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Aug 20, 2016
ANU dishes up new solar power solution

ANU dishes up new solar power solution

Scientists at the Australian National University (ANU) have set a world record for efficiency for a solar thermal dish generating steam that could be used for power stations. The team designed and built a new receiver for the solar concentrator dish at ANU, halving losses and achieving a 97 per cent conversion of sunlight into steam. The university says the breakthrough could lead to the generatio...

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Aug 20, 2016
Plimer to challenge city bias at Townsville lecture

Plimer to challenge city bias at Townsville lecture

Uninformed decisions originating from the weight of voters in big cities are hurting the development of Australia’s primary industries. Emeritus Professor of Earth Sciences at the University of Melbourne Ian Plimer will be putting that contention to the audience at the 37th Sir George Fisher lecture in Townsville this Friday (August 26). Professor Plimer also says sovereign risk has multipli...

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Aug 19, 2016
Tenders called for $34m Cairns bridge project

Tenders called for $34m Cairns bridge project

Tenders are being called for the $34.2 million Bill Fulton Bridge duplication project. Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said the project would considerably improve safety and traffic flow by removing a pinch-point on one of Cairns’ key arterial roads and providing control at a busy intersection. Member for Barron River Craig Crawford said more than 30,000 motorists used the Cairns ...

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Aug 19, 2016
Parliamentary inquiry into re-emergence of ‘black lung’ in Queensland

Parliamentary inquiry into re-emergence of ‘black lung’ in Queensland

The State Government will establish a Parliamentary inquiry into the re-emergence of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, or ‘black lung’ disease, in Queensland. Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said he was responding to stakeholder input. “I have listened to the workers, to the industry, to the doctors, to my departmental advisors and independent experts,” he said...

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Aug 18, 2016
Cape York road contracts awarded

Cape York road contracts awarded

Koppens Developments and Robinson Civil Constructions FNQ have won contracts to seal a further 35km of the Peninsula Developmental Road (PDR) this year as part of the Cape York Region Package (CYRP) of works. The joint announcement was made by Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester, Queensland Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey, Treasurer Curtis Pitt and Member f...

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Aug 17, 2016
Komatsu releases PC7000 next-generation mining shovel

Komatsu releases PC7000 next-generation mining shovel

Komatsu Australia has released its “next generation” in mining shovels, the PC7000, a 700 tonne class machine available in face shovel and backhoe configurations. It is matched to plus-200 tonne trucks such as Komatsu’s 830E, 860E and 930E haul units. According to Michael Hall, Komatsu Australia’s National Product Manager, the new PC7000 – which had its worldwide release in April 2016 Bauma, Germa...

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Aug 17, 2016
Institute of Instrumentation Control and Automation Tech Expo – Townsville

Institute of Instrumentation Control and Automation Tech Expo – Townsville

See who was there by clicking the link below Institute of Instrumentation Control and Automation Tech Expo – Townsville     ...

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Aug 17, 2016
Work to begin on Mackay Ring Road

Work to begin on Mackay Ring Road

The route for the proposed Mackay Ring Road on the Bruce Highway has been finalised and major construction works should kick off early next year, according to Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester. The Australian Government has committed up to $448 million to the Bruce Highway – Mackay Ring Road – Stage 1 project, with the Queensland Government committing up to $...

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Aug 17, 2016
Cloncurry Shire appoints new CEO

Cloncurry Shire appoints new CEO

Cloncurry Shire Council has appointed a new chief executive officer, Ben Milligan – who will be taking up the role in October, replacing David Neeves. “Ben brings to council a wealth of experience and knowledge in local government and the mining sector,” Mayor Greg Campbell said. “I believe Ben will be an asset to Cloncurry and with his qualifications will help to deliver essenti...

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Aug 16, 2016
Current Federal Government tenders

Current Federal Government tenders

The Department of Defence is issuing tenders for aircraft pavement and ground lighting and spacial and acoustic services, among others. That’s just a taste of services and consumables needed by Federal Government Departments. Be quick though. Some close Thursday 18 August. Go to https://www.tenders.gov.au ...

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Aug 16, 2016
Thargomindah airport project set for take-off

Thargomindah airport project set for take-off

Thargomindah’s air terminal is about to undergo a spruce-up to the tune of $700,000 in a Bulloo Shire Council project kicking off next month. Demolition of the existing structure is expected to begin in late September, preparing the site for construction work from early November, according to council chief executive officer Edwina Marks. The aerodrome is a vital transport link for the south-west Q...

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Aug 16, 2016
New test work for Tick Hill tailings project

New test work for Tick Hill tailings project

New test work is hoped to reduce extraction costs for proposed tailings reprocessing at the old Tick Hill gold mine, 110km south-east of Mount Isa. The site was mined in the 1990s by Carpentaria Gold – producing 513,333 ounces of gold from 705,000 tonnes of ore at a recovered grade of 22.6 g/t gold. Under the plans announced by Diatreme and joint venture partner Superior Resources this week,...

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Aug 16, 2016
Pajingo gold operations sold for $52m

Pajingo gold operations sold for $52m

Evolution Mining has entered into a binding agreement with Minjar Gold to sell the Pajingo gold mine and surrounding exploration tenements in North Queensland for up to $52 million in cash and royalties. This includes a $42 million upfront cash payment and a 1 per cent NSR (net smelter return) royalty of up to $10 million for gold production above 130,000 ounces. In an announcement to the market t...

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Aug 15, 2016
New Acland scores national sustainability award

New Acland scores national sustainability award

Grazing trials on rehabilitated mine land and use of recycled water for its operations are among the measures that have seen the New Acland coal mine recognised nationally for its sustainable business practices. Owner New Hope Group has been named the 2016 ABA100 Winner of the Australian Business Award for Sustainability. Managing director Shane Stephan said the award was testament to the company’...

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Aug 15, 2016
Santos reveals $US1.5b writedown for GLNG

Santos reveals $US1.5b writedown for GLNG

Santos has announced a $US1.5 billion writedown on the value of its GLNG project, saying low oil and gas prices are continuing to challenge the industry. The GLNG project draws coal seam gas from fields in the Surat and Bowen basins and converts it to LNG at a plant on Curtis Island, Gladstone – which celebrated its first exports in October last year. In a statement to the market this mornin...

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Aug 12, 2016
Flood of memories 100 years after Clermont disaster

Flood of memories 100 years after Clermont disaster

Clermont’s Gold and Coal Festival will have a significant historical focus this year as the community commemorates the devastating flood that killed more than 60 people 100 years ago. A floating lantern ceremony is planned next Friday evening (August 19) as part of the two-day festival, according to Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker. “Some 300 lanterns will be released onto Hoods Lagoon to c...

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Aug 12, 2016
Accommodation deal for Kidston energy project

Accommodation deal for Kidston energy project

Genex Power has entered into a lease option agreement to use the Oaks Rush Resort at Kidston to accommodate workers during the construction phase of the company’s 50MW PV solar project near Georgetown in North Queensland. Genex said it planned to upgrade the Oaks Rush site into suitable accommodation to house up to 70 workers who would be engaged in the construction phase of the solar project, be ...

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Aug 11, 2016
New lessons from an old hazard

New lessons from an old hazard

The physician who led a key inquiry into the resurgence of black lung disease among Queensland coal miners will join the line-up of speakers at a peak health and safety forum kicking off on Sunday. More than 550 delegates are expected to join the Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference at Jupiters Gold Coast for three days of keynote speakers, industry presentations and trade displ...

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