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Oct 07, 2016
$9m investment in power capabilities

$9m investment in power capabilities

More than $9m of maintenance work is being carried out to shore up performance of the electricity grid in north Queensland. It involves replacing 100 kilometres of earth wire from Townsville to Chalumbin Substation near Tully and refitting 18 transmission towers on the line to Kareeya Substation. Earth wires have a dual role of protecting transmission lines from lightning strikes and providing a c...

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Oct 06, 2016
NSS wins Dugald River contract

NSS wins Dugald River contract

Northern Stevedoring Services has secured a seven-year contract to provide port logistics and stevedoring services for export mineral concentrates from MMG’s Dugald River Mine, in north-west Queensland. The scope of work includes the receival of sealed containers from MMG’s rail service provider, transport of the sealed containers to NSS port facilities within the Port of Townsville, tippling of c...

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Oct 04, 2016
Disaster season preparations

Disaster season preparations

A Central Queensland shire is getting ready for the worst. ‘What-if’, is the question. That relates to fire, flood and cyclonic winds. The issues are being raised in the lead up to  RACQ Get Ready Week, October 10-16. Queensland is at increased risk of natural disasters from November to April, Local Disaster Management Group Chair and Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker said. “Isa...

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Oct 04, 2016
Cancer council issues diesel fume warning

Cancer council issues diesel fume warning

Cancer Council Australia is calling for greater cancer awareness in the workplace, following new estimates that about 130 Australian workers are diagnosed each year with lung cancer as a result of work-based exposure to diesel fumes. An estimated 3.6 million Australians are exposed to cancer-causing agents at work, with about 5000 cancer cases diagnosed each year as a result, according to the chai...

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Oct 01, 2016
New life for Yeppoon station site

New life for Yeppoon station site

The State Government will work with Livingstone Shire Council to redevelop the former rail station yard at Yeppoon, Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga announced on Friday. “Economic Development Queensland has agreed to take over from Queensland Rail and will be working with Livingstone Shire Council to redevelop the site,” Mrs Lauga said.. “Council will now have the ability to develop a site m...

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Sep 28, 2016
Collinsville Coal shifts into gear

Collinsville Coal shifts into gear

There are signs of life at Collinsville Coal. Some local workers made redundant by Glencore at its Collinsville Coal Mine have been contacted and offered their jobs back said Whitsunday division four regional councillor Peter Ramage. The mine has been in ticking over since the start of the year following a staggered process of redundancies. It seemed Collinsville Coal was being prepared to come ba...

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Sep 28, 2016
Regional works round-up

Regional works round-up

GHD wins Moranbah landfill contract Works are set to begin on the $7.16 million Moranbah Resource Recovery Centre Expansion and Improvement Project, with Isaac Regional Council this week awarding the tender to GHD. Mayor Anne Baker said the tender included detailed design, procurement, project management and construction administration. “With the capacity of the current landfill expected to ...

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Sep 27, 2016
GVK Hancock wins Alpha coal court battle

GVK Hancock wins Alpha coal court battle

GVK Hancock has welcomed a Queensland Court of Appeals decision to uphold the Environmental Authority for its Alpha Coal Project in the Galilee Basin. Conservation group Coast and Country had challenged the authority, arguing the $7 billion project would generate emissions contributing to global warming. “This now brings an end to four years of legal challenges from anti-mining protestors an...

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Sep 26, 2016
Macfarlane to head Queensland Resources Council

Macfarlane to head Queensland Resources Council

The Queensland Resources Council’s next chief executive will be former federal minister Ian Macfarlane. In announcing this appointment, incoming president of the Queensland Resources Council, Rag Udd, said that the QRC board was delighted to have secured the services of someone of the calibre of Mr Macfarlane. “Ian has had a distinguished career in the federal parliament and for most of that...

