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Nov 20, 2016
Chance to pitch to Bowen Basin mines

Chance to pitch to Bowen Basin mines

Mackay region’s engineering and heavy industrial sector will have the opportunity to present their products and services to Bowen Basin mining houses thanks to a program being offered by two industry groups. Resource Industry Network and the Moranbah Traders’ Association (MTA) are offering a Promoting Innovative Solutions program to assist local businesses to refine and develop the way they pr...

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Nov 19, 2016
Toowoomba firm takes on underbelly of Melbourne’s Parliament House

Toowoomba firm takes on underbelly of Melbourne’s Parliament House

Toowoomba’s Geothermal Industries has secured a $500,000 tender for temperature control work on the extension of Parliament House in Melbourne. Managing director Nigel de Veth said the tender was a success story for the renewable energy industry and the Toowoomba region’s workforce. “We will drill 55 by 100m geothermal bore holes which will provide the heating and cooling for the extensi...

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Nov 18, 2016
Glanville to drive new regional economic alliance

Glanville to drive new regional economic alliance

John Glanville has been appointed to the position of chair elect of the Greater Whitsunday Alliance (GW3), a new regional economic development group in central Queensland. Cr Anne Baker, Chair of the Whitsunday Regional Organisation of Councils welcomed Mr Glanville to the position. “John demonstrated to the selection panel that he was the person to take GW3 forward.  I wish to also acknowledge...

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Nov 18, 2016
Stadium contracts in time for Christmas

Stadium contracts in time for Christmas

The first three contracts for the $250 million North Queensland Stadium – including principal consultant – are on schedule to be awarded by Christmas, the State Government says. State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the next milestone was a call for tenders for two contracts for the quantity survey and audit programmer. “Tenders will be called (Friday – November 18) from t...

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Nov 18, 2016
Construction EOIs for $565m Mackay road project

Construction EOIs for $565m Mackay road project

The Mackay Ring Road – Stage 1 project has reached its next major milestone with expressions of interest now called for the construction tender of the $565 million project. Queensland Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said the project was the largest ever undertaken by the Queensland Government in the Mackay/Whitsunday region. “It is a huge project totalling 11.3km in length. It ...

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Nov 18, 2016
Back-to-back honours for Port of Townsville

Back-to-back honours for Port of Townsville

The Port of Townsville has been named best in Australia two years running. Northern Australia’s largest general cargo and container port was awarded the ‘Svitzer Australian Port or Terminal of the Year’ award for 2016 at the Australian Shipping and Maritime Industry Awards in Sydney. Port of Townsville Limited Chief Executive Officer Ranee Crosby said that the win was a testament to ...

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Nov 16, 2016
Walz Group wins $31m Hay Point contract

Walz Group wins $31m Hay Point contract

BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) has appointed Gladstone-based Walz Group for a $31 million project to remove decommissioned marine infrastructure from the Hay Point Coal Terminal, south of Mackay. Walz Group will deconstruct and remove the original trestle and conveyor that transported coal from the terminal to waiting bulk carriers for more than 40 years from when the facility opened in 1...

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Nov 16, 2016
Grants to aid north-west Queensland exploration

Grants to aid north-west Queensland exploration

The State Government is offering $500,000 in grants to support exploration work in north-west Queensland. Speaking at the Queensland Resources Council annual State of the Sector event today, Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the funds would back exploration in the world’s richest base metal region. “The Palaszczuk Government recognises the importance of north-west Que...

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Nov 16, 2016
Regional councils shine in public works arena

Regional councils shine in public works arena

South Burnett Regional Council really knows how to turn on the waterworks, and wastewater works. Its projects have topped two out of three water and wastewater categories at this year’s Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, Queensland (IPWEAQ) Excellence Awards. The council’s technical services manager James D’Arcy was also honoured, receiving the IPWEAQ President’s Award. The...

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Nov 15, 2016
Project funds opportunity for METS sector

Project funds opportunity for METS sector

METS Ignited has launched an industry-wide Expression of Interest (EOI) process for businesses to access matched-funding for special projects. METS Ignited chief executive officer Ric Gros said the organisation was making about $3.6 million available in 2016/17 to encourage members of the Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) sector to collaborate on projects which targeted opportunitie...

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Nov 15, 2016
Senex brings Glenora gas pilot online

Senex brings Glenora gas pilot online

Senex Energy has completed the first coal seam gas pilot development, Glenora, on its Western Surat Gas project. The project will involve the extraction of gas from coal seams across about 915sq km of land adjacent to gas fields and infrastructure operated by Australian majors Santos and Origin Energy. “We have kicked off the Western Surat Gas Project with a successful work program to bring ...

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Nov 15, 2016
Fulton Hogan wins spillway construction contract

Fulton Hogan wins spillway construction contract

The construction contract for a $50 million project to repair the Boondooma Dam spillway in Queensland’s South Burnett region has been awarded to Australasian civil engineering firm Fulton Hogan. Queensland Water and Energy Minister Mark Bailey said the project was essential to maintain secure and efficient water supply for the region’s industry and would be a welcome boost the local economy, ...

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Nov 12, 2016
Townsville ‘City Deal’ summit next week

Townsville ‘City Deal’ summit next week

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk have signed an historic memorandum to renew the city centre and accelerate jobs growth in a City Deal for Townsville. They said the Memorandum of Understanding set out how all three levels of government would work together to encourage local business and employment opportunities as well as attract international inv...

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Nov 12, 2016
International gateway status for Wellcamp

International gateway status for Wellcamp

Toowoomba’s Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport is now classified as a regional international gateway under Australia’s air services arrangements. Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said this meant international airlines would be able to service the airport without any restrictions on trip frequencies. “I have formally advised my Queensland counterpart of this decisi...

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Nov 11, 2016
Callide wraps up major run of overhauls

Callide wraps up major run of overhauls

The completion of a $20 million shutdown at CS Energy’s Callide Power Station complex later this month will cap off a heavy overhaul and maintenance program at the central Queensland site in 2016. The Unit C3 overhaul is scheduled for completion on November 19 and follows the completion of the $31 million major overhaul of Unit B1 on September 21 and a nine-day summer readiness outage of Unit C4...

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Nov 11, 2016
Exploration tenders open on prospective gas and petroleum plots

Exploration tenders open on prospective gas and petroleum plots

The Queensland Government today released more than 450sq km of new land for exploration, saying the Bowen and Surat basin tenements were expected to attract global interest. Natural Resources and Mines Minsiter Dr Anthony Lynham said the tender process for the two parcels of land  in prime petroleum and gas exploration regions was expected to be highly competitive. “Exploration is the vital fi...

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Nov 10, 2016
Good news for Adani coal development

Good news for Adani coal development

The $21 billion Carmichael mine, rail and port project has escaped being subjected to further hurdles under the new Environmental Protection (Underground Water Management) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016. The Bill was passed with amendments that reduce the retrospective impact on some advanced projects like Adani’s by excluding them from duplicative processes if they have been through...

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Nov 10, 2016
Groundwater laws passed in Parliament

Groundwater laws passed in Parliament

Mines under development in Queensland that will have an impact on groundwater will be required to obtain an “associated water licence” under laws passed in Parliament early today (Thursday).  Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles said the Environmental Protection (Underground Water Management) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 allowed the Palaszczuk Government to fulfil its election co...

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