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Mar 26, 2020
Mining companies urged to step up COVID-19 measures

Mining companies urged to step up COVID-19 measures

Mining companies will be required to submit specific plans to Queensland Health about interstate worker procedures amid calls for the industry to step up coronavirus protections. Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said  all state, territory and national resources ministers had agreed that the sector was essential to maintaining a strong Australian economy. “However, public safety is ...

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Mar 26, 2020
Strategies to separate FIFO workers from communities

Strategies to separate FIFO workers from communities

The mining sector is implementing procedures under a national protocol to slow the spread of COVID-19, including strategies to separate FIFO workers from regional communities, the Queensland Resources Council says. “We have worked with the industry across the country to develop national protocols to protect our staff, our families, our suppliers, our communities, our State, and our nati...

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Mar 26, 2020
Miners risk social licence in COVID-19 failings: MP

Miners risk social licence in COVID-19 failings: MP

The mining industry will be ‘picking up the pieces’ of its social licence to operate in regional and remote areas of Queensland if it does not do more to avoid the spread of COVID-19, a local MP warns. Member for Traeger Robbie Katter has been pushing to quarantine North, North West and South-Western Queensland from the rest of the state, with the majority of Queensland’s COVID-19 cases ...

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Mar 26, 2020
Plans for $1.96b Queensland wind farm complex

Plans for $1.96b Queensland wind farm complex

ACCIONA has announced plans to build a $1.96 billion Queensland wind farm, the MacIntyre complex, with a total capacity of 1026MW. The bulk of the investment will take place between 2022 and 2023, the company says, with up to 400 jobs created over the life of the project. The complex will consist of 180 Nordex Group Delta4000 turbines, each with a capacity of up to 5.7MW. Construction is...

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Mar 26, 2020
Hammer Metals shifts down a gear

Hammer Metals shifts down a gear

Hammer Metals has announced a temporary suspension of some activities in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The company’s exploration interests include Bronzewing South in Western Australia, its Mount Isa JOGMEC joint venture and other North West Queensland projects including Kalman, Koppany and Mount Philp breccia. “The impact of COVID-19 presents a unique challenge for the mining ...

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Mar 26, 2020
McConnell Dowell onboard for Hay Point overhaul

McConnell Dowell onboard for Hay Point overhaul

McConnell Dowell has secured an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) contract with BMA for a major infrastructure project at Hay Point Coal Terminal, near Mackay. The project scope encompasses complete replacement of one of the three berths and shiploaders at the coal terminal. The Berth 2 wharf and shiploader being replaced had reached end of life, the contractor said. While replacing bot...

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Mar 26, 2020
Latest Aurum report shows solid returns for miners

Latest Aurum report shows solid returns for miners

by Ross Louthean Queensland’s Ernest Henry mine again produced the lowest all-in sustaining costs (AISC) for an Australian or New Zealand gold mine. Aurum Capital’s December quarter report on Australian and NZ gold mines showed there had generally been an 0.2 per cent increase for AISC, lifting to an average $A1335 per ounce. Put in late March terms, this would represent a significan...

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Mar 26, 2020
Castillo builds on targets at Mount Oxide

Castillo builds on targets at Mount Oxide

Castillo Copper has identified a new target with potential iron oxide copper-gold (IOCG) mineralisation within the Mount Oxide project in North West Queensland. Factoring in the newly identified Pancake prospect, there are now four IOCG targets at the project including the Arya, Crescent and Flapjack prospects. The Mount Oxide project is located 150km north of Mount Isa near ...

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Mar 25, 2020
A dozer-led virus challenge

A dozer-led virus challenge

The best way to address the fallout of COVID-19 is with a dozer blade according to the North Queensland Civil Construction Association (NQCCA). There were shovel-ready projects ready to absorb labour, build infrastructure and boost the economy said NQCCA President Phil Cassell. Federally funded project priorities in Queensland include: Cairns Southern Access Corridor – $180mCairns ...

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Mar 25, 2020
‘Island Isaac’ virus response mooted

‘Island Isaac’ virus response mooted

A central Queensland local government leader is pushing miners to lock down their FIFO workforce within the shire’s boundaries. Isaac Regional Council Mayor Cr Anne Baker has called on all stakeholders, particularly industry and government, to play their part to secure a localised workforce model. Isaac Mayor Cr Anne Baker Keeping the mining industry going was a national issue said...

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Mar 25, 2020
FNQ miner says staff move a temporary measure

FNQ miner says staff move a temporary measure

A Consolidated Tin Mines move to stand down staff is a temporary measure, with operations likely to begin to come back online as soon as next week, says managing director Ralph De Lacey. The company made an announcement to ASX last night that it had placed its Mount Garnet and Surveyor operations in care and maintenance, citing public health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

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Mar 25, 2020
Glencore details steps to stop COVID-19 spread

Glencore details steps to stop COVID-19 spread

Glencore has outlined a range of measures it is taking across copper and zinc operations to minimise the spread and impact of COVID-19. The company said its COVID-19 Strategic Response Team was following a Trigger Action Response Plan which set out response and actions against the situation as it continued to evolve. Measures include additional health screening for all fly-in fly-out empl...

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Mar 25, 2020
Russell Mineral Equipment sheds staff

Russell Mineral Equipment sheds staff

Mill relining specialist Russell Mineral Equipment (RME) has stood down some staff and retrenched others as COVID-19 measures take their toll. The business said it had closely followed advice from government and medical authorities in the jurisdictions in which it operated since December in relation to COVID-19. However, as a result of the continued spread of the virus, and the consequenti...

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Mar 25, 2020
National focus on keeping resources industry running

National focus on keeping resources industry running

Government and resources sector leaders from across Australia will join their first phone hook-up tomorrow under a new mechanism to keep the industry running smoothly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Federal and state resources ministers have agreed to work together under a Resources National Coordination Mechanism to meet the fast-moving challenges of the outbreak. It came out of a teleconfer...

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Mar 25, 2020
Council unveils relief package for Rockhampton

Council unveils relief package for Rockhampton

Rockhampton Regional Council has voted to immediately roll out a relief package worth up to $1.3 million to help support local businesses and community groups. The package includes:  No additional interest on outstanding rates until further notice Lease fee refunds for eligible sporting and community groups Existing business licences extended until June 30 2021Rent relief for commerci...

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Mar 25, 2020
State opens the way for more gas development

State opens the way for more gas development

Pure Energy Resources/Strata X and Santos Ventures have been given the green light to explore and develop gas on 164sq km of highly prospective land in south-west Queensland. Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said Pure Energy/Strata X’s Venus project would explore a 153q km block west of Miles and Santos would explore two blocks totalling 101sq km near the Wallumbilla gas hub. “The Pala...

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Mar 25, 2020
Consolidated Tin stands down workforce

Consolidated Tin stands down workforce

Consolidated Tin Mines has placed its Mount Garnet and Surveyor operations in care and maintenance, citing public health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. The company said all employees other than those required during the care and maintenance period had been advised they would be stood down without pay as at the close of business on Tuesday. “CSD is in the process of develo...

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Mar 25, 2020
Supply opportunities in local government

Supply opportunities in local government

From rising mains to roof construction, road work to recycling collection and more, below is a list of current council tenders in regional Queensland. Thu, 26 March 2020 11:00 AM FCRC009655: CORP 3 – 19/20 – Body Scanner – Hervey Bay Airport  Fraser Coast Regional Council Fri, 27 March 2020 2:00 PM WRC009670: 500.2020.0029 Whitsunday Coast A...

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