service for current and former mine and quarry workers is being launched in Queensland. A new lung disease hotline – 1300 445 715 – will kick off on March 2. WorkCover Queensland chief executive officer Bruce Watson said the Mine Dust Health Support service was an extremely positive step forward in tackling the impact these diseases could have on worker...

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Feb 25, 2020
Soldiers train in 3D printing for parts on-demand

Soldiers train in 3D printing for parts on-demand

The Australian Army is turning to cutting-edge metal 3D printing technology for parts production on the go. The Army is involved in a $1.5 million pilot trial in partnership with SPEE3D and Charles Darwin University (CDU).  The 12-month venture will see 20 Darwin-based soldiers, mostly drawn from 1st Combat Service Support Battalion (1 CSSB), taught how to design and print parts using the...

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Feb 24, 2020
Western councils call for better road funds deal

Western councils call for better road funds deal

Outback councils are lobbying the Queensland Government for a road funding boost ahead of the 2020 State Budget. North West Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (NWQROC), Remote Planning and Development Board (RAPAD) and South West Queensland Local Government Association (SWQLGA) have formed the Western Queensland Alliance of Councils. The alliance covers almost 60 per cent of the s...

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Feb 24, 2020
International honours for Mackay region water

International honours for Mackay region water

Water from the Mackay region has claimed a silver medal at international tasting titles over the weekend. The water from the Marian treatment plant received just one vote less than the top drop at the 30th annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting in West Virginia yesterday. Named Ixom Best Tasting Water in Australia last year, the Marian mouthful was competing against waters f...

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Feb 24, 2020
‘Encouraging’ coal quality results from Hillalong  South

‘Encouraging’ coal quality results from Hillalong South

Bowen Coking Coal has reported positive results from initial quality tests on coal from the Hillalong South project, near Hail Creek mine in Bowen Basin. The company said raw coal quality results from samples taken in 2019 were very encouraging and in line with its expectations. . Exploration expenditure for Hillalong is covered under a farm‐in agreement where major Japanese corporation...

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Feb 23, 2020
LNP sets sights on mining automation

LNP sets sights on mining automation

The State Opposition has announced mining industry policies placing tighter controls on the sector’s roll-out of automation. Queensland LNP leader Deb Frecklington said she would not accept mining companies stripping jobs from regional communities and replacing them with remote-controlled operation centres in a capital city, interstate or overseas. She said an LNP government would re...

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Feb 22, 2020
Major tailings structure completed at Mount Isa

Major tailings structure completed at Mount Isa

An in-house team has completed construction of a 1.6km long, 15m tall tailings dam wall and spillway at Mount Isa Mines. The company said the west wall project was the largest to date to be performed in-house and completed by the Bulk Product Logistics Team at Glencore. The dam wall construction involved significant earthworks using around 400,000 cubic metres of material. Mount Isa Min...

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