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Jan 22, 2019
Labor unveils plan for $1b hydrogen boost

Labor unveils plan for $1b hydrogen boost

Gladstone is in line to be ‘ground zero’ for a budding Australian hydrogen industry under a $1.14 billion National Hydrogen Plan announced by federal Labor. The plan includes investing $3 million to establish a National Hydrogen Innovation Hub in Gladstone. It would see $1 billion of funding from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation allocated to support clean hydrogen development. T...

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Jan 22, 2019
Funds pledge for $1b Rockhampton Ring Rd

Funds pledge for $1b Rockhampton Ring Rd

Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten has pledged $800 million to build the Rockhampton Ring Road alongside a $200 million commitment by the Queensland Government. It comes after the Coalition announced late last year that it would invest $800 million in the project. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the project could support 780 jobs and had been high on the Government’s priority list. ...

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Jan 22, 2019
New solar farm planned for Bluewater

New solar farm planned for Bluewater

Townsville City Council has laid the way for a new 100MW solar farm to be built at Bluewater. Full council today approved a Material Change of Use (MCU) for the land, however further approvals are required before the development can proceed. The Fotowatio Renewable Ventures solar farm is expected to create 200 jobs during construction. Planning and Development Committee Chair Cr Les Wal...

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Jan 22, 2019
Land ahoy for Australian Mines at Greenvale

Land ahoy for Australian Mines at Greenvale

Australian Mines said today it had shown its ongoing commitment to the Sconi mine by buying more than 5ha (13 acres) of land in nearby Greenvale. In a statement to the ASX, Australian Mines said the land at Greenvale was located just 10km from the Sconi project and its purchase was part of the company’s commitment to establishing a residential workforce based near the mine. “Fro...

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Jan 22, 2019
Report suggests a good year for copper prices

Report suggests a good year for copper prices

The outlook for copper prices in 2019 is largely positive, according to research and consultancy group Wood Mackenzie. In its annual copper outlook report, Wood Mackenzie said despite a volatile 2018, copper prices were expected to trend higher in 2019. “As anticipated, copper prices were highly volatile during 2018,” Wood Mackenzie said. “At the beginning of the year, ...

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Jan 22, 2019
Potential builds in turning biosolids into bricks

Potential builds in turning biosolids into bricks

A team at RMIT University has demonstrated that clay-fired bricks incorporating biosolids could be a sustainable solution for the wastewater treatment and brickmaking industries. Published this month in the journal Buildings, their research showed how making biosolid bricks only required about half the energy of conventional bricks. As well as being cheaper to produce, the biosolid bri...

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Jan 22, 2019
Positive verdict for $415m Townsville refinery plan

Positive verdict for $415m Townsville refinery plan

Queensland Pacific Metals has reported positive results from a  scoping study on a proposed $415 million battery materials refinery in Townsville. The study looked into the feasibility of constructing a battery materials refinery that would process nickel-cobalt ore imported from New Caledonia. It would produce battery-grade nickel and cobalt sulphate for use in the battery market as w...

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Jan 22, 2019
Time to stand up for coal says AMMA

Time to stand up for coal says AMMA

Australian resources and energy group AMMA has called on the Queensland Government to stand up for the state’s coal industry, and not ‘kow-tow to disruptive activist groups hell-bent on stopping new projects’. The AMMA (Australian Mines and Metals Association) made the call amid news reports about National Threatened Species Recovery Hub director Brendan Wintle being engaged to lea...

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Jan 22, 2019
Opportunity for innovative regional businesses

Opportunity for innovative regional businesses

METS Ignited and the Queensland Government have launched a new accelerator program aimed at innovative businesses. Entries close January 31 for the program, run one day per week for 12 weeks in Brisbane from March to May 2019. It is specifically designed for established METS companies that develop and commercialise innovative new products and services for the mining, energy and resources ...

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Jan 22, 2019
Who is in demand in mining right now?

Who is in demand in mining right now?

The latest Hays Jobs Report on skills ‘hot spots’ reflects the reawakening of Queensland’s mining industry over the past 12 months. It reports strong demand for technical professionals, including mining engineers, geotechnical engineers, geologists and surveyors with underground experience. There is also increased demand for professionals within mineral pro...

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Jan 21, 2019
Who is in demand in construction right now?

Who is in demand in construction right now?

Hays predicts an active six months for Queensland’s construction jobs market going into 2019. The recruitment firm says candidates with Transport and Main Roads (TMR) experience are in growing demand in the civil sector as companies act to fulfil their tender requirements. In particular demand are project managers with 10 years of experience, site engineers with at least two ye...

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Jan 21, 2019
Funds pledges from both sides of politics for Cairns University Hospital

Funds pledges from both sides of politics for Cairns University Hospital

Labor today pledged a $60 million investment, matching the Morrison Government’s funding promise for Stage 1 of the Cairns University Hospital. Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who has been visiting Far North Queensland, said the investment meant James Cook University could purchase land and deliver a worldclass medical research through the new Cairns Tropical Enterprise Centre in the Cair...

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Jan 21, 2019
Operations shift up a gear at Century Mine

Operations shift up a gear at Century Mine

The addition of major equipment will allow New Century Resources to significantly ramp up production at Century Mine in north-west Queensland. In its quarterly activities report for December, which was released today, the company said its mining contractors NPE were currently rolling out a third cannon and an additional high-pressure water-pumping train “in order to bring the operation t...

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Jan 21, 2019
Drilling results confirm Sconi’s potential

Drilling results confirm Sconi’s potential

Latest drilling results confirm the fact that the Sconi project near Greenvale is a “world-class deposit”, according to Australian Mines. In an update released today, Australian Mines said the most recent drilling operation had returned high-grade cobalt and nickel intersections. As a result, Australian Mines said it had engaged an independent resource consultant to immediately ...

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Jan 21, 2019
Armour begins gas sales to market

Armour begins gas sales to market

Armour Energy has begun selling gas from its Kincora plant to the Queensland market. The company announced today the sale was a result of it being able to increase production beyond the 10 terajoules a day required to meet its obligations under an agreement with Australia Pacific LNG Pty Limited. “This is a significant achievement for Armour for two reasons,” chief executive of...

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Jan 21, 2019
Port of Mackay expands trade opportunities

Port of Mackay expands trade opportunities

North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation has opened up space at the Port of Mackay for new bulk material trades. NQBP trade development manager, Darren Fursman, said Mackay was one of the major servicing centres for the Central Queensland mining and agricultural industries. “As a business, we identified the potential for an area within the port to cater for a common-user facility that can ...

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Jan 20, 2019
Infrastructure pipeline report released

Infrastructure pipeline report released

Building Queensland has released its latest Infrastructure Pipeline Report detailing major infrastructure projects under assessment. The Cairns Convention Centre and Ipswich Hospital Redevelopment Stage 1A were two new entries to Part 2 of the report, after the commencement of detailed business cases. These are in addition to ongoing business case development for: the Logan Hospital Expans...

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Jan 20, 2019
Electric future for Volvo compact equipment range

Electric future for Volvo compact equipment range

Volvo CE has announced plans to shift its compact equipment range from diesel to electric. The company said that by mid-2020 it would begin to launch a range of electric compact excavators (EC15 to EC27) and wheel loaders (L20 to L28), stopping new diesel engine-based development of these models. The first machines will be unveiled at the Bauma exhibition in April 2019, followed by a staged...

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