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Aug 11, 2016
Miners on a mission for the final frontier

Miners on a mission for the final frontier

Is this the future of mining? Deep Space Industries has announced its plans to build the Prospector-1 spacecraft to rendezvous with a near-Earth asteroid and determine its value as a source of space resources. “During the next decade, we will begin the harvest of space resources from asteroids,” Deep Space Industries chief executive officer Daniel Faber said. “We are changing the paradigm of bu...

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Aug 11, 2016
Metallica ‘bullish’ on bauxite prospects

Metallica ‘bullish’ on bauxite prospects

Metallica Minerals says it has started a key mine plan drilling campaign at its Urquhart Bauxite project near Weipa. Chief executive officer Simon Slesarewich said the results from the close-spaced drilling program would help pave the way for the planned commencement of operations in the first half of 2017. Chief executive officer Simon Slesarewich . “Metallica remains bullish that this project wi...

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Aug 10, 2016
Up, up and away for regional airport upgrades

Up, up and away for regional airport upgrades

Cloncurry has its sights set sky high with the official opening of the multimillion-dollar upgrade of the town’s airport terminal. State Development and Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham did the honours, saying the project allowed the airport to cater for a larger volume of passengers on their way to homes, businesses and jobs in nearby mines. “The upgrades have seen Vir...

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Aug 09, 2016
New graders add grunt to Central Highlands fleet

New graders add grunt to Central Highlands fleet

When you are responsible for maintenance and improvement of roads for an area the size of Tasmania, it is critical that operations run efficiently and effectively, says Central Highlands Regional Council chief executive officer Scott Mason. He was commenting as the council took delivery of a trio of new CAT 140M graders, costing about $1.3 million, which it says will help to run a leaner and green...

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Aug 08, 2016
iNQ Central Launch – Townsville

iNQ Central Launch – Townsville

See who was there at https://www.i-q.net.au/gallery/inq-central-launch       ...

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Aug 08, 2016
Grosvenor team celebrates EK Healy win

Grosvenor team celebrates EK Healy win

The Grosvenor mines rescue team has claimed victory at the 2016 EK Healy Cup, held at the Moranbah North mine in the Bowen Basin recently. The team was led by Boyd Buschmann and included Reece Campbell, Brendan Sant, Luke Sturmfels, Shaun Britton, Wade Rothery, Jared Maher and vice-captain Shane Steven. Chief assessor Ray Smith from the Queensland Mines Rescue Service said this year’s EK Healy was...

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Aug 06, 2016
Funds for Mareeba Bypass feasibility study

Funds for Mareeba Bypass feasibility study

The Palaszczuk Government will inject $375,000 funding into the proposed Mareeba Bypass to start initial project planning. Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the funding, part of the State Budget, meant a feasibility study could be undertaken into the proposed Mulligan Highway, Northern Bypass Route. “We will begin planning this new road as a cost-effective route linking the Mulligan Highway and Mareeba-D...

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Aug 05, 2016
New Hope leads way on workplace wellbeing

New Hope leads way on workplace wellbeing

New Hope Group’s New Acland Mine health and wellness program – Live Well, Work Well – has won a national award. New Hope was awarded the Australian Mines and Metals Association (AMMA) 2016 Industry Award for Health and Wellbeing at a ceremony in Perth last night. The New Acland Mine health and wellness program was implemented in 2014 and encourages employees to self-manage their ...

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Aug 04, 2016
Zinc upswing to continue

Zinc upswing to continue

Zinc prices are on the up and so are the fortunes of junior Red River Resources as it continues to advance its Thalanga project in North Queensland. The company is boosting its exploration team after a recent high-grade discovery at the Liontown East target within the Thalanga zinc project and plans to begin refurbishment work this month on the site’s processing plant. The junior bought the polyme...

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Aug 04, 2016
AusIMM NQ Branch Technical Meeting

AusIMM NQ Branch Technical Meeting

Click the link to see who was there AusIMM NQ Branch Technical Meeting ...

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Aug 03, 2016
Industrial waste an underused resource, says university

Industrial waste an underused resource, says university

We are wasting our waste, particularly our industrial waste, University of Sydney chemical engineering experts say. According to the most recent Australian Bureau of Statistics figures, the nation’s waste generation almost doubled in the decade 1997 to 2007. The bulk of the waste is coming from the commercial and industrial sectors and from construction and demolition, according to Professor...

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Aug 02, 2016
Coal disease identification techniques get a boost

Coal disease identification techniques get a boost

The identification of Black Lung disease in Queensland coal miners is now being supported by United States expertise. Changes, including double-checks by U.S.-based accredited x-ray readers are now operational, Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said. The improved screening and quality assurance system is part of the three-pronged attack Dr Lynham announced earlier this month t...

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Aug 02, 2016
BHP move to bring workers to town wins Queensland support

BHP move to bring workers to town wins Queensland support

A Western Australia effort to bring FIFO workers out of the camps and into town has given heart to the leader of one of Queensland’s largest mining regions. Isaac Mayor Anne Baker has applauded the tenacity of the West Australian mining community of Newman which has secured the closure of a mining camp and the return of mine workers to local housing. Mayor Anne Baker said the Newman communit...

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Aug 02, 2016
Resorts revamp tagged to reef economy

Resorts revamp tagged to reef economy

The state government is looking at rejuvenating run-down tourist resorts as one way of helping make a dollar off the great Barrier Reef. Minister for the Great Barrier Reef, Dr Steven Miles has set up an inter-agency working group will identify ways to maximise economic opportunities. The move would help ensure the tourism industry and regional economies fully benefited from some of the best real ...

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Aug 01, 2016
Rocky has sights set on Galilee Basin

Rocky has sights set on Galilee Basin

The Rockhampton region may see itself placed in the box seat to service the expansion of the Galilee Basin coal industry, according to resource industry spokesman for the local council, Neil Fisher. Komatsu’s recent $3.7 billion acquisition of Joy Global was forecast to see the manufacturing equipment business double in size, creating a stronger core mining business nationally, Cr Fisher said. “Ko...

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Aug 01, 2016
Townsville Industry Breakfast

Townsville Industry Breakfast

Organisers of the Townsville Industry Breakfast have released the list of projects to be addressed at the September 6 event. They include: North Queensland Stadium Project A update will be given on the North Queensland Stadium Project. This exciting $250 million project has a strong focus on providing local suppliers with full, fair and reasonable opportunity to be involved. A project overview wil...

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Jul 30, 2016
Biloela power plant receives $31m tune-up

Biloela power plant receives $31m tune-up

A  $31 million maintenance shutdown kicks off this weekend on a generating unit at CS Energy’s Callide Power Station near Biloela. Contractors have been mobilising on site in recent weeks in readiness for the overhaul of the 350 megawatt Unit B1, set to run from July 30 – September 16. Callide Power Station general manager Roy Powell said more than 350 temporary contractors would be on site for th...

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Jul 29, 2016
R U OK? campaign targets FIFO workforce

R U OK? campaign targets FIFO workforce

Workmates are being urged to support one another before they hit rock bottom in a new R U OK? campaign targeting FIFO workers. The suicide prevention group said Western Australian research showed up to one in three fly-in fly-out workers experienced mental health difficulties. With the number of Australians taking their own lives on the rise to almost eight deaths every day, R U OK? chief executiv...

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