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Jan 05, 2017
Strike over, but Capcoal battle continues

Strike over, but Capcoal battle continues

Striking Capcoal German Creek mine employees returned to work from last night, but the CFMEU says its battle with owner Anglo American is far from over. About 140 workers had been on strike since August 19 last year over Enterprise Bargaining Agreement negotiations. CFMEU Mining and Energy Division Queensland District vice president Glenn Power said matters related to the dispute were still before...

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Jan 04, 2017
Far Fanning returns to life in 2017

Far Fanning returns to life in 2017

Fortified Gold expects to achieve its first gold pour in the first quarter of the year as it brings North Queensland’s Far Fanning mine back into production after more than a decade of dormancy. And it is not stopping with one operation, with plans to develop further small-scale gold mines in the region in a ‘hub and spoke’ model, according to chief executive and general manager Ashley Van K...

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Jan 03, 2017
Byrnecut wins $300m Capricorn Copper mining contract

Byrnecut wins $300m Capricorn Copper mining contract

Byrnecut Australia has won a $300 million, five-year mining contract for the Capricorn Copper operation, 120km north of Mount Isa. Capricorn Copper managing director Carl Hallion said the mining contractor would be mobilising from this month as activity ramped up at the mine. “There is an increase in activity with various contractors and consultants coming for pre-refurbishment visits, prep work...

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Jan 02, 2017
Net threat security concern

Net threat security concern

There were two lessons coming out of a recent cyber security course attended by Townsville-based engineering consultants Thorburn Australia. The first lesson was there are major companies and utilities exposed to hacking. The second lesson was always turn off your WiFi. Shane Thorburn returned from the Edith Cowan University course more than a little concerned. “If you know what you’re loo...

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Jan 02, 2017
Turning the tap on northern development

Turning the tap on northern development

Access to water is the defining factor in the northern landscape and it is the element that has driven collaboration between two engineering companies. Townsville-based UDP Group and the Brisbane-headquartered O2 Group announced the merger earlier this year. The merger was more than the confluence of engineering disciplines, said O2UDP executive director Pat Brady. It was also about having the cap...

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Jan 02, 2017
Analyst says 2017 mining outlook ‘Trumped-up’

Analyst says 2017 mining outlook ‘Trumped-up’

“The key theme in the resource space for 2017 will be volatility – amidst an overall improving tone in terms of demand and supply fundamentals. One of the biggest drivers will be ‘The Trump Effect’ – how will the US economy and the world economy function during 2017, given Donald Trump’s ascendancy to the White House? Certainly there’s been a lot of near-term enthusiasm gener...

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Jan 01, 2017
2017 outlook from NQ renewable energy investor

2017 outlook from NQ renewable energy investor

“The Australian renewable energy industry is expected to grow strongly in 2017. Growth will be underpinned by reductions in project capital costs, strong government support and stable regulatory framework. Genex Power is one of the companies rapidly developing projects and is therefore at the forefront of the transition from a carbon economy to a renewable energy economy. Genex will commence con...

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Dec 31, 2016
Have your say on payment practices

Have your say on payment practices

METS Ignited is highlighting an inquiry into payment practices in Australia, with a reminder for interested mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector members to have their say before submissions close. Chief executive officer Ric Gros said the aim of the government inquiry was to establish an accurate picture of trends around the commercial arrangements between large and small busin...

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Dec 30, 2016
ESCO powers ahead with Queensland solar plans

ESCO powers ahead with Queensland solar plans

Australian solar developer ESCO Pacific has a raft of new solar farms in the pipeline for Queensland, with a total installed capacity of 320MW – capable of generating electricity to power 150,000 households. In July 2016, ESCO Pacific received approval for its 135MW Ross River Solar Farm near Townsville.  The company says construction at Ross River is due to commence in early 2017. Planning con...

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Dec 30, 2016
Money sealed on another NQ solar deal

Money sealed on another NQ solar deal

North Queensland’s solar credentials are up a notch with another large-scale solar farm reaching a major financial milestone. Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) have reached financial close on the Clare Solar Farm project near Ayr, with Queensland Energy Minister Mark Bailey noting it would be one of the largest in the country. Construction is set to begin in early 2017, with the farm expected t...

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Dec 29, 2016
Be recognised as a superior trainer

Be recognised as a superior trainer

Nominations for the 2017 Queensland Training Awards open on January 1. It’s the 56th anniversary for the awards, which are the sector’s highest accolade for those who strive for best practice according to Acting Training Minister Stirling Hinchliffe. “The Queensland Training Awards offer a unique chance for individuals to be recognised for their efforts and share their success wi...

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Dec 29, 2016
Business outlook from Cairns developer

Business outlook from Cairns developer

“What does 2017 mean for the Cairns property and development market? We live in uncertain times – again. However, my ‘crystal ball’ thinks that we will see Cairns continue to strengthen. With projects such as the aquarium, the performing arts centre, Nova, Tradewinds redevelopment and infrastructure like the Bill Fulton Bridge and Bruce Highway (Cairns Southern Access) phase 2, Cairns ...

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Dec 28, 2016
2017 mining outlook from Mount isa

2017 mining outlook from Mount isa

“2017 will hopefully be a positive start for the mining industry after a hard couple of years. This has started with a number of drill rigs being transported through the mineral province, because without exploration we don’t have a future in mining. With news pending of a couple of sites in the feasibility stage and development of the MMG Dugald River Mine and, of course, the first shipment of...

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Dec 28, 2016
From bush road to bitumen

From bush road to bitumen

Sealing works have now finished on the Musgrave and Little Laura to Fairview Peninsula Developmental Road (PDR) projects.. The PDR was the backbone of the Cape York road network, said Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester, “These works are connecting remote Cape York communities while creating greater economic, training and employment opportunities for local workers, businesse...

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Dec 27, 2016
New Year predictions from an experienced NQ contractor

New Year predictions from an experienced NQ contractor

“To be in business, a positive and upbeat disposition is required; you get knocked down, you have to bounce back. Sadly for small and medium civil contracting businesses it is becoming more and more difficult to be profitable and to consequently survive. It is disheartening and frustrating, but current government policies and lack of support will force smaller companies into packing up and walki...

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Dec 27, 2016
Flinders Highway upgrades complete

Flinders Highway upgrades complete

The freight, mining and agriculture industries will benefit from the completion of $25 million of upgrades to Queensland’s Flinders Highway according to the Federal Government. 25 kilometres of road has been strengthened under the National Highway Upgrade Programme Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said. That’s around three per cent of the total length of the h...

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Dec 26, 2016
New Year outlook by CQ identity

New Year outlook by CQ identity

“Often in mining when prices rise people imagine this will always be the case. Likewise when we see our industry take a hit, people expect the worst. The reality is our cycle times are lengthening, but it’s still a cycle. The economic rebalancing in China obviously impacted the coal industry in Queensland, commodity prices took longer to recover than anticipated, though we are holding well at ...

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Dec 26, 2016
Second range crossing build to start soon

Second range crossing build to start soon

The pointy end of the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing constriction will start in 2017. Construction was ready to go on key links to the transport network said Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester, “Works will start on the Warrego East Interchange at Helidon Spa, the Warrego West Interchange at Charlton and, in the west, the Gore Highway Interchange at Athol,” Mr Che...

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