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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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Nov 09, 2016
Regions have Defence spend in their sights

Regions have Defence spend in their sights

Regional businesses are being urged to prepare for a 2019 start to capital works as Singapore pours $2.25 billion into upgrading defence training facilities in the Rockhampton and Townsville regions. Capricorn Enterprise has released an indicative timeline regarding the Singapore Armed Forces investment as well as information on the requirements for local suppliers hoping to tap into the work. Eco...

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Nov 09, 2016
Worker choice under new FIFO legistlation

Worker choice under new FIFO legistlation

The options for fly-in fly-out workforces are narrowing. Large new projects will no longer have the option to employ a workforce solely remote from the communities where they operate under proposed new laws. In introducing the laws to parliament, the Palaszczuk Government said it had followed through with election commitments to give workers the choice to live locally. The legistlation will: pre...

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Nov 08, 2016
Central Highlands move to keep dollars local

Central Highlands move to keep dollars local

Central Highlands Regional Council has outlined changes to purchasing arrangements to help local businesses tap into larger projects. Speaking at the Investing in our Future conference recently in Emerald, council chief executive officer Scott Mason said the big news was that the council was embedding, where it could, local contractors and suppliers into large contracts to keep dollars local. R...

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