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Jul 17, 2019
Sweet opportunity to enter a trade

Sweet opportunity to enter a trade

Wilmar Sugar Australia has launched the recruitment drive for its next intake of apprentices, with 33 new positions up for grabs. Training and development manager Scott Young said applications were open for the 2020 apprenticeship intake at Wilmar’s eight sugar mills and Sarina BioEthanol Distillery. “We’re offering apprenticeships across a range of trade disciplines – electrical, fitting ...

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Jul 17, 2019
Delegation takes North West development vision to Brisbane

Delegation takes North West development vision to Brisbane

A North Queensland delegation is headed for Brisbane next month to discuss progress toward a “Sustainable Resources Corridor” vision and development of the $1 billion CopperString power project. The Northern Queensland Sustainable Resources Corridor Regional Reference Group (RRG) was established in April to provide community and industry input into the development of the CopperString 2.0 proje...

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Jul 17, 2019
Call for AusIMM mining conference papers

Call for AusIMM mining conference papers

AusIMM North West Queensland Branch is calling for papers for presentation at the 6th annual North West Queensland Regional Mining Conference. The conference provides a key opportunity to share technical knowledge and build professional networks across operations spanning the north-west region. It will be held at the Cloncurry Precinct in Scarr St, Cloncurry, on August 30, followed by the A...

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Jul 16, 2019
Heat on government over drop in mine inspections

Heat on government over drop in mine inspections

The State Opposition has accused the government of putting the lives of mineworkers on the line after figures showing a drop in safety inspections. The answer to an Opposition question-on-notice released today shows that the number of inspections fell year-on-year from 1781 in 2015/16 to 1241 in 2017/18. However Mines Minister Anthony Lynham said the focus had shifted to more in-depth mine...

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Jul 16, 2019
Adani to face court over coal project ‘admin error’

Adani to face court over coal project ‘admin error’

The Department of Environment and Science (DES) has started prosecution proceedings against Adani Mining over omissions in its 2017/18 annual return for its Carmichael mine. However it has cleared Adani of allegations made last year by activist group Coast and Country that its drilling programs at that coal project had contravened conditions of its approval. The DES confirmed today it wo...

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Jul 16, 2019
Phone app helps mines get to grips with haul road safety

Phone app helps mines get to grips with haul road safety

A Queensland-based engineering company is combating the dangers of mine haul road networks with a new phone app. ‘Friction Plus by ADE’ has been developed to measure the coefficient of friction on a site’s haul roads. Australian Diversified Engineering general manager Clive Gray said the implementation of this new app would improve operations and lower the risk of water truck and wet weathe...

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Jul 16, 2019
More grind from the mill

More grind from the mill

A Weir Minerals turnkey solution increased grinding circuit capacity on a Spanish mine by 10 per cent, delivering a payback in just three days. MATSA is based in the north of the Iberian Pyrite Belt, a mining district that has been active for more than 2,500 years. Weir Minerals has been working with MATSA to optimise its minerals treatment plant’s primary and secondary grinding circuits.&...

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Jul 16, 2019
Chinese deal for Cape York silica sand project

Chinese deal for Cape York silica sand project

Diatreme Resources has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a Chinese manufacturer for the potential supply of up to 500,000 tonnes of photovoltaic grade silica sand. The sand would be produced from its Galalar silica project, which is adjacent to the Cape Flattery silica sand mining operation on Cape York. The agreement was inked with the privately owned Fengsha Group – China’s ...

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Jul 16, 2019
Surveyors must get in quick  to nominate for AIMS awards

Surveyors must get in quick to nominate for AIMS awards

Nominations are open for the 2019 Mine Surveyor of The Year and Young Mine Surveyor of the Year Awards. The awards are run by the Australian Institute of Mine Surveyors (AIMS) and are decided by the AIMS Awards Committee. Nominations close at the end of this month. The winners will be announced at the AIMS Annual Conference, to be held at the Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park, August 14-6...

