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Oct 25, 2019
Funding secured to repair unsealed roads

Funding secured to repair unsealed roads

Townsville City Council has secured more than $3.6 million to repair the unsealed road network following the unprecedented monsoon earlier this year. The $3.65 million is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA). Local Recovery and Resilience Group Chair Cr Les Walker said the work is well underway on repairing rur...

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Oct 25, 2019
Contract awarded for $481m Cairns highway upgrade

Contract awarded for $481m Cairns highway upgrade

HSA Group has been awarded the contract to design and build the $481 million Cairns Southern Access Corridor – Stage 3: Edmonton to Gordonvale project. Described as the single biggest road project for Far North Queensland, Federal Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Minister Michael McCormack said it would significantly improve safety on a busy two-lane section of the Bruce...

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Oct 25, 2019
Tarong power plant in $29.9m shutdown

Tarong power plant in $29.9m shutdown

A $29.9 million maintenance shutdown is underway at Tarong Power Station in the South Burnett region, involving a workforce of up to 500 contractors and station employees. Tarong Power Station site manager Brad Perry said overhauls were major logistical exercises that involved careful planning and preparation. “Power station overhauls are large-scale engineering projects that maintain the...

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Oct 24, 2019
Port of Mackay does heavy lifting for Hay Point project

Port of Mackay does heavy lifting for Hay Point project

The “grand finale” in the transportation of new ship loader cargo destined for Hay Point Coal Terminal has been completed at the Port of Mackay. Spanning 50m long, and weighing 230 metric tonnes, the ship loader shuttle is a replacement for an old piece of equipment which was lifted from the vessel Pauwgracht in spectacular fashion at Wharf One five weeks ago. The Pauwgracht, which is o...

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Oct 24, 2019
Anti-protest laws passed

Anti-protest laws passed

Protesters will be banned from using ‘dangerous’ lock-on devices under new laws passed in Parliament. Police Minister Mark Ryan said the new Dangerous Attachment Device laws were focused one the safety of emergency workers and the safety of the individuals planning to use the devices. “The penalty for using one of these devices will be up to two years imprisonment or a fine o...

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Oct 24, 2019
Indigenous people keen to contribute to mining

Indigenous people keen to contribute to mining

“Come. Sit. Listen” ‘Aunty’ Val Alberts beckoned to guests in the Gudjal language. Miners, Chinese diplomats and local government officials were the subject of Mrs Alberts’ ‘Welcome to Country’ at the recent Lynne Decline opening ceremony at Pajingo mine south of Charters Towers. Mrs Alberts paid her respects to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous elders and spoke o...

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Oct 24, 2019
Top gun goes deep at Pajingo

Top gun goes deep at Pajingo

There’s another top gun in the Queensland hardrock mining industry. Pit N Portal is venturing into Queensland underground mining on the back of expansion investment at Minjar Gold’s Pajingo operation near Charters Towers. The company has an existing relationship with Minjar Gold at its Marvel Loch operation in Western Australia.  The foray into underground mining in Queensland i...

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Oct 24, 2019
Three cultures and a mine

Three cultures and a mine

Chinese investment is being met with open arms in North Queensland. Pajingo recently held its official opening of the Lynne Decline which gives the operation a second life. The mine located south of Charters Towers has so far given up 2.7 million ounces of gold over its 30 year plus mine life. Chinese company Minjar Gold bought the operation from Evolution Mining in 2016.  Charters ...

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Oct 24, 2019
Chinese $US23b investment in Queensland mining

Chinese $US23b investment in Queensland mining

Queensland has become the backbone of China-Australia trade and economic co-operation. This was part of the address by Chinese Consul General Dr Xu Jie at the recent opening ceremony of the Lynne Decline at the Minjar Gold owned Pajingo Mine south of Charters Towers. Minjar Gold is a Chinese company focused on gold exploration and production in both Western Australia and Queensland. Chi...

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Oct 24, 2019
High hopes for unicorn decline

High hopes for unicorn decline

The Lynne Decline project is a unicorn in the world of mining – coming in safely, on budget and almost on time. Mining engineer and project manager Rob Baker has been juggling the various working parts of the project for 18 months. “The ore really sits at about 400 to 450m below surface,” Mr Baker said. “All up the project has just over 7km of development that needs to be c...

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Oct 24, 2019
Pajingo gathers speed

Pajingo gathers speed

One of the most understated gold mines in Australia mining folklore is gathering speed. Pajingo may soon wear another moniker like ‘Old Faithful’ as it enters its second phase operation which could be decades in the reckoning. The operation south of Charters Towers has yielded more than 2.7 million ounces of gold in its 32-year mine life.   Pajingo has weathered bad times l...

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Oct 24, 2019
Museum project waltzes home with major award

Museum project waltzes home with major award

Winton Shire Council and Peak Services have taken out a top Queensland engineering award for rebuilding the Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton. The Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, Queensland (IPWEAQ) Excellence Awards recognise public and private organisations and individuals who have demonstrated best practice and innovation in public works infrastructure and services acros...

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Oct 24, 2019
New Century completes key component in ramp-up plan

New Century completes key component in ramp-up plan

New Century Resources has taken another major step in boosting processing capacity, bringing an upgraded scavenger circuit online. The company said it had started slurry commissioning of the circuit, allowing the full capacity of this section of the processing plant to be incorporated into operations for the first time. The scavenger circuit upgrade was delivered on budget and three weeks ...

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Oct 24, 2019
Milestone for $760m Gladstone port project

Milestone for $760m Gladstone port project

Gladstone’s $760 million Gatcombe and Golding Cutting Channel Duplication project has reached a milestone, with the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) submitted. The project will see the port’s existing bypass channels expanded to a depth of 16m and width of 200m, allowing increased vessel capacity, improved operational efficiencies and enhancing vessel movement safety of the ...

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Oct 23, 2019
Haulage system in the running for national award

Haulage system in the running for national award

Gladstone’s Premron Group has been named as a finalist in the 2019 METS Ignited Collaboration Award. The recognition comes for the work it is doing with the Kestrel coal mine and the Australian Coal Association. The Premron Continuous Haulage System (CHS) offers a competitive advantage to conventional bulk material handling in gateroad development as it carries waste away continuousl...

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Oct 23, 2019
Regions show their manufacturing might

Regions show their manufacturing might

Capricorn Sandstone Quarries is enhancing its manufacturing capabilities with an investment of up to $1 million in new splitting and veneer cutting technology. The Rockhampton business is among those making the Fitzroy region Queensland’s regional manufacturing powerhouse, contributing more than $1 billion annually to the State’s economy, according to government figures. Caprico...

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Oct 22, 2019
Port deconstruction project on film

Port deconstruction project on film

Xtreme Engineering is carrying out deconstruction works of Auckland Point shiploaders 1 and 2, and associated conveyor systems, at the Port Of Gladstone. Their work has been captured in time-lapse footage by Aerial Media Gladstone. (View below) Gladstone Ports Corporation says the $2 million project will complement the construction of the East Shores 1B Precinct and help facilitate the reg...

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Oct 22, 2019
CQ teams dominate national mines rescue titles

CQ teams dominate national mines rescue titles

Anglo American’s Grosvenor mines rescue team has broken a New South Wales winning streak at the Australian Underground Coal Mines Rescue competition. The Grosvenor crew were named national champions for 2019, followed by teams from Kestrel and Moranbah North. Those three Queensland teams and Glencore’s Oaky North took on Peabody Wambo, South32 Appin Pink, Centennial Clarence and a...

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