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May 16, 2019
Drilling underway for $1b Whitehaven Coal project

Drilling underway for $1b Whitehaven Coal project

Whitehaven Coal has started a large core drilling program at its $1 billion Winchester South project, 30km south-east of Moranbah. This will help establish the reserve at the metallurgical coal project and assist in the design of the CHPP and other infrastructure, the company said. It is expecting the approvals process to take about two years. Preparation of the EIS, an inaugural JORC re...

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May 16, 2019
More Works for Queensland projects roll out

More Works for Queensland projects roll out

A new round of 494 Works for Queensland projects is about to roll out across the state. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the newly approved projects as part of the $200 million third round of Works for Queensland funding in Parliament today. “This vital funding is about getting people into work and is being used by councils for new parks, gardens, roads and other community facilities...

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May 15, 2019
Resource bosses welcome talk of ‘life-of-project agreements’

Resource bosses welcome talk of ‘life-of-project agreements’

Australia’s resources and energy employers have welcomed an announcement by Bill Shorten that an ALP Government would consider allowing enterprise agreements to cover the full length of major project construction.  The AMMA said it had argued the case for ‘life-of-project agreements’ since before the Fair Work Act commenced in 2009. Chief executive Steve Knott said much of what the...

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May 15, 2019
Rockhampton flood levee  progressing down fast track

Rockhampton flood levee progressing down fast track

The Palaszczuk Government will begin public consultation on the $60 million South Rockhampton Flood Levee. The flood mitigation project is being fast tracked through a streamlined assessment process. It would involve a 8.7km levee running from the Rockhampton CBD to the Bruce Highway at Upper Dawson Road, and has been identified as the most cost-effective option to mitigate the effects of f...

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May 15, 2019
State reforms to cut red tape for explorers

State reforms to cut red tape for explorers

The Queensland Parliament has passed resources industry reforms to cut red tape for explorers and require permit holders to “use it or lose it”. Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the reforms in the Natural Resources and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 were a direct response to concerns raised by the resources sector and landholders. Taking effect next year, they aim to give resour...

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May 15, 2019
Supply opportunities in local government

Supply opportunities in local government

From pavements to PPE, shade trees to skate parks and more, below is a range of tender opportunities available with regional councils this week: Closing on Description Issued By Category Thu, 16 May 2019 2:00 PM SDRC008762: 19_170 Installation of Security Fencing at SDRC Waste Facilities  Southern Downs Regional Council Fencing Thu...

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May 15, 2019
Paradise Palms development plans revealed

Paradise Palms development plans revealed

PPNQ Developments has revealed details of its planned $330 million redevelopment of the Paradise Palms golf course site at Kewarra Beach in Cairns. The Palms will include a village hub, water park, retirement village, more than 30ha of green space and 429 residential blocks. A development application will be lodged next week. PPNQ Developments managing director Darren Halpin said he wa...

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May 14, 2019
Ardmore phosphate product in demand

Ardmore phosphate product in demand

Centrex Metals has secured its second sales contract for high-quality phosphate rock concentrate from the Ardmore project, south of Mount Isa. New Zealand-based Ballance Agri-Nutrients has previously trialled 400 wet tonnes of ore from Ardmore to produce single superphosphate. It will buy a further 5000 wet tonnes of concentrate when Centrex Metals kicks off trial production through a 70tph...

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May 14, 2019
Buckets of innovation from Mackay manufacturer

Buckets of innovation from Mackay manufacturer

A Mackay-based business is shaking up the standard approach to design with a new range of lighter, linerless excavator buckets. Hulk developer Mainetec is among the finalists in the Out of the Box Award and Chasing Foreign Markets Award in this year’s Resource Industry Network Awards. Innovation is the cornerstone the business is built on, according to executive general manager Vick...

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May 14, 2019
New deals add impetus to Cloncurry exploration projects

New deals add impetus to Cloncurry exploration projects

An extra $3 million will be poured into the Eloise joint venture over the next 24 months as it undergoes a restructure. Minotaur Exploration says its joint venture partner OZ Minerals is increasing its funding contribution due to the inclusion of additional tenements near Eloise copper-gold mine, Cloncurry. It says it has been informed by the Queensland Government that it has priority appl...

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May 14, 2019
Leases pave way for gold expansion project

Leases pave way for gold expansion project

Resolute Mining’s plans to expand its Ravenswood gold operations have received a boost, with the State granting nine key mining leases. The new leases include areas within the operational footprint of the proposed Buck Reef West open pit and nearby land required for infrastructure including roads, water management and noise bunding. The company has pre-funded and commenced refurbishin...

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May 14, 2019
State approval for $1b Moranbah coal mine

State approval for $1b Moranbah coal mine

Queensland’s Coordinator-General has approved the proposed $1 billion Olive Downs metallurgical coal mine, 40km south-east of Moranbah. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made the announcement in Parliament today. “The mine is expected to create 1000 operational jobs and 500 jobs during construction,” Ms Palaszczuk said. “The project will contribute an estimated $8 billion to the local econom...

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May 13, 2019
Tax office highlights Bechtel expense cheats

Tax office highlights Bechtel expense cheats

Five men employed by Bechtel during LNG plant construction on Curtis Island, Gladstone, have been fined more than $50,000 for making false work-related expense (WRE) claims. The Australian Taxation Office has highlighted the prosecutions as a case study on its website, and they have been reported in today’s Financial Review. The ATO said it had identified unusual patterns of WRE for...

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May 13, 2019
Outcry over new solar installation rule

Outcry over new solar installation rule

Businesses have been asking labourers to down tools and scrambling to source electricians as a new rule impacts solar farm construction in Queensland, the Clean Energy Council says. Council director of energy generation Anna Freeman said the new regulation – which will apply to projects of 100kW or more – had been brought in with virtually no consultation and very little warning. The new ...

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May 13, 2019
Group tackles community impacts of mine closure

Group tackles community impacts of mine closure

A raft of leading mining companies has joined forces with University of Queensland researchers to tackle the issue of mine closures. The ‘Social Aspects of Mine Closure Research Consortium’ has committed to expanding the data which government, industry, and communities rely on when making decisions on mine closure. It includes researchers from UQ’s Sustainable Mineral Institute (SMI) and de...

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May 13, 2019
More migrant workers for Far North Queensland

More migrant workers for Far North Queensland

Employers in the Far North now have more flexibility to bring in skilled migrants. The Commonwealth has declared the region under the Designated Area Migration Agreement (FNQ DAMA). It means employers can access skilled workers from overseas where there are no local options available to fill vacancies. It came after months of advocacy work said Cairns Chamber of Commerce chief executive ...

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May 13, 2019
Drone pictures reveal storm scars in Douglas Shire

Drone pictures reveal storm scars in Douglas Shire

A 60m-high landslip near Daintree Village is among a swag of severe weather-related repairs for Douglas Shire Council recently. New drone footage has revealed the extent of the massive Upper Daintree Rd landslip after council crews finished temporarily fixing and securing the area. It comes as contractors continue installing 148 gabions to fix a landslip on Cape Tribulation Road at the Ale...

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May 13, 2019
New water testing lab to service Far North

New water testing lab to service Far North

A state-of-the art $8.3 million laboratory has opened in Cairns to help future-proof the delivery of water testing services for the Far North. The Cairns Regional Council Laboratory Services building in Macnamara Street was officially opened by Cairns Mayor Bob Manning and Member for Cairns Michael Healy. The former water lab, built in 1994, is no longer fit for purpose, with the new facili...

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