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Jul 29, 2016
First CuDeco copper shipment hits the wharves

First CuDeco copper shipment hits the wharves

The first truckload of native copper concentrate from the new processing plant at CuDeco’s Rocklands mine site near Cloncurry has been delivered to the Port of Townsville. The native copper concentrate will be stored at the North Queensland port prior to its transportation via ship to Zhapu Port, China, under an offtake agreement with China Oceanwide International Investment Co. CuDeco said prelim...

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Jul 27, 2016
TEAM Group tops mining contractor titles

TEAM Group tops mining contractor titles

TEAM Group have been named the Queensland Mining Contractors of the Year at a gala celebration in Mackay. The company was a finalist in two categories of the awards for its innovation across multiple aspects of a stacker and reclaimer erection contract for Anglo American’s Grosvenor Mine. In the winning project, TEAM’s innovative girder transport saved an estimated $400,000, and their clever frame...

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Jul 27, 2016
New chief takes Gladstone ports helm

New chief takes Gladstone ports helm

Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) has appointed a new chief executive officer, Peter O’Sullivan. GPC chairman Leo Zussino said Mr O’Sullivan had extensive experience in project management as well as broad senior executive leadership experience, particularly in the ports sector. “Peter is a dynamic leader and has a reputation for achieving high levels of performance and strong results, and I am con...

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Jul 27, 2016
Contractors named for $360m Atherton Tableland wind farm construction

Contractors named for $360m Atherton Tableland wind farm construction

Ratch Australia today named preferred contractors for its $360 million Mount Emerald Wind Farm near Mareeba on the Atherton Tableland, saying it remains on track for a December start to construction. Construction will be undertaken by Vestas and Downer Group, subject to completion of the necessary contracting agreements and project financing arrangements. The announcement follows Ergon Energy’s de...

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Jul 27, 2016
Council lines up suppliers for $51m wastewater project

Council lines up suppliers for $51m wastewater project

Townsville City Council has endorsed the preferred tenderer for the supply of ultra-filtration materials that will be used in the $51 million upgrade of the Cleveland Bay Purification Plant. Evoqua Water Technologies was shortlisted from three tenderers to supply immersed hollow core membrane systems for the treatment plant. Water and Waste Committee chair Cr Paul Jacob said the upgrade was essent...

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Jul 27, 2016
Mentoring program kicks off for resourceful women

Mentoring program kicks off for resourceful women

A program to help women develop their careers in Queensland’s resources sector is being launched in Brisbane tonight (July 27). The Women in Resources Mentoring Program is an initiative of the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and voluntary group Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) and follows a successful pilot program, which concluded last year and was funded through a state gover...

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Jul 27, 2016
Tenders go out in Vines Creek bridges project

Tenders go out in Vines Creek bridges project

The $28 million Vines Creek Bridges replacement project has reached a milestone this week with tenders called for the supply of deck units.  Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said it was an exciting time for the Mackay project, which was brought forward under the Accelerated Works Program (AWP).  “The delivery of this project was brought forward to generate jobs in the Mackay distric...

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Jul 26, 2016
QME showcases array of new products

QME showcases array of new products

A clever reinvention of the dragline roller and an innovative light tower project are among the contenders for the QME Best Product Launch award this year. Now in its 23rd year, the Queensland Mining and Engineering Exhibition kicked off in Mackay today (July 26) and boasts more than 200 brands showcasing their newest developments. “The QME exhibition is Queensland’s premier industry event to show...

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Jul 26, 2016
Forum to help Gladstone firms snag council work

Forum to help Gladstone firms snag council work

Designers, contractors and suppliers interested in securing Gladstone Regional Council capital projects contracts are urged to join an information session tomorrow (July 27). The council said the session sprang from its preference for appointing local contractors whenever possible. “Those attending the session will learn what water, sewerage, roads, waste and parks capital projects are to be...

