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Sep 11, 2019
Work opportunities in $600m QAL upgrade plans

Work opportunities in $600m QAL upgrade plans

Queensland Alumina Limited is putting the word out to local businesses as it rolls out $600 million in improvements at the Gladstone plant over six years. Earlier this year QAL reported it was embarking on a $260 million five-year Environmental Improvement Strategy. However the company says this only represents about 30 per cent of the total capital expenditure planned to modernise and impr...

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Sep 11, 2019
New Century zinc production continues to climb

New Century zinc production continues to climb

New Century Resources is hitting new highs in zinc production, lifting average daily metal production rates by more than 30 per cent from May through August 2019. Improved metallurgical performance and metal production rates at its Century zinc mine in the lower Gulf region follow upgrades to the processing plant cleaner circuit. As part of a planned ramp-up to 12Mtpa operations, New Cent...

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Sep 11, 2019
State pauses to pay tribute to miners killed at work

State pauses to pay tribute to miners killed at work

More than 450 people are expected to join a Miners Memorial Day Service in Moura next week. The service is held annually on September 19 – the date of Queensland’s worst mining disaster where, in 1921, 75 miners lost their lives in a coal mine at Mount Mulligan. The Moura region in Central Queensland also has an especially dark history for mining tragedies and has seen 36 mine...

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Sep 11, 2019
New round of opportunities at industrial precinct

New round of opportunities at industrial precinct

Townsville City Council has opened a second round of tenders calling for project partners to further develop the Lansdown Industrial Precinct. Mayor Jenny Hill said the precinct had already attracted support from battery plant proponent Imperium3 and Pure Minerals, with Edify Energy on board to power the area from its Majors Creek Solar Farm. “NAB’s support of Imperium3 and the Pre...

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Sep 10, 2019
Upgraded sewage plant to meet Yeppoon growth

Upgraded sewage plant to meet Yeppoon growth

A $5 million upgrade of the Yeppoon Sewage Treatment Plant will serve the town’s growth well into the future, Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said. She was commenting at the official unveiling of the project, which was backed with Building Our Regions program funding and built by Downer Utilities. The work has expanded the Livingstone Shire plant’s treatment capacity from a popul...

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Sep 10, 2019
Legal development in New Acland saga

Legal development in New Acland saga

New Hope Group says it has received a judgement in its favour from the Queensland Court of Appeal in relation to the New Acland Stage 3 project. Failure to get the green light for the $896 million Stage 3 expansion project would see the mine close in early 2021. The company has already started the process to make 150 workers redundant after failing to gain a State Government commitment on t...

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Sep 10, 2019
Fresh round of State manufacturing grants open

Fresh round of State manufacturing grants open

Queensland manufacturers wanting to take their business to the next level are invited to apply for Round 3 of the $46 million Made in Queensland (MiQ) program. In Far North Queensland for the inaugural South Pacific Defence and Industry Forum, State Development and Manufacturing Minister Cameron Dick said the MiQ funding was helping Queensland manufacturers transform and grow their business. ...

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Sep 10, 2019
Emerald Airport set for $16m    maintenance project

Emerald Airport set for $16m maintenance project

Boral Asphalt and council crews have started pre-construction works at the Emerald Airport for the planned resurfacing of the main runway, taxiway and apron bays. The work is part of a $16 million maintenance program. Central Highlands Regional Council Mayor Kerry Hayes said the main runway’s existing asphalt surface was almost 20 years old and approachingthe end of its functional life. ...

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Sep 10, 2019
CQ mining operation goes into administration

CQ mining operation goes into administration

Melior Resources has announced the appointment of a voluntary administrator for its Goondicum mine operations at Monto in Central Queensland. It is understood about 50 employees are affected by the move. “In the opinion of the directors of the subsidiaries, the subsidiaries are insolvent or are likely to become insolvent at some future time,” the Canadian company said in a state...

