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Sep 06, 2019
Cannington cranks up communications

Cannington cranks up communications

Telstra Mining Services is developing a 6.5km long 4G LTE network for South32’s Cannington mine, 87km south of McKinlay in North-West Queensland. At full installation, it would be one of the largest underground mining LTE networks in the world using leaky feeder, Telstra said. “The push towards increasing mechanisation and automation of mining operations in Australia has driven ...

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Sep 06, 2019
Joint venture partners look to expand empire in North West

Joint venture partners look to expand empire in North West

Minotaur Exploration is scouting for promising assets across a 24,000sq km swathe of North-West Queensland in a bid to develop a new Cloncurry minerals hub. It has been allocated $1 million for the 24-month research effort under the new Cloncurry Alliance. The agreement is among a suite of partnership deals the company has now cemented with OZ Minerals. “What we basically did with OZ M...

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Sep 06, 2019
New leader for Engineers Australia

New leader for Engineers Australia

Engineers Australia has named Bronwyn Evans as the new chief executive officer of the engineering peak body. Dr Evans is an experienced executive, having held positions including CEO of Standards Australia, senior executive roles at Cochlear Ltd and GE Healthcare, as well as non-executive board experience in the construction, medical technology and digital business sectors. “Over the la...

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Sep 06, 2019
Key AusIMM event draws more than 100

Key AusIMM event draws more than 100

AusIMM’s North West Queensland Regional Mining Conference for 2019 drew more than 100 delegates in Cloncurry last week. Branch president Lucas Ljubicic said organisers were pleased with the response and had received very good feedback on the introduction this year of a Q&A panel session and the quality speakers. South32 Cannington senior operations engineer Joel Gray won the award for...

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Sep 05, 2019
Lagoon vision unveiled for Port Douglas

Lagoon vision unveiled for Port Douglas

A vision to build Australia’s first chemical-free public swimming hole next to Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas has been unveiled by Douglas Shire Council. World-renowned landscape designer Phillip Johnson, who won ‘Best in Show’ at the 2013 RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London, was in town last week to deliver the visionary design.  An artists’ impression reveals a large freshwate...

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Sep 05, 2019
First safety reset report handed down

First safety reset report handed down

The government and industry ‘safety reset’ program has made its first report saying most of the 50,000 Queensland mine and quarry workers, and their employers, have attended safety sessions. A safety reset was called after the death of an operator in June on a central Queensland mine brought the number of fatalities on the state’s mines and quarries to six in 12 months. M...

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Sep 04, 2019
CopperString power project moves to EIS phase

CopperString power project moves to EIS phase

The proposed $1.5 billion CopperString project continues to push ahead, with the release of final terms of reference for the project’s environmental impact statement (EIS). It comes after the The State Government last week pledged $1.18 million for the CopperString 2.0 power project as part of a North West Queensland Economic Diversification Strategy The project proponent CuString ...

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Sep 04, 2019
Progress for $1b coal mine proposal

Progress for $1b coal mine proposal

The approvals process for the $1 billion Winchester South project near Moranbah has taken a step forward with the release of final terms of reference for the project’s environmental impact statement (EIS). Proponent Whitehaven Coal can now start working on a draft EIS for public consultation. The Winchester South open-cut mine is expected to deliver 500 new construction jobs and support ...

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Sep 04, 2019
Anglo snaps up cattle property for future growth

Anglo snaps up cattle property for future growth

Anglo American has purchased the 5273ha Grosvenor Downs property near Moranbah for $13.5 million. The company says the property falls within the footprint of the Moranbah South growth project, which it describes as longer-term growth option still in the early study stage. At this stage it intends the property, purchased at auction last week, to continue to be used for agricultural produc...

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Sep 04, 2019
New independent regulator for Qld mining safety

New independent regulator for Qld mining safety

An independent body is to be set up to protect the safety and health of Queensland’s 70,000-plus resources sector workers. Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham has introduced legislation to Parliament to establish an independent safety and health regulator statutory body, Resources Safety and Health Queensland. The Bill follows the deaths of six mine and quarry workers over the past 12 months...

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Sep 04, 2019
Latest figures show boost in exploration spend

Latest figures show boost in exploration spend

Australia’s mining industry is boosting investment in the hunt for more resources, with more than $2.3 billion spent on minerals exploration in 2018/19. Data released from the Australian Bureau of Statistics this week showed a 19 per cent rise in overall exploration spending from the previous year. Within those annual figures was a 19 per cent increase in gold exploration spending to a re...

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Sep 04, 2019
Waste rock dump shows  gold potential for Red River

Waste rock dump shows gold potential for Red River

Thalanga mine operator Red River Resources has identified gold production potential at a waste rock dump in its newly acquired Hillgrove gold-antimony project in New South Wales. The waste dump was created during the mining of the Bakers Creek Mine, which operated from 1877 to 1921, producing more than 300,000 oz at about 49 g/t gold. The ore was hand sorted underground and again on surfac...

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Sep 04, 2019
State stumps up $132m for Kidston transmission line

State stumps up $132m for Kidston transmission line

Powerlink will build a $132 million transmission line to link Genex Power’s $1 billion Kidston renewables hub to the electricity grid. The State Government says work will start early next year on the electrical infrastructure package, critical to the Kidston Stage 2 development. It follows the announcement in July that the Kidston Stage 2 Pumped Storage Hydro Project (K2-Hydro) had secur...

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Sep 03, 2019
Australia in prime position to tap critical minerals market

Australia in prime position to tap critical minerals market

The market outlook for six critical minerals identified as holding significant potential for Australia has been examined in a new report prepared by the Office of the Chief Economist. Niobium, rare earth elements, cobalt, antimony, magnesium and tungsten are covered in the report. It highlights North Queensland’s Sconi battery metals project and the Watershed and Mt Carbine tungsten p...

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Sep 03, 2019
Hulk hits the market from Mackay’s Mainetec

Hulk hits the market from Mackay’s Mainetec

Mackay-based heavy engineering and fabrication company Mainetec has officially launched its innovative Hulk excavator bucket after years of research and development. The lighter, linerless bucket is locally built and boasts all-Australian sourced materials. And it seems to be ticking all the right boxes for those in the sector with the first Hulk set to travel to the iron ore fields in Wes...

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Sep 03, 2019
Supply opportunities in local government

Supply opportunities in local government

From quarry products to project services, bitumen sealing to bridge rehabilitation, and more, below is a range of current tender opportunities with Queensland regional councils. Thu, 05 September 2019 11:00 AM FCRC009035: Hervey Bay Airport – Passenger & Baggage Screening Services  Fraser Coast Regional Council Fri, 06 September 2019 12:00 PM SBRC009070: SB...

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Sep 03, 2019
Sunwater to move forward on case for dam wall lift

Sunwater to move forward on case for dam wall lift

Sunwater will launch a $16 million detailed business case into the potential raising of the Burdekin Falls Dam wall after getting the green light from the State Government. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said upgrading the Burdekin Falls Dam was the next step towards developing the Burdekin Hydro power project, which was expected to create 200 jobs during construction and generate enough electr...

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Sep 03, 2019
NQ gold play raises $1.36m as it prepares to drill

NQ gold play raises $1.36m as it prepares to drill

A new name is emerging in gold as Greenpower Energy raises $1.36 million to advance its newly acquired North Queensland gold projects. The company plans to change its name to Great Northern Mines, subject to shareholder approval. It has an exploration target of 198,000 – 590,000 ounces within 100m of surface at the Golden Ant group of projects in North Queensland. The package inclu...

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