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Jun 14, 2016
Expo shines light on invention

Expo shines light on invention

A remote-control emergency Stop-It system that can be fitted to anything from a jet ski to an 800-tonne face shovel will be put on the open Australian market for the first time in Toowoomba this week. Inventor Mike Thompson will be on the Eco-Tec System site at the Surat Basin Expo at the Toowoomba Showgrounds on June 15-16. His experience includes work in the heavy transport and mining industries...

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Jun 13, 2016
Council plans $25m upgrade for TSRC link road

Council plans $25m upgrade for TSRC link road

Toowoomba Regional Council plans a $25 million upgrade of Mort St to provide an additional connection to the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC). TRC infrastructure committee chair Cr Carol Taylor said the project would be constructed in stages, with the first section of works extending from the Mort/Jellicoe/West streets intersection (pictured) to Black Gully The second stage will extend from ...

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Jun 12, 2016
Workplace incidents highlight high-voltage hazards

Workplace incidents highlight high-voltage hazards

  Two years had passed without a fatal accident across Ergon Energy’s vast high-voltage network until one morning in February this year as a farmer manoeuvred his spray rig in a sorghum field outside Dalby. The man’s death after his equipment struck overhead lines was followed within eight weeks by an incident at Carmila, south of Mackay, when a crop-dusting helicopter clipped a wire and cras...

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Jun 11, 2016
Not-so-sweet smell of success for sewage study

Not-so-sweet smell of success for sewage study

A sewage treatment plant has become science lab for a University of Queensland researcher, partnering with Queensland Urban Utilities to convert biogas from wastewater into electricity. The UQ Advanced Water Management Centre’s Dr Shihu Hu has been researching at Queensland’s largest wastewater treatment facility, at Brisbane’s Luggage Point. And his work is expected to help turn poo into power fo...

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Jun 09, 2016
Rockhampton reveals $88.7m capital works plan

Rockhampton reveals $88.7m capital works plan

Multiple multimillion-dollar projects have been flagged for the Rockhampton region over the next 12 months after Mayor Margaret Strelow unveiled the largest council capital works program in four years. Cr Strelow announced $88.7 million worth of projects in the draft 2016-17 Budget, saying each had been chosen in an effort to relieve economic pressure. Rockhampton Regional Council Mayor Margaret S...

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Jun 09, 2016
New champion in fight against male suicide

New champion in fight against male suicide

A new champion with an international profile has joined the fight against male suicide in Australia. Englishman Glen Poole moved to Australia last year and is already taking a lead role through an organisation he has established here called the Stop Male Suicide Project. Mr Poole is involved in a series of seminars being rolled out across Australia, with the Brisbane event held last Friday. Now ba...

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Jun 09, 2016
Women building a support base

Women building a support base

Fionna Reid is a successful Brisbane-based businesswoman and lawyer specialising in legal matters associated with the construction industry. She has worked hard to establish her practice and build relationships with construction companies and subcontractors. But she felt something was missing – and that was building relationships with other women in the industry on an informal basis. Over th...

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Jun 09, 2016
Men of straw – a column by Subcontractors Alliance chairman Les Williams

Men of straw – a column by Subcontractors Alliance chairman Les Williams

The Subcontractors Alliance will be seeking support for the implementation of recommendations into construction industry insolvency. On December 4, 2014 the Senate referred an inquiry into insolvency in the Australian construction industry to the Senate Economics References Committee for inquiry. It  made the report 12 months later (View here: report) The Alliance  has been lobbying candidates fro...

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Jun 09, 2016
Blast of technology to turn heads in Toowoomba

Blast of technology to turn heads in Toowoomba

A robotically driven Dry-Vac truck, one of only two of the German Force One MTS vehicles in the southern hemisphere, is tipped as one of the showstoppers at next week’s Surat Basin Expo. The $1 million machine received its importation compliance and mechanical checks at Westco Truck Sales in Toowoomba before a test run on the fields outside Roma. Next stop is its Australian-Oceanic unveiling at th...

