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Apr 06, 2017
Giant coal projects inch closer to approval

Giant coal projects inch closer to approval

Pembroke Resources’ $1 billion Olive Downs mine proposal is continuing to progress, with the draft terms of reference for the environmental impact assessment now available for public comment. In Moranbah today to talk to local businesses about the potential impact of ex-TC Debbie, State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said this was the first step in a rigorous environmental approvals...

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Apr 05, 2017
Machinery, admin army called in for cyclone recovery

Machinery, admin army called in for cyclone recovery

Administrative workers are in hot demand as central Queensland communities start rebuilding in the wake of Cyclone Debbie. CBC Staff Selection director – Townsville Chris Cunsamy said that business had filled about 120 roles in the past two days for post-cyclone support work. “We’re providing the Department of Communities and other government departments some relief workers for Cyclone Debbi...

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Apr 05, 2017
Exploration boost for north-west Qld

Exploration boost for north-west Qld

Seven resources companies have received a share of more than $600,000 to aid exploration projects in north-west Queensland under the State Government’s Collaborative Drilling scheme. Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the recipients – a mix of junior and internationally renowned companies – would start work this month, with positive flow-on effects for l...

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Apr 04, 2017
Macmahon scores Byerwen mining contract

Macmahon scores Byerwen mining contract

Macmahon Holdings has been named as preferred mining contractor for the establishment and operation of QCoal’s Byerwen mine near Glenden. The appointment is subject to the grant of mining leases for the $1.7 billion coal project. Macmahon said the proposed contract was expected to be based initially on a cost reimbursable model, moving to a hybrid of schedule of rates and cost reimbursable m...

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Apr 03, 2017
Key coal links may be cut five weeks

Key coal links may be cut five weeks

The Goonyella rail system connecting Bowen Basin mines to coal export facilities in the Mackay area is expected to be offline for about five weeks, Aurizon says. The system – which runs to Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal and BMA’s Hay Point complex – has been closed since Tuesday last week. Access is limited, especially around the Black Mountain area west of Sarina, where initial assessments...

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Apr 03, 2017
Tenders for Kidston solar project

Tenders for Kidston solar project

  Work packages have been released on the icngateway for the Kidston Solar Project located on the old Kidston gold mine near Georgetown around 270kms northwest of Townsville. Phase one of the project is expected to generate 145GWh of electricity which is enough to power more than 26,480 homes. UGL has the EPC contractor. Completion date is January 2018. Open listings include: Fencing compone...

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Apr 03, 2017
Online register for cyclone repair work

Online register for cyclone repair work

A new online register has been set up to make it easier to find local, licensed contractors to start repair works in cyclone-affected areas, the State Government says. Tradespeople who are available to work in cyclone affected areas are being urged to let the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) know by emailing cyclonedebbie@qbcc.qld.gov.au. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said t...

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Apr 02, 2017
Flood-swollen Fitzroy River to spark road, airport closures

Flood-swollen Fitzroy River to spark road, airport closures

Major roads are expected to be cut in central Queensland with predictions of a major flood for the Fitzroy River at 1954 levels of 9.4m. The Rockhampton airport is also due to close tomorrow (Monday, April 3) at midday due to flooding, with additional flights added to the Gladstone Airport schedule as a result. And Rockhampton Regional Council has announced that an evacuation centre is open in the...

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Apr 02, 2017
The dark side of the apartment boom

The dark side of the apartment boom

The ABC’s Background Briefing program is highlighting quality issues with high rise apartment buildings. The ABC says experts fear a coming glut of problem buildings that cannot keep the rain out will trap many buyers in legal limbo. The dark side of the apartment boom ...

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Mar 31, 2017
Miners back to business but coal rail remains cut

Miners back to business but coal rail remains cut

Mining operations are cranking up again throughout north and central Queensland following Cyclone Debbie, however the coal rail network remains cut. BHP Billiton, which has nine operational coal mines in central Queensland, said today all of its sites except South Walker Creek west of Nebo had crews returning to work to begin dewatering and preparation for return to operations. The company said it...

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Mar 31, 2017
Risk of fallen powerlines hidden in storm debris

Risk of fallen powerlines hidden in storm debris

A blunt message has been issued in cyclone and rain affected areas to beware of fallen power lines. Powerlines ripped down by Cyclone Debbie and her aftermath in the South East, may be hidden killers under storm debris, said Energy Minister Mark Bailey. He said anyone cleaning up around the yard or moving a fallen tree should be aware that powerlines could easily be tangled within or under the de...

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Mar 31, 2017
Tenders called for Cape York road sealing

Tenders called for Cape York road sealing

Tenders have been released for sealing work on three further stretches of the Peninsula Developmental Road as part of the the $260.5 million Cape York Region Package. Queensland Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said an average of 72 direct jobs will be supported this year alone on the PDR sealing projects. “These PDR projects will provide employment opportunities for local workers...

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Mar 31, 2017
Pipelines, electrical, roads and asbestos removal – latest NQ tenders

Pipelines, electrical, roads and asbestos removal – latest NQ tenders

  CALLIDE B AND C ASH SLURRY PIPELINES REPLACEMENT – UPDATED (05 Apr 2017) Tender ID 471570 Title CALLIDE B AND C ASH SLURRY PIPELINES REPLACEMENT – UPDATED   Issue Date Close Date   23 Mar 2017 05 Apr 2017 Tender To (Tendering Body) CS Energy Ltd Description Number: 487468 CS Energy is seeking Proposals for Callide B and Callide C Power Station Slurry Lines Replac...

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Mar 31, 2017
SEW-Eurodrive gears up in central Queensland

SEW-Eurodrive gears up in central Queensland

SEW-Eurodrive, a global leader in keeping industry moving, realised a multi-million dollar investment in Mackay with the March opening of a new state-of-the-art facility. Mackay is the gateway to the Bowen Basin, home of vast reserves of black coal and also at the epicentre of the sugar region. The 2000sqm facility houses testing equipment found nowhere else in Queensland, a coup for the company...

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Mar 30, 2017
Wellcamp soars while Roma airport numbers nosedive

Wellcamp soars while Roma airport numbers nosedive

Key mining and gas hubs in regional Queensland suffered significant drops in air passenger movements last year, according to annual domestic airline statistics issued by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE). The report showed a 41 per cent drop in the number of people flying into or out of Roma in the Surat Basin in 2016 compared to 2015 and a 15 per cent drop for...

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Mar 29, 2017
Cyclone damage audit pending

Cyclone damage audit pending

It’s too early to tell the extent of disruption Cyclone Debbie has wrought on the Queensland coal industry. The cyclone crossed the coast on Tuesday in the Whitsundays. The Whitsunday region sits on the eastern edge of the northern Bowen Basin minefields and is one of Queensland’s best recognised holiday destinations. Privately owned company QCoal has five major assets either producin...

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Mar 29, 2017
Mining sector pumps $236.8b into Australian economy

Mining sector pumps $236.8b into Australian economy

Australia’s mining and mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector contributed $236.8 billion to the economy in 2015-16, a report released by Deloitte Access Economics shows. The report – Mining and METS: engines of economic growth and prosperity for Australians – was commissioned by the Minerals Council of Australia. Minerals Council of Australia chief executive Brendan Pearso...

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Mar 27, 2017
North Queensland braces for cyclone

North Queensland braces for cyclone

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) advises Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie has recently strengthened into a category 3 system (Monday), and is expected to intensify further as it continues to move west-southwest towards the Queensland coast today. The cyclone is forecast to make landfall as a severe tropical cyclone between Ayr and Cape Hillsborough, north of Mackay, on Tuesday morning. Destructive w...

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