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Sep 10, 2019
New copper-gold discovery at Mount Philp

New copper-gold discovery at Mount Philp

Hammer Metals has discovered a new zone of mineralisation at its Mount Philp project south-east of Mount Isa. The zone, dubbed Shadow, was discovered through follow-up rock chip sampling over copper-gold soil anomalies at the Mt Philp breccia complex, the company said. Preliminary sampling returned results in individual samples of up to a maximum of 4.64g/t gold and 27.7 per cent copper. ...

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Sep 09, 2019
Scoping study paints bright picture for silica project

Scoping study paints bright picture for silica project

A scoping study for the Galalar silica project has shown its potential as a significant near‐term, low‐cost and premium‐quality silica producer for fast growing Asian markets, Diatreme Resources says. The new Cape York mine, 200km north of Cairns, would cost $24.4 million to bring online and has a projected life of 15 years. Diatreme says it would be developed in partnership with the...

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Sep 09, 2019
Official lift-off for Townsville Manufacturing Hub

Official lift-off for Townsville Manufacturing Hub

The State Government has opened the Townsville Manufacturing Hub, one of three $10 million regional hubs to help boost manufacturing productivity and innovation. Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said the Townsville Manufacturing Hub, located at the TAFE Queensland Bohle campus, delivered on a 2017 election promise and helped to progress th...

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Sep 09, 2019
Building contract awarded for mining support hub

Building contract awarded for mining support hub

Mackay construction company Fergus Builders has been awarded the contract to build the $7 million Resources Centre of Excellence. The $3.28 million contract includes construction of an administration building, workshop, laboratory, landscaping and utilities. The next stage of development will include fit-out of an underground mining simulator. Assistant Minister for State Development a...

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Sep 09, 2019
Vitrinite adds to Clermont coal exploration ground

Vitrinite adds to Clermont coal exploration ground

Queensland company Vitrinite has been named as preferred tenderer for an exploration permit over 35sq km of land near Clermont. Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the area was adjacent to Vitrinite’s existing Karin Basin project on the western flank of the Bowen Basin, giving them extra potential to join the next pipeline of metallurgical coal projects in Queensland. “Vitrinite is...

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Sep 08, 2019
Peabody report reveals $US30 million setback at fatal accident site

Peabody report reveals $US30 million setback at fatal accident site

Peabody Energy’s latest financial reporting details a significant delay in resuming and then ramping up production at the Middlemount joint venture operation following a highwall failure in late June. Digger operator David Routledge, 56, from South Mackay, was killed in the June 26 incident at the open-cut coal mine, run in joint venture by Peabody Energy and Yancoal Australia. Comp...

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Sep 07, 2019
Townsville to hit the heights of hi-vis in record attempt

Townsville to hit the heights of hi-vis in record attempt

How hi-vis can Townsville get? North Queensland is set to answer that question next month with a Guinness World Record attempt. The number to beat for ‘most people wearing high-visibility vests at a single venue’ is 2136. And the attempt will be held Thursday, October 10 from 4pm on in the Bunnings Warehouse carpark at Fairfield Waters, Idalia. It co-incides with World M...

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Sep 07, 2019
Rookwood Weir supplier guide on ICN Gateway

Rookwood Weir supplier guide on ICN Gateway

The  $352 million Rookwood Weir project, 60km south-west of Rockhampton in Central Queensland, is now listed on the ICN Gateway. The project involves the construction of a new water storage facility on the Fitzroy River and is being delivered by Sunwater, jointly funded by the Australian  and Queensland Governments. The development was identified in the Central Queensland Regional ...

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Sep 07, 2019
Council supply opportunities in North West Queensland

Council supply opportunities in North West Queensland

Isa Street Bridge Replacement – asphalt resurfacing works Mount Isa City Council invites tender submissions for asphalt resurfacing works located at the Isa Street Bridge Replacement project. Resurfacing works is required to be completed between end of October and beginning November 2019 (subject to project construction schedule). More information HERE Cloncurry Shire flood repair road...

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