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Jan 22, 2020
Dredging to start next month for $80m channel project

Dredging to start next month for $80m channel project

Almost 40 local jobs will be created to support a major channel widening and land reclamation project due for completion in Gladstone Harbour this year. Hall Contracting has been appointed as principal contractor for the $80 million Clinton Vessel Interaction Project and is expected to start dredging work in late February. The project, being led by Gladstone Ports Corporation, will widen t...

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Jan 22, 2020
Extra funds for Sarina hospital project

Extra funds for Sarina hospital project

The State Government has announced it will invest more than $30 million in a new, purpose-built hospital in Sarina – doubling its previous funding commitment for the project. Construction is expected to start late 2021 and be finished by late 2022. Health Minister Steven Miles said the funding boost would ensure the hospital met the needs of the community. “This means more and...

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Jan 22, 2020
Timber panel testing work a winner for Queensland engineer

Timber panel testing work a winner for Queensland engineer

Research into a non-destructive evaluation system for mass timber panels has drawn kudos for Queensland timber engineer Adam Faircloth. Mr Faircloth, who works for the Department of Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries’ forestry research team, won a prize for best presentation at the the Institution of Structural Engineers’ 3rd Australian Young Researchers Conference rec...

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Jan 21, 2020
Economic edge for Mackay industry briefing

Economic edge for Mackay industry briefing

The latest resources and energy economics data will be the focus of Resource Industry Network’s next industry briefing. Resources and Energy Economics manager of the Office of the Chief Economist David Thurtell is scheduled to appear at the February 7 event in Mackay. Mr Thurtell (right) and his team forecast resource and energy commodities for the Commonwealth Government and are...

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Jan 21, 2020
Special delivery to boost CQ coal haulage fleet

Special delivery to boost CQ coal haulage fleet

A cargo of 66 new rail wagons has been unloaded at the Port of Mackay as Aurizon boosts its coal haulage fleet. The rail freight operator has bought a total of 264 coal haulage wagons from China and this is the first of four shipments. An Aurizon spokeswoman said they would be put to work in the local rail system to support growth and new contracts. The wagons delivered to Port of M...

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Jan 21, 2020
Two groups in the running to build Rookwood Weir

Two groups in the running to build Rookwood Weir

Sunwater has entered into alliance development agreements with LendLease/McCosker and McConnell Dowell/Obayashi to advance the Rookwood Weir project. The move followed an intensive evaluation of the Expressions of Interest submissions to build Rookwood Weir, a Sunwater spokesman said. “Sunwater will work collaboratively with both groups over the next four months to develop a project d...

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Jan 21, 2020
New report highlights barriers to gender balance in engineering

New report highlights barriers to gender balance in engineering

A new taskforce tackling the shortfall in women studying engineering has launched a report highlighting the need to change the perception of the profession in society and schools. The Engineering for Australia Taskforce was created by the Deans of Engineering at Monash University, the Australian National University (ANU) and the University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) to address the gender...

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Jan 20, 2020
Coal network derailment sparks cancellations

Coal network derailment sparks cancellations

Aurizon expects Central Queensland coal traffic to be disrupted for a number of days after an unloaded coal train derailed near Middlemount. A company spokeswoman said the two train drivers involved in the incident, about 1pm Sunday, were uninjured. “A locomotive and a number of wagons have been derailed. There is also damage to the track and the overhead power lines,” she said...

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Jan 20, 2020
Bumper month for Gladstone coal terminal

Bumper month for Gladstone coal terminal

The RG Tanna Coal Terminal in Gladstone has notched up its biggest December since 2014 for coal exports. Acting chief executive officer Craig Walker said a total of 5,684,688 tonnes was exported from the terminal last month – the highest export total for December in five years. It followed a record throughput in the last financial year, he said. “We are continuously working to impro...

