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Jan 22, 2016
Wellsite work keeps flowing for Decmil

Wellsite work keeps flowing for Decmil

Decmil Group has won a $35 million extension to its QCLNG wellsite installation services contract in the Surat Basin. It will continue to support QGC’s operations with wellhead construction, logistics, material management and a range of construction services throughout 2016. Decmil chief executive officer Scott Criddle said the CSG sector in regional Queensland held ongoing opportunities in the ...

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Jan 21, 2016
Calls for a wider response to address fallout from the resources downturn

Calls for a wider response to address fallout from the resources downturn

Regional Queensland leaders are calling for a proportional response from the state government to the resource industry downturn. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced an accelerated works program in Townsville opening up access to projects that have the potential to unlock 430 jobs. That’s in the face of more than 230 sackings from Queensland Nickel and the move by the company to enter vol...

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Jan 20, 2016
Questions over Queensland Nickel’s plant asset value

Questions over Queensland Nickel’s plant asset value

Some light has been thrown on the viability of Clive Palmer’s Queensland Nickel (QN) operation. FTI Consulting was appointed as voluntary administrators on Monday to manage the company’s operations. Mr Palmer had constantly quoted that the site was worth billions, Empower Economics principal economist David Lynch said. “That is correct for replacement value,” Mr Lynch said. “But the resi...

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Jan 20, 2016
Gladstone supply chain promotion

Gladstone supply chain promotion

Gladstone Engineering Alliance is hosting an event in March to promote the region’s supply chain capability to major industry groups statewide. The inaugural Gladstone Resource Industry Supply Chain Expo will be held at the Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre on March 17. GEA projects officer Kim Roberts said invitations had gone out to organisations including the Major Contractors Ass...

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Jan 20, 2016
QCoal progresses construction at Byerwen

QCoal progresses construction at Byerwen

The earth is moving at QCoal Group’s $1.7 billion Byerwen coal project, with Stage 1 of construction under way. The company said rail infrastructure manager Aurizon and civil works contractor Murphy Pipe and Civil mobilised to the site in late 2015 and had commenced earthworks for the project’s rail loop. The initial workforce of about 40 people is expected to grow throughout January and Febru...

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Jan 20, 2016
Sweet NQ haulage deal for Aurizon

Sweet NQ haulage deal for Aurizon

Aurizon has secured a two-year deal expanding its bulk sugar haulage operations with Wilmar Sugar Australia. The agreement will see Aurizon transport about 245,000 tonnes of bulk sugar a year from the Proserpine mill to Mackay harbour and 60,000 tonnes of molasses from Burdekin mills to Port of Townsville from this month. This is in addition to its existing Wilmar contract for 1.2 million tonnes o...

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Jan 20, 2016
Jobs relief for sacked Townsville workers

Jobs relief for sacked Townsville workers

More than 430 jobs for North Queensland are to be supported under a Queensland Government Accelerated Works Program announced by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. Speaking at the Port of Townsville following a special meeting of the Working Queensland Cabinet Committee, Ms Palaszczuk said an extra $126 million in accelerated works had been identified on top of the $61 million in accelerated projects ...

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Jan 20, 2016
Mackay puts up its hand for support

Mackay puts up its hand for support

Mackay has stated its case for help saying the region has borne the brunt of the economic downturn. The State Government has announced a suite of measures to help stimulate the Townsville economy following the move by Clive Palmer’s Queensland Nickel to enter into voluntary administration. Mackay was the largest economic contributor to state coffers in the Northern region yet was continually ov...

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Jan 20, 2016
Anglo offloads CQ mine

Anglo offloads CQ mine

Anglo American has entered into a share sale agreement with Batchfire Resources to sell its 100 per cent interest in the Callide thermal coal mine, 20km north-east of Biloela in Central Queensland. Announcing the deal, Anglo said the transaction remained subject to several conditions and its terms were confidential. Callide consists of an open-pit thermal coal mi...

