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Dec 07, 2019
Workers vote down Glencore  enterprise agreement

Workers vote down Glencore enterprise agreement

Proposed enterprise agreements for Mount Isa Mines and the Ernest Henry Mine have been voted down by Glencore’s workforce. The Australian Workers’ Union welcomed the results, saying Glencore’s proposed EBA failed to lock-in a pay rise and also failed to take action on other key issues facing the workforce. AWU Queensland Branch Secretary Steve Baker said union members had sent Glenco...

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Dec 06, 2019
Call for help to finish Forsayth dam

Call for help to finish Forsayth dam

Traeger MP Robbie Katter is calling for a State cash injection to help finish the Charleston Dam, outside Forsayth in the Etheridge Shire. Mr Katter said the dam had been under construction for the last two years after it secured $10 million in Commonwealth funding in 2016. The project would provide 100ML of water per year to the Forsayth township and 500ML of water to Georgetown when comp...

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Dec 06, 2019
Commissioning advances at Mount Carbine

Commissioning advances at Mount Carbine

Speciality Metals International and joint venture partner Cronimet have taken another step forward in the restart at Mount Carbine. Specialty Metals said they had successfully completed the commissioning of the water circuit on the new and refurbished plant at the Far North Queensland tungsten project. “I am very pleased with the hard work that the team has put in on site daily to achiev...

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Dec 06, 2019
New owners get drilling at NQ gold projects

New owners get drilling at NQ gold projects

Reverse circulation drilling has kicked off at Great Northern Minerals’ Big Rush gold project, 200km west of Townsville. The 1000m program is designed to back up historic results and help build a JORC resource for the project. It will focus on the central pit area at Big Rush, the largest former producing gold mines among the three that make up the company’s Golden Ant group of ...

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Dec 05, 2019
Jobs flow from 105-lot Cairns residential development

Jobs flow from 105-lot Cairns residential development

Kenfrost Homes is poised to begin building houses on a 105-lot estate hailed as Cairns’ biggest residential development in decades. Endeavour Estate, off Reid Rd at Trinity Park, will be developed as one stage rather than being rolled out gradually, says Kenfrost spokesman Adam Gowlett. Mr Gowlett said the site had been cleared and roads, curbs and drainage work had been completed. “...

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Dec 05, 2019
CopperString power plan  attracts major investor

CopperString power plan attracts major investor

The proponents of the $1.5 billion CopperString 2.0 project have entered into a development partnership with infrastructure fund manager DIF Capital Partners. CuString said the agreement provided significant development funding and long-term capital investment for the project. “We’re very excited to have entered into this agreement with DIF. DIF’s involvement in CopperString...

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Dec 05, 2019
Local jobs pledge as contractor named for $176m Cairns project

Local jobs pledge as contractor named for $176m Cairns project

Lendlease Building has been appointed managing contractor for the $176 million Cairns Convention Centre upgrade. The project is expected to support about 570 full-time jobs, with the first phase of convention centre works to commence soon, including lift upgrades. A planned closure period at the convention centre from May to October next year will allow for roof replacement, air-conditioni...

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Dec 05, 2019
Study highlights Mount Mackenzie gold mine potential

Study highlights Mount Mackenzie gold mine potential

A scoping study shows a strong case for the development of an open-cut gold mine at Mount Mackenzie in Central Queensland, Resources and Energy Group says. The company was granted a mineral development licence last month for the entire Mount Mackenzie mineral resource and all land required for the project’s development. Resources and Energy Group said today the scoping study identifie...

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Dec 05, 2019
Power boost for $60m munitions plant

Power boost for $60m munitions plant

The State Government is investing $9 million to upgrade energy supply and connection for the planned $60 million Rheinmetall shell forging plant in Maryborough. State Development and Manufacturing Minister Cameron Dick said the Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions (RNM) facility would create up to 100 advanced manufacturing jobs for Maryborough. “Maryborough has enough power, but because the facili...

