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Oct 31, 2019
Ag and jobs boosted in airport investment

Ag and jobs boosted in airport investment

Cairns has been selected as one of two regional sites for a multimillion-dollar investment to boost jobs in Far North Queensland and enhance the region’s reputation as an agricultural export hot spot.  Air Freight Handling Services (AFHS) had been selected to establish a Regional Trade Distribution Centre (RTDC) in Cairns, with Toowoomba selected as the site for a second Centre, said Pr...

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Oct 31, 2019
New land opened for gas exploration

New land opened for gas exploration

New interest partly in supplying gas for the domestic market is being matched with exploration opportunities in Queensland. The 30,000 km2 of new land for exploration was one of the State’s largest ever land releases and includes more than 30 percent earmarked for domestic supply, said Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham. “Business and industry – particularly our manufacturers — n...

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Oct 30, 2019
Staff reduced while North Goonyella gets back on its feet

Staff reduced while North Goonyella gets back on its feet

It could be three years before the North Goonyella Mine in the northern Bowen Basin is back to what owner Peabody calls, ‘meaningful’ production. Peabody will also be reducing staff numbers on the mine north of Moranbah where operations were suspended after a fire late last year. Peabody had identified a preferred pathway to resume production following a detailed three-month re...

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Oct 30, 2019
CSIRO adds grunt to groundwater monitoring

CSIRO adds grunt to groundwater monitoring

A new groundwater sensor system developed by the CSIRO promises to make environmental monitoring faster, more reliable and less labour-intensive for the resources industry. SENSEI is a multi-sensor system capable of simultaneously collecting data on pH, reduction potential, temperature and conductivity. “SENSEI is an automated system which delivers reliable groundwater data in real time,...

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Oct 29, 2019
Rexx mining solution ready to hit the east coast

Rexx mining solution ready to hit the east coast

Mining services company Bis plans to produce a second Rexx haul truck for the east coast after putting the first model through its paces in Western Australia. The dual powered 20-wheel dump truck is 14.3m long, with a 9m long bin capable of carrying a 160-tonne payload. Bis chief executive officer Brad Rogers said the standout performance to date of the first Rexx unit at nickel and gold op...

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Oct 29, 2019
Consolidated Tin Mines back on the bourse

Consolidated Tin Mines back on the bourse

Trading in Consolidated Tin Mines shares has recommenced after the Far North Queensland miner was relisted by the ASX. CSD managing director Ralph De Lacey described the reinstatement to official quotation as a great achievement for the company and for its directors. “This is a major part of the company’s long-term plan to develop the company’s significant asset holding and to have th...

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Oct 29, 2019
Cardwell water project shines at excellence awards

Cardwell water project shines at excellence awards

An innovative water supply plant at Cardwell has earned the Cassowary Coast Regional Council a state award for public works engineering. Council staff were finalists in four categories of the 2019 Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, Queensland (IPWEAQ) Excellence Awards. However it was the Cardwell Water Quality Improvement Project at Meunga Creek, Cardwell, that was re...

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Oct 29, 2019
Good principles are good for business, says BHP boss

Good principles are good for business, says BHP boss

Ethical sourcing, meeting climate change goals and creating an inclusive workforce are not only right, they are good for business, according to BHP group procurement officer Sundeep Singh. Mr Singh told the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) in Melbourne that prioritising these principles across its entire supply chain was critical for the mining giant’s business operatio...

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Oct 29, 2019
Golden gains for Isaac region’s tourism appeal

Golden gains for Isaac region’s tourism appeal

A new fossicking area is opening up near Clermont this week in a move hoped to boost local returns from gold prospecting. Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the 181ha Flat Diggings fossicking area 15km north-west of Clermont would be a magnet for fossickers. “Locals, Isaac Regional Council, tourist operators, fossicking agents and community groups have been calling for new areas to be ...