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Jan 19, 2016
Call for action on FIFO report

Call for action on FIFO report

There are concerns a parliamentary report on fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) practices will get swept under the rug. The inquiry into fly-in, fly-out and other long distance commuting work practices in regional Queensland has produced a series of recommendations aimed at ensuring ‘genuine choice’ for workers. The report was tabled in parliament in October along with 235 written submissio...

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Jan 19, 2016
Moves to legislate against 100 per cent FIFO

Moves to legislate against 100 per cent FIFO

Two Queensland Liberal politicians have made moves to render 100 per cent fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) illegal. Federal Members for Dawson and Capricornia, George Christensen and Michelle Landry, put up a Private Member’s Bill to amend the Fair Work Act 2009. If approved the amendment will make it illegal for companies to refuse applicants jobs based on where they live. The proposed amendment t...

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Jan 19, 2016
Major works begin on $1.6b road project

Major works begin on $1.6b road project

Major works are expected to begin in March as the $1.6 billion Toowoomba Second Range Crossing project ramps up. Preliminary construction activities are under way this month including survey work, geotechnical investigations and potholing on local roads and footpaths to identify existing public utility services, according to Nexus Infrastructure. The Nexus Infrastructure consortium holds the contr...

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Jan 18, 2016
El Nino adds concern for longer drought

El Nino adds concern for longer drought

Drought conditions continue to stress regional Queensland communities in the face of a weak wet season. As at January 1, 2016 there were 36 councils and five part council areas drought declared, with 40 Individually Droughted Properties in a further seven council areas. “No good will come of it. We’re in fairly historic times now,” North Queensland Local Government Association president ...

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Jan 15, 2016
Aussie-made in favour in a growing consumer pie

Aussie-made in favour in a growing consumer pie

It seems we are more likely to buy Australian-made. In the 12 months to September 2015, 89.2 per cent of Australians aged 14 years and over said they’d be more likely to buy products made in Australia — an improvement on 2013, when it was 85.6 per cent, a Roy Morgan Research report shows. But they’d also be more likely to buy overseas goods, especially from Canada, Sweden, France and Spain,...

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Jan 15, 2016
Coal stars in Mackay photo competition

Coal stars in Mackay photo competition

The pride of Mackay has been caught digitally with 300 entries to a city council photo competition called ‘Share your #MackayPride moment’. It was taken out by Walkerston resident Giselle Anderson who caught the romance of the night with a shot over local coal handling facilities called Hay Point Moon Rises. The judges had a difficult job, according to Mackay Mayor Diedre Comeford. “With so...

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Jan 15, 2016
Eton Range reconstruction to start

Eton Range reconstruction to start

Monies are about to start flowing from a major roadworks on the Peak Downs Highway between Nebo and Mackay. Fulton Hogan has been chosen as the successful tenderer for the reconstruction project on the Eton Range.  It is part of the $166.17 million Peak Downs Highway Safety Works. “Over 4000 vehicles, including around 800 heavy vehicles, travel through the Eton Range each day,” Deputy Prime ...

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Jan 15, 2016
Job losses at Queensland Nickel

Job losses at Queensland Nickel

Queensland Nickel (QN) will make more than 230 positions redundant at its Yabulu refinery north of Townsville. That’s around a third of its workforce. Both the government and the Liberal-National Party opposition have rejected recent appeals by owner Clive Palmer for assistance in the face of low metals prices. Blame was placed at the feet of the state government for failing to prop up the opera...

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Jan 15, 2016
Reaction to Yabulu job losses

Reaction to Yabulu job losses

News of job losses at Queensland Nickel was extremely serious said local Townsville federal member, Herbert MP, Ewen Jones. The managing director of Clive Palmers’s Yabulu facility Clive Mensink announced the redundancies of 237 positions from the facility, located about 40kms north of Townsville, this morning. That’s around a third of job positions. Mr Palmer repeatedly made calls for help f...

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