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Sep 13, 2017
Tips for doing business with the big end of town

Tips for doing business with the big end of town

Emerald-based businesswoman and keen blogger Bronwyn Reid has added ‘author’ to her credentials with a new book drawing on her experiences in dealing with larger corporations. Small Company, Big Business is aimed at small business owners who are looking to start taking on contracts with the big end of town. “This is part of the growth path for any small business that wants to move out of the...

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Sep 13, 2017
Queensland construction kicks off for $800m pipeline

Queensland construction kicks off for $800m pipeline

Jemena says it is bringing hundreds of new jobs to the Mount Isa region as it begins the Queensland leg of the $800 million Northern Gas Pipeline (NGP) project. Attending a sod-turning ceremony in Mount Isa, Jemena managing director Paul Adams said the NGP would strengthen the state’s already vibrant gas industry. “The NGP will not only help to solve the east-coast gas crisis by bringing much-...

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Sep 12, 2017
Adani plans 2017 start for Moranbah solar build

Adani plans 2017 start for Moranbah solar build

Adani plans to start work on the first stage of its $200 million Rugby Run solar farm at Moranbah by the end of the year, following a development approval by Isaac Regional Council. Adani Renewables chief executive officer Jennifer Purdie said preparatory work, including cultural heritage surveys and engineering design, had commenced and orders for critical equipment were being secured. “This i...

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Sep 11, 2017
Thalanga zinc comes online as prices soar

Thalanga zinc comes online as prices soar

Red River Resources announced today that production has commenced at its Thalanga zinc project south-west of Charters Towers. Red River has offtake agreements in place with Trafigura for the Thalanga zinc and lead concentrates and with Glencore for copper concentrate over the first three years of production. “The start of production at the Thalanga zinc project, ahead of schedule and under bud...

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Sep 11, 2017
Dugald River training pledge

Dugald River training pledge

MMG is offering traineeships and apprenticeships for people from the Kalkadoon traditional owners’ group and other local residents at its new Dugald River mine in north-west Queensland. The recruitment campaign for the first intake went live last week on the company website and has been promoted in The North West Star newspaper. MMG Dugald River operations manager Sam Rodda said the site’s Na...

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Sep 11, 2017
Gladstone launches post-cyclone road repair campaign

Gladstone launches post-cyclone road repair campaign

Gladstone Regional Council is set to undertake a $11 million repair program for roads damaged in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Debbie in March. The council  has advertised a tender offer for a procurement and construction manager and associated team to deliver the restoration work and said Queensland Reconstruction Authority-approved work could start in late October. Works will be conducted initi...

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Sep 11, 2017
New mining contractor at Rocklands

New mining contractor at Rocklands

Oz Mining has won the Phase-2 Rocklands mining contract, expected to commence this week. Rocklands owner CuDeco said Oz Mining was very familiar with the copper project and had started mobilising equipment and personnel to site. They take over from Andy’s Earthmovers, which had a six-month contract for mining operations at the copper mine, 17km west of Cloncurry. Roc-Drill will continue drill...

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Sep 11, 2017
Pontoon package awarded for western Queensland

Pontoon package awarded for western Queensland

Queensland-based contractor Pacific Pontoon and Pier has won a $1.2 million contract to deliver five new pontoons in western Queensland over the next two months. Acting Main Roads and Ports Minister Steven Miles said the package of works would include new and upgraded pontoons at Cunnamulla, St George, Dirranbandi, Condamine and Chinchilla. “The Western Pontoon package will greatly improve acce...

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Sep 09, 2017
Pledge for further coal worker health reforms

Pledge for further coal worker health reforms

The Queensland Government has undertaken to invest $25 million over two years into reforms to protect the health and safety of the state’s coal workers. Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham made the commitment as the government’s response was tabled in Parliament to the Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis Select Committee report no. 2—Inquiry into the re-identification of coal w...

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Sep 09, 2017
Queensland Bauxite steps closer to new mine

Queensland Bauxite steps closer to new mine

Queensland Bauxite has received environmental approval to begin development work at its South Johnstone Bauxite Project at Camp Creek in far north Queensland. In a statement to the stock market, the company said the board and management of Queensland Bauxite believed the EA permit paved the way for a decision on the Mineral Development Licence grant in coming weeks. “The next stage in the p...

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Sep 08, 2017
Livingstone Shire water voted state’s top drop

Livingstone Shire water voted state’s top drop

Livingstone Shire Council can lay claim to the best tasting tap water in Queensland after a vote at the Queensland Water Directorate’s fourth Annual Forum in Brisbane this month. Water from its Woodbury Water Treatment Plant was selected as the state’s top drop in the 2017 Ixom Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test. About 60 forum delegates participated in a blind taste off of six wate...

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Sep 08, 2017
Containers ready for Dugald River exports

Containers ready for Dugald River exports

The first 500 containers to be used to export zinc concentrate from MMG’s Dugald River mine have arrived at Port of Townsville. MMG has invested in 1750 half height containers valued around $11 million to export their product. Construction and commissioning at the north-west Queensland site is running ahead of schedule, with first concentrate expected in November/December this year, ramping up ...

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Sep 07, 2017
Shell gas deal for Swanbank E

Shell gas deal for Swanbank E

Stanwell has finalised a gas supply deal with Shell Australia to feed the Swanbank E Power Station near Ipswich. Swanbank E is due to start supplying power again on January 1, after a Queensland Government decision to return it to service under its $1.16 billion Powering Queensland Plan. “Stanwell received a number of commercial offers for gas supply following the Palaszczuk Government’s anno...

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Sep 06, 2017
More gas acreage goes out to tender

More gas acreage goes out to tender

The State Government opened tenders today for almost 400sq km of highly prospective land in the Surat and Bowen Basin, with a requirement that gas produced goes to the Australian market. It comes just a day after Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham announced that Queensland company Senex had won the pilot tender to explore a block in the Surat. “The key to meeting east coast g...

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Sep 06, 2017
Burton mine changes hands

Burton mine changes hands

Peabody has entered into an agreement to sell the majority of its Burton mine and related infrastructure in the Bowen Basin to the Lenton Joint Venture for about $14 million.   The Burton mine was placed into care, maintenance and rehabilitation in December 2016.  The transaction is conditional on a number of regulatory and other requirements and completion is expected to take place in the fir...

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Sep 05, 2017
Senex to supply domestic market from Miles

Senex to supply domestic market from Miles

Senex Energy has been named as the preferred tenderer for a Petroleum Lease on land near Miles in the Surat Basin released to supply the domestic market. Senex managing director and chief executive officer Ian Davies said the company welcomed the opportunity to be part of the solution in delivering new gas supply to domestic customers on the east coast of Australia. “We plan to engage with d...

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Sep 05, 2017
Land deal heralds South Yards redevelopment

Land deal heralds South Yards redevelopment

Honeycombes Property Group has secured a 19.3ha parcel of land near the North Queensland Stadium project in Townsville’s CBD for a planned residential, retail, commercial and entertainment development. The developer said the South Yards redevelopment would underpin plans to rejuvenate inner city Townsville land that was previously used for rail operations. The land deal was negotiated directly b...

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Sep 05, 2017
Faster turnaround for Asian trade

Faster turnaround for Asian trade

Swire Shipping has announced changes to its North Asia Express service, bringing faster transit times between Townsville and South East Asia. The 20-day frequency service will offer the fastest transit times to/ from major Asia and Southeast Asia international ports and will be supported through the deployment of ships with larger tonnage capacity. Shippers will enjoy an eight-day transit to Singa...

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