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Feb 24, 2016
Have a say on Global Day of the Engineer

Have a say on Global Day of the Engineer

Today is Global Day of the Engineer and peak body Engineers Australia is asking the wider community to join the celebration. Global Day of the Engineer centres on recognising the accomplishments of engineers, giving students around the world a chance to experience engineering and sharing the innovations engineers create. “Engineers Australia is supporting this worldwide initiative by thanking en...

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Feb 24, 2016
Energy efficiency not faring well when it comes to the crunch

Energy efficiency not faring well when it comes to the crunch

Tough times are failing to win over mining companies to the benefits of energy-efficient crushing and grinding circuits as they set their sights on more dramatic cost-cutting measures. That is according to Energetics executive director and general manager, consulting Mary Stewart, who is a board member for the Coalition for Eco- Efficient Comminution (CEEC). “In their eyes the savings aren’t n...

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Feb 24, 2016
Green light for Cairns tower development

Green light for Cairns tower development

Cairns Regional Council has approved the development application for a planned $550 million, three-tower complex in the city centre. The C3 development on Sheridan St is proposed to include 796 units as well as 3700sq m of floorspace allocated to business and shopping. The smaller two towers would rise to 69m above ground level and the tallest would be 72m. The council said that prior to the devel...

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Feb 22, 2016
Strong growth for road sector

Strong growth for road sector

Road building has been flagged as one of the strongest growth markets in the construction industry, with the value of work nationally forecast to rise more than 30 per cent over three years. In Queensland it is expected to increase 44 per cent from 2014/15 figures, taking the value of road construction works in the state to about $4.9 billion by 2017/18, according to a senior BIS Shrapnel analyst....

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Feb 22, 2016
Infrastructure funds targeted to cyclone recovery

Infrastructure funds targeted to cyclone recovery

The next round of the Palaszczuk Government’s $70 million critical regional infrastructure fund will further help cyclone recovery on the Capricorn Coast 12 months after Cyclone Marcia. The fund has been accelerated by six months to stimulate jobs and economic growth in regional Queensland, with applications to open on April 4. The funding was part of the Queensland Government’s $200 millio...

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Feb 22, 2016
Townsville Industry Breakfast series kicks off

Townsville Industry Breakfast series kicks off

It’s back. The first Townsville Industry Breakfast of the year will be held at the RSL on March 15. Roads and government assets are on the bill.  Main Roads and Transport Department of Transport and Main Roads Northern District director Marissa Wise will present on the Palaszczuk Government’s $77.6 million plan to generate jobs in northern Queensland. The accelerated works program will brin...

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Feb 20, 2016
Fitzroy River weirs flagged as priority works

Fitzroy River weirs flagged as priority works

Capricorn Enterprise has welcomed the Australian Infrastructure Plan listing of Lower Fitzroy River water infrastructure development as a national priority. The plan was released by Infrastructure Australia this week and lists 93 infrastructure priority initiatives including 12 for Queensland. Lower Fitzroy River water infrastructure was highlighted as an opportunity to develop industry and agricu...

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Feb 18, 2016
Plastic fantastic in concrete mix

Plastic fantastic in concrete mix

The engineering team at James Cook University has shown how to walk the walk when it comes to recycling plastic. Plastic fibre from industrial waste has been successfully used to reinforce concrete footpaths, replacing more traditional steel mesh reinforcement, in a joint JCU-Fibercon project. JCU College of Science, Technology and Engineering (CSTE) senior lecturer Dr Rabin Tuladhar said the 50mm...

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Feb 18, 2016
CQUniversity boosts engineering offering

CQUniversity boosts engineering offering

Central Queensland’s aspiring engineers will learn in state-of-the-art laboratories and training spaces with the official opening today of the $16.6 million Rennie Fritschy Engineering Building. Federal Education and Training Minister Simon Birmingham joined outgoing CQUniversity Chancellor Rennie Fritschy and Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman to unveil the new centre. The facility is a key...

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Feb 17, 2016
Nominations open for resource service awards

Nominations open for resource service awards

Nominations are open for the 2016 Resource Industry Network Chairman’s Awards, celebrating the achievements of businesses and individuals working in the Queensland resource services sector. Entries close 5pm, April 15 and winners will be announced on May 20 at a gala presentation at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre. Resource Industry Network chairman Tony Caruso said the awards pro...

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Feb 17, 2016
State offers explorers a spending break

State offers explorers a spending break

Queensland’s mineral explorers are to gain a two-year expenditure break as they struggle through the global mining downturn. Natural Resources and Mines Minister Anthony Lynham said the 50 per cent concession would provide much-needed financial relief to explorers and ensure meaningful exploration did not stall in Queensland. “We will support up to a 50 per cent reduction over two years in the...

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Feb 17, 2016
Familiar faces in new NQ venture

Familiar faces in new NQ venture

The team leading Red River Resources shares a strong background in zinc mining and exploration, including experience at MMG Century Mine and the Dugald River project. Managing director Mel Palancian has spent the past 23 years in the mining industry in various roles. Between 2005 and 2012 whilst working for MMG/OZ Minerals/Zinifex, Mr Palancian was involved with the Century operation in North-West...

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Feb 17, 2016
Red River poised for zinc upturn

Red River poised for zinc upturn

Red River Resources says it is ready to strike when zinc prices improve, with a $17.2 million plan to bring North Queensland’s Thalanga operation back online. The junior bought the polymetallic processing plant and surrounding tenements from failed miner Kagara’s administrators in 2014 and would kick off ore production at the West 45 site. Managing director Mel Palancian said zinc prices were ...

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Feb 17, 2016
Safety conference calls for papers

Safety conference calls for papers

Organisers of the Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference have put a call out for papers to be considered for presentation at the August event. It is being held at Jupiters on the Gold Coast. That’s a departure from Jupiters in Townsville, now called The Ville, which had been the default venue. The closing date for paper abstracts is Friday, March 18, according to conference orga...

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Feb 16, 2016
Alarm on mining future as geo jobs decline

Alarm on mining future as geo jobs decline

Job prospects for professional geoscientists remain on a downward slide according to Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG) research. The group has voiced particular concern about the impact that reduced mineral and energy exploration work will have on the sector’s project pipeline. The unemployment rate amongst Australian geoscientists at the end of 2015 was 18.7 per cent and the under-emp...

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Feb 16, 2016
CQ sell-off planned as Anglo abandons coal assets

CQ sell-off planned as Anglo abandons coal assets

Key Bowen Basin operations including Moranbah North and Grosvenor have been earmarked for sale as mining giant Anglo American backs away from coal. The company today announced the details of wide-ranging measures aimed at lifting cash flows and reducing net debt, while tightening the group’s focus on a core portfolio of diamond, platinum group metals and copper assets. It said the group’s coal...

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Feb 15, 2016
Lonely day for FIFO workers on the job

Lonely day for FIFO workers on the job

Valentine’s Day last Sunday highlighted an aspect of being a subcontractor that can create a great deal of stress … working for weeks on end in remote locations far away from loved ones. The internet has brought a level of intimacy to special occasions like Valentine’s Day but it is no substitute for being in the arms of a loved one. CQUniversity social media researcher Amy Johnson is doing ...

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Feb 15, 2016
Man on a mission

Man on a mission

The chairman of the national Subcontractors Alliance, Les Williams, was planning his retirement when the Walton Construction company collapsed owing millions in late 2013. Rather than wait in the queue to get a portion of the $696,000 his WK Civil company was owed, he has taken up the fight on behalf of all subcontractors, writes Bruce Macdonald. Longreach lad Les Williams can look back proudly on...

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