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Jul 11, 2019
Metro exports on the rise

Metro exports on the rise

By Ross Louthean Queensland’s direct bauxite exporter Metro Mining is getting back to the sound production performance it achieved late last year. The company’s June quarter report showed a lift in bauxite mined and shipped in the month of June after a disappointing performance in April and May, not helped by swell conditions if far north Queensland for ship-loading. In June Metro shippe...

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Jul 11, 2019
Small business state Budget roadshow in Mount Isa

Small business state Budget roadshow in Mount Isa

The state government is shouting breakfast to show how the 2019-20 Budget benefits small business in Mount Isa.  Included in the budget is $885 million of targeted payroll tax initiatives to support small-to-medium sized businesses.  It’s being hosted by Assistant Minister for Treasury Glenn Butcher MP. When: 6.45am – 8.30am, Wednesday 17 July 2019Where: RedEar...

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Jul 11, 2019
Kidston hydro gets NAIF funding

Kidston hydro gets NAIF funding

The Federal Government will stump up a $610 million loan to Genex Power to finance the Kidston Stage 2 Pumped Storage Hydro Project (K2_Hydro). The project is on the old Kidston Mine south west of Cairns. The long-term concessional debt facility comes out of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility. The K2 Hydro project was progressing well said Executive Director Simon Kidston. ...

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Jul 11, 2019
New record set in coal exports

New record set in coal exports

More than 21.4 million tonnes of thermal and metallurgical coal exports in June represented a new state record said the Queensland Resources Council. It was an 11 percent increase on the same month last year highlighting the increased demand from world markets for Queensland coal, said QRC Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane.  “Queensland’s coal is the commodity of choice with our high quality t...

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Jul 11, 2019
Early works complete for waste facility upgrade

Early works complete for waste facility upgrade

Initial works on the construction of the Hervey Range Front End Resource Recovery Facility in Townsville are complete. The council is investing $6.7 million in the development which will support around 20 jobs. “The Hervey Range Front End Resource Recovery Facility will allow locals to recycle some products they have traditionally thrown out,” said Mayor Jenny Hill said. “This facility w...

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Jul 11, 2019
Youth crime in Mount Isa nipped in the hub

Youth crime in Mount Isa nipped in the hub

An initiative to address youth crime in Mount Isa is already paying off, with a new 24/7 hub connecting at-risk youth with support and services and helping drive down youth crime rates. The Mount Isa Transitional Hub opened its doors last month. “It’s clear this service is tapping into the needs of the Mount Isa community, with more than 50 young people going through the hub each week,” sai...

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Jul 11, 2019
Minesite benefits for new battery solar storage

Minesite benefits for new battery solar storage

A thermal battery being developed by Curtin University researchers will be key to a solar power system capable of producing electricity overnight, promising a viable source of power for heavy industry, including mining operations. Curtin is collaborating with international renewable energy companies United Sun Systems and ITP Thermal on the potentially game-changing project, which is being led...

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Jul 10, 2019
Mine restarts as safety reset

Mine restarts as safety reset

Queensland mines and quarries will implement a safety reset by the end of August said Mines Minister Anthony Lynam. Parties representing the state government, coal and hard rock mining unions, the quarry industry and employers met yesterday after a mine site fatality on Sunday. Contractor Golding has advised that a staged recommencement of mining activities has commenced today at Baralaba N...

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Jul 10, 2019
Milaho Gas Project takes shape

Milaho Gas Project takes shape

A new gas field is taking shape near Gladstone. The Mihalo Gas Project is being developed by a joint venture which is owned 40 percent by Comet Ridge and 30 percent each by Santos and APLNG. They make up the Mihalo Jount Venture. The asset is located in the Denison Trough area of Queensland’s Bowen Basin near Rolleston and covers an area of 911 square kilometres. All parties in the jo...

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Jul 10, 2019
Downer scholarship cohort promotes regional engineering

Downer scholarship cohort promotes regional engineering

A group of students who is benefitting from Downer’s $100,000 donation to the CQUniCares Appeal and Scholarship program will meet as a cohort for the first time at CQUniversity Rockhampton North campus, next week. The Seven female students and one male, including one Indigenous student, will each receive $10,000 in financial support, along with paid work experience and employment with Downer f...

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Jul 10, 2019
Evolution plans big investments in Queensland operations

Evolution plans big investments in Queensland operations

Gold miner Evolution is planning some big investments in its Mt Carlton operation south of Townsville this financial year.  The $50 million plus spend includes the development of a new underground mine worth between $30 and $35 million.  They’ve also earmarked another $5-$10 million on plant optimisation, as well as $15-$20million for stage four open pit development. Otherwise it’s ...

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Jul 10, 2019
Bright outlook for QEM at Julia Creek project

Bright outlook for QEM at Julia Creek project

Vanadium explorer QEM Limited expects to release an updated resource in the coming months for its flagship Julia Creek vanadium / oil shale project. The company recently invested more than $400,000 in seismic and drilling work at the site over a two-month period. At the same time, it added a further tenement to its Julia Creek project, taking the total project area to about 496sq km. Gen...

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Jul 09, 2019
Miners first responder at Adels Grove fire

Miners first responder at Adels Grove fire

Miners were first on the scene with fire fighting equipment to battle a blaze which took out amenities at a popular tourist spot near Lawn Hill National Park north of Mount Isa. A New Century Resources (NCR) emergency response team was first responder at the fire which had taken hold in the reception, dining area and kitchen in the remote Adel’s Grove accommodation and camping facility. ...

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Jul 09, 2019
First step towards safety reset

First step towards safety reset

The first in a series of steps towards safety reform in Queensland extractive industry is being taken today (Wednesday 10 July). It follows a workplace fatality on Sunday morning at Baralaba North mine around 150 kilometres west of Rockhampton. 27-year-old Jack Gerdes was found on his excavator in an open pit area at 1:30 am. He had injuries to his head, face and limbs. It is unclear how th...

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Jul 09, 2019
Roads project labour hire goes local

Roads project labour hire goes local

Townsville-based Achieve Group has won a major contract to help deliver the $500 million Haughton River Floodplain Upgrade project. Flooding along the Bruce Highway between Ayr and Townsville often lasted more than four days in bad weather, said Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen. Achieve Group would deliver around 80 positions over two years said Managing Director Don Byers. T...

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Jul 09, 2019
Record tonnages handled at Gladstone Port

Record tonnages handled at Gladstone Port

Gladstone Ports Corporation’s (GPC) is marking another record financial year, with more than 124.8 million tonne (Mt) of trade across its three port precincts in Gladstone, Rockhampton and Bundaberg. These results were good news for Queenslanders in terms of jobs, economic growth and international trade said Acting CEO Graig Walker. The Port of Gladstone experienced a 5Mt increase in coal e...

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Jul 09, 2019
Zinc continues to shine at Century

Zinc continues to shine at Century

New Century Resources is reporting a 15 percent growth in overall mining rate at its Gulf of Carpentaria operations. Expansion to three hydraulic mining cannons was the main focus of June quarter ramp up activities, with the third cannon and associated infrastructure commissioned and operational from May, said Managing Director Patrick Walta. The company is reporting an overall average mini...

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Jul 09, 2019
Thalanga reports strong quarterly results

Thalanga reports strong quarterly results

It’s been a good quarter for base-metals producer Thalanga mine. Owner, Red River Resources , is reporting continued strong operating performance during the June quarter from the operation located near Charters Towers. Quarterly production came in at 90kt ore mined with 104kt put through the mill for more than 9,000 tonnes of zinc, 3,300 tonnes of lead and 1,800 tonnes of copper. Z...

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