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Jun 08, 2016
AECOM appointed to Kidston solar power project

AECOM appointed to Kidston solar power project

AECOM has been appointed as the owner’s engineer for the construction of phase one of the Genex Power 50MW Solar PV Project at Kidston in North Queensland. AECOM has assisted Genex on the development and feasibility work for the project since June 2015. In an announcement to the stock exchange the company said AECOM had played a key role in assisting Genex in commercial negotiations with Erg...

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Jun 07, 2016
Keeping it local is Ben’s business

Keeping it local is Ben’s business

Ben Hughes has made the sometimes-slippery concept of local content his business. The Brisbane-based founder of Hughes et al has been networking, gathering data, speaking at regional forums and acting as a local content advisor on major projects in the Surat Basin region for about eight years. Now he has teamed up with Strategenics managing director Chris Mills to develop EconomX – a project that ...

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Jun 07, 2016
Boost for $500m Coopers Gap wind project

Boost for $500m Coopers Gap wind project

AGL’s $500 million proposal to build Queensland’s biggest wind farm near Kingaroy was  today declared as a coordinated project. State Development and Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the Coopers Gap Wind Farm would now move to an environmental impact statement with public consultation. “This project is an example of the Palaszczuk Government’s focus on diversifying our e...

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Jun 06, 2016
Better water facilities in the pipeline for Chinchilla

Better water facilities in the pipeline for Chinchilla

FB Contracting has started laying 8km of pipeline as part of the infrastructure upgrades for Chinchilla’s new $17.5 million potable water treatment plant. “The Chinchilla potable water treatment plant represents the final project in (Western Downs Regional) Council’s long-term plan to deliver new and improved water and wastewater infrastructure to our communities,” council utilities spokesman Pete...

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Jun 05, 2016
$12 million climate change fund to help coastal councils

$12 million climate change fund to help coastal councils

Queensland’s coastal councils are invited to submit their bids to a $12 million State Government fund to help them safeguard their communities from the impacts of climate change. “The science is clear that by 2100 we can expect a projected sea level rise of 0.8m, cyclone intensity may increase and possibly track further south more often,” Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles said. “That means acce...

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Jun 05, 2016
Reconciliation recognition for Main Roads

Reconciliation recognition for Main Roads

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) has received a partnership award for its work as part of the Peninsula Developmental Rd upgrades. TMR was recognised at the recent 2016 Queensland Reconciliation Award celebrations. “This is an excellent achievement for TMR and I would like to congratulate my department on receiving such a significant award as part of Reconciliation Week,” Main Road...

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Jun 04, 2016
Man on a mission for hotel history

Man on a mission for hotel history

Meet the man who has been to every Railway Hotel in Queensland. Railway enthusiast, enjoyer-of-beer and amateur historian Scott Whitaker is working his way through pubs of that name nationwide as he puts in the research for a bar-hopping book series. Whitaker said he had started out including pubs with railway-related names such as Terminus or Station, but the project simply became too big. And ye...

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Jun 04, 2016
The publican, the prospector and a very angry adder

The publican, the prospector and a very angry adder

A duel between a publican’s pet death adder and a prospector’s dog was among the tales author Scott Whitaker uncovered from the gold mining town of Ravenswood. The Railway Hotel at Ravenswood had its beginnings in 1886 and still trades today. “Gold was discovered on the Ravenswood Pastoral Run in 1869.  A rush ensued and by 1893, some 50 hotels were serving a population of 5000 people,” Whitaker s...

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Jun 04, 2016
Technology to turn around drilling doldrums

Technology to turn around drilling doldrums

World-first technologies developed by the Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre (DET CRC) are being touted as a way to help reverse the decline in Australian mineral discoveries. The technologies were successfully trialled in the recently completed Mineral Systems Drilling Program (MSDP) in South Australia’s northern Eyre Peninsula. “DET CRC’s focus was to trial its new technol...

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