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Jul 26, 2016
Awards double act for CQ plumbers

Awards double act for CQ plumbers

A Rockhampton plumbing business has made a splash at this year’s state Plumbing and Gas Industry Awards. Central Queensland Plumbing has claimed the QLeave Commercial and Industrial Technical Award for the second year in a row, as well as the simPRO Service Excellence Award for 2016. Organisers said the Commercial and Industrial Technical Award stemmed from Central Queensland Plumbing’...

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Jul 25, 2016
Drone technology takes off in the gasfields

Drone technology takes off in the gasfields

A partnership between a major Surat Basin gas project and Boeing to develop world’s first commercial use of beyond-line-of-sight drones has attracted $1 million in Advance Queensland research funding. Remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), or drones, are being used to monitor natural gas wells and associated infrastructure for Shell’s QGC operations which, until now, have mostly been inspected ...

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Jul 25, 2016
Mental health awareness starts QME

Mental health awareness starts QME

To kickstart the 2016 Queensland Mining and Engineering Exhibition (QME), Resource Industry Network will host a Mental Health Awareness Breakfast tomorrow morning (July 26) featuring guest speaker Craig Hamilton. Mr Hamilton is an ABC sports journalist and after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2000, he is now a mental health advocate and ambassador for Beyond Blue. According to Mr Hamilto...

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Jul 25, 2016
Blair Athol Mine set to reopen in 2016

Blair Athol Mine set to reopen in 2016

TerraCom subsidiary Orion Mining has reached agreement to buy the mothballed Blair Athol coal mine, with the current owners providing $80 million to meet the mine’s rehabilitation liability. TerraCom said it planned to commence more than 50ha of site rehabilitation while bringing the mine back into production. TerraCom chairman Cameron McRae said the company was targeting fourth quarter 2016 for f...

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Jul 24, 2016
TEAM work draws industry accolades

TEAM work draws industry accolades

Designing a specialised trailer system to help an extra-large load “creep” under powerlines on its way to the coalfields is the sort of innovation drawing industry attention to TEAM Group. The Mackay-based firm has made the finals in two categories of the 2016 Queensland Mining Contractor Awards for solutions developed for the Grosvenor mine construction project. TEAM walked away with a gong from ...

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Jul 23, 2016
FKG quest for excellence draws state design award

FKG quest for excellence draws state design award

Toowoomba’s Quest Apartments have earned a top Queensland building design award, giving the FKG team behind the project a shot at the national title. Industry body the Building Designers Association Queensland (BDAQ) this week named FKG Group’s design and construct (D&C) team winners in two categories for the apartment building incorporating a century-old church located at 133 Margaret St, Too...

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Jul 23, 2016
Traditional owners to help restore Century site

Traditional owners to help restore Century site

The Waanyi people are continuing their longstanding relationship with MMG Century Mine following the end of production at the zinc operation in Queensland’s lower Gulf region. Waanyi ReGen (WRJV), a 50:50 joint venture between the Waanyi Prescribed Body Corporate (Waanyi PBC) and ReGen, a Downer Mining enterprise, has been awarded a labour hire contract for care and maintenance activities at...

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Jul 22, 2016
Green light for $32.8m capital works in Whitsunday region

Green light for $32.8m capital works in Whitsunday region

Whitsunday Regional Council has approved $32.8 million in capital works projects in its 2016/2017 Budget. Mayor Andrew Willcox said the council had delivered a sensible budget but one that would deliver fundamental infrastructure upgrades and enhancements to facilities across the broader region. “What we do today has to count for tomorrow, and as a unified council, we are delivering a diverse rang...

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Jul 22, 2016
Pitching in with a 40-year council works stint

Pitching in with a 40-year council works stint

An offer of a six-week stint stone pitching at Jondaryan turned into a 40-year working career for Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) plant operator Trevor Woodcock . Mr Woodcock and colleagues celebrated that career this week when he turned up for his final official duty – a well-earned retirement function at TRC’s Oakey works depot. Work colleagues were joined by TRC Deputy Mayor and Infrastr...

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