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Sep 13, 2016
North West tenders kick off exploration program

North West tenders kick off exploration program

Mineral explorers from around the globe are being invited to compete to explore the world’s richest base metal region – Queensland’s North West Minerals Province.   Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham said tenders would open this Friday for exploration of 102sq km in the North West Minerals Province, with the potential for copper, gol...

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Sep 12, 2016
Thalanga plant refurbishment under way

Thalanga plant refurbishment under way

Red River Resources has started early stage refurbishment work at the Thalanga processing plant, south-west of Charters Towers in North Queensland. The company completed a restart study for the zinc operation last year indicating an initial capital cost of $17.2 million and a forecast annual average production of 21,400 tonnes of zinc, 3600 tonnes of copper, 5000 tonnes of lead, 2000 oz of gold an...

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Sep 11, 2016
The latest tenders released in Townsville-North Queensland

The latest tenders released in Townsville-North Queensland

Courtesy Department of State Development   NORTH QUEENSLAND REGION, NORTHERN DISTRICT, 2016/17 RESEAL PACKAGE 2, VARIOUS LOCATIONS (21 Sep 2016) NORTH QUEENSLAND REGION, NORTHERN DISTRICT, 2016/17 ASPHALT PACKAGE 3 – VARIOUS LOCATIONS WITHIN THE DISTRICT (03 Oct 2016) CIVIL WORKS, ROADS AND DRAINAGE MAINTENANCE – TOWNSVILLE FIELD TRAINING AREA (28 Sep 2016) EOI FOR PROVISION OF PREQUALIFIED ...

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Sep 11, 2016
Engineering excellence on show at Qld awards

Engineering excellence on show at Qld awards

A Brisbane flood recovery project to rebuild the city’s ferry terminals has won the RW Hawken Overall Project Award at this year’s Australian Engineering Excellence Awards Queensland. The Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport and Wellcamp Business Park in Toowoomba, Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal (WICET) Stage 1 at Gladstone and Ergon Energy’s Grid Utility Support System (GUSS) als...

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Sep 10, 2016
Council awards $3m Gladstone floodways contract

Council awards $3m Gladstone floodways contract

Gladstone Regional Council has awarded a $3 million contract to Miriam Vale Plant Hire to repair and construct floodways on roads damaged by ex-Tropical Cyclone Marcia. The repair program is to be conducted with funds provided by the Commonwealth and State governments’ Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) initiative. The council’s Works and Traffic Committee Chair ...

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Sep 09, 2016
Rollingstone bridge back in action after upgrade

Rollingstone bridge back in action after upgrade

  A local traffic bridge at Rollingstone outside Townsville has re-opened after an $850,000 upgrade project. Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester said the bridge had been temporarily closed last year for major repairs, which have been carried out under a joint funding arrangement between the Australian Government and Townsville City Council. “The completion of this project ...

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Sep 08, 2016
ARENA funding to fire up six Qld solar projects

ARENA funding to fire up six Qld solar projects

Six Queensland projects are among a dozen large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects to win a share of almost $92 million in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). ARENA chief executive officer Ivor Frischknecht said Australia’s big solar industry was coming of age thanks to ARENA support, ensuring large-scale solar was a competitive, sustainable energy option “Six plants...

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Sep 07, 2016
$157m defence project presents opportunities

$157m defence project presents opportunities

Opportunities available to suppliers in the latest upgrade to Lavarack Barracks in Townsville have been detailed at the Townsville Industry Breakfast. The Land 121 Unit Sustainment Facilities program in Townsville is managed by Lend Lease and is expected to run over four years and cost $157 million. It’s in the invitation to tender phase. Click here to see the recent presentation. https://ww...

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Sep 07, 2016
APA in $80m pipeline project to supply APLNG

APA in $80m pipeline project to supply APLNG

APA Group plans to build an $80 million gas transmission pipeline and associated facilities to link its Wallumbilla gas hub with the Australia Pacific LNG pipeline at Reedy Creek in south-west Queensland. The Reedy Creek Wallumbilla Pipeline project will expand APA’S 7500km East Coast Grid by a further 50km, providing a key link to the Wallumbilla gas hub for one of the three major LNG projects op...

