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Mar 11, 2019
Building regulator targets fake tradies in Townsville

Building regulator targets fake tradies in Townsville

Fake tradies operating as part of Townsville’s flood clean-up are being targeted by Queensland’s building regulator. The Queensland Building and Construction Commission is sending in additional inspectors from Cairns, Mackay and Brisbane to conduct licence checks throughout Townsville, starting today. QBCC commissioner Brett Bassett said scammers and fake tradies were the main t...

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Mar 11, 2019
Laing O’Rourke appeals suspension

Laing O’Rourke appeals suspension

Construction firm Laing O’Rourke is fighting a Queensland Building and Construction Commission decision to suspend its licence over financial concerns. Its Queensland projects include acting as managing contractor for the Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative Facilities project works at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area. The company issued a statement on Friday saying it...

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Mar 10, 2019
More on Townsville Chinook facilities project

More on Townsville Chinook facilities project

The Department of Defence has released further construction details around a $50 million project to upgrade Chinook facilities at RAAF Base Townsville. The project is currently out to tender with three shortlisted companies: FKG, Fulton Hogan/Decmil, and Lendlease – with construction expected to start by the middle of this year. Information sessions for potential suppliers are requi...

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Mar 10, 2019
20 common alloys and what they are made of

20 common alloys and what they are made of

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Mar 09, 2019
More money kicked in for beef industry rail link

More money kicked in for beef industry rail link

The State Government is injecting a further $946,000 into the Yeppoon branch line project, which will reinstate a disused section of rail line and connect it to Rockhampton’s JBS Abattoir. Member for Rockhampton, Barry O’Rourke, said the project would deliver important supply chain improvements for the Central Queensland beef industry by doubling the size of the rail siding at the abat...

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Mar 08, 2019
Pioneering women honoured with QRC awards

Pioneering women honoured with QRC awards

The Queensland Resources Council has presented its first ever Lifetime Contribution Award to mark the career of resources sector trailblazer Wendy King. QRC chief executive Ian Macfarlane said the honour to the ConocoPhillips Australia East president recognised a career that had reached the very highest level. “Wendy is a role model, especially to other women, and proof that there are no limi...

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Mar 08, 2019
A-grade achievement for Rio Tinto at Amrun

A-grade achievement for Rio Tinto at Amrun

Rio Tinto has completed commissioning of the $2.6 billion Amrun bauxite mine on the Cape York Peninsula, with an official opening today to mark the achievement. The mine and associated processing and port facilities will replace production from Rio Tinto’s depleting East Weipa mine and increase annual bauxite export capacity by about 10 million tonnes. Minister for Resources and Northern ...

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Mar 08, 2019
Repairs on track as hundreds    work on devastated western rail line

Repairs on track as hundreds work on devastated western rail line

Accommodation camps are being set up at key sites as more than 400 Queensland Rail employees and contractors push ahead with efforts to repair the Mount Isa Line railway track. Queensland Rail chief executive officer Nick Easy said the repairs – spearheaded by a project taskforce – were on schedule, with good progress continuing to be made. “On Monday (4 March) our crews deeme...

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Mar 07, 2019
Mareeba airport upgrade travelling well

Mareeba airport upgrade travelling well

The first stage of Mareeba airport’s $23 million upgrade was officially opened today. The new 52-lot commercial precinct, which is part of the larger upgrade of the airport, was opened by Northern-based Senator Ian Macdonald. The Mareeba Airport Upgrade Project is being jointly funded by the Queensland Government and Australian Government and is being delivered by Mareeba Shire Council, w...

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Mar 07, 2019
Locals stand against outside contractors

Locals stand against outside contractors

A line has been drawn in the sand by civil contractors, associated service providers and the finance industry in the far north. They are banding together at the ‘Regional Solutions for Regional Development’ conference in April to further advance their claims for equitable change in the regions. The conference is being held by the North Queensland Ci...

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Mar 07, 2019
Study to focus on fatigue monitoring technology

Study to focus on fatigue monitoring technology

A consortium, including Central Queensland University’s Appleton Institute and HGH Consulting, has been awarded a National Heavy Vehicle Regulator contract to conduct a study of fatigue monitoring technology. NHVR chief executive officer Sal Petroccitto said the trial would identify how best to provide recognition and support to the growing number of businesses using fatigue monitoring techn...

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Mar 07, 2019
Changes to health checks for coal mine workers

Changes to health checks for coal mine workers

A health notice from the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy. From 1 March 2019, employers of staff or contractors who access a coal mine site as part of their job must appoint a doctor (an Appointed Medical Advisor or AMA) from the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy’s (DNRME) register.  Employers have until 1 March 2020 to notify DNRME of this appointmen...

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Mar 06, 2019
Builders group calls for stronger economic leadership

Builders group calls for stronger economic leadership

Government must back growth by taking more shovel-ready infrastructure projects off the ‘to-do’ list and getting building after a disappointing end to 2018, says Master Builders Australia.  “Both major parties need to re-commit to policy agendas for economic growth following the worse than expected performance by the Australian economy in the closing months of last year,” ...

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Mar 06, 2019
Major Gladstone projects to be showcased

Major Gladstone projects to be showcased

More than $3 billion worth of potential and approved projects will be highlighted at tomorrow’s Gladstone Engineering Alliance’s industry update. Eaton Estate, developers of the Pacificus Tourism Project on Hummock Hill Island, will present their $2 billion project for the first time since the Queensland Co-ordinator approved it. Eaton Estate director Peter Scarf believes the proje...

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Mar 06, 2019
Airport upgrade attracts $50m NAIF backing

Airport upgrade attracts $50m NAIF backing

The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility will provide a $50 million loan to upgrade the Townsville Airport. More  than 200 local jobs, extra flights and greater tourism activity are  expected to flow from the investment. The work is expected to be completed by mid-2021 Minister  for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan described the move as a vote of confi...

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Mar 05, 2019
Supply opportunities in local government

Supply opportunities in local government

From library construction to landfill study, stormwater drainage to sporting facilities and more, below is a range of tender opportunities available with regional councils this week: Closing on Description Category Tue, 05 March 2019 2:00 PM MBRC008380: Preferred Supplier Arrangement – Road Construction Materials  Issued by Moreton Bay Regional ...

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Mar 05, 2019
$1b Gladstone ammonia project edges forward

$1b Gladstone ammonia project edges forward

The $1 billion Gladstone Energy and Ammonia project is a step closer to delivery, with terms of reference released for the project’s environmental impact statement. Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher said Australian Future Energy’s project, located in the Gladstone State Development Area, could create up to 1000 jobs for the region. “AFE’s project will deliver a significant boost to...

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Mar 05, 2019
Townsville cargo terminal project advances

Townsville cargo terminal project advances

Construction is expected to start on site in early May for a new multi-user cargo terminal at Berth 4 at Port of Townsville. Port of Townsville Limited sought tender submissions for the project in February. A spokeswoman said those submissions were being assessed and the contract was expected to be awarded by the end of the month. POTL general manager infrastructure Kim Gebers has descri...

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