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May 05, 2017
‘Tropical Urbanism’ sees Cairns claim planning honours

‘Tropical Urbanism’ sees Cairns claim planning honours

Cairns has scored a national planning award for a collaborative study which promotes lush landscaping and rainforest-like canopies in the city streetscapes. The Tropical Urbanism: Cairns City Image Study was named winner in the category Best Planning Ideas – Small Project at the 2017 National Awards for Planning Excellence. The study was a combined effort of Cairns Regional Council and a cons...

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May 04, 2017
Adani signs $74m steel deal for Carmichael rail link

Adani signs $74m steel deal for Carmichael rail link

Adani Australia will purchase $74 million of railway track from beleaguered South Australian steel group Arrium Mining and Materials for its Carmichael coal mine project. The contract with OneSteel Manufacturing, a division of Arrium, will be used to construct the 400km North Galilee Basin Rail rail link from Carmichael mine to the company’s bulk coal terminal at Abbot Point near Bowen. “This ...

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May 04, 2017
Leases approved for Colton coal mine

Leases approved for Colton coal mine

The proposed $300 million Colton coal mine near Maryborough has passed a hurdle with  Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham today announcing approval of three mining leases for the project. New Hope Group managing director Shane Stephan welcomed the approval but said a future investment decision still needed to be made. “We are now in a position to study options around developm...

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May 04, 2017
Supply opportunities in local government

Supply opportunities in local government

Water mains, washdown bays and water treatment plant upgrades are among the latest batch of local government supply opportunities throughout regional Queensland. For more information on any of the tenders below visit lgtenderbox.com.au Type Code Title Opening Date Closing Date Request for Tender Gladstone Regional Council Tender 01-18 Trunk Water Main (Agnes Water) 27-Apr-17 1/06/2017 Requ...

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May 03, 2017
Key licence kicks along pipeline construction

Key licence kicks along pipeline construction

Jemena’s Northern Gas Pipeline (NGP) project has reached another milestone with the Northern Territory Government today issuing a construction and pipeline licence for the $800 million project. The decision means Jemena will commence construction of the Phillip Creek Compressor Station north of Tennant Creek in the NT within a fortnight, with further construction works on track to start in mid-2...

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May 03, 2017
May start for Longreach and Oakey solar projects

May start for Longreach and Oakey solar projects

Canadian Solar has secured $65 million financing for two Queensland solar farm power projects with the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and Clean Energy Finance Corporation. The 17MW Longreach project and 30MW Oakey project are both scheduled to commence construction this month and reach commercial operation in early 2018. The solar power projects are expected to generate clean energy to power nearly...

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May 03, 2017
RCR Tomlinson to build Dalby solar farm

RCR Tomlinson to build Dalby solar farm

RCR Tomlinson has been awarded a $175 million contract with APA Group to design and construct one of Australia’s largest utility solar farms at Dalby. Construction is expected to start in July on the Darling Downs Solar Farm, which will have an initial generating capacity of about 110MW. RCR’s scope of work includes engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and commissioning of the sola...

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May 03, 2017
BMD Constructions takes on Riverway Drive duplication

BMD Constructions takes on Riverway Drive duplication

BMD Constructions has been awarded the construction contract to duplicate a 3km section of Riverway Drive, between Gollogly and Allambie lanes, in Townsville. Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said construction would start in late May on the busy road, which was used by more than 20,000 vehicles each day. “The Palaszczuk Government is delivering on its promise to upgrade this vital...

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May 03, 2017
Tenders out for Haughton River Floodplain upgrade

Tenders out for Haughton River Floodplain upgrade

Construction of the $515 million Bruce Highway – Haughton River Floodplain upgrade project has been brought forward nine months ahead of schedule, with tenders to be called this week. A 14km section of the Bruce Highway about 50km south of Townsville and 30km north of Ayr will be upgraded, including replacement of the narrow Haughton River Bridge. Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Da...

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May 01, 2017
Watpac promises local opportunities on stadium build

Watpac promises local opportunities on stadium build

Watpac has been appointed as managing contractor for Townsville’s $250 million North Queensland Stadium and pledged to take early steps to create a pathway for local industry participation. Stage one’s design and early works program will commence in coming weeks, with stage two to commence in 2018. The project is expected to have a sustained peak workforce of nearly 400 people during construct...

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May 01, 2017
Loads of talent in awards line-up

Loads of talent in awards line-up

SIMCO Mining Products and Services is a small business with no problem thinking big. The Mackay-based operation, with a workforce of 10, produces some of the largest dragline buckets in the business – including the 120m-class buckets that allow a Marion M8750 at Wesfarmers Curragh to shift as much as 235 tonnes per swing. The company also embraces big horizons – making inroads in the South Afr...

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May 01, 2017
Green light for $225m Townsville solar farm

Green light for $225m Townsville solar farm

Proponents of the $225 million Ross River Solar Farm have announced financial close for the project. Palisade Investment Partners and ESCO Pacific say construction will now commence on the 148MW project, located on a 202ha former mango plantation near Townsville. Construction is expected to take 12 months and will be undertaken by Downer Utilities Australia with oversight from CAT Projects as owne...

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May 01, 2017
TerraCom ticks the boxes for Blair Athol restart

TerraCom ticks the boxes for Blair Athol restart

TerraCom says it plans to start mining next month at the Blair Athol coal operation, near Clermont. Subsidiary Orion Mining had received confirmation from the Queensland Government that it had satisfied the conditions and would now proceed as a matter of urgency to complete the title transfer process, the company said in an announcement to the market today. Orion Mining chairman Jim Soorley descri...

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Apr 30, 2017
Mendi wins $2.4m waste transfer job

Mendi wins $2.4m waste transfer job

Townsville City Council has awarded a $2.394 million contract to Mendi Constructions to build a new transfer station at the Stuart Waste Facility. Mayor Cr Jenny Hill said the awarding of the construction tender to a local company would support the local economy and employment opportunities. “Mendi is a large local company that has a strong reputation in the construction industry as well as rec...

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Apr 30, 2017
Bridge named in honour of long-serving city engineer

Bridge named in honour of long-serving city engineer

Former Cairns engineer Graeme Haussmann has been honoured with the naming of Edge Hill’s newest bridge, opened on Collins Avenue this month. Cairns Regional Council constructed the $3.8 million Graeme Haussmann Bridge, with funding from federal and state governments. Mr Haussmann worked as the City Engineer for Cairns City Council for 32 years from 1956 to 1988, spanning a pivotal time in the ...

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Apr 30, 2017
Burdekin hydro proposal gains ground

Burdekin hydro proposal gains ground

The State Government will develop a business case for construction of a hydro-electric power station on the Burdekin Falls Dam, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said in Townsville today. A plan to increase the Burdekin Falls Dam capacity by 150,000 megalitres to more than two million MLs at an estimated cost of $550 million is already being assessed by the State Government, working with the Federal ...

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Apr 29, 2017
Peak groups push for public infrastructure future

Peak groups push for public infrastructure future

A group of peak bodies is urging the federal government not to shy away from borrowing for public infrastructure investment, particularly while interest rates are low and Australia’s economic credibility remains competitively high. The Australian Local Government Association, Planning Institute of Australia, National Growth Areas Alliance, Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, Austr...

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Apr 28, 2017
Fire cuts production at Cannington

Fire cuts production at Cannington

South32 has revised its production guidance at Cannington mine in north-west Queensland for this financial year following an underground fire this month. In its quarterly report to the market this week the company said remediation work to repair load-out and shaft haulage infrastructure damaged by the fire was continuing. Production guidance for the year has been revised to 16.5 million oz of silv...

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