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Mar 10, 2016
New face for regional development

New face for regional development

The Australian Government has announced the appointment of Graeme Kanofski as the new chair of the Regional Development Australia (RDA) Fitzroy and Central West committee until the end of 2017. Regional Development Minister Fiona Nash said the appointment was good news for regional policy in Queensland and would greatly assist the Fitzroy and Central West RDA committee to continue to provide vital...

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Mar 10, 2016
Queensland Nickel staff laid off

Queensland Nickel staff laid off

Voluntary administrators FTI Consulting have laid off all staff at Queensland Nickel, effective tomorrow afternoon. There were more than 500 staff left at the Yabulu facility north of Townsville following the first round of redundancies more than  month ago. Last Monday ( March 7) the administrators received notice that Queensland Nickel Sales Pty Ltd would replace Queensland Nickel Pty Ltd as th...

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Mar 08, 2016
Businesswoman takes up the fight for formworkers

Businesswoman takes up the fight for formworkers

Ipswich entrepreneur Kaitlyn Moore has taken on Chinese manufacturers in the formwork business and is now leading the charge to give the Australian industry a stronger voice. The owner and managing director of O’Connell Agencies registered the Formworkers Association of Australia (FAA) last year. “After 14 years in the construction industry, I became somewhat of an agony aunt of the formworker...

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Mar 08, 2016
Townsville shipshape for trade growth

Townsville shipshape for trade growth

Container vessel Kota Nasrat has docked in Townsville for the first time as Mariana Express Lines continues to expand its Asia North Australia (ANA) service. Mariana Express Lines started the ANA service between Asia, Townsville and Darwin in 2009 and the service quickly grew to include more ports. Port of Townsville Limited (POTL) general manager trade and property Claudia Brumme-Smith said the a...

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Mar 08, 2016
Women join mine safety board in state first

Women join mine safety board in state first

Two mining engineers have been appointed to the mining industry’s Board of Examiners. And for the first time in Queensland, they are women. State Development and Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said International Women’s Day was a good time to highlight the credentials of Julie Devine and Bryony Andrew. “This is an historic first for Queensland but it’s also a vote o...

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Mar 08, 2016
Aspiring engineer wins Qld women in resources award

Aspiring engineer wins Qld women in resources award

Aspiring environmental engineer and Dysart SHS student Tara Toshack has won the student award in the 11th annual Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) awards presented in Brisbane today. (8Mar16) The 2016 Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) Student Ambassador was flown to Brisbane to collect her award by BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance....

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Mar 07, 2016
Processing deal for Lorena gold project

Processing deal for Lorena gold project

Malachite Resources has entered into a heads of agreement with Ore Processing Services to establish a mobile mineral processing plant at the Lorena gold project, about 15km east of Cloncurry. OPS will take responsibility for the supply, commissioning and operation of the whole mineral processing plant, which will be constructed as mobile units. In a statement to the market today, Malachite said th...

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Mar 07, 2016
Win for women in engineering

Win for women in engineering

More than 700 female engineers are now registered with the Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland (BPEQ), a 30 per cent increase since this time last year. BPEQ released the figures to coincide with International Women’s Day and Queensland Women’s Week, saying the growth came after BPEQ enacted and participated in several initiatives throughout 2015 with the aim of promoting engineering...

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Mar 07, 2016
Palmer back at refinery helm

Palmer back at refinery helm

Clive Palmer has announced that the Yabulu refinery will remain open under a new joint venture manager, Queensland Nickel Sales, which he will head. “The funding facility will be secured against assets outside of Queensland Nickel Pty Ltd which were not available to the voluntary administrators in the discharge of their duties as manager of the Yabulu refinery,” Mr Palmer said. Queensland Nick...

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Mar 04, 2016
Kidston power proposal gets a boost

Kidston power proposal gets a boost

Genex Power’s $580 million energy project near Kidston, 280 kilometres north-west of Townsville, has been granted special status as a prescribed project said Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Dr Anthony Lynham. ‘Prescribed project’ status would enable the Coordinator-General to assist Genex Power to progress the project, including ensuring timely a...

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Mar 04, 2016
Toowoomba suppliers urged to connect with council

Toowoomba suppliers urged to connect with council

Toowoomba Regional Council has invited more than 7000 current and prospective suppliers to take part in an online survey designed to promote greater local business opportunities with council. TRC finance and business strategy general manager Arun Pratap said the council was looking to improve the information flow between it and local businesses. “Council is committed to sourcing goods and servic...

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Mar 03, 2016
Water works flow in Western Downs region

Water works flow in Western Downs region

Major works are continuing to roll out in a $28.5 million water and wastewater upgrade for Chinchilla. FB Contracting is due to start work in April on 8km of water pipelines connecting a new raw water pumping station to a new potable water treatment plant and linking into the water supply network at Colamba St. Western Downs Regional Council infrastructure services general manager Graham Cook sai...

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Mar 03, 2016
Special economic zone proposed for Mount Isa

Special economic zone proposed for Mount Isa

The north-west could become a special economic zone if a proposal by the Queensland Resources Council gets off the ground. The QRC’s chief executive Michael Roche, who co-chaired the first meeting of the North-West Minerals Province Taskforce in Mount Isa, urged the group to be daring with their ideas to ensure a stronger future for the region’s resources sector. The taskforce comprises repres...

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Mar 03, 2016
FIFO numbers fall in the Bowen Basin

FIFO numbers fall in the Bowen Basin

The latest statistical analysis on non-resident working population trends in the Bowen Basin shows what everyone knows. There are less workers flying in and out now than in the boom. The figures from The Queensland Government Statistician’s Office Bowen Basin population report 2015 are accurate as of mid-2015 and show four per cent, or 690 less workers on shift than at the same time in June 2...

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Mar 02, 2016
Class action on the table

Class action on the table

Subcontractors who lost millions of dollars in the wake of national company Walton Construction’s collapse in late 2013 are looking increasingly unlikely to recoup cash owed to them. That’s the view of Subcontractors Alliance chairman Les Williams, who recently attended the last day of public hearings convened by liquidator Grant Thornton in Melbourne. Mr Williams, who lives at Coolum, is one ...

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Mar 02, 2016
Help at hand for award entries

Help at hand for award entries

Businesses submitting entries into the Queensland Mining Contractor Awards have been encouraged to make the most of support offered by official event partner, the Department of State Development. Run by the Bowen Basin Mining Club, the awards are open to all mining contractors and suppliers with operations in Queensland. Award finalists and winners will be announced at the Queensland Mining &am...

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Mar 02, 2016
What it’s worth to keep Queensland Nickel open

What it’s worth to keep Queensland Nickel open

A newly released report on the impacts of the closure of Queensland Nickel has shown the refinery contributes an estimated $1.1 billion in output to the region. That’s only part of what is at stake should the refinery close. The Queensland Nickel (QN) Yabulu Refinery is part of a triumvirate of processing in Townsville along with Glencore’s Copper Refineries Limited and Korea Zinc’s Sun...

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Mar 01, 2016
Concrete progress on range crossing works

Concrete progress on range crossing works

Nexus Delivery has put out a call for concrete supplies as work continues on the $1.6 billion Toowoomba Second Range Crossing project. Supply and testing of ready-mixed concrete and stabilised sand products is the latest work package to go out for expressions of interest on the ICN Gateway for the major construction effort. Nexus is also recruiting for salary positions including environmental co-...

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