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Nov 04, 2016
Concrete progress on $71m Rubyanna plant

Concrete progress on $71m Rubyanna plant

The $71 million Rubyanna Wastewater Treatment Plant, the single largest infrastructure project ever undertaken by Bundaberg Regional Council, is gaining momentum with a massive concrete pour over the past few days. The slab for the plant’s bioreactor consumed 690 cubic metres of concrete when poured this week. Downer Utilities has been engaged to design, construct, maintain and operate the p...

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Nov 04, 2016
New Acland battle has broad impact

New Acland battle has broad impact

The continued delay on a decision around the New Acland Stage 3 expansion mining lease has severe ramifications for jobs, agriculture, nearby mines and the cost to use the rail line on the Darling Downs, warns Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise executive chairman Shane Charles. Mr Charles said the New Acland coal mine would cease operations by 2018 if New Hope Group failed to gain timely approva...

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Nov 03, 2016
Qld engineer proves talent in ‘talking shop’

Qld engineer proves talent in ‘talking shop’

Brisbane-based graduate engineer John Pidgeon knows how to engage and educate. The BMT WBM employee won this year’s Australian Speak Out for Engineering competition, introduced by IMechE (the Institution of Mechanical Engineers) to help advance verbal and visual communication on technical mechanical engineering-related subjects. Mr Pidgeon agreed there was often a big gap between engineers’ techni...

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Nov 03, 2016
CQ branch for peak project management body

CQ branch for peak project management body

Mackay is about to launch its own offshoot of the Project Management Institute (PMI) – the first in regional Queensland. An inaugural meeting will be held next Wednesday (November 9) to get the ball rolling, with Resource Industry Network director David Hartigan and Capital Consulting Engineers managing director Len Brunette as guest speakers. CQUni senior lecturer in project management Rich...

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Nov 03, 2016
New Year start for $44m overtaking lane project

New Year start for $44m overtaking lane project

Work is due to begin in January on construction of eight new overtaking lanes between Dalby and Oakey, in a $44 million project under the Warrego Highway Upgrade Program. Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said Federal funding of up to $35.12 million had been approved for the project, which will also receive funding from the Queensland Government. “These new overtakin...

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Nov 02, 2016
Tender process kicks off for Riverway Drive works

Tender process kicks off for Riverway Drive works

Expressions of interest have been called in the first stage of the tender process for the $30 million duplication of Riverway Drive in Kelso, Townsville. Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said duplication of a 3km section of the busy road between Gollogly Lane and Allambie Lane would benefit the fast-growing Upper Ross community. “I’m pleased to announce today the first stage of tend...

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Nov 01, 2016
Online portal for Gladstone contractors

Online portal for Gladstone contractors

Gladstone Regional Council is urging contractors from within the region to register their business details on its new VendorPanel Marketplace online system. The online portal replaces the Tender Alert Service through which potential suppliers were previously kept updated on council tender opportunities. Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett said the new system enabled council staff to search a list ...

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Nov 01, 2016
New manufacturing plans for Wellcamp site

New manufacturing plans for Wellcamp site

Wagners is taking its composite fibre materials business to the next level with plans for a new manufacturing plant within Toowoomba’s Wellcamp Business Park. Managing director Denis Wagner said the group hoped to have the new factory in production in early 2017, subject to approvals. Wagners CFT operations, currently located at Anzac Avenue premises in Toowoomba, already employ about 100 pe...

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Oct 31, 2016
Callide coal sale deal confirmed

Callide coal sale deal confirmed

CS Energy has welcomed confirmation that Anglo American’s sale of the Callide Mine in central Queensland to Batchfire Resources was completed today, saying it provides certainty for its nearby power operations. The Callide open-cut thermal coal mine and associated processing infrastructure produced 7.9Mt of coal in 2015 (and 5.5Mt in the first nine months of 2016), the majority of which was sold t...

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Oct 31, 2016
Fears New Acland future ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’

Fears New Acland future ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’

More than 700 community members are expected to rally at Queensland Parliament tomorrow to voice their concerns of the impact of proposed water legislation on New Acland Mine extension plans. An $896 million continuation project is proposed to lift production at this New Hope Group open-cut operation from about 5Mtpa to 7.5Mtpa of thermal coal. Queensland’s Coordinator-General gave conditional app...

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Oct 31, 2016
Black Star bows out after 13 years in zinc

Black Star bows out after 13 years in zinc

Mount Isa Mines’ Black Star open-cut mine in north-west Queensland has moved to a care and maintenance phase after mining out the existing reserve. Owner Glencore said the mine began production in 2004 with an initial expectation of an eight-year life. In the end, it delivered 13 years of successful operation, producing about 40 million tonnes of ore, 1.75 million tonnes of contained zinc metal an...

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Oct 31, 2016
Construction investment fails to stack up

Construction investment fails to stack up

Engineering construction has continued to shrink as mining investment slides, with engineering construction work done falling to the lowest levels seen since late 2010, according to the latest quarterly investment report from Deloitte Access Economics. The worst of the falls have already occurred, but there is still more to come as massive gas projects finish up construction and move into producti...

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Oct 30, 2016
Contamination sparks Ben Lomond order

Contamination sparks Ben Lomond order

Queensland’s environment department has issued an Environmental Protection Order (EPO) to Uranium Mineral Ventures Incorporated (UMVI) in relation to the Ben Lomond uranium site, 50km west of Townsville.  Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles said the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) issued the EPO on Friday (October 28) to further strengthen safeguards against any rele...

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Oct 28, 2016
Cloncurry copper mine marks official opening

Cloncurry copper mine marks official opening

The official opening of CuDeco’s $640 million copper mine near Cloncurry has been hailed as a sign Queensland has weathered the storm of a worldwide resources price slump. Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Coralee O’Rourke said the Rocklands operation was good news for the economy and for the region. Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Coralee O’Rourke at the ...

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Oct 28, 2016
Green light for $50m spillway works

Green light for $50m spillway works

Queensland Government-owned SunWater has committed $50.5 million to reinstate and repair the Boondooma Dam spillway in the South Burnett region. Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the work would support about 120 full-time jobs for the region during construction. “These works are essential to ensure the ongoing supply of water needed to power the Tarong Power Station,” Mr Pitt said. “Restoring Boondooma D...

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Oct 28, 2016
International accolades for Earth Friendly Concrete

International accolades for Earth Friendly Concrete

Construction materials and logistics company Wagners has won first place at the 2016 American Concrete Institute (ACI) Excellence in Concrete Awards for its Earth Friendly Concrete (EFC) innovation. Wagners director Joe Wagner accepted the international award on behalf of the privately owned company at the ACI’s gala dinner attended by more than 300 people in Philadelphia this week. Mr Wagner said...

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Oct 27, 2016
Resources sector underpins Queensland wealth

Resources sector underpins Queensland wealth

The resources sector has contributed $55.7 billion to the state’s economy and delivered the equivalent of 309,500 full-time jobs across Queensland in 2015-16, according to new figures from the peak industry body. Queensland Resources Council chief executive Michael Roche today launched the seventh annual economic contribution report at the Brisbane headquarters of BHP Billiton. “Despite anot...

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Oct 27, 2016
Pressure to approve Carmichael project

Pressure to approve Carmichael project

The friends of Adani’s Carmichael mine, rail and port development are starting to organise. Stakeholders have posted an open letter expressing their concerns on the need to boost flagging regional economies and increase local job opportunities. The campaign – see below – is being led by peak representative body Townsville Enterprise. Opposition spokesman for Mines and Northern De...

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