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Feb 15, 2016
Subcontractors make a stand

Subcontractors make a stand

A fortnightly electronic bulletin is now being circulated across the state and farther afield in New South Wales, the ACT, Victoria and South Australia to keep subcontractors abreast of what is happening in their industry. “There are about 90,000 subcontractors in Queensland alone and we want as many of them as possible reading the newsletter to keep abreast of what is happening,” Subcontracto...

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Feb 15, 2016
Large field of engineers in election race

Large field of engineers in election race

Sixty one registered professional engineers (RPEQ) are standing for election to the Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland (BPEQ). BPEQ registrar Kylie Mercer said there was unprecedented interest in the 2016 election and a strong field of candidates vying for the position of RPEQ representative. “We have not seen this level of interest in the election of an RPEQ since voting was first in...

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Feb 15, 2016
Spotlight on security of payment

Spotlight on security of payment

Subcontractors across Queensland have an opportunity to provide input into a State Government Security of Payment discussion paper. A road show rolled into Nambour and Maroochydore on January 28 with Housing and Public Works Minister Mick de Brenni in attendance to explain the purpose and aims of the discussion paper. By the time the road show is completed in Rockhampton on March 17, 21 sessions w...

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Feb 15, 2016
Hope from the ashes

Hope from the ashes

An organisation has emerged to represent a 450,000-strong section of the Australian business community with the expected incorporation this month of the new national Subcontractors Alliance. The Queensland-based alliance was spawned out of the collapse of Walton Construction in October 2013. Alliance chairman Les Williams said Walton Construction owed 600 Queensland subcontractors $30 million and ...

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Feb 13, 2016
Water industry workshop in Yeppoon

Water industry workshop in Yeppoon

Central Queensland water industry workers will gather in Yeppoon this month for a training forum on water quality and distribution systems. Organised by Queensland Water, the workshop will see attendees run through a practical training program which is aimed at upskilling those in the industry. Livingstone Shire councillor Adam Belot said the council was delighted to help facilitate this professio...

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Feb 12, 2016
Riverfront jobs set in stone

Riverfront jobs set in stone

Local company JM Kelly has won more than $3 million in work on Rockhampton Regional Council’s $30 million Riverfront Revitalisation project. The firm was announced today as the successful tenderer for the concrete works package and the supply and installation of sandstone and granite pavers for the reconstruction of Quay St. JM Kelly managing director Geoff Murphy said the work had come at a go...

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Feb 12, 2016
Jupiters jackpot for Gold Coast

Jupiters jackpot for Gold Coast

The Gold Coast will be flushed with fortune if a 700-room residential extension for Jupiters comes through. The Star Entertainment Group is looking at a expanding its current Jupiters integrated resort on the Gold Coast with a new  hotel and apartment tower. The proposed tower along with the live sports theatre and refurbishment could increase the total investment at Jupiters to $850 million and ...

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Feb 12, 2016
ERA escapes prosecution for acid slurry spill

ERA escapes prosecution for acid slurry spill

Uranium miner ERA has escaped prosecution following an incident on December 7, 2013 when about 1,400 cubic metres of acidic slurry spilled after a leech tank collapsed at its Ranger site in the Northern Territory. The spill was contained within the mine site, a statement from the NT Department of Mines and Energy said. Department staff inspected the site the day of the incident and assessed the r...

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Feb 10, 2016
Townsville firm to lead $55m port project

Townsville firm to lead $55m port project

Local business CivilPlus Constructions has won the construction contract for the primary wharf works component of the $55 million Berth 4 upgrade at the Townsville port. Construction is expected to commence next month, with the upgraded facility expected to start operating in late 2017. Port of Townsville chief executive officer Ranee Crosby said that the quality of tender submissions had been ver...

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Feb 10, 2016
Isaac Plains drill and blast contract awarded

Isaac Plains drill and blast contract awarded

NRW Holdings subsidiary Action Drill & Blast has scored a $40 million deal for the provision of services at Stanmore Coal’s Isaac Plains mine near Moranbah in Central Queensland. The company said it had reached in-principle agreement with Golding Contractors for drill and blast work over a 36-month term. Golding Contractors has a three-year mining contract to operate the mine, which is expec...

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Feb 10, 2016
Hammer time for LNG build gear

Hammer time for LNG build gear

Two pumps immediately airlifted for dewatering at an overseas mine site were among the items shifted today at a Gladstone auction of gear from the city’s LNG construction projects. Hassalls plans two auctions every month in Gladstone and one a month in Rockhampton until the end of the year as Bechtel offloads equipment worth more than $40 million. The Queensland Curtis LNG, Australia Pacific LNG...

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Feb 09, 2016
Amrun briefing emphasises local involvement

Amrun briefing emphasises local involvement

Rio Tinto will spend $1.5 billion in Queensland developing the Amrun bauxite project on Cape York. Rio is delivering briefings around the far north and the Cairns event last night drew more than 230 representatives with a stake in the supply chain. General manager of Amrun development Greg Rushford said the project underwrote the operational capacity for bauxite mining on Cape York for 40-50 years...

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Feb 09, 2016
Administrators halt Baralaba coal operations

Administrators halt Baralaba coal operations

Cockatoo Coal’s Baralaba mine in Central Queensland is being placed on care and maintenance to preserve cash and the asset value while administrators from PPB Advisory continue assessments. The administrators were appointed in November and have been investigating options including a restructure or the sale of the mine. In an announcement to the ASX this week Cockatoo Coal said the administrators...

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Feb 08, 2016
Report highlights coal calamity

Report highlights coal calamity

A third of Queensland’s coal mines are operating at a loss, a new report shows. The study by Wood Mackenzie was commissioned by the Queensland Resources Council as a part of its quarterly State of the Sector report. It has prompted calls from QRC chief executive Michael Roche for more support for the sector from all tiers of government, with royalties and council rates among the areas singled ou...

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Feb 07, 2016
CQ brickies join Vegas block party

CQ brickies join Vegas block party

Laying 109 blocks in 20 minutes was not enough to make the winners’ podium for two Central Queensland men taking on a Fastest Trowel on the Block challenge in Las Vegas. Brothers Jack and Pat Sommerfeld of Mackay represented Australia in the contest during the 3rd annual Mason Contractors Association of America Convention. The pair, trained by CQUniversity bricklaying teacher Peter Carr in Rockh...

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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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