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Jan 25, 2020
State gears up for major roadworks push

State gears up for major roadworks push

Queensland’s largest road upgrade program will get underway this year, the State Government says. Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said shovels would hit the ground in 2020 on major projects along the length of the Bruce Highway as well as on billions of dollars’ worth of upgrades for the M1, Capricorn Highway, Ipswich Motorway and Smithfield Bypass. He said more than 2...

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Jan 25, 2020
Construction’s most wanted in 2020

Construction’s most wanted in 2020

Industrial and civil construction in North Queensland is driving up demand for skilled tradespeople including electricians, plumbers and civil operators, recruitment business Hays says. The region is also seeing continued demand for civil engineers as it gears up for more construction projects. Hays Jobs Report for January to June 2020  covers the anticipated hot spots of skills in deman...

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Jan 24, 2020
Dugald River work rollout for 2020

Dugald River work rollout for 2020

A $2.5 million road upgrade program and an investment of about $6 million in diamond drilling are on the cards at MMG Dugald River this year. It comes as the North-West Queensland site continues to ramp up to become a 2Mtpa mine and follows an bumper December quarter, with 48,247 tonnes of zinc in zinc concentrate produced. General manager Sam Rodda said the operation would continue to work...

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Jan 24, 2020
Hastings Deering leader fights part-time prejudice

Hastings Deering leader fights part-time prejudice

Jo Best has a simple solution for attracting women to the resources and construction sectors: don’t make them choose between career and family. The Hastings Deering general manager for enterprise excellence is a finalist in the Exceptional Woman in Queensland Resources category of the 2020 Resources Awards for Women. Ms Best has fought long and hard to change the perception that if you w...

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Jan 24, 2020
Cash boost for Townsville Ring Road – Stage 5

Cash boost for Townsville Ring Road – Stage 5

An extra $50 million is being injected into the final phase of the 22km Townsville Ring Road project to help fix a known bottleneck. The Townsville Ring Road – Stage 5 funding boost will duplicate 6km of the Bruce Highway and deliver a new interchange at Beck Drive. It takes the investment in this stage of the project to $230 million. Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said ...

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Jan 24, 2020
Stanmore comes out swinging at Isaac Plains East

Stanmore comes out swinging at Isaac Plains East

World-class dragline performance has been credited for helping Stanmore Coal achieve strong results from its Isaac Plains complex near Moranbah last year. The site’s Bucyrus Erie 1370W dragline – owned by Stanmore and operated by Golding Contractors – moved 16.843m bcm in 2019, a 19 per cent increase from 14.149m bcm in 2018. During the last quarter of 2019, the dragline...

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Jan 24, 2020
Jobs bonanza in Queensland resources sector

Jobs bonanza in Queensland resources sector

More than 1000 mining and energy jobs are on offer in Queensland, with the majority promising a $100,000-plus pay packet. The Queensland Resources Council is highlighting the statistics in an appeal for jobseekers to consider the lucrative options in the state’s resources sector. QRC chief executive Ian Macfarlane said the resource sector was investing and expanding operations across...

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Jan 24, 2020
Trends in copper – 2020

Trends in copper – 2020

Copper is heading for another year of volatile prices, according to industry analysts Wood Mackenzie. But, in the absence of a major economic downturn, the general outlook is positive. What are the biggest trends to watch in the global copper market in 2020? Wood Mackenzie Principal Analyst Eleni Joannides sees five key themes: Copper prices – fundamentals vs sentiment Policies and ...

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Jan 23, 2020
Katter calls for CuDeco mining investigation

Katter calls for CuDeco mining investigation

Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter is calling for an inquiry into the dealings of failed Rocklands mine owners CuDeco. “We are calling for a forensic investigation and hope for once ASIC will make an effort to be a real watch dog instead of what they are universally recognised as, a lap dog,” the KAP leader said. Numerous sources had reported issues to his office involving the Cl...

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Jan 23, 2020
Mining’s most wanted in 2020

Mining’s most wanted in 2020

Recruitment business Hays has outlined the most sought-after trades and professions in Queensland mining as the industry hits another patch of high job vacancies. The increase in jobs in metalliferous and coal operations was seeing boilermakers and diesel mechanics flocking back to well-paid mining jobs, the Hays Jobs Report for January to June 2020 noted. It says experienced drill and blas...

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Jan 23, 2020
Metro continues to advance Bauxite Hills expansion plan

Metro continues to advance Bauxite Hills expansion plan

Metro Mining is continuing to advance the detailed engineering and design work required for a proposed Stage 2 expansion at its Bauxite Hills project. The $51.4 million project would lift the Cape York site’s annual production rate to 6 million wet metric tonnes (WMT) by 2021. In its December quarterly report, Metro said tenders had been received for all major work packages by the e...

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Jan 23, 2020
Downer wins $600m mining services contract at Meandu

Downer wins $600m mining services contract at Meandu

Downer EDI has won a five-year contract valued around $600 million to provide mining services at Stanwell Corporation’s Meandu mine. The mine, in the South Burnett region, supplies coal to Stanwell’s Tarong power stations. Under the contract, Downer will carry out full mining services, including operation of the coal handling and preparation plant (CHPP). The new contract be...

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Jan 23, 2020
QMEA a class act for  resource sector talent

QMEA a class act for resource sector talent

Thousands of school children at 75 schools across the state will return for a record start for the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) along with a full calendar of events to prepare students for future careers. Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said enhancing the teaching and learning experiences in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (S...

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Jan 23, 2020
Another bumper quarter for Dugald River zinc output

Another bumper quarter for Dugald River zinc output

Dugald River has hit a new record with a bumper December quarter that saw the North West Queensland site produce 48,247 tonnes of zinc in zinc concentrate This was a 2 per cent increase on the previous record set in the third quarter of 2019. Mine owner MMG said the result was underpinned by record mine production, higher mill throughput and improved recoveries. The mill continued its s...

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Jan 22, 2020
Outcry over Olive Downs coal project delay

Outcry over Olive Downs coal project delay

The Federal Government has been accused of dragging its feet on environmental approval for the Olive Downs coal mine, 40km south-east of Moranbah. Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga says hundreds of mining jobs are in limbo because of federal inaction in signing off on the Pembroke Resources project. However the federal Department of the Environment and Energy says it has had to ask for fu...

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Jan 22, 2020
Mackay applies waste glass to road repairs

Mackay applies waste glass to road repairs

Mackay Regional Council is trialing the use of glass from residents’ recycling bins for road rehabilitation work. About 320 tonnes of crushed glass from the council’s Materials Recovery Facility has been mixed with gravel. That recycled product has been used to regrade and top up the road from the Peak Downs Highway to the Hogan’s Pocket Landfill site. Cr Karen May said this is the...

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Jan 22, 2020
Public works contracts awarded in Cairns

Public works contracts awarded in Cairns

Cairns Regional Council has awarded Koppens Developments a $9 million contract to construct a new sewage pumping station in North Cairns. The existing pump station (pictured) is 65 years old and is at the end of its useful life. Located at the corner of Sheridan and Lily streets, it is the largest sewage pumping station operating in Cairns, taking wastewater from the Cairns CBD and Edge H...

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Jan 22, 2020
Taste of the regions for civil engineering students

Taste of the regions for civil engineering students

Three Central Queensland councils are banding together to help civil engineering students gain on-the-job work experience in local government. A vacation work program has been developed with Bowen Basin Regional Roads and Transport Group (BBRTG) committee members Isaac Regional Council, Central Highlands Regional Council and Banana Shire Council. Each council will host three vacation studen...

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