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Feb 05, 2016
QGC makes supply simpler for local firms

QGC makes supply simpler for local firms

QGC has launched a new policy and strategy to make it simpler for community and regional businesses to be part of its supply chain. The move comes as works start to roll out for the $1.7 billion Charlie development in the Surat Basin, with the FKG Group of Toowoomba starting work on a $16 million contract to widen a local road. Managing director Tony Nunan said the changes would ensure local busin...

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Feb 05, 2016
NQ dams focus of funding push

NQ dams focus of funding push

Townsville Enterprise has put forward a submission to secure a share of the Federal Government’s $25 million National Water Infrastructure Fund for the region. The economic development group is advocating that the government fund feasibility studies into the establishment of a new dam at Hell’s Gate and an expansion of the Burdekin Falls Dam. Townsville Enterprise general manager economic deve...

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Feb 04, 2016
Chinatown land deal sinks

Chinatown land deal sinks

Whitsunday Regional Council has terminated its agreement to sell 45-71 Waterson Way, Airlie Beach to the developer behind the proposed $300 million Chinatown project. Whitsunday Chinatown Investments had until 4pm on Wednesday, February 3 to provide the council with the purchase price balance of $2.5 million and a bank guarantee of $1 million. Deputy mayor Andrew Willcox said the council had provi...

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Feb 04, 2016
AGL turns down the gas

AGL turns down the gas

AGL is backing away from gas exploration and production, with plans to sell a range of Queensland CSG assets. In an announcement today, the energy giant said those activities would no longer be a core business for the company due to the volatility of commodity prices and long development lead times. It plans to sell its Queensland natural gas assets at Moranbah, Silver Springs and Spring Gully, ap...

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Feb 04, 2016
Isaac Plains primed for restart

Isaac Plains primed for restart

Stanmore Coal says its Isaac Plains mine near Moranbah in Central Queensland is on track to produce its first coal shipments in April. The company awarded a three-year mining contract in December to Golding Contractors, who assume full site responsibilities from this week. Production drilling and coal processing plant refurbishment work began in January, according to Stanmore’s latest quarterly ...

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Feb 03, 2016
Media excited, locals cautious on Adani mine environmental approvals

Media excited, locals cautious on Adani mine environmental approvals

The Bowen community has reacted cautiously to news that Adani has been granted environmental approval to mine coal at its Carmichael lease in the Galilee Basin. Bowen is just south of Abbot Point, which is part of a mine, rail and port investment by the Indian utilities and energy giant that is touted to produce and handle six million tonnes of thermal coal a year for export. The Environment Depa...

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Feb 03, 2016
Packages open in $800m northern pipeline project

Packages open in $800m northern pipeline project

Accommodation services, 4WD vehicle hire and geotechnical investigation are among the work packages open for expressions of interest this month for Jemena’s $800 million Northern Gas Pipeline project. The 622km NGP (formerly known as the North East Gas Interconnector pipeline) will run between Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory and Mount Isa in Queensland to connect NT gas fields with custo...

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Feb 02, 2016
Plan highlights critical inland road repairs

Plan highlights critical inland road repairs

A new report on Queensland’s inland road network has identified $5 billion of works required over 18 years to bridge the gap between existing conditions and ‘fit for purpose’ standards. The Inland Queensland Roads Action Plan (IQ-RAP) launched in North Queensland this week prioritises upgrades over the next 15 years and beyond. The plan was developed by consultants Harrison Infrastructure Gr...

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Feb 02, 2016
Rail yard redevelopment scheme approved

Rail yard redevelopment scheme approved

The way has been opened for a Toowoomba railway precinct to be transformed into an urban village and parkland, after State Government approval of the development scheme. The Toowoomba Railway Parklands Priority Development Area development scheme covers a total area of 51.3 ha. In adopting the scheme, State Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Minister Jackie Trad said the project would r...