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Jul 15, 2019
Daydreaming engineers pull off impressive resort project

Daydreaming engineers pull off impressive resort project

Creating a living reef coral lagoon is not a regular construction task, but then rebuilding Queensland’s Daydream Island Resort is no regular redevelopment. Professional services company GHD recently joined celebrations to mark the reopening of the Whitsunday islands resort after a $120 million rebuild by owners China Capital Investment Group. GHD provided services including design, enginee...

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Jul 15, 2019
Construction milestone in $500m airport overhaul

Construction milestone in $500m airport overhaul

Foundation works begin this week for the southern terminal expansion as part of the Gold Coast Airport redevelopment. Queensland Airports Limited chief executive officer Chris Mills said about $500 million was being invested in the airport precinct, including this redevelopment and a Rydges-branded airport hotel under construction. The redevelopment project will double the footprint of the ...

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Jul 15, 2019
Ross River Dam flood review findings released

Ross River Dam flood review findings released

Earlier releases from Ross River Dam would not have lessened flooding during the natural disaster that struck Townsville early this year, a report has found. The Queensland Government this afternoon released Inspector-General Emergency Management (IGEM) reviews into the handling of the monsoon trough disaster in North and North West Queensland this year as well as bushfires in 2018. It sai...

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Jul 15, 2019
New funding round to back innovators in METS sector

New funding round to back innovators in METS sector

Applications are open for a new round of METS Ignited project funding focused on the application of analytics, automation and robotics to mining operations. The body – focused on sparking growth in the mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector – will will deliver $4 million in innovation funding. To be eligible, projects must be collaborative and industry-led, wi...

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Jul 15, 2019
Australian LNG exports soar

Australian LNG exports soar

Australia exported 75.1 million tonnes of LNG in 2018/19, 21.2 per cent more than the previous year, according to figures from EnergyQuest. The energy advisory firm expects Australian output to hit about 80Mt in 2019/20 – seeing it overtake Qatar, which is currently has the world’s top nameplate capacity. With total export revenue estimated to be $50.5 billion in 2018/19, LNG ...

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Jul 15, 2019
Kylie Porter takes on new leadership role for GW3

Kylie Porter takes on new leadership role for GW3

The Greater Whitsunday Alliance board has appointed Kylie Porter as the interim chief executive officer after the resignation of Garry Scanlan from that post in June. GW3 chairman John Glanville said the recruitment process of finding a new CEO was underway and that it was business as usual for GW3. “We are fortunate to have someone of Kylie Porter’s calibre and experience to step into the...

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Jul 15, 2019
Funds help regions prepare for disaster

Funds help regions prepare for disaster

Road upgrades, flood cameras and fuel trailers to support generators are among 62 regional projects across Queensland to share $9.5 million in disaster mitigation funds. The high-priority works are being delivered through Round 1 of a four-round $38 million Queensland Disaster Resilience Fund (QDRF). The allocations include $1.1 million for Central Queensland, where funded projects include ...

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Jul 12, 2019
Tailings processing on track at Mt Carbine

Tailings processing on track at Mt Carbine

Specialty Metals is forging ahead to bring its Mount Carbine tungsten project, around 120kms north west of Cairns, online. The company expects product from the tailings retreatment by next quarter.  Several other developments were coming together said executive chairman Russell Krause. “Speciality Metals has concluded the acquisition of the Mt Carbine Quarry and Mining Leases ML 486...

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Jul 12, 2019
Kogan Creek in $90 million overhaul

Kogan Creek in $90 million overhaul

More than 400 jobs and a boost to the local economy will be an added bonus to a $90 million overhaul of the largest generating unit in Australia at CS Energy’s Kogan Creek Power Station. Around 400 contractors would be on site for the 77-day program of works, which run until 27 September, said Energy Minister Anthony Lynham. “Overhauls provide short-term employment opportunities for people ...

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