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Dec 04, 2019
Jemena takes national award for gas pipeline project

Jemena takes national award for gas pipeline project

Energy infrastructure company Jemena has received a national Significant Investment Award for its $800 million Northern Gas Pipeline project. The winners of the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment’s Investment Awards and the 57th Australian Export Awards were announced in Canberra this week (December 3). While Jemena won the Significant Investment Award, MULPHA Australia won the R...

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Dec 04, 2019
H-E Parts wins Glencore radiator contract

H-E Parts wins Glencore radiator contract

H-E Parts has secured a one-year agreement  to supply and service radiators for Glencore’s mobile equipment fleets across 24 coal sites in Australia. The contract has the provision for a 12-month extension and includes all ancillary mining equipment as well as prime production mining truck, excavator and drill rig fleets, H-E Parts says. The contract will be managed by H-E Parts Mining S...

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Dec 04, 2019
Rocklands gear goes under the hammer

Rocklands gear goes under the hammer

Updated December 5 Gray’s Online has auctioned vehicles and equipment from CuDeco’s Rocklands mine near Cloncurry as receivers finalise a campaign seeking interest in the failed copper operator. The items under the hammer in an auction ending at 7pm Queensland time December 4 included a swag of utes, as well as buses, a crane, a demountable building, a conveyor stacker, shippin...

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Dec 04, 2019
New Acland coal expansion battle continues

New Acland coal expansion battle continues

The CFMEU has joined the Queensland Resources Council in calling for the State Government to act on approvals for New Hope’s coal operations near Oakey. It comes as the Oakey Coal Action Alliance (OCAA) seeks leave to appeal to the High Court over the Stage 3 expansion of the New Acland coal mine. New Hope says OCAA’s application does not change the position that there is no barrie...

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Dec 03, 2019
Positive outlook for Queensland exploration

Positive outlook for Queensland exploration

Exploration investment has increased across all major commodities in Queensland for the second year in a row, a new report shows. The Queensland Exploration Council (QEC) Scorecard for 2018/19 was released at the QEC breakfast this week (December 3). “Coal exploration increased for only the second time since 2011-12 up by 25 per cent. Copper and gold exploration expenditure lifted 19 perc...

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Dec 03, 2019
Solar-powered ferry in new Daintree crossing contract

Solar-powered ferry in new Daintree crossing contract

A hybrid solar-powered vehicle ferry will be part of the Daintree River Ferry Crossing fleet as part of the winning proposal for the new contract to run the service. Douglas Shire Council resolved to allow the chief executive officer to finalise contractual negotiations with local company Sirron Enterprises following a tender process. The council plans to release a tender for the design of ...

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Dec 03, 2019
Barminco stretches remote operations for underground

Barminco stretches remote operations for underground

Barminco says it will be able to remotely operate underground equipment on a client’s mine site anywhere in world with new operations centre technology. In what the mining contractor believes is a world first, Barminco operated a Sandvik LH517 loader from its head office in Perth at an underground mine site almost 1000km away in the Western Australian goldfields.  The remote opera...

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Dec 03, 2019
Full steam ahead for Sojitz Gregory coal exports

Full steam ahead for Sojitz Gregory coal exports

Sojitz Coal Mining is on track to produce about 900,000 tonnes of export coal from Gregory mine, near Emerald, by the end of March. The company acquired the mothballed Gregory Crinum coking coal mine from BMA for $100 million and has brought it back online as Sojitz Gregory. Sojitz Coal Mining managing director and chief executive officer Cameron Vorias said it had achieved its first t...

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Dec 03, 2019
NQ Cowboys plan clears  NAIF funding hurdle

NQ Cowboys plan clears NAIF funding hurdle

Resources and Northern Australia Minister Matt Canavan has ticked off approval for a $20 million loan for the North Queensland Cowboys to build a Community, Training and High Performance Centre in Townsville. It comes after the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) Board last month made an Investment Decision to support the project and provided Senator Canavan a proposal notice, ...

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