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Oct 29, 2019
Mackay industry makes its presence felt at IMARC

Mackay industry makes its presence felt at IMARC

Resource Industry Network and participating member businesses are  showcasing Mackay’s METS sector at the International Mining and Resources Conference in Melbourne. Mackay-owned and operated businesses Vayeron, Mackay Conveyor Equipment, and East West Lighting, along with Mackay Regional Council and RIN, have joined force for a stand at the event. The stand is part of a national showcas...

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Oct 28, 2019
Technology careers thrust for Rockhampton

Technology careers thrust for Rockhampton

The State Government has announced a $2.8 million partnership with Central Queensland University (CQU) to deliver a technology and innovation centre in Rockhampton. The news coincides with the launch of the new Advance Queensland strategy – a blueprint for jobs growth in the agricultural technology, mining and manufacturing industries in regional Queensland. Member for Rockhampton Barry O...

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Oct 28, 2019
Cook Colliery back on track after roof fall

Cook Colliery back on track after roof fall

Bounty Mining says its Cook Colliery operations, south of Blackwater, are back on schedule after a roof fall interrupted production. The company said a continuous miner damaged in the October 17 incident had been repaired and resumed mining on the night shift on Friday (October 25). Cook Colliery was now operating as scheduled with two continuous miners cutting underground while a third wa...

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Oct 28, 2019
Zenith zeroes in on Red Mountain gold potential

Zenith zeroes in on Red Mountain gold potential

Zenith Minerals is undertaking a capital raising of up to $1.95 million to fund further exploration in Central Queensland and at its Split Rocks project in WA. “The recent strong gold results from our 100 per cent owned Split Rocks in the Forrestania belt and Red Mountain in Queensland warrant immediate follow up, along with continued work on lithium targets at Split Rocks, Waratah Well, and...

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Oct 28, 2019
Golden Ant drilling to kick off next month

Golden Ant drilling to kick off next month

Greenpower Energy is preparing for its maiden drill campaign at the Golden Ant gold projects north-east of Townsville. Permitting and approvals were in place and the first drill program was planned to commence in November, the company said. The work will include the three former mine sites of Big Rush, Camel Creek and Golden Cup. “This drilling announcement marks a significant poi...

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Oct 28, 2019
Bauxite Hills continues to deliver for Metro Mining

Bauxite Hills continues to deliver for Metro Mining

Metro Mining has reported a bumper quarter for its Bauxite Hills mine on Cape York, shipping 1.415 million wet metric tonnes of bauxite. The shipments exceeded the forecast budget by 13 per cent in the September quarter, keeping the company on track to meet its 2019 production and shipping guidance of 3.3-3.5 million WMT. Engineering modifications on the overland conveyor system at the Barg...

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Oct 28, 2019
New solar farm set to connect at Columboola

New solar farm set to connect at Columboola

Luminous Energy has completed a contract to connect its proposed 162MW Columboola Solar Farm to the state’s network via the Columboola Substation. Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the solar farm, near Miles, would provide up to 400 construction jobs and the substation and transmission line works would support another 17 jobs. Construction of the project’s transmission assets is du...

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Oct 28, 2019
Townsville forum promotes Queensland’s hydrogen  future

Townsville forum promotes Queensland’s hydrogen future

An industry forum in Townsville next month will explore the billion-dollar opportunities for hydrogen production and projects in Queensland’s future. Businesses and decision-makers from around regional Queensland are due to connect with energy leaders, experts and academics at the State Government’s first regional Hydrogen Industry Forum. It comes after a North Queensland visit last mon...

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Oct 27, 2019
Piles of progress for Mackay Ring Rd

Piles of progress for Mackay Ring Rd

The $497.3 million Mackay Ring Rd project is on track for completion in late 2020 after passing a number of milestones in recent months. A Transport and Main Roads spokesman said procurement activities were nearing completion, with subcontracts previously awarded for all major components. The Mackay Ring Road (Stage 1) involves the construction of 13 bridges, including four water crossings ...

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