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Jan 18, 2019
Hyne lays down platform for success

Hyne lays down platform for success

Maryborough company Hyne Timber has moved a step closer to creating new jobs and taking on the global market. Hyne Timber has turned the first sod on the company’s advanced manufacturing glue laminated timber plant, which is being built with support from the Palaszczuk Government. Acting Premier and Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, Cameron Di...

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Jan 18, 2019
Incitec Pivot’s work on equality recognised

Incitec Pivot’s work on equality recognised

Incitec Pivot Limited has hailed its work at BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance’s Blackwater mine as an example of gender equality in action. The company has announced that it has been selected for the 2019 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index, which recognises companies committed to transparency in gender reporting and advancing women’s equality. IPL’s managing director and chie...

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Jan 17, 2019
Mine accident tipped to  tighten Chinese coal output

Mine accident tipped to tighten Chinese coal output

A serious coal mine accident in Shaanxi province is expected to impact China’s coal output in the next few months, according to analysts from Wood Mackenzie. Twenty-one miners were killed in the January 12 roof collapse at the 0.9Mtpa Lijiagou coal mine, owned by Baiji Mining Company. The incident is expected to trigger safety crackdowns on top of the subsequent short-term periods o...

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Jan 17, 2019
State’s BIM policy ‘a step in the right direction’

State’s BIM policy ‘a step in the right direction’

The design and construction sector will start to see the impact of new Queensland Government requirements for the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) this year. From July 1 all government construction projects with a value of $50 million or more will be required to incorporate BIM from the early planning phase, the State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning departmen...

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Jan 16, 2019
Blackjack plant online as new gold venture gears up

Blackjack plant online as new gold venture gears up

Maroon Gold, a new private equity backed vehicle, has achieved its first gold pour after a $5 million project to refurbish and modernise the Blackjack processing plant at Charters Towers. The company is feeding the plant with ore from its 100 per cent-owned Far Fanning mine, where it is using Tomra X-ray sorting technology to sort stockpiled material prior to haulage and processing at the Bla...

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Jan 16, 2019
Recruitment drive planned as Bauxite Hills ramps up

Recruitment drive planned as Bauxite Hills ramps up

Metro Mining plans a recruitment drive next month as it moves to an owner-operator model for mining at its Bauxite Hills operation. HR manager Rob Mulholland said he would be seeking 40 or 50 people to fill the roles. A contractor was providing mining services for the site to the end of 2018, and Mr Mulholland said some of those staff would stay on with Metro. HR manager Rob Mulholland....

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Jan 16, 2019
Incident report into sinkhole released

Incident report into sinkhole released

Western Australia’s Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has outlined a number of recommendations to minimise the potential danger caused by sinkholes. The department has released a preliminary report into an incident at a WA mine in October last year that saw a 13-metre deep sinkhole open up after a working pit floor subsided into a backfilled stope. Four people were w...

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Jan 16, 2019
Musical Hurricane set to hit Mount Isa

Musical Hurricane set to hit Mount Isa

Country music band Hurricane Fall will headline the inaugural MineX Rocks concert in Mount Isa later this year. The free community concert on June 1 will double as the closing function of the Mount Isa Mining Expo, one of eastern Australia’s largest biennial mining exhibitions. The concert will be staged in the grassed forecourt of the Kalkadoon Arena at Buchanan Park from 5pm on Saturday...

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Jan 16, 2019
Cash boost for Sconi work

Cash boost for Sconi work

Sconi proponent Australian Mines has received a $1.9 million Federal Government rebate for its research and development work. The money relates to work the company is undertaking with Simulus Group in Perth on a demonstration-size high-pressure acid leach and solvent extraction plant. It follows another rebate of almost $300,000 in October. Australian Mines managing director Benjamin Bel...

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Jan 16, 2019
Work starts on new Strand complex for St Pat’s

Work starts on new Strand complex for St Pat’s

Site works are underway for a new auditorium, library and classrooms for St Patrick’s College Townsville. Principal Paulina Skerman said there was tremendous excitement surrounding the $15 million building project on The Strand.  “After what has been an extensive planning, consultation and design process, we are thrilled to see the commencement of building works on-site,” she said. ...

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Jan 15, 2019
Roundabout vegetation work  in preparation for bypass

Roundabout vegetation work in preparation for bypass

Preliminary works including vegetation clearing are underway for the $152 million Smithfield Bypass Project at Cairns. Transport and Main Roads (TMR) said vegetation in the McGregor Rd roundabout area would be cleared from 21 – 23 January, with special precautions due to the presence of electric ants. TMR acting district director (Far North Queensland) Ross Hodgman said vegetation clearin...

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Jan 15, 2019
East Shores development advances to tender

East Shores development advances to tender

A $29.5 million Gladstone project has moved to the tender phase, following the closure of an expressions of interest process late last year. Gladstone Ports Corporation’s East Shores Stage 1B project is an extension of the East Shores precinct. The design includes a ferry transfer pontoon with a pool, fitness hub, cruise terminal plaza, foreshore café, barbeque and parkland areas, c...

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Jan 15, 2019
Record coal export figures hailed

Record coal export figures hailed

Queensland’s coal industry has yet again demonstrated its critical importance to the state’s economy by delivering record exports in 2018, according to the Queensland Resources Council.QRC chief executive Ian Macfarlane said new data from Queensland’s ports revealed total coal exports of 223 million tonnes in 2018, which beat the previous record set in 2016 by two million tonnes.“Coun...

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Jan 15, 2019
Melior delighted with Goondicum output

Melior delighted with Goondicum output

Melior Resources says progress is ahead of schedule at its Goondicum ilmenite mine near Gladstone in Central Queensland. In a report to the market released today, Melior Resources said commissioning and production ramp-up at Goondicum remained “ahead of plan”. It said its December production of 3420 tonnes of ilmenite was almost three times more than it had budgeted for. Meli...

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Jan 15, 2019
Tenders open for zinc refinery expansion

Tenders open for zinc refinery expansion

Sun Metals has started the tendering process for the $300 million expansion of its zinc refinery operations in Townsville. The first tender, relating to the civil works, has gone out and closes on January 31. The expansion is expected to create 350 jobs during construction, and up to 100 ongoing jobs covering refinery, transport and logistics opportunities. The work is expected to ...

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Jan 15, 2019
Tender process kicks off for North Rail Yards

Tender process kicks off for North Rail Yards

Townsville City Council will next week invite short-listed companies to submit their plans through a tender process to redevelop the North Rail Yards. Deputy Mayor and Planning and Development Committee Chair Cr Les Walker said there had been significant interest in redeveloping the North Rail Yards since Council put out the call for a project partner last November. “We want innovative ...

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Jan 14, 2019
New leadership for key industry groups

New leadership for key industry groups

Two peak industry bodies have announced a changing of the guard this week. The Infrastructure Australia Board has appointed Romilly Madew as chief executive officer, replacing Mr Philip Davies who departed the organisation last year. Infrastructure Australia chair Julieanne Alroe welcomed the appointment of Ms Madew, who has been a driving force in Australia’s sustainable building mov...

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Jan 14, 2019
Thalanga operations go from strength to strength

Thalanga operations go from strength to strength

Red River Resources has reported a record quarter at its Thalanga operations in North Queensland, with 96,000 tonnes of ore mined at West 45. It achieved a quarterly concentrate production record of 7695 tonnes of zinc concentrate, 3007 tonnes of lead concentrate and 725 tonnes of copper concentrate in the December quarter. “It’s great to see the site team continue to improve production...

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