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Sep 26, 2016
BMD Constructions to lead Lakeland solar project

BMD Constructions to lead Lakeland solar project

Solar company Conergy has appointed BMD Constructions as the major sub-contractor for its $42.5 million Lakeland Solar and Storage Project in far north Queensland. The construction contract, signed this month, will see BMD Constructions undertake civil, mechanical and structural works on the 60ha site, with up to 50 people working onsite during the six-month construction phase. Up to 10 people wil...

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Sep 23, 2016
Armour kicking goals with Kincora assets

Armour kicking goals with Kincora assets

Armour Energy has despatched its first load of crude oil, about 53,000 litres, from the Emu Apple oil field near Roma in south-west Queensland. Armour started oil production in August and the field is currently producing at a steady rate of 42 barrels per day. The company said the operating cost per barrel of oil, including transportation cost to the refinery, was $21.50 per barrel. “Armour ...

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Sep 22, 2016
Metro lifts stake in fellow bauxite junior

Metro lifts stake in fellow bauxite junior

Metro Mining has entered binding agreements to increase its ownership in Gulf Alumina to about 39 per cent of the total issued capital of Gulf. Metro Mining’s Bauxite Hills project, about 95km north of Weipa on Cape York, is adjacent to Gulf Alumina’ Skardon River bauxite project. Metro expects to be in production in the third quarter of next year, transporting up to 5 million tonnes p...

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Sep 21, 2016
Adani Buys Abbot Point operations lease

Adani Buys Abbot Point operations lease

A unit of India’s Adani Enterprises will buy the company that operates Australia’s Abbot Point Coal Terminal from Glencore  for $19.25 million dollars, ending a legal wrangle over control of the port. Reuters has reported the statement from Adani and Glencore said Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone would purchase the port operator, Abbot Point BulkCoal, pending regulatory approvals....

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Sep 21, 2016
Golden future for Ravenswood in 13-year mine extension plan

Golden future for Ravenswood in 13-year mine extension plan

Resolute Mining has completed the Ravenswood Expansion Project Feasibility Study, defining a $258 million plan to extend mining operations at the North Queensland gold town by recommencing open-pit mining in the Nolans East, Sarsfield, and Buck Reef West pits. Resolute managing director and chief executive officer John Welborn described the outcome as a tremendous achievement for the company. “A y...

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Sep 21, 2016
Loads of potential in Cape bauxite

Loads of potential in Cape bauxite

Green Coast Resources expects to export first shipments from its Hey Point bauxite mine on Cape York this year via load-out infrastructure that will also pave the way for Metallica Minerals’ nearby Urquhart project. The private company started mining in 2015 and has assembled a 100,000-tonne ore stockpile, although delays in receiving marine approvals thwarted its original plans to start exports i...

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Sep 16, 2016
Funds to advance mining and manufacturing technology

Funds to advance mining and manufacturing technology

Work to assist the automation of underground mining and a project to expand on the opportunities coming out of incremental sheet forming have attracted funding under the $15 million Advance Queensland Innovation Partnerships program. State Development Minister Anthony Lynham said the government was investing in industry sectors with global growth potential – advanced manufacturing and mining techn...

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Sep 15, 2016
Latest tenders offered in Townsville-North Queensland

Latest tenders offered in Townsville-North Queensland

Tender ID 453100 Title INGHAM RD/EVERETT ST/WESTON ST INTERSECTIONS – STAGE 1 – ROUNDABOUT CONSTRUCTION & WATER MAIN REPLACEMENT   Issue Date Close Date   10 Sep 2016 05 Oct 2016 Tender To (Tendering Body) Townsville City Council Description Contract No: TCW00188 Council invites tenders for Ingham Rd/Everett St/Weston St Intersections – Stage 1 – Roundabout Construction & Wate...

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Sep 15, 2016
Promising drill work at Walford Creek

Promising drill work at Walford Creek

Aeon Metals has launched a new round of drilling at its Walford Creek project in North-West Queensland after a successful campaign mid-year. Results from an $800,000 drill program over two months confirmed the continuity of a shallow component of the resource close to the Fish River Fault containing excellent grades of copper, zinc and cobalt. Managing director Hamish Collins said Aeon expected to...

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