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Jan 29, 2016
Homeground wins APLNG shutdown work

Homeground wins APLNG shutdown work

Homeground Gladstone has entered into an exclusive accommodation agreement with ConocoPhillips, downstream operator of the Australia Pacific LNG facility, to meet shutdown workforce requirements. Homeground, a Decmil Group subsidiary, also currently provides shutdown accommodation for Rio Tinto’s Yarwun bauxite refinery in Gladstone. Decmil Group chief executive officer and managing director Sco...

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Jan 28, 2016
Telco targets Charlie gas development

Telco targets Charlie gas development

Queensland-based March IT is targeting businesses working on QGC’s $1.7 billion Charlie gas development as it rolls out new remote telecommunications services in the Surat Basin. Director – business development Geoff Marsh described SuratConnect, launched this week, as a natural evolution to expand March IT’s offering in the region. The initial product rollout had focused on the Charlie deve...

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Jan 27, 2016
Transport tweak brings loads of benefit

Transport tweak brings loads of benefit

Larger loads can be trucked within a 15km radius of the Port of Townsville following the introduction of a Mass Import Management Scheme (MIMS). The MIMS offers a mass concession for transportation of containerised freight from the Port of Townsville; providing permits for containers to be transported to facilities where the load can be redistributed to achieve regulation masses. Port of Townsvill...

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Jan 27, 2016
Mt Carlton shines for Evolution Mining

Mt Carlton shines for Evolution Mining

A bumper quarter at Mt Carlton in North Queensland helped gold miner Evolution end 2015 on a high note, with a record 203,700 ounces produced across its operations in the three months to December 31. The company’s new mines, Cowal in New South Wales and Mungari in Western Australia, also contributed greatly to the good results. Chief operating officer Mark le Messurier said yesterday Mt Carlton,...

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Jan 26, 2016
Queensland Training Awards open for 2016

Queensland Training Awards open for 2016

Nominations are open for the 55th annual Queensland Training Awards, with a new category added for 2016. Queensland Training and Skills Minister Yvette D’Ath said the awards were an important part of the Palaszczuk Government’s skills and employment agenda. “These awards celebrate all that is great about training in Queensland,” she said. “We want to see as many nominations as possible f...

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Jan 25, 2016
The drought in Queensland – before and after

The drought in Queensland – before and after

If nothing else brings home the extremes of living in Australia, this will. These photos complied by the ABC are from the Queensland west of the great divide where many areas have been in drought for years. It could be another dry year In the north where the wet season is yet to live up to its promise for the third year in a row. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-17/queensland-drought-photos-befo...

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Jan 25, 2016
Amrun work forums hit FNQ

Amrun work forums hit FNQ

Regional businesses targeting work opportunities at Rio Tinto’s $2.6 billion bauxite mine expansion on Cape York can tap into vital information at far northern forums in early February. Aurukun Shire Council will host a two-day workshop to drive economic development in that community, while the Cairns Chamber of Commerce will co-host a project opportunities session in Cairns. The Amrun project, ...

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Jan 22, 2016
CuDeco head makes an exit

CuDeco head makes an exit

Cloncurry miner CuDeco has lost chairman David Taylor, who this week tendered his resignation from that role and as a non-executive director with the company. The Brisbane lawyer was appointed as interim chairman in July last year when CuDeco founder Wayne McCrae resigned to appease the company’s three key Chinese-based investors. Mr Taylor’s resignation letter cited business commitments as be...

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Jan 22, 2016
Wellsite work keeps flowing for Decmil

Wellsite work keeps flowing for Decmil

Decmil Group has won a $35 million extension to its QCLNG wellsite installation services contract in the Surat Basin. It will continue to support QGC’s operations with wellhead construction, logistics, material management and a range of construction services throughout 2016. Decmil chief executive officer Scott Criddle said the CSG sector in regional Queensland held ongoing opportunities in the ...

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Jan 21, 2016
Calls for a wider response to address fallout from the resources downturn

Calls for a wider response to address fallout from the resources downturn

Regional Queensland leaders are calling for a proportional response from the state government to the resource industry downturn. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced an accelerated works program in Townsville opening up access to projects that have the potential to unlock 430 jobs. That’s in the face of more than 230 sackings from Queensland Nickel and the move by the company to enter vol...

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Jan 20, 2016
Questions over Queensland Nickel’s plant asset value

Questions over Queensland Nickel’s plant asset value

Some light has been thrown on the viability of Clive Palmer’s Queensland Nickel (QN) operation. FTI Consulting was appointed as voluntary administrators on Monday to manage the company’s operations. Mr Palmer had constantly quoted that the site was worth billions, Empower Economics principal economist David Lynch said. “That is correct for replacement value,” Mr Lynch said. “But the resi...

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Jan 20, 2016
Gladstone supply chain promotion

Gladstone supply chain promotion

Gladstone Engineering Alliance is hosting an event in March to promote the region’s supply chain capability to major industry groups statewide. The inaugural Gladstone Resource Industry Supply Chain Expo will be held at the Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre on March 17. GEA projects officer Kim Roberts said invitations had gone out to organisations including the Major Contractors Ass...

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Jan 20, 2016
QCoal progresses construction at Byerwen

QCoal progresses construction at Byerwen

The earth is moving at QCoal Group’s $1.7 billion Byerwen coal project, with Stage 1 of construction under way. The company said rail infrastructure manager Aurizon and civil works contractor Murphy Pipe and Civil mobilised to the site in late 2015 and had commenced earthworks for the project’s rail loop. The initial workforce of about 40 people is expected to grow throughout January and Febru...

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Jan 20, 2016
Sweet NQ haulage deal for Aurizon

Sweet NQ haulage deal for Aurizon

Aurizon has secured a two-year deal expanding its bulk sugar haulage operations with Wilmar Sugar Australia. The agreement will see Aurizon transport about 245,000 tonnes of bulk sugar a year from the Proserpine mill to Mackay harbour and 60,000 tonnes of molasses from Burdekin mills to Port of Townsville from this month. This is in addition to its existing Wilmar contract for 1.2 million tonnes o...

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Jan 20, 2016
Jobs relief for sacked Townsville workers

Jobs relief for sacked Townsville workers

More than 430 jobs for North Queensland are to be supported under a Queensland Government Accelerated Works Program announced by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. Speaking at the Port of Townsville following a special meeting of the Working Queensland Cabinet Committee, Ms Palaszczuk said an extra $126 million in accelerated works had been identified on top of the $61 million in accelerated projects ...

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Jan 20, 2016
Mackay puts up its hand for support

Mackay puts up its hand for support

Mackay has stated its case for help saying the region has borne the brunt of the economic downturn. The State Government has announced a suite of measures to help stimulate the Townsville economy following the move by Clive Palmer’s Queensland Nickel to enter into voluntary administration. Mackay was the largest economic contributor to state coffers in the Northern region yet was continually ov...

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Jan 20, 2016
Anglo offloads CQ mine

Anglo offloads CQ mine

Anglo American has entered into a share sale agreement with Batchfire Resources to sell its 100 per cent interest in the Callide thermal coal mine, 20km north-east of Biloela in Central Queensland. Announcing the deal, Anglo said the transaction remained subject to several conditions and its terms were confidential. Callide consists of an open-pit thermal coal mi...

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Jan 19, 2016
Call for action on FIFO report

Call for action on FIFO report

There are concerns a parliamentary report on fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) practices will get swept under the rug. The inquiry into fly-in, fly-out and other long distance commuting work practices in regional Queensland has produced a series of recommendations aimed at ensuring ‘genuine choice’ for workers. The report was tabled in parliament in October along with 235 written submissio...

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