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Sep 07, 2016
Marine offloading makeover at Hay Point

Marine offloading makeover at Hay Point

NORTH Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) has kicked off a $2.5 million investment in the Port of Hay Point, with local contractors Wisely starting work on marine offloading facility improvements at Half Tide Tug Harbour, This phase of the Hay Point infrastructure upgrade is set to be completed next month and will include will the refurbishment of crane load-out platforms and pontoons. The ti...

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Sep 06, 2016
Union fears system still failing ‘black lung’ victims

Union fears system still failing ‘black lung’ victims

A coal worker who was twice cleared by Australian medical professionals of having “black lung” has become the 15th confirmed case of the disease to emerge in Queensland since May 2015, the mining union says. CFMEU Mining and Energy Division Queensland District president Stephen Smyth said the system was still in crisis and failing to identify black lung disease despite a supposed focus...

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Sep 06, 2016
New Queensland power chief announced

New Queensland power chief announced

Electricity industry leader David Smales has been appointed as the permanent chief executive officer of new merged power distribution body Energy Queensland. State Treasurer Curtis Pitt said Mr Smales had more than 30 years’ experience in technical, operational, asset management, corporate and senior executive roles, with a track record of value delivery in large blue chip energy companies. “When ...

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Sep 06, 2016
Townsville Industry Breakfast

Townsville Industry Breakfast

It was packed house this morning at the RSL in Townsville where supply chain representatives were updated about emerging major developments including the North Queensland Stadium, The LAND 131 project at Lavarack Barracks and the Cleveland Bay Water purification project. Details to follow. See who was there at https://www.i-q.net.au/gallery/townsville-industry-breakfast-2 ...

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Sep 05, 2016
Officer to spearhead Whitsunday economic development strategy

Officer to spearhead Whitsunday economic development strategy

Whitsunday Regional Council has appointed an economic development executive officer as part of a drive to take the region’s economy into a new era. Former Oracle Energy general manager and Geraldton Port Authority commercial manager Melanie Davies has been appointed to the new role and will commence work next month. Melanie Davies. Mayor Andrew Willcox said the council was implementing a new “in-...

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Sep 02, 2016
Weipa firm wins next phase of Cape road project

Weipa firm wins next phase of Cape road project

Works will begin soon on sealing another section of the Peninsula Development Road (PDR) following the announcement of the successful tenderer for the project. Weipa-based NQ Civil Engineering Contracting has been awarded the contract to seal seal 4.6km of the PDR between Little Laura and Fairview. Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester said this was a continuation of major works des...

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Sep 01, 2016
Aussie mines rescue team a world-beater

Aussie mines rescue team a world-beater

An Australian team has earned first place in the First Aid competition at the 10th International Mines Rescue Competition held in Sudbury, Canada. Peabody Energy’s Wambo Underground Mines Rescue Team (MRT) from the Hunter Valley region in New South Wales  was among 27 teams from 13 nations that gathered to compete in four days of events to test emergency preparedness skills and train through...

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Aug 31, 2016
Procurement roadshow for Western Downs

Procurement roadshow for Western Downs

Western Downs Regional Council is running a Regional Procurement Roadshow next week to give local businesses a hand up ahead of the release of its 2016/17 work packages. Mayor Paul McVeigh said the council was committed to buying locally and providing local businesses every opportunity to supply goods and services across the Western Downs. “Buying locally means looking for greater opportunities to...

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Aug 31, 2016
The future of Northern Australia – ABC ‘Big Ideas’ debate

The future of Northern Australia – ABC ‘Big Ideas’ debate

Big mining projects are not the way forward for the development of northern Australia says former NT Chief Minister Clare Martin. So what is? Check out the ABC’s debate at: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/bigideas/what-should-development-of-northern-australia-look-like/7787756   ...

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