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Feb 02, 2016
Exploration feature event in Brisbane this month

Exploration feature event in Brisbane this month

A distinguished line-up of speakers will tackle the topic of ‘Exploring Outside the Box’ at the first Queensland Exploration Council (QEC) event for the year. The conference, sponsored by Evolution Mining, will showcase new developments in exploration techniques. The QEC Technical Seminar will be held on Wednesday, February 17 at the Royal on the Park, 152 Alice St, Brisbane. Confirmed speak...

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Feb 01, 2016
Isaac region wants some attention

Isaac region wants some attention

Isaac Regional Council in the northern Bowen Basin has put its hand up for hardship funding coming from announcements made in the wake of the Queensland Nickel sackings. More than 230 staff were put off from Clive Palmer’s Townsville refinery after a move by the management team to enter into voluntary administration. The Premier has committed a $187 million support package generating 430 jobs f...

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Feb 01, 2016
Strength in diversity

Strength in diversity

Townsville North Queensland’s strengths are in its diversity. That’s the message coming out of slick new promotional film produced by peak industry body Townsville Enterprise (TEL). TEL last year launched its opportunity Townsville North Queensland initiative including satellite regions. The aim of the film was to whet the appetite of potential investors as to the opportunities Townsville Nort...

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Feb 01, 2016
Anglo’s polar opposite Q4 thermal and met coal production run

Anglo’s polar opposite Q4 thermal and met coal production run

Anglo American reported a drop in thermal coal exports of more than 20 per cent in the last quarter of last year to 7.7mt. Overall thermal coal exports for the year were down only two per cent to 33.6mt. Metallurgical coal was up 11 per cent for the same fourth quarter production but only up one per cent over the year to 21.2mt. The coal industry generally reacted to lower prices by expanding prod...

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Feb 01, 2016
Refinery head speaks out in defence of Palmer

Refinery head speaks out in defence of Palmer

The managing director of Queensland Nickel (QN) has launched a defence of the refinery’s owner in the face of an extended coverage of Clive Palmer’s actions leading up to the declaration of voluntary administration. The $6m-plus legacy owed to more than 230 staff made redundant is in question. This is in the face of moves by Mr Palmer to remove himself from direct responsibility over the day-...

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Feb 01, 2016
A bit of trivia – older drivers rule the roads

A bit of trivia – older drivers rule the roads

Our drivers are more likely to be older than younger. Eighty-year-old-plus Australians are now more likely to drive than 18-24 year-olds, the latest national data from Roy Morgan shows. Over the past eight years, the proportion of Australians aged 80-plus who get behind the wheel has steadily increased—while 18-24 year-olds have become less inclined to drive. For the first time, in 2015 the oldi...

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Jan 31, 2016
School build launches $60m project blitz

School build launches $60m project blitz

Site works are due to start as soon as this week for the new Cairns Special School as a $60 million accelerated works program kicks off in Far North Queensland. Treasurer and Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said Hutchinson Builders signed off on the school contract last week, with construction to be completed this year. He said the State Government’s accelerated $60 million pipeline of works wou...

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Jan 29, 2016
Homeground wins APLNG shutdown work

Homeground wins APLNG shutdown work

Homeground Gladstone has entered into an exclusive accommodation agreement with ConocoPhillips, downstream operator of the Australia Pacific LNG facility, to meet shutdown workforce requirements. Homeground, a Decmil Group subsidiary, also currently provides shutdown accommodation for Rio Tinto’s Yarwun bauxite refinery in Gladstone. Decmil Group chief executive officer and managing director Sco...

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Jan 28, 2016
Telco targets Charlie gas development

Telco targets Charlie gas development

Queensland-based March IT is targeting businesses working on QGC’s $1.7 billion Charlie gas development as it rolls out new remote telecommunications services in the Surat Basin. Director – business development Geoff Marsh described SuratConnect, launched this week, as a natural evolution to expand March IT’s offering in the region. The initial product rollout had focused on the Charlie deve...

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