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Jan 20, 2020
Anglo helps medical service spread the love in CQ

Anglo helps medical service spread the love in CQ

Heart of Australia and Anglo American have announced a new, three-year partnership to expand specialist medical services in Central Queensland. The $1 million partnership will support Heart of Australia in delivering specialist services to the towns of Moura, Banana, Theodore and Middlemount for the first time ever from this year. Specialist services currently being delivered by Heart of A...

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Jan 20, 2020
New Century zinc ramp-up on track in 2020

New Century zinc ramp-up on track in 2020

New Century Resources is continuing its march towards becoming a Top 10 global producer, with a seven per cent lift in zinc production last quarter. Focus for the latter part of 2019 was on commissioning and stabilisation of the upgraded scavenger circuit within the processing plant at the company’s Century zinc operation in the lower Gulf region. The upgrade work was completed in lat...

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Jan 20, 2020
More high-grade drill results flow from Liontown

More high-grade drill results flow from Liontown

Red River Resources has announced new exceptional high-grade drill results from its Liontown project in North Queensland. Drilling at the New Queen Lens over time has returned wide intercepts of high-grade polymetallic fresh sulphide mineralisation with precious metals, particularly gold, from within 30m of the surface. The latest assay resulted released include 1.70m at 1.1 per cent cop...

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Jan 20, 2020
New recruits boost State’s mine inspector ranks

New recruits boost State’s mine inspector ranks

Four new mines inspectors are starting work this fortnight at Rockhampton, Mackay and Mount Isa. Acting Mines Minister Mark Ryan said the four new recruits had boosted the ranks of Queensland’s coal and metalliferous mine and quarry inspectors to 46. “The safety and the health of our 70,000 resource workers is paramount and our mine inspectors need to be close to where the mines are,”...

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Jan 18, 2020
Telsmith adds to Titan range with 200hp cone crusher

Telsmith adds to Titan range with 200hp cone crusher

Mineral processing equipment manufacturer Telsmith will launch a new Titan series cone crusher at CONEXPO/CON-AGG 2020 in Las Vegas in March. The Titan T200 uses 200 horsepower with a maximum feed size of 8” and throughput capacities from about 100 tonnes to just over 260 tonnes per hour (110-288 stph). This makes it well suited for secondary and tertiary circuit positions in mining, con...

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Jan 18, 2020
Study to harness rare earth for anti-corrosion products

Study to harness rare earth for anti-corrosion products

James Cook University researchers will focus on rare earth inhibitors in a new study to fight corrosion. JCU Professor of Chemistry Peter Junk will lead the study, which is funded by a $420,000 Australian Research Council Discovery Project grant. He said that corrosion of steel infrastructure was a persistent and expensive problem – and only likely to get worse under projected climate ch...

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Jan 18, 2020
High-purity silica finds at Metallica Minerals project

High-purity silica finds at Metallica Minerals project

A sampling program at Metallica Minerals’ Cape Flattery silica sands project in Far North Queensland has confirmed the presence of high-purity silica sands. Metallica this week released the results of a sampling program completed late last year at the site, adjacent to Mitsubishi’s Cape Flattery silica sands mine. It said the program consisted of hand-auguring eight holes to a ...

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Jan 18, 2020
Critical minerals push continues with new office

Critical minerals push continues with new office

Australia’s push to maximise opportunities in critical mineral exports and processing continues with the opening of an office dedicated to the cause. Resources and Northern Australia Minister Matt Canavan said today the new Critical Minerals Facilitation Office was open for business and ready to support the development and growth of the sector. “We have the potential to become an inte...

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Jan 17, 2020
Full steam ahead for Isaac Downs coal project

Full steam ahead for Isaac Downs coal project

Stanmore Coal has released further details of its progress on the Isaac Downs project near Moranbah, as it assesses tenders for the civil works required. The company is aiming for first coal in the first quarter of 2022 from the project, an open-cut metallurgical coal mine expected to produce about 35 million tonnes of coal over 16 years. Stanmore has contracted Palaris